Only one series race this weekend but it has two distance options and if last year’s 6k course was any indication both will be plenty tough, with lots of climbing and fast descents.
Please be aware that because a 10:30 start time was posted in several places on the web the start is now at 10:30 rather than 10 AM.
Rainy skies but plenty of snow greeted the 65 runners and walkers who tackled the trails at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve on Saturday February 10. This year’s race featured a brand new course in an attempt to keep us on the official trails; while I have fond memories of numerous runnings of the old course, I can’t be the only one who doesn’t miss running past the finish line only to tackle another 1-2k of steep climbs and descents on the ridge overlooking the old camp before finally stumbling down the hill and staggering to the finish.
This year’s race was won by Shaun Donegan and Jamie Woolsey. Plenty of smiles were in evidence despite the cold and the damp, possibly because a volunteer-prepared feast awaited the finishers inside the warm cabin that served as race HQ. Once again thanks go out to Laura Clark and the Saratoga Stryders for an event that is always top-notch.
44 runners braved the ice-covered trails at Saratoga Spa State Park for the Saratoga Winterfest 5k trail race on Sunday, 2/4. Shaun Donegan & Peggy McKeown took 1st place for the men and women, respectively. And nature got in the last word – it started snowing right after the race wrapped up (though not enough for snowshoes!)
A huge thank you goes out to Laura Clark and her army of helpers and volunteers. I know Laura and her friends made numerous trips around the park planning out and finally marking this year’s route (some changes were necessary due to both the ice and the construction at the pool) prior to race day and the volunteers kept everything running smoothly during the race itself – it’s pretty clear that these folks are the reason this is one of the longest-running races in the series.