The race pages for the next three series races are now up-to-date:

1-7-18 Winter Magic 3.5mi
1-14-18 2018 WSSF North American Championships Presented by Cock-A-Doodle Shoe
1-20-18 Hoot Toot & Whistle 5k

Winter Magic & Hoot Toot are day-of registration only. Save time on race day by printing the form on the race page to fill out ahead of time.

Cock-A-Doodle Shoe is online registration only, with no day of registration (except for the kids’ race.)  Runners are encouraged to sign up well ahead of time; since this is a WSSF Championship event, the field is expected to be much larger than usual, and registering early will help the race organizers better estimate how many runners to plan for.

Registration is also open for the National Championships which will be held at Prospect Mountain Nordic in Woodford VT on March 10 &11. RD Tim Van Orden encourages everyone to sign up early, as prices will increase as we get closer to the race date. Also, runners signing up for both a Saturday race and either the marathon or half marathon on Sunday will receive a discount (currently $30 off the 2nd registration.) Register online or by submitting a paper application. Anyone running in the championship events must have a current USSA membership (not required for the kid’s kilo, citizen’s 5k, or team relays.)

Finally, I’m in the process of updating the non-series race info – most of the January races have updated information.

AND THEY’RE OFF! Gore Ski Bowl 5k Snowshoe Race

photo courtesy of Gore Nordic Center staff

The 24th season of the Dion WMAC Snowshoe Series got off to a great start with 20 snowshoers tackling the course at the Gore Ski Bowl in North Creek, NY. 18 went the full 5k distance of 3 loops on groomed nordic ski trails and a short stretch of ungroomed singletrack through the woods, and 2 completed the 2 mile fun run. Brian Northan and Jamie Woolsey finished at the head of the pack on a day that saw us start with mostly overcast skies and then featured occasional patches of blue peeking through the clouds and even a burst of snow flurries for a while. Our thanks to the staff of the Gore Ski Bowl Nordic Center who put on a professionally organized race, provided complimentary day passes for those who wanted to spend additional time on the trails either skiing or snowshoeing, and even sent everyone home with a prize. Thanks also to Bob Underwood of Underdog Race Timing for recording the results.

Race photos courtesy of the Gore Nordic Center staff

Race results courtesy of Underdog Timing

photo courtesy of Gore Nordic Center staff

NEXT UP: we take a break from series races for a few weeks and then the Winter Magic 5k+ in Londonderry, VT will be run on Sunday 1/7/2018.


Gore received another foot of fresh snow this past week so conditions should be good for the 1st race of the 2017-18 series at the Gore Ski Bowl on Saturday at 2 PM. All sorts of race info can be found at on the race page.

Unfortunately Albany got very little snow followed by rain and so Sunday’s race at Capital Hills Golf Course has been cancelled. There’s another race scheduled for that venue in February, and they may also try to reschedule this race for a date later in the season. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

See you Saturday in North Creek!