Freezing for a Reason: A Recap of the VT Tubbs Romp to Stomp
It was a balmy 4 degrees at Stratton Mountain on a Blue Bird Saturday morning. Despite the cold weather there were hundreds of happy faces. They weren’t here that day to ski or snowboard, they were here to snowshoe. The cross country ski trails were closed down at the Sun Bowl and the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer was ready to take over. 760 bundled up participants, many clad in pink, huddled around ready to go.
Dad and I arrived early to beat the crowds at check in. We breezed in and out without a problem and headed into the base lodge to figure out our game plan. It was too hot for us to hang out in the base lodge so we decided to go back to the car, drop our goody bags off, and get the rest of our layers. The crowds were slowly starting to pick up, especially around the Tubbs Rental Area. The good folks at Tubbs showed up with hundreds of snowshoes that participants could demo for the event. This allows people who don’t own snowshoes the chance to still take part in the event. Participants milled around at first visiting vendor tents. Cabot Cheeses was there with samples. Despite the fact that the cheese was frozen, it was still yummy and no one seemed to mind. Blue Cross of Vermont was another popular tent with a fire pit and hot chocolate.
Finally the time had come to get the event going. First up was some stretching and yoga exercises for anyone who was interested in getting their blood flowing. After that the 3k runners toed the line. The rest of us walkers were all itching to get going and get warm but we patiently waited for the runners to do their thing. Once the last runner had crossed the finish line the masses took to the trail. To spread things out a little, the organizers had a little start line that they would hold people out to let a group go. You could tell a lot of people were new to snowshoeing by the amount of groups stopped off to the side with someone fixing the bindings on their snowshoes. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons why the Tubbs Romp To Stomp is so special. Trying a new sport, especially a winter sport, is so much easier and less intimidating when your’e surrounded by friends and friendly people who are happy to help you out if you need it.
The trail was fantastic and it was great to see so many people out exercising for a good cause. There were pink hats, scarves, balloons and accessories everywhere and even some costumes. Along the way you could choose to head back quicker and do the 3k course or continue on and do a 5k. Team EMS wanted the extra exercise and opted for the 5k. It truly was a nice leisurely walk in the woods. Snow on the ground, happy faces all around, exercising, and having fun.
Due to the cold weather (it was also pretty windy) many participants took off to warmer places after they were done. Some brave souls did wait around for the award ceremony and raffle. The combined efforts of the Vermont Romp raised over $106,000. A special shout out needs to be given to Team Cook for Love who raised $41,510! Great job to everyone who braved the cold. You were freezing for a good reason.
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