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Catching Up – February

A lot of racing has happened since the last post…I will try to re-cap some of that here.  If you ran a race, or did anything else really cool…or stupid, let me know and I will update this post!

February 3rd – The Great Stew Chase 15k – Full Results

9th Martin Tighe – 57:31
33rd – Jay Newton – 1:04:27
56th – Gina Newton – 1:07:24

The 9th Annual Super 5k was also held on 2/3/13.  Dave Schaad ran 18:58.  Full Results

After the Super 5k we had a Blizzard, then Mike Galoob made us run the fourth race in the South County 4th Season Trail Race Series on 2/10/13.  This race was supposed to be a 10 mile Trail race, instead it was a 2-5+ mile race on the snow…well..IN the snow.  Some people ran in snow shoes, some in shoes, some in socks…yes socks and one crazy did the race on skis!  The “long” course was about 5 miles and it was hell.  Mike dubbed these races the Brrr-lingame Snowy Sufferfest.  I would agree with that name.  I did not have any fun…and suffered quite a bit.  I did however take home some Girl Scout cookies for my efforts.  The Turtles were represented by John Peabody, Jackie Jackman, Joe Reddy, Scott Mason, George Ross and Bob Jackman (me).  I believe we went to the Mews after this race…Full Results

February 16th…Turtles were back on the snow shoes, this time in the dark at the Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe Race in Madbury , NH.  This is the most fun you can have on snow shoes!  The Turtles had another strong showing.  TNT women Jackie Jackman and Issy Nielson went 2-3 overall in the woman’s division and this was Issy’s first race on the shoes.

In the Men’s race I was fortunate enough to grab the silver medal behind the unstoppable Jim Johnson.  It was nice to get second at Kingman farm, as I have had some bad luck here before…in 2009 I was running in 2nd place with Double J at about 2 miles into the race and was taken out by a dog!  This knocked me down and undid my snow shoe…I ended up 5th after having to get myself together and get my equipment back in order!

Dave Principe finished in 5th (2nd Master) beating DJ Principe for the first time in a long time!  DJ was 6th, 17 seconds back.

Chris Jasparro was 17th, Scott Mason 22nd, John Peabody 32nd and Mark Howard was 49th.  This was also Mark’s first time in snow shoes…and he did very well for someone whom pretty much never runs.  We left Madbury and headed to the Portsmouth Brewpub…  Full Results  Race Video

2/23/13 – Tony Wild climbed some stairs at the ALA Fight for Air Climb in Providence – Full Results

2/24/13 – Martin Tighe ran the DH Jones Group 10 Miler in Amherst, MA in 1:01:59 Full Results – Scott Mason’s Photos

A March re-cap will come soon.  Again, please let me know if I missed anything.  I am just going off of memory of what people may have done, I am sure there were other results!

 

Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble

Story by Joe Reddy

On January 19th, I went up to the Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble with Scott Mason and Chris Jasparro. With a 10:00 AM start in North Conway, NH, we had to head out early – meeting up at Scott’s house at 5:30 AM. I was especially interested in getting there early enough to get in a little warm-up because I had never set foot in snowshoes before. Scott has an extra pair and was kind enough to loan them to me, so I didn’t have to worry about that part. We got to the race area in plenty of time and got all signed in. Back at the car, Scott ran me through the basics of strapping in. It’s pretty intuitive – a couple of straps across the front and one around the back. We walked over to the start area of the race and started running. It is surprisingly natural, you really are just running along.

There were two things I was most worried about. First, I don’t have a lot of lift to begin with – you’re not going to see too many shots of me with both feet in the air. I thought somehow that would be a problem with the snowshoes. Not at all. Second, I have a tendency to kick my right ankle with my left foot. That was a valid concern. We weren’t far into the warmup when that came into play. I whacked the frame up against my right ankle. First few times weren’t too bad but towards the latter half of the 4 mile race I was full on whining when I’d hit it. The distinctive clack-clack clack-clack sound of the snowshoes would periodically change to clack-clack owwww clack-clack somewhere in early mile three.

The Whitaker Woods course was primarily on groomed XC ski trails. The snow was for the most part neat and flat. Occasionally it got a little rutty, but that was the exception. In prior years there had been one more section of single track than we ran but the race director felt that the snow was a little thin in that area so he routed it out.

