Hey Tubbs Hikers!
Even though we said goodbye to winter a while ago, our passion for the outdoors didn’t just melt away with the snow. We’re always looking for opportunities to get outside and go on new adventures as often as possible, and this weekend we celebrated National Trails Day!
To show our support for the American Hiking Society and the awesome trails that allow thousands of people to get out and explore the mountains, Tubbs Snowshoes planned a group hike to Lake Serene, WA on Saturday June 7.
National Trails Day began in the ‘80’s to bring awareness to the 200,000+ miles of trails across the country that give people access to the natural world. It takes place the first Saturday of June every year, and anyone is welcome to organize an event to get outside.
Tubbs brand ambassadors gathered with friends, families, and one dog, for a beautiful 8 mile hike. We wore our custom-designed National Trails Day shirts and brought along some Tubbs hiking poles for support on the trail. We began the trek by crossing streams and fallen logs, and stopped at Bridal Veil Falls about 2 miles into the trail. Cascading water sprayed a mist our way, providing a brief refreshment before we started the more arduous portion of the hike. We tackled switchback turns and a 2,000 foot elevation gain—definitely a great early summer workout!
The kids in our group—ages 12 to 7—had plenty of energy bouncing up the trail and greeting everyone with a cheery “Happy National Trails Day!” and a high-five!
Our group arrived at Lake Serene with cheers of delight—what a beautiful alpine oasis tucked into a basin just below the peak of Mount Index in the Cascades Mountains. The crystal clear water reflected the gorgeous sunny skies and the remaining snow banks on the side of the mountain peak.
A giant lakeside boulder made a perfect spot for a sunny lunch break, and the peaceful setting gave us a chance to appreciate spending time with other outdoor adventurers as a refreshing break from the busy city life in Seattle.
We’re looking forward to plenty more Tubbs hikes in the future- we’ll see you in the mountains this summer and next year on National Trails Day!
The 12th season of the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series kicked off its season-long celebration with the Vermont Romp at Stratton Mountain Resort, followed by stops in Washington at Stevens Pass Nordic Center, Colorado at the Town of Frisco Nordic Center, Ontario at Scenic Caves and rounded off another successful season at Rainbow Trails in Laurentian University, Ontario. Thanks to the efforts of event participants, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and partners, over 4,300 participants joined us for the events and helped raise over $215,000 for Susan G. Komen® and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation™, this season!
For Rompers who joined us on-snow at one of five events, Mother Nature did not disappoint. Trails were dusted with snow and some regions blanketed; making for a beautiful winter wonderland to Romp through for the morning’s snowshoe walk and celebration.
The morning’s activities began with high-energy, hip shaking, and heart pumping warm-ups lead by a host of fabulous, fitness instructors. Following the warm-up, 3k Racers took their marks and sprinted through the frosted trails to return to a sea of pink-clad participants cheering them across the finish line. To follow in the Racer’s snowshoe prints, Lil Rompers (ages 2-12) hit the trails for a short fun run with Tubbs Scout, the high-five loving Tubbs Snowshoes mascot. With excitement and cheers, participants crossed the starting line one by one, team by team, eventually uniting on their 3k and 5k snowshoe walks, to return as one community of Rompers, determined to stomp out breast cancer together.
Rompers were welcomed back across the finish line, greeted by upbeat music and crazy conga lines of costume-clad Rompers to make for one giant, pink dance party in the snow before beginning the closing ceremonies. Each closing ceremony was unique, but included powerful and heart-warming tributes to the hundreds of breast cancer survivors in attendance, with announcements of top fundraisers, largest teams, best costumes, and fastest racers. Top fundraising participants and racers were sent home with armfuls of gear and swag including Tubbs snowshoes, poles, packs, K2 Inline Skates, swag from Columbia Sportswear, Fox River Socks, and loads of prizes from surrounding businesses.
