21 Snowshoers Brave the Cold & Get Rec’d

21 stalwart snowshoers came out this morning for barely double-digit temperatures  and a challenging but scenic course at the inaugural Get Rec’d 5k+ snowshoe race at the Town of Stratton Recreation Area in South Londonderry, VT. In a few short weeks RD Mike Owens pulled together what was repeatedly referred to as an “old school” snowshoe race – off in the woods with snow-covered trails, a shelter open to the winter weather, a warming fire, and a chilly pit toilet. Despite the cold weather, conditions were good for running on snowshoes, with hard-packed trails with just a bit of cushioning powder and abundant sunshine. It was definitely a great morning to be running or walking through the woods!

Tim Van Orden and Jamie Woolsey continued a three race streak of first place finishes on a challenging course that saw runners following a rolling path out to a double loop, climbing approximately 300 ft over a half mile on each lap, before finally heading back on the same path they’d taken from the start.

After the race the top 3 men and women had their pick of some classic Vermont prizes: maple syrup, cheese, or a Dion Snowshoes fleece hat.

2017 Get Rec’d 5k+ results

(Note that the wind jumbled the finisher tags a bit, so if you ran the race and see an error in your time please email me so we can get it corrected.)

Thanks to RD Mike Owens for a fun event and for everyone who trekked out to the wilds of Vermont to make it a success!

UPDATE – Get Rec’d runners, here’s a thank you gift from RD Mike Owens and RoadID for your support of his event.

SERIES RACE #3 on Sunday 1/8 – Get Rec’d 5k+

RD Mike Owens reports great conditions on the Get Rec’d 5k+ course at the Stratton Town Recreation Area in Stratton, VT.

Race start is at 10:15 AM, with registration from 9-10 AM. $15 gets you the opportunity to enjoy 3.4mi of groomed trails and snowmobile trail. More info including googlemaps links available on the race page.

A limited number of loaners available from Dion Snowshoes at $5/pair.

NOTE that the current forecast calls for temperatures around 10 degrees F at race time, with wind chills below zero. Make sure you have appropriate clothing for during and especially after the race!

Calling All Writers, Bloggers, Etc – Submissions Needed for the Newsletter

We have traditionally had a newsletter to accompany our series, with a combination of race results, race reports, and articles about topics related to our sport. In addition to being the humble web-minion, I also get to assemble the newsletter to post on our site.
 
If you have a race report that you’d like to share or other writing relevant to what we do, please send it along via my email and you will get bragging rights that you are a published author in what is likely the oldest snowshoeing newsletter in the northeastern US (if not the whole US.) Race reports about non-series races are welcome. Do you have a particular piece of gear that you think is fantastic – send along a review. Write snowshoe haikus or sonnets? Share them with us.
 
If you’re wondering what this mythic newsletter has contained in the past – check out the SnoNews page on our main menu for almost two decades worth of newsletters.
 
Any questions, shoot me an email and I will try to have answers…

Welcoming 2017 at Hilltop Orchards

45 runners & walkers kicked off the new year by “enduring” almost ideal race conditions at Hilltop Orchards on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Tim Van Orden and Jamie Woolsey have now taken 1st place for two races in a row… stay tuned to see if their streaks continue next weekend at the Get Rec’d 5k+ in VT. After the race participants were treated to cider donuts and wine samples courtesy of Hilltop Orchards.

2017 Hilltop Orchards 5k race results.

Race photos  courtesy of the Dzikowicz family.

Thanks to everyone who came out and had fun in the snow on the first day of 2017!

photo courtesy of the Dzikowicz family