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!