Winter Warrior 10k soldiers on

To the editor,

A humble thank you to our c(om)munity who stepped up to save my 9th annual Winter Warrior 10k Snowshoe Race after i initially cancelled it due to my sudden caregiving responsibilities for my 89-year-young M(om). It was Shaun Burke, my much younger yet ongoing rival in the Purgatory Twilight Race Series, who said to ilg after yet another crushing effort in freezing temps under headlamps, “Ilg? We gotta keep your race on the calendar.”

So, on Sun., Feb. 10, after a whirlwind effort by Brett Sublett of Durango Running Co., Shaun, Helen Low at Durango Nordic Center and my sponsors at Tailwind Nutrition, we pulled off an amazing race that saw nearly 50 racers giving it their all knowing that there were no age groups, no awards, no raffles, no prizes as per the past. Yet? Upon the sacred snows we raced and showed our genuine love of sacred sweat upon even more sacred snows! Snowshoeing is a Native American creation and is the original winter sport and thus deserves ongoing honor. Big changes higher next year for the Winter Warrior 10k! Stay tuned via FB.

– Steve Ilg, Durango