Reflecting upon the past season, we are again humbled by the passion and sense of community created by our participants, volunteers, donors, partners and sponsors. Those who joined us on snow represented an amazing mix of diehard enthusiasts, the health and fitness-driven, first-time snowshoers seeking a weekend of fun, and a dedicated community that won’t rest until the cures for breast cancer are found.
Together we are stomping out breast cancer one snowshoe step at a time!
Read a quick recap on the success of the Vermont Romp to Stomp on the Romp Blog: http://blog.tubbsromptostomp.com/vt-romp-recap/
Raise money for a great cause while snowshoeing in some of the most beautiful, scenic regions in North America!
Join us and try Tubbs Snowshoes on beautiful snowshoe trails, take photos in our photo booth, pick up fun swag, high-five our fun-loving mascot TubbScout, and spend a morning in the great outdoors with hundreds of your soon-to-be friends. Earn the chance to take home some awesome gear and prizes by helping Tubbs raise funds for Susan G. Komen® and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Romp to Stomp participants come in all ages, genders and sizes, from the first time snowshoer to the weekend snowshoe warrior, we all have one end goal in mind – to end breast cancer forever!
Check out this video for a taste of Tubbs Romp to Stomp.
DATES & LOCATIONS
Frisco Nordic Center
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Stratton Mountain Resort
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Stevens Pass, Washington
Stevens Pass Nordic Center
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Scenic Caves, Ontario
Saturday, February 8, 2014
TUBBS HELPING FIGHT ON ALL FRONTS
/ Since its inception in 2003, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series® has engaged over 43,000 people in the sport of snowshoeing and raised more that 2.5 million dollars for Susan G. Komen and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
/ Last year, Susan G. Komen’s community grants provided financial and social support for more than 50,000 families impacted by breast cancer.
/ Susan G. Komen is the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S government.
“It makes me happy to be out there in support of finding a cure for cancer and in memory of my grandmother and several friends who have died from or been affected by cancer.”
Out of the numerous events I attend each year, one of my favorites is the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series. I’ve been a part of this event since the beginning eleven years ago and each year it keeps getting better and better! To me, the best part of the event is the people–literally thousands of smiling faces come out for this event. The event’s main objective is to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention. But the event offers much more than this, bringing together friends, family, and the community for a day of fitness, fun, and friendship. There is a special “feeling” in the air when thousands of people come together for a good cause – a feeling of peace and energy that can’t be forgotten.
Walkers can set their own pace, enjoying the beautiful scenery and being out in the cool, fresh air. As participants roll through the finish line with smiles on their faces, the music has begun and soup, hot coca and snacks are available. Then starts the prize sweepsteaks, of which all participants are eligible, for some great prizes including pairs of Tubbs snowshoes. When the breast cancer survivors are recognized it’s very touching moment and really makes you realize how important events like these are in saving and celebrating lives.
This year, there are seven Romps’ in the US, and two in Canada. I would like to encourage all of you to get involved at any level with this event. 100% of the fundraising and 100% net proceeds goes towards the prevention and cure of breast cancer, specifically to the local affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure®. All of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Being a part of this event is an easy and fun way to support the foundation and shows how much we care. It encourages me that someday our children and grandchildren could live in a cancer-free world. The activity of snowshoeing represents fitness, respect of the outdoors, a positive attitude, and a healthy lifestyle. These together are a part of making a better future. This year I plan to be at the events at Mt Hood, Oregon, Park City, Utah and Frisco, Colorado. I hope to see you all there! You can learn more about these at www.tubbsromptostomp.com.
I can personally relate to the tragedy and survival aspect of these events as I am a survivor myself. I had a life-threatening accident in 2006 where I survived a 60-foot fall and two nights in subzero weather. Thanks to my ‘angel’ neighbor, my hero dog, and many others I’m here today! I’ve had a long course of rehab including several months in a wheelchair and I’m now happy to report I am healthy and back snowshoeing full-speed (well, close to it!) and even take my two young boys out! Being a part of these events makes me realize how lucky I am to have survived and to be alive. It makes me happy to be out there in support of finding a cure for cancer and in memory of my grandmother and several friends who have died or been affected by cancer. Thanks for taking the time to read this and also for supporting the Romps! I’ll see you out there!
