Saturday – The Endurance Society’s FRIGUS snowshoe races – 5k, 15k, and marathon distances. The RD reports that snow conditions are great and that race day registration will be available. Race info can be found here and on Facebook.
Sunday – The 3rd oldest race in our current points series, Brave the Blizzard, once again returns to Tawasentha Park in Guilderland. The weather forecast suggest this may be a very messy trail race – I’ll post the definite call once it’s made – and the race update earlier this week indicated that only the 5k would be happening. Both online and day-of registrations available. Lots more info can be found here (the official site has not yet been updated with the 5k only information.)
Only one series race this weekend, the Stone Bridge Caveman races at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park in Pottersville NY – though past participants will attest that doesn’t mean your in for an easy weekend. Both courses feature plenty of southern Adirondack hills, with the 15k EXTREME course providing a formidable challenge for even the hardiest snowshoer. Course conditions are currently excellent and the forecast is calling for perfect weather Saturday morning. More information, including online registration for the 6k & 15k, can be found here.
Near perfect conditions greeted the runners at the 20th Saratoga Winterfest 5k+ on Sunday 2/3 – cold but not frigid temperatures and a nice layer of soft powder over hardpack (or ice, in the case of the start around the perimeter of the quad.) 64 runners toed the line, with Tim Van Orden and Katya Harte taking first place for men and women. Full results can be found here and photos of all the runners can be found on our FB page.
Saratoga Winterfest is the oldest race currently in our series (along with Camp Saratoga, Brave the Blizzard, and Hoot Toot & Whistle) – the longevity of this race can be directly attributed to the efforts of RD Laura Clark and the Saratoga Stryders, who can always be counted on to stage a first-class event. Today’s course required some modification from the usual route to follow decent snow cover but was so well marked that someone would have had to stop paying attention for quite a bit of time to actually go off course, between all the ribbons, signs, flags, and volunteers out on the course.