Event coordinators have announced a nevent for the Northwoods area: the WinMan Windigo 5k/10k Snowshoe Stomp.
The event will be hosted Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m., on the 1,200 acre silent sports WinMan Trail system, located on the border of Winchester and Manitowish Waters.
The WinMan Trails are an ideal trail system for a snowshoe race. According to trails coordinator Robert Polic, they work well due to the eight to 14-foot wide, groomed trails.
He said the trails, “have a firm smooth surface with good width for passing. There’s also enough mileage to support a 10k race without having to repeat sections of trail.”
In addition, the site offers beautiful views and plenty of nature to explore. The rolling topography of the site is the result of years of glacial activity. The land features not only interesting terrain, but also a rich and varied ecological diversity. Wildlife sightings and sign this year have included rarities such as badgers and moose. On race day, keep your eyes out for the elusive “Windigo.”
The race is for those wanting to push their times and compete as well as for the less competitive racers.
Custom-made awards will go to the fastest three women and men in the 5k and 10k races. To bring in an added and fun challenge, coordinators have added an optional Windigo Fur Hunters class where participants seek out Windigos along the course attempting to snatch locks of their fur.
In addition, there will be a non-competitive kids race, a big vat of fire-roasted chili, beer and hot cocoa, and Windigo stories around the fire.
Windigos are half-beast creatures in the legends of the Algonquian peoples of the Great Lakes region. Imagine an aggressive Sasquatch that loves to eat humans ... and that gets especially hungry in the lean months of our long Wisconsin winters!
To register, visit www.WinManTrails.com or call the Discovery Center at 877-543-2085.
Advance registration for the 5k/10k Snowshoe Stomp by Tuesday, Feb. 11, will assure a complimentary WinMan Windigo fleece headband.
Participants ages 13 and up are invited to register for $25 per-racer; youth in the kids race participate for free.
The WinMan Trails are located 3.5 miles north of the Discovery Center, at the intersections of highways W and J in Winchester.
For maps, trail report information, and permitted uses and amenities, visit WinManTrails.com, or “like” us on Facebook.