BRING ON THE STORM – THE SWITCHBACK SINGLETRACK 5K WILL GO ON!

RD Tim Van Orden says that he will be at Prospect Mountain tomorrow regardless of what the weather brings, ready to hold a challenging snowshoe race for any and all who show up.
 
That said, there is a possibility of bad weather, so leave some extra travel time to get there and get home afterwards.
 
Registration is from 11 – 12, with a 12:30 PM start.
 
(And remember – if you’re the only one who shows up – all you have to do is finish to have first place!)

ANOTHER DOUBLE HEADER OF SERIES RACES!

Saturday’s Stone Bridge Caveman 6k at 10 AM in Pottersville, NY looks to be a fun one, with both a challenging course and what should be excellent conditions. Preregistrants get a winter season pass to use the 14 miles trails at the park, and there is also day of registration from 8:30-9:45. The RD’s also encourage everyone to check out the natural stone bridge and the largest cave entrance in the northeast, located near the start/finish. More info can be found on our race page and at the event website.

 Sunday’s Switchback Singletrack 5k at 12:30 PM in Woodford, VT is a very recent addition to the series, but promises a challenging and rolling 5k on a mix of singletrack and groomed nordic trails. Runners may also be getting a preview of the course for the NE Championships in mid-March, since RD Tim Van Orden is considering using the same course for those races. Day of registration only, from 11-11:45 (NOTE THAT NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12 NOON – arrive early enough to register before then!) More info available on our race page and at the event website.

If anyone is going to be in northwestern VT Sunday morning, the Northern VT Snowshoe Challenge at Smuggler’s Notch looks to have great conditions for their 4k and 8k races, and former RD/current race assistant Zeke Zucker says “Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. at the Nordic Center at Smuggs, and just tell the registration folks that Zeke said you can get the early registration fee of $25, instead of $30.  ($18 for the 4K). The races start at 11:00, and it looks like the temps will be in the low 30’s with some light snowfall.  Look for the Parking signs as you near the Resort, and you’ll be shuttled to the start location.”

Here’s hoping everyone can get out and enjoy the (relatively) fresh snow this weekend!

2017 Curly’s Record Run Cancelled

Regardless of whether you think climate change is a hoax or science, there’s no questioning that Pittsfield State Forest doesn’t have enough snow to hold Curly’s safely, and the weather over the next several days isn’t likely to improve conditions. RD Paul Bazanchuk has made the call to cancel the race.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the Stone Bridge Caveman race on Saturday (conditions look to be excellent for a snowshoe race) and a last-minute addition to the schedule, the Switchback Singletrack 5k at Prospect Mountain XC Ski Resort in VT on Sunday.

RESULTS FROM HOOT TOOT & WINTERFEST

The Hoot Toot & Whistle 5k on Saturday, 2/4, was held as a snowshoe race with 42 official finishers and a couple of folks who walked part of the course. Tim Van Orden and Jamie Woolsey were once again the overall winners – they are definitely giving their competitors a run for their money! Results including series points can be found here.

The Saratoga Winterfest 5k on Sunday, 2/5, was held as a trail race (reluctantly!) after numerous attempts to find an alternate course that would provide decent snowshoeing. 45 runners and walkers enjoyed the Saratoga Spa State Park trails. Series regular Tim Van Orden and Shaun Donegan had a very tight sprint to the finish, with Shaun edging Tim out by 1 second. The winner of the womens’ race was Peggy McKeown. Results including series points can be found here.

Conditions permitting, we have two more doubleheader weekends coming up before the World Snowshoeing Championships in Saranac Lake on February 24-26.