UPDATE FRI 2/28: Word from the RD is that conditions are Garnet Hill are excellent!
The penultimate race in the 19-20 series is coming up on Saturday 2/29 at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, NY. Day of registration will be $20 for either the 5k at 10 AM or the 3k fun run at 11 AM. Note that only the 5k is eligible for series points; 5k runners are also allowed to run the 3k at no extra charge, if you want to get in a little extra distance.
All the race info can be found here.
It’s also worth noting that the weekend is supposed to bring a return to cold temperatures again (after the preview of spring we’ve had for much of the week – it was almost 40 degrees during Tuesday night’s race at Gore Nordic!) so be sure to dress appropriately, though in this case we do have the advantage of having the Lodge to retreat to after enjoying some time out on the snow.
First things first, our next series race is right around the corner – Gore Nordic Citizens’ Race #6 at 6 PM on Tuesday 2/25. This is supposed to be the final race in their Tuesday evening series (though there was some talk two weeks about maybe doing one or two more as “fun runs” before the snow totally disappears) and as such should result in the raffle to end all raffles after the race, with prizes ranging from winter clothing to calendars to gift cards and even a few unique homemade items.
All the info can be found here; please arrive by 5:30 to have time to get registered, races (we share the trails with both classic and skate XC skiers) go off at 6 PM sharp. The full distance is 4 loops, just under 3 miles total – you can stop early but only 4 loop finishers are eligible for series points.
Next, a huge thank you to all the RD’s who’ve gotten me copies of their recent race results and then wondered when they’d be posted. Having spent the better part of a week sick combined with coming into the end of the winter term at work (which means exams to create and grade and grades to compile and record) has left me behind in posting results and past race info, but I’m really hoping to get caught up next weekend and during the following week. Your patience is much appreciated – it will all be here soon (as will the end of the series for another season – where does the time go?)
Bob Dion’s snow reports started out positive and have only become more so. Hoot Toot & Whistle is the 4th oldest race in our series and has seen everything from deep snow to ice to cancellation due to no snow, so this is the year to be there. The weather is supposed to be great and the scenery along the course is gorgeous.
Race check-in is at the Readsboro School in Readsboro VT from 9-10 AM. Race start is at 10:30 AM at the Catamount Trail trailhead on VT 100, about 0.8 miles from the school. Be sure to leave plenty of time to either catch the shuttle to the start or walk/run to the start.
Afterwards, the shuttles will be running to take people back to the school, or walk/run back.
Print a copy of the registration form ahead of time to save time that morning. All the race info can be found here.
Tomorrow’s (2/18) race at Gore has been postponed for a week, to Tuesday 2/25. All other information remains the same.
Tuesday evening (yes, Tuesday evening!) brings the 6th week of the Gore Nordic Citizens’ Races, and the 2nd time it’s a series race this season. Start time is 6 PM and distance is a little less than 5k, made up of 4 rolling loops which are shared with both classic and skate skiiers. It’s also possible to stop early but only 4 loop finishers get series points. Arrive at the Gore Nordic Ski Bowl (not Gore Mountain Ski Area!) by 5:30 to get checked in and purchase a $12 trail pass. Many prizes awarded at the raffle afterwards. All the info can be found here.
Looking ahead to next weekend – the 4th oldest race in the series and a favorite for many, the Hoot Toot & Whistle 5k in Readsboro VT, organized by the guy who puts the DION in DION snowshoes. A more detailed reminder including (hopefully) snow conditions will appear later this week.