Bob Dion of Dion Snowshoes provides all sorts of support for our series throughout the season, from providing loaner snowshoes for races to helping runners in the middle of a race adjust their snowshoes so that they’ll stop falling off (yes, I’ve actually seen Bob stop running a race to help a fellow runner fix or adjust his or her snowshoes – and then a short while later I get to see him pass me and I’ll never see him again until afterwards.) At the end of the series he also provides us with prizes for the top male and female runner, as well as three raffle prizes.

The top male and female racer each receive their choice of a snowshoe package – any combination frame, binding, and cleat. Final series points are calculated by totaling their best six races (out of a possible twelve this season.)

The 2017-18 Dion WMAC Snowshoe Series Champions are

Brian Northan (576.9 pts) & Jamie Woolsey (476.7 pts)

Congratulations to both of them for another very successful & competitive racing season!

The raffle prize winners are chosen from everyone who participated in our races this season. Each race you do gets you a chance in the raffle. This season we had a total of 474 participants over 12 races. Out of all of those names and races, the following are the raffle winners:

Jim Sheehan (Hoot Toot & Whistle 5k) – a set of Dion snowshoes
Solitaire Niles (Saratoga Winterfest 5k) – a Dion snowshoes shirt
Chris Johnson (Saratoga Winterfest 5k) – a Dion snowshoes hat

Congratulations to our three raffle winners!

Bob will be working to get in touch with each of our winners to make arrangements for them to get their prizes – if you’re reading this and you’re one of them, please send him an email to help get the ball rolling.

And at the risk of sounding like “everyone is a winner” – the truth is everyone who did one of our races this season is a winner in one way or another. Possibly because you refused to settle for “It’s too cold”, “It’s too difficult”, “I’m too tired”, “I’m too old”, “I’m too slow”, or any of the other myriad reasons people give themselves for sitting inside in the winter. Or possibly because you pushed yourself and did something you’ve never done before, whether that be a certain distance or a certain time or even trying snowshoeing for the first time ever. Appreciate the little victories, they come a lot more often than the big ones.

In the next week or so I hope to have total points for all of the runners (sorry, it takes a while to compile totals for 12 races and 474 runners in those races.) Until then, enjoy the snow while we’ve got it – with luck spring is right around the corner!