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.