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Top 7 Tips to Conquer the 2018 Abominable Snow Race!

Your nose is dripping, eyes are watering, the cold air freezes your lungs, and your breath becomes visible.  Exercise outside in Winter, and you’ll enjoy these sensations. Consider them a sense of pride that you’re willing to brave the cold when most others are nestled under the covers. Below are the Top 7 Tips to conquer the 2018 Abominable Snow Race:

1. Get Outside!

The #1 Tip we can give you is to get outside.  Your body is very adaptable.. it will get used to the cold if you get outside and train.  Grab some friends for the run… Misery loves company, and they’ll keep you accountable.

2. Arm Your Feet!

The Abominable Snow Race is not a Winter Wonderland.  Mother Nature is going to test your footing on race day.  So you’re going to need to Arm your Feet!  We encourage the use of spikes.  A YakTrax Run slip-on spike, or an integrated spike, like the Salomon Snow Cross or Spike Cross, will do.   Even an aggressive trail shoe will help in snowy conditions.

Wool socks are highly recommended, for their superior warmth and whicking capabilities.  Cotton socks are your enemy on race day.

Finally, if you want to run in a boot, please make sure it’s a running boot or your feet will not like you at the finish.  Running in snow boots or work boots is not recommended, although many have ventured down this path.

3. Learn About Layers!

We go by the 3-2-1 … 1-2-3 rule.  When it’s 30, 20, and 10 degrees outside, plan to wear 1, 2 and 3 layers, respectively.  You should feel cold at the start line.  Your body will heat up after the first mile… and if you think being cold sucks, try wearing too many layers with 4 cold miles to go.  You’ll be an ice shell at the finish.  Get familiar with the layers below, watch the weather forecast, and plan accordingly.  Oh, and remember Cotton is not your friend on race day.  Stick to wool or tech fabrics.

Base Layer – We like to use a sleeveless hot-weather technical shirt (ie, a sleeveless Under Armor or Hammer Strength).  This will provide a nice wind buffer for your core, and will provide superior sweat whicking.  You want to keep the moisture away from your skin.

Mid-Layer – A long sleeve Under Armor or similar tech fabric is a great Mid-Layer.  It provides an additive second layer or a solid first layer that will buffer the cold winds, and will keep the sweat away from your skin.

Outer Layer – A light softshell jacket is recommended only when the temps get down to 10F or colder.  Be careful with this layer… this layer is usually more expensive than a Base or Mid-layer, and will hold heat very efficiently…. You don’t want to hang this layer on a tree somewhere… so use it as needed only.

4. Kick Start Your Muscles!

Warm up before heading to the start line.  Go for a short run in the parking lot of the chalet, or drop and give us ’50’ burpees.  Pick your poison, but be sure to get your blood flowing before you head to start line. When you’re ready at the start, Coach Pain takes over from there… he’s sure to give you the motivation to get thru all 5 Snowy Miles.

5. Mind The Wind!

Wind is not your friend on race day.  We recommend that if you choose to wear gloves and hats, that you invest in products with “sewed seams”… meaning they significantly reduce the amount of wind hitting your skin.  Also, consider wearing a Face Shield.. .these are great cause they provide a buffer from the wind on your neck, and can be used, as needed, to buffer your face from the bitter winds.  And, if it’s 10F or below, consider wearing a light soft shell running jacket… These jackets are a formidable force against the wind chill.

6. Bring a Change of Clothes!

You’re going to sweat during the race … and that moisture will be sitting in your gear as you cross the finish line.  Your body will cool down quickly and that moisture will render you miserably cold.  So we recommend that you bring a change of clothes.  We have a 10-stall, 53’ Changing Room trailer located just outside the chalet next to race day check in tents.  The Trailer is heated… and there are fire pits outside that will keep you warm while you wait in line.  Once you’re in a dry set of clothes, head straight to the craft beer trailer (over 21). Craft Beer has a very good insulating property, keeping you warm and toasty in the elements.

7. Come Prepared and Pack Positive Mental Attitude!

As with any challenge in life, your mental state plays a key role in your success.  You’ve signed up, showed up, and now it’s time to perform.  It’s important to maintain your nutrition before and during race day, and while we provide water and banana, you know your body best and the nutrition needed to fuel your race.  So come prepared with the necessary nutrition.  Also, your attitude will be tested at several times on the course, but maintain your focus… you’re already in the 10% that are even willing to attempt this Abominable Adventure.  So enter the starting gates with a positive mental attitude and the impossible becomes the possible.

Very well laid out. Check-in was quick. The course was very technical and challenging.
Michael Parsons

Member of Yeti Nation

Excellent time & the cleanest you'll ever be when finishing an obstacle course race.
Michael LaRiviere

Member of Yeti Nation

Very challenging and fun course!!! Can't wait to do it again!!!
Jessica E Fuentes

Member of Yeti Nation

It was an awesome and challenging event. Great for individuals or teams.
Benjamin Runkle

Member of Yeti Nation

The race was amazing from start to finish. The obstacles were very challenging, the terrain was snowy and hilly, and there was very little wait time getting on the obstacles. The avalanche snow tube obstacle was lots of fun and a good change of pace.
Greg A Johnson

Member of Yeti Nation

So much fun! The obstacles were challenging, but not intimidating. Beautiful trails to run on, which weren't congested. If you wanted to pass someone, you could. The view from the top of the hill was great. The organizers did an awesome job! I'll be back next year!
Renee Bleske Keeney

Member of Yeti Nation

Great race! Well organized, course was marked well, descent obstacles, and excellent use of terrain. It's for athletes of all levels or can be just for fun. There's challenging and fun aspects to the entire event.
Christopher Kaufmann

Member of Yeti Nation

This was the most organized and managed event I've ran. As a first responder (firefighter/paramedic) the heroes heat was a very nice tribute. The obstacles were put together nicely and the running route flowed well. Looking forward to next year. Thank you again for making this a memorable race.
Jason Paszkowski

Member of Yeti Nation

Did it last year and came back for more! Thanks for a great event, well organized and the course was excellent this year! New obstacles were a blast. Can't wait until next year.
Amanda Sutherland Elmer

Member of Yeti Nation

My husband and I are from Pennsylvania and flew out just for this race! It was well organized and everyone was super friendly and helpful, the obstacles were challenging and well laidout! We do mud/obstacle runs but this was our first snow/obstacle. Definitely a cool location and a really good obstacle run! It was well worth the trip!
Carrie Zimmerman

Member of Yeti Nation

Excellent!!, Well organized, Great Obstacles, Plenty of snow.
Carlos Velazquez

Member of Yeti Nation

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