What to do this weekend: 2/21/14

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A snowy shot from one of Joe Grant’s adventures, mentioned in the links of the week. Photo from Alpine-Works.

With only one week left until the National Snowshoe Championships in Vermont, there are still opportunities to qualify at races this weekend. And, of course, there’s a lot of snow. Check out where to race, and what to read, below.

What to do

Saturday
Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo, Exeter, N.H.
Distance: 4 miles
Start time: 11:00
Race-day registration: yes

Curly’s Record Run snowshoe race, Pittsfield, Mass.
Distance: 4 miles
Start time: 10:00
Race-day registration: no

Sunday
Brave the Blizzard Snowshoe Race
, Guilderland, N.Y.
Distance: 3.1 miles
Start time: 10:00
Race-day registration: yes

What to read

Joe Grant makes an eloquent case for getting out there every day.

How would you feel if you signed up for a race, paid the entry fee, and spent months training, only to show up on race day and find that there was no race? Unfortunately, for many people who have signed up for races organized by USRA Half Marathon, it’s not a rhetorical question.

With skiers and snowboarders flying high into the sky in Sochi, here’s a look at the genetics of being a daredevil.

RunBlogger offers his thoughts on the popularity of “maximalist” shoes.

Grant Killian, race director for Untamed New England, talks to Adventure Race World.

How important is VO2max in determining performance in endurance events?

On iRunFar, New Hampshire runner Doug Mayer offers tips for how to fit in when running an ultra in Europe. Hint: compression, compression, compression.

Sunday is the start of the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 1,000 or 350-mile race across Alaska. Competitors will run, bike, or ski the legendary Iditarod Trail.