Snow Conditions – February 26th

Only 3 days till the Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships! Here is a little video to show you the current snow conditions at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont, where the event is being held.

Relay Race Course

A fun, scenic and spectator friendly 2.5 kilometer loop has been set for Sunday’s Relay Race event. Teams of four people will each run a leg to see which group can cover the 10 kilometers of total distance the fastest. This event is open to all. Teams can consist of a single or mixed gender group.

Relay Course Map

Relay - Start Finish Blowup

Total Elevation Gain – 96 feet

K – Gain – Loss
1 – 62′ – 53′
2 – 11′ – 37′
2.5 – 23′ – 6′

Junior’s 5k U.S. Championship Course

The Junior’s 5K course has been finalized. Check out the map and elevation data below.

Juniors 5k Championship Course Map
Juniors 5k Championship Course Map
Start & Finish Blowup Map
Start & Finish Blowup Map

Elevation Data per Kilometer:
K – Gain – Loss (ft.)
1K – 122 – 29
2K – 72 – 114
3K – 192 – 80
4K – 43 – 81
5K – 28 – 138

Total Climb – 457 Feet

* This elevation data is approximate.

10K U.S. Championship Course

The Open Men’s and Women’s 10K course has been finalized. Check out the map and elevation data below.

Men's and Women's 10K Course Map
Men’s and Women’s 10K Course Map

Start & Finish Blowup Map
Start & Finish Blowup Map

Elevation Data per Kilometer:
K – Gain – Loss (ft.)
1K – 131 – 28
2K – 60 – 121
3K – 204 – 72
4K – 255 – 22
5K – 100 – 00
6K – 56 – 173
7K – 130 – 112
8K – 24 – 145
9K – 13 – 202
10K – 59 – 140

* This elevation data is approximate. The total average climb of the 4 times I’ve run the course is 937 feet.

Course Preview Pictures – Feb. 20th

My friend Eddic Habeck came down from northern Vermont to run the 10k course with me, and was kind enough to be my model for these shots.  More photos to come. Enjoy.

The first single track section of the course at 1 mile.
The first single track section of the course at 1 mile.
The second big climb of the race and the 4th single track section at 1.5 miles.
The second big climb of the race and the 4th single track section at 1.5 miles.
The second single track section at 1.2 miles. This section includes a 20 foot climb.
The second single track section at 1.2 miles. This section includes a 20 foot climb.
The third single track section at 1.3 miles. This area keeps drifting and filling the in the tracks. We'll make sure to track it good before the race.
The third single track section at 1.3 miles. This area keeps drifting and filling the in the tracks. We’ll make sure to track it good before the race.
The fifth single track section of the race at 2 miles. This is where the big climbs start.
The fifth single track section of the race at 2 miles. This is where the big climbs start.
The last 'big' climb of the race at 4.5 miles. It's only 150 feet of climb in half a mile, but you'll be spent when you get here.
The last ‘big’ climb of the race at 4.5 miles. It’s only 150 feet of climb in half a mile, but you’ll be spent when you get here.
The view from the summit, just past the 5k point. Stratton Mountain is in the distance. You've got one kilometer of downhill after this point.
The view from the summit, just past the 5k point. Stratton Mountain is in the distance. You’ve got one kilometer of downhill after this point.
Rime ice on the trees at the summit. Gorgeous views at this point in the other direction of Bennington, the Taconic Mountains