The first 1/3rd of a mile was slightly uphill and punctuated by a short steep uphill/downhill combination. About 6 tenths of a mile in, we began about a half mile of climbing. My Garmin had it at 140 rise over the half mile – so a little over 5% grade. No Mt. Washington but on snowshoes it was challenging. Then it rolled through most of the second mile. A few of those nasty hills where you hit a plateau and turn a corner thinking, okay, time for the downhill racing – and you look ahead only to find it’s still going up. Nothing as steep or long as that half mile bit, but you were glad when you started mile three which was pretty much downhill all the way. A little ways into three you popped out of the woods onto the top of a wide open downhill slope with a fantastic view of Mt. Washington. If I’d had a camera, I might have stopped to get a shot of that. Actually, after that 2nd mile if I’d had a camera I might have stopped to snap a shot of a particularly interesting tree branch.

In that 3rd mile, the way Scott and a couple of other guys in my sight took off made me think that there might be more technique difference on downhill snowshoe racing than there was on the flats or uphill. I didn’t feel physically different but that was the only part where I felt like I wasn’t holding my place in the race. Three was not only downhill, it had a little single track and wound a little bit, but again, the trails were really very clear. Four was close to flat, through the woods on the XC trails with a few pot bunker type up and downs, but a relatively low key mile. You came out into the field we started on and did a loop around it to the finish.

The joy of snowshoe racing.

I finished 25th in 36:02, following Scott at 21st in 34:59 and Chris at 11th in 32:04. I greatly enjoyed my first attempt at snowshoeing, ankle bruising notwithstanding. I will definitely try it again – maybe the Kingman Farm race in mid-February. As soon as I got home, I started perusing the internet for ankle protection. I might be able to make do with something like baseball players use to protect their ankles from foul balls. I’ll have to check eBay, maybe Barry Bonds is auctioning off some of that body armor he used to wear in his later years.

All in all an enjoyable experience, the race topped off by a visit to Moat Mountain and some good beer along with a surprise appearance by Zart who happened to be spending the weekend up in North Conway.

Full Race Results
Granite State Snowshoe Series

 

Scott Mason and Chris Jasparro place well in Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble

This past weekend saw the first snow shoe race of the season in North Conway, NH,  and Turtles Chris Jasparro and Scott Mason (pictured)  placed 5th and 9th overall respectively.

The race was part of the Granite State Snowshoe Series

Scott wrote a comprehensive race review on his blog ….check it out!

http://nikonrunner.blogspot.com/

Photo by Gianina Lindsey

At last…the Granite State Snowshoe Series will kick-off this weekend

After the very mild winter with a dearth of snow it has been snowing in the Granite State over the past few days and this weekend’s race – The Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble in North Conway –  is a go. I expect that a lot of Turtles have been staring at their racing snowshoes while praying to the snow Gods over the past few weeks but now they will cease praying and start preparing.

For race details visit http://www.mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html

Tuesday Night Turtle President, David Principe, leads the GSSS championship race for a wee while.

Photo by Scott Mason

Game on!

Snow Shoe Racing Resources

Snow Shoe Resources page, click to view.

This may surprise many reading this but the lowlander Tuesday Night Turtles finished in 2nd place in the 2010/2011 Granite State Snow Shoe Racing Series behind the wicked good Acidotic Racing team.

With this success comes great interest in the sport, a great sport, and we are asked many questions…

 

  • Where are the races?
  • Is it difficult?
  • What type of snow shoes do you use?
  • Where do you go for a beer after a snow shoe race?
  • And much, much, more….

To answer these questions we have put together a Snow Shoe Resources page, click to view.

This is, and will always be, a work-in-progress so if you know of a web site or blog that you feel should be included just let us know and we will gladly add it to this page.

Snow shoe racing is almost here…

December is almost here, and that means that Snowshoe season is in the near future.  Our Friends from acidotic RACING wanted me to spread the word about the 2011/12 Granite State Snowshoe Series.  There will be at least 8 races in this season’s series and also an end of the year awards ceremony at the Redhook Brewery called the Granny Awards.

If you want to try something different and breakout of the winter rut, snowshoe racing might just be what you need.  Check out the TNT Snowshoe page to see what the Turtles do during snowshoe season and plan to join in the fun starting on December 31st!