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Snowshoes. Photo: TT
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175 people compete in the World Snowshoe Championship in Rättvik this Saturday. Photo: TT

Snowshoe runners hunt world title in Sweden

Runners from twelve different countries have gathered in Rättvik in central Sweden this Saturday to compete in the World Snowshoe Championship. This is the first time that Sweden hosts the championship, news agency TT reports.

A total of 175 people have qualified to the nine kilometer race for the title. The race is like any other running race except that the competitors run on deep snow with snowshoes on their feet.

Snowshoes are footwear where a flat device is attached to the sole of a boot to distribute the weight of the person over a larger area causing the person to float on top of snow instead of sinking into it.

In the past snowshoes were vital to get around in areas of deep and frequent snowfall, but are now mostly used for recreation.

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