Whether you’re brand new to snowshoeing or an intermediate looking for tips and places to go, the Snowshoes.com Get Going! Workshops provide inspiration and education to become an active, knowledgeable and confident snowshoer! From how to choose the right snowshoe, what to wear, how to plan your trip, and where to find trails and events near you, this workshop will teach you all the essential tools and tricks. Learn tips and techniques for getting started snowshoeing, and find out about resources, events, and trails near you to apply your knowledge. All ages and experience levels welcome. Get a goody bag, great discount offers, and a chance to win great prizes as well!
The event is free, and attendees will receive handouts, information, and chances to win prizes from: Snowshoes.com, Atlas Snow-Shoe Company, Tubbs Snowshoes, Marmot, Outdoor Research, Arc’Teryx, Vasque, Merrell, and Clif Bar.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Have you joined us for our Tubbs Romp to Stomp event yet? If not, make this the year! Strap on your snowshoes for the Romp to Stomp–a fun, family-friendly snowshoe event that is truly in a class of its own!
With the majestic mountains raising high above, thousands of people decked out in pink, and a festive atmosphere complete with live entertainment, the Romp is not to be missed!
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Since its inception in 2003, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series® has engaged nearly 23,000 people in the sport of snowshoeing and raised more than 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!
Modeled after the highly successful Race for the Cure®, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer consists of a 3k or 5k snowshoe walk or a 3k snowshoe race. The event series has grown every year and now is the largest snowshoe series in the world.
Winter Trails celebrates its 16th year on January 8, 2011. Winter Trails offers children and adults new to snow sports a chance to try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing FREE at venues throughout North America. There is no charge for the use of equipment or trails. Most locations offer snowshoeing AND cross country skiing. Some locations only offer snowshoeing. Current alpine skiers and/or snowboarders are also encouraged to try an alternative snow sport.
Winter Trails locations, hours and offerings are posted at WinterTrails.org as they are announced. Venues include alpine resorts, Nordic centers, state parks, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Details accompany each event’s listing on the Winter Trails website. Registration is also available on-site at each location.
There is no charge for equipment or trail fees. While most events take place on the “official” date, some are held on alternative dates. One of the largest – at Estes Park, Colorado – is being held on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Estes Park Winter Festival. The www.wintertrails.org Web site is regularly updated.
On-line registration for Winter Trails begins November 15, 2010. Those who register on-line will have an opportunity to win prizes offered by Winter Trails supporters. On-line registrants also will receive updates on events and any weather advisories that could affect a particular venue.
“Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are winter outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by individuals, groups of friends and family members,” said Reese Brown, a Winter Trails organizer. “They are affordable, easy to learn and they provide moderate to vigorous exercise, depending on an individual’s effort. With obesity rates in the U.S. at an all time high, Winter Trails can introduce active and not so active children and adults to sports that provide winter outdoor recreation.”
Romp to Stomp Series History
Since the Series began in 2003
Total participants: 22,974
Total raised for breast cancer: $1,326,475
Romp to Stomp Series 2010
Total participants: 5,558
Total raised for breast cancer: $327,843
2010 RESULTS BY EVENT
$27,168 for the raised North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Avg raised per participant: $80
$60,783 raised for the VT/NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Avg raised per participant: $91
$27,507 raised for the Salt Lake City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Avg raised per participant: $47
$38,325 raised for the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Avg raised per participant: $43
$30,901 raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Avg raised per participant: $77
$18,009 raised for the OR/SW WA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure: $14,000
Avg raised per participant: $20
$125,149 raised for the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Avg raised per participant: $42
Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and sponsored–your dedication, commitment, and investment inspired thousands to stay active in the winter and to make a significant impact on the fight against breast cancer. We hope to see you next year!