Snowshoe champ shares story

BAR HARBOR — Jennifer Britz, a snowshoe world champion who lives in Bar Harbor, will give a talk about snowshoe racing Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. She began snowshoe racing in 2012 and competed in both national and international races before becoming a world champion this year.

Last March, Britz raced at the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships in Prospect, Vermont. There she placed 6th, which earned her a spot on the U.S. women’s team and the opportunity to race at the World Snowshoe Championships. At the world championships, held in January in Italy, Britz finished first in the women’s 40-49 Masters category, finishing the 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) course in 40 minutes and 11.64 seconds.

She now plans to race at the National Championships in March in Cable, Wisconsin to try out for the U.S. women’s team again.

Snowshoeing is one of the fastest-growing winter sports, according to the World Snowshoe Federation. Britz, who is a runner and trail racer, tried snowshoe racing for the first time seven years ago after winning a free entry into a snowshoe series at Bradbury Mountain State Park, which features snowshoe running on three different courses.

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