Important update: The course preview for Friday, March 9, 2018 has been canceled. Race is still on; packet pickup is still 1-3:30pm at Race headquarters (423 Main st., Bennington).
We’ve had back to back intense and amazing snow events here on Prospect mt… which has given us some (40 inches worth) of incredible Utah powder. Given the vast quantity of snow, it’s taking a little longer than we had initially expected to wrap up course markings and the like (check this out on Facebook).
Thanks for your patience! It’s going to be a GREAT race!
Hard to believe the season is almost over, but we are only a few days away from the 2018 National Championships, returning this year to Prospect Mountain Nordic in Woodford VT. Here is the latest from RD Tim Van Orden:
With the looming snowstorm, coming on Wednesday and Thursday, this year’s U.S. National Snowshoe Championships in Woodford, VT, will be epic! There’s already 12 to 24 inches of snow at Prospect, and another 12 inches predicted before the race.
I’ve cut a lot of new single track, and the new course is amazing! Stunning scenery, and abundant fluff.
* Canadian athletes – You no longer need to join the US Snowshoe Association in order to compete. I got the rules changed. But you do need to be a member of Snowshoe Canada. So, I encourage you to head south and participate in the event.
If you haven’t yet booked a room –
The Paradise Inn is our host hotel for the event, and is giving a $10 discount to anyone who mentions they are here for the snowshoe race.
Also, The Four Chimney Inn is supporting our race, and we’d love it if you’d support them. Both options are close to the opening reception and downtown Bennington.
Can’t wait to see you at the races!
All my best
Tim Van Orden
The National Championships rotate around the country on a 4 year cycle, so it won’t be until 2022 that they’re in the Northeast again. Final series points will be awarded for the 5k and 10k races on Saturday, and Sunday features relays and the Half Marathon and Marathon Championship races. We hope everyone will come on over and join the fun, even if only to cheer on snowshoers of all abilities (from the best in the country to the very back of the pack like me) as they tackle the challenging courses Tim has put together for this epic event.
Work has already announced that we’re closed tomorrow due to the impending storm so look for tons of updates coming in the next day or two, including results, reports, and photo from the Stone Bridge Caveman, Brave the Blizzard, Garnet Hill, and Capital Hills races from the past three weekends. Stay tuned!
The snow has held up fairly well, with a few bare spots in the woods and water in the low-lying areas. But considering that the entire course was bare three days ago, this is a huge improvement.
Bring dry clothes for afterwards and expect to get wet. For those who were at Brave the Blizzard last week, I suspect this will be similarly wet and sloppy, just with enough snow to snowshoe in most spots.
Race info for those who need it.
Garnet Hill is currently getting a nice batch of fresh snow and should be in good shape for tomorrow’s 10k. Check-in/day of registration 8:30-9:45, race starts 10 AM. More details here.
For once Albany seems to have bucked the odds and has a decent snowfall – currently 6-7″ rather than the under an inch forecast. And it’s pretty dense so it should survive the rain later today. Given that, the CRNA folks have declared Sunday’s race a go! Registration from 8:30 – 9:45, please print and fill out the waiver to save time Sunday morning. Race starts at 10 AM. More details here.
If anyone is on the fence regarding Capital Hills because who wants to run around a golf course (I’ve been known to say that a time or three) – most of the Capital Hills course doesn’t feel like you’re running around a golf course, more like meadows bordered by woods, so it is worth giving it a try. Of course, the word “hills” is right in the name, so don’t be surprised at the terrain when you get there…