Kids Battle in 24 Minutes of Snowshoe
Author thumbnail By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor

While adult teams tackled mud, steep climbs, and slippery tree roots in the 24 Hours of Snowshoe endurance race, kids were presented with their own mountain bike race: the 24 Minutes of Snowshoe.

After some uncertainty over a light rain, the race began shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Really young riders made a loop around a small track, while older riders competed in a slightly longer loop. Several races in different age and gender classes were held, although no race took more than a couple of minutes, leading to much cheering and excitement from camera-wielding adults.

Photos from the race follow.

There’s a lot of interesting things going on in this photo - note the dog in the corner playing tug-of-war on his leash, oblivious or unconcerned by the small matter of the ongoing race.

Racers get their own Le Mans-style start, running to their bikes. Queue the Chariots of Fire soundtrack.

The youngest riders quickly gave up trying to ride their bikes, and it became a push for the finish. They’re in good company: most adult riders chose to walk through particularly challenging parts of their 7-mile course, too.

Winners take the podium. Every participant received a keepsake frisbee and/or t-shirt.

View additional DCSki coverage of the 2003 24 Hours of Snowshoe and photos in the following sections:

  • Firsthand Account
  • First several hours of the race
  • 24 Minutes of Snowshoe children’s race (this page)
  • Nighttime shots
  • Award ceremony photos

    All photos were taken by M. Scott Smith.

  • About M. Scott Smith

    M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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