Snow-Covered Magic in Vermont

Sunday 1/7 saw the return of our series to Vermont, this time for the Winter Magic 3.5mi race at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry. 19 racers braved subzero wind chills to follow the snow-covered trail around Lowell Lake, then retired to the warmth of Magic Mountain’s Black Line Tavern for race results and refreshments. Josh Ferenc and Jamie Woolsey were first finishers. Special thanks to RD Mike Owens for putting on another top-notch event and to the Magic Mountain Outing Club for hosting the race.

Race results here.

 

WSSF North American Championships Presented by CockaDoodle Shoe this Sunday 1/14/18

This one is both a series race and the North American Championships for the World Snowshoe Federation. All the race info you could ever want can be found at the official race site, or you can get the basics on our own race page.

A couple of reminders:

  • there is NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION – you must preregister online, through  Saturday 1/13.
  • there is NO PARKING AT THE RACE SITE – all parking, packet pickup, etc on race day is at the Dannemora Community Center. There will be shuttles to take participants from the Community Center to the race site (approx. 9 miles.) Be sure to leave enough time to check in, get your gear set, and catch the shuttle.
  • after a January thaw for a good part of the week, the cold weather is set to return, heralded by some fresh snow (hurray) so conditions should be good but also cold on Sunday – be prepared for the cold weather, especially since you may have to wait a bit after finishing your race for the shuttle.
  • there is packet pickup on Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM at Kinetic Running in Plattsburgh, for those who are already in the area.

NON-SERIES RACES THIS WEEKEND

There are two that I’m aware of:

On Saturday, 1/13, the annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble will be held in North Conway, NH. Their FB page notes that the forecast is calling for rain but they think there’s enough of a base that it won’t be a problem – probably a good idea to keep an eye out there or contact the RD for any updates as Saturday morning approaches.

On Sunday, 1/14, the fine folks at Goose Adventure Racing are holding their annual Mendon Winterfest 8k near Rochester, NY. I’ve done the various iterations of this race quite a few times over the last 12 years and can definitely recommend it – plus they’re supposed to get a healthy snow storm Friday night and Saturday morning, so conditions should be excellent.