3,881 snowshoers turned out for the Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series® this winter to raise a total of $190,234 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Tubbs Snowshoes, the leading manufacturer of snowshoes in North America and now a national partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, just finished its 8th year of hosting the Romp to Stomp, which has raised nearly one million dollars for the fight against breast cancer.
“Word about the Romp to Stomp keeps spreading,” reports event manager Wendy Miller. “Each year more and more people participate in the Romp—many trying snowshoeing for the first time. Although economic conditions contributed to lower fundraising totals at each event, Tubbs kept event operations expenses low, ensuring that more registration fees and event income went to Susan G. Komen than ever before.”
Helping to drive the Romp’s fundraising effort was the largest individual fundraiser for the Colorado event, Jill Overdorf of Hermosa Beach, CA. In the six years Ms. Overdorf has participated in the Romp to Stomp, she’s raised nearly $25,000.
This year, the Romp to Stomp took place in five locations around the country: Mountain Creek Resort, New Jersey, Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont, Salt Lake City, Utah, Mt. Hood, Oregon, and Frisco, Colorado. Additionally, Tubbs Canada held a Romp to Stomp event in Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario. Modeled after the highly successful Race for the Cure®, the Romp to Stomp consists of a 3 or 5 km snowshoe walk with an optional 3 km snowshoe race. Participants take advantage of free snowshoe demos from Tubbs, a goody bag, and fun sweepstakes prizes from sponsors. Top racers, fundraising teams, and individual fundraisers also walk away with special prizes from sponsors.
Tubbs is looking forward to expanding the Romp to Stomp for 2010 by adding an event in Washington state and hopes to engage 4,500 snowshoers and raise $200,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
“The Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer has incredible potential for future growth” says Wendy Miller. “Not only is the sport of snowshoeing affordable and easy to learn, but the atmosphere of the event itself is incredibly encouraging and uplifting. At the end of each event if the cheers of encouragement, crazy pink costumes, or energetic snowshoers don’t put a smile on your face, the sheer dedication to stomp out breast cancer will!”
For more information on the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series, visit www.tubbsromptostomp.com