Our final weekend of the 2017-18 series saw another doubleheader. On Saturday 3/3 a small group of snowshoers ran and hiked the inaugural Garnet Hill snowshoe races in North River, NY (not far from our series opener at the Gore Ski Bowl!) Warm temperatures and rain prior to race day forced the Garnet Hill staff to reorganize the course, with most runners doing the full distance consisting of three 3.5mi loops and a few choosing the “fun run” one loop option. Tim Van Orden and Jessica Northan took top the top places, and our thanks go out to the Garnet Hill staff for a enjoyable and well-organized race.
Sunday 3/4 brought a return to Capital Hills Nordic in Albany, this time with no rain and a good deal more snow, though there were still bare spots and some stretches of very cold watery slush to wade through. Slightly more than twice as many runners as the February race enjoyed a very similar course, with the duo of Brian and Jessica Northan once again finishing first. Many thanks to the Capital Region Nordic Alliance for all their hard work setting up the course and giving us a final opportunity to play in the snow prior to Nationals!
For a more detailed and personal view of the weekend, check out the race reports by Laura Clark.
COMING UP: we’ll announce the series champions and the three winners of the Dion raffle! And then – coverage of Nationals!