Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer
This one is personal.
It stopped me dead in my tracks. Literally. My dad and I were walking to get lunch after I had just competed in the NCAA Track and Field Championship when he told me those frightening words, “Your mom has breast cancer.”
My mind went in a million directions while he continued on. All I really remembered was him saying they didn’t want to tell me until after I competed. Later that summer while my mom was going through radiation I got very sick with Mono. She got remarked for her treatment so she could fly down to North Carolina and take care of me. As much as I wanted her there it absolutely killed me that she postponed her treatment to help me out, when I couldn’t be there for her when she needed to be taken care of the most.
I am happy to say that today my mom is cancer free, but I still take breast cancer very personally and I’m not the only one. Back in 2003, Tubbs wanted to get a snowshoe series together to introduce people to the social and health benefits of snowshoeing. They decided to team up with the local VT/NH affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer was born.
For 2013 the event has grown to 7 locations in the United States and 2 in Canada. Since its inception the series has raised over $2.2 million for local affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. And when you consider that, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, there were an estimated 1.6 million new cases for breast cancer worldwide in 2010 alone, every bit of money raised helps. To date, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer series has engaged nearly 36,000 people and is the largest snowshoe series in the world. It’s also an amazing experience that’s open to EVERYONE.
Modeled after the highly popular Race for the Cure, the Romp to Stomp allows participants to either run or walk the groomed courses of a local ski area. For those ambitious types who have some experience with snowshoes there is a 3K race with prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers. More casual participants can choose to do the 3K as a walk or extend your time with your friends to a 5K walk. Just don’t ask what the exact course will be ahead of time, because some of that depends on what Mother Nature has to say. Although, if you attend the NJ event, you know that you will get a ride on the cabriolet to the top of Mountain Creek Resort to your awaiting course.
Never snowshoed before? Not a problem. Around 45% of the participants in NJ last year had never done any snowshoeing until the event. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Just think of it as having giant shoes on that give you traction so you don’t slip and slide on the snow. Since a large part of the event is the social aspect, you will be able to find veteran snowshoers to give you tips and advice.
Don’t own snowshoes? Also, not a problem. The folks at Tubbs are on hand with Demo snowshoes available on a first come, first serve basis. When signing up make sure to check off that you don’t have your own pair so that Tubbs has an idea of how many to bring to the event. In addition to demos snowshoes, there are often locations in the area of the Romps that rent snowshoes out. You might want to consider this because once you complete your romp, there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked on snowshoeing and want to hit the trails for more awesome exercise after the celebration.
Ready to register? Click on the links below of the location nearest you. It doesn’t matter what age you are. That’s right, if your toddler can walk, they can join. Male, female, young, old, or in-between. Events like this are always more fun with friends so think about getting a team together for the event, come up with a fun name, heck you can even make up team shirts. Since this event is a fundraiser for breast cancer it is encouraged to set up a fundraising page and get donations from your friends and family that can’t make it to the event. There is no fundraising requirement but the sites do offer resources. Plus, the more money you raise, the more chances you have to win great prizes from event sponsors. If you can’t make it to an event because you are just too far away or working that day you can always be a virtual snowshoer.
Are you getting pumped up and excited yet? You should be. This is going to be a great time. But wait, what do I wear? Fear not, What To Wear for the Tubbs Romp to Stomp will be coming to the blog soon. If you have questions about the events please, by all means fire away in the comment section below. I’d also love to hear from anyone who has participated before. Share your experience below and let others know what a great time they will have.
I’ll see you in Vermont!