Gore received another foot of fresh snow this past week so conditions should be good for the 1st race of the 2017-18 series at the Gore Ski Bowl on Saturday at 2 PM. All sorts of race info can be found at on the race page.
Unfortunately Albany got very little snow followed by rain and so Sunday’s race at Capital Hills Golf Course has been cancelled. There’s another race scheduled for that venue in February, and they may also try to reschedule this race for a date later in the season. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.
See you Saturday in North Creek!
By Laura Clark
Last season, one of the original Western Mass Athletic Club snowshoers, Bob Worsham reflected, “I miss the longer races we used to have.” Well, Bob, this is your year, as we look forward to offerings ranging from 5Ks, 10Ks and 15Ks, all the way up through the half and full marathon – with a team relay thrown in for good measure. Thankfully, though, the first two races on tap are all 5Ks, designed for an early season introduction, and an opportunity to practice clothing choices and strategy.
But why wait for the snow to fall? The season is but a brief shining moment and conditioning is crucial. Aaron Knoblach, who came out of seemingly nowhere – Rouses Point, to be exact – to win Snowshoe Nationals a few years back, attributes his success to superman hip flexors developed from single leg stationary bike pedaling drills. Saratoga Stryders member, Maureen Roberts, who doubles as our doctor on-call, has already begun her single leg squats and walking lunges hefting ten-pound handweights. I swear by my twice-weekly lunchtime stair running sessions to develop high knee lift and climbing power.
It also helps to cultivate a shrug-your-shoulders “whatever” attitude. Snow can be fickle and courses are sometimes altered to accommodate that fact; some are approached as mud excursions, others are rescheduled and occasionally even relocated. Updates from race directors are posted weekly on dionwmacsnowshoe.com and on Facebook (search: Dion WMAC Snowshoe Series) to include other regional events. Most races will have a limited supply of Dion Snowshoe rentals, so email the race director if you need to reserve a pair.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE OF ADIRONDACK SPORTS OR AT www.adksports.com.
Laura Clark of Saratoga Springs NY is an avid trail runner, ultramarathoner, snowshoer and cross country skier. She is a children’s librarian at the Saratoga Springs Public Library and also one of the organizers of the Dion WMAC Snowshoe Series.
The first race in the 2017-18 series will be next Saturday 12/16 at the Gore Ski Bowl in North Creek, NY. Online registration is now open and will remain live until Friday 12/15; day-of registration will also be available. The race information page is up-to-date with the most recent info as of 12/10/2017.
The race on Sunday 12/17 at Capital Hills in Albany, NY is not looking positive – no snow at the moment with very little in the forecast. Stay tuned for whether or not that one will be happening.
Saturday 12/9 is the first non-series race of the season for anyone wanting to get in a practice run for next weekend’s series opener at the Gore Ski Bowl. The 24th Annual Jingle Bell 5k will be held at the Paul Smiths VIC, and the latest from RD Jim Tucker is that they have 5″-9″ on fresh snow, and the 5k loop will be groomed by race time tomorrow.
Race info follows:
24th Annual 5Km Jingle Bell Snowshoe Race
Saturday, December 9th Snowshoe/ No-shoe race
Race 1:00 – 2:00 pm
The Paul Smith’s College Striders are hosting the 24th Annual 5 Km Jingle Bell snowshoe race. Registration is from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm in the VIC Lobby. Pre-Registration: $15; Race Day: $20; Children: $2 entry fee (14 and under) An absence of snow will result in a 5 km foot race, using the same woodland trail system. Please contact Jim Tucker for pre-registration or additional information.
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