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Is Winter Over Yet?

Check out some of the latest results!  I am sure everyone is looking forward to the time change this weekend, I know I am!!

Kingman Farm Moonlight Snowshoe 4.5 Miler
Madbury, NH, February 15, 2014
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5th Robert Jackman 36:19 (8:05)
19th Patrick Quinn 45:25 (10:06)
58th George Ross 55:39 (12:22)

3 Turtles
Patrick Quinn, George Ross and Bob Jackman @ Kingman Farm

Check out some cool night shots from Scott Mason

Rhode Island High School Indoor Track State Meet
Providence, RI, February 15, 2014
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3rd David Principe JR 3000 meters 8:51.18
8th David Principe JR 1500 meters 4:12.85
10th David Principe JR 1000 meters 2:46.18

Old Fashioned Ten Miler…actually 5 Milerish
Foxboro, MA, February 16, 2014
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38th STEVEN MCDANIEL 36:21.4 7:16/M
40th BRAD HIGHCOVE 36:31.3 7:18/M

The Old Fashioned 10 Miler was again struck with bad timing of a snow storm. Last year the race was cancelled at the last minute because of the police having safety concerned with the road conditions. This year, the race was again threatened with a big storm the day before. They seemed to have everything in place after last years issues, a “snow date” for the following weekend, many updates before the race once it was evident there would be a storm. But when all was said in done, the race ended up a 5 miler. I have run the OFTM many times and it is a great race, it must have been a tough decision and I definitely feel for the race organization, as I am sure there were a bunch of unhappy runners.

40th Annual Jones Group 10 Miler
Amherst, MA, February 23, 2014
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114th    MARTIN TIGHE       1:01:06.4     6:07/M

Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo 4 MilerScott Mason Photos
Exeter, NH, February 22, 2014
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27th  41:09 Issy Nielson

Hyannis Marathon
Hyannis, MA, February 23, 2014
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27th  3:08:33  7:12 Thor Kirleis
38th  3:15:38  7:28 Issy Nielson

Hyannis Half Marathon
Hyannis, MA, February 23, 2014
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799th  1:49:22  8:21 Rachel Flaksman

MooseRide
Its not all serious business at nationals!

U.S. Snowshoe National Championship 10k (Men’s Race) Scott Mason Photos
Woodford, VT, March 1, 2014
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27th – 48:58 (7:53) Robert Jackman
82nd – 57:35 (9:16) Warren Angell

U.S. Snowshoe National Championship 10k (Women’s Race) Scott Mason Photos
Woodford, VT, March 1, 2014
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26th – 1:01:36 (7:53) Issy Nielson

Issy at Nats
Issy Nielson at SS Nationals

U.S. Snowshoe National Championship (Relay 4 x 2.5+k) Scott Mason Photos
Woodford, VT, March 2, 2014
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Turtle Bob Jackman teamed up with WTAC’s Mike Galoob and Whirlaway’s Steve Dowsett to win the relay portion of the National Championship on Sunday. The team was led off by Bob whom took the lead less than 1k into the race and held off the gaining Kevin Tilton (CMS) to give Mike a lead heading into the 2nd leg. Mike extended on this lead handing off to Steve to run the 3rd leg while Mike rallied to get ready to run the final leg. Steve handed off to Mike with a 35 second lead, Mike headed out conservatively in his last leg which saw his gap get on 2nd place get as small as only 15 seconds. Mike then pushed the last 1k to open up the lead and take the victory by 26 seconds with a total time of 46:42. The 2nd place team was the South Hill Distance Project, whom took the team title the day before in the Men’s National Championship, the Central Mass Striders rounded out the top three.

U.S. Snowshoe National Championship (80 Meter Uphill Sap Run) Scott Mason Photos
Woodford, VT, March 2, 2014
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Bob Jackman – 19ish seconds…place unknown.

Uphill Dive
Bob Jackman finishing the Uphill Challenge…kinda

Shamrock & Roll 5k
NewHaven, CT, March 2, 2014
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Warren couldn’t get enough racing, so he left VT on Sunday morning and headed to New Haven, CT to party…I mean race at the Shamrock & Roll 5k…he took it leisurely running a 24:35 for 309th place.

Some upcoming races…
3/16 – New Bedford 1/2 Marathon
3/22 – Brrr-lingame 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race
4/5 – Big River 1/2 Marathon and 10k Trail Race
5/11 – The Quahog Mile

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

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!