The second race in the 2017-18 series is coming up this Sunday – the Winter Magic 5k+ at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry VT. All the race info can be found by following the link but here are a few reminders:

  • print out a copy of the registration form and bring it with you to save time that morning – the form also has all the race info on it
  • parking, registration, and facilities are at Magic Mountain Ski Area, 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry VT. Shuttles will run from 9 -10:30 AM to take runners to the race site – leave enough time to catch the shuttle.
  • there is no runner parking at the race siteyou MUST take the shuttle from Magic Mountain. Running or walking on Route 11 between Magic Mountain and the race site is very dangerous – the state permit to use the race site requires participants to take the shuttle.
  • while the forecast for Sunday is warmer than it is for Saturday, it’s still going to be pretty cold, so bring a dry bag with extra clothing for after the race – depending on when you finish you might have to wait a few minutes for the shuttle to get back. There may be a heated tent to make the wait more comfortable but best to be prepared.
  • if you need to rent snowshoes (limited supply) contact RD Mike Owens at or 845-978-9705 ahead of time to reserve a pair
  • smile and have fun – remember, you paid to do this to yourself!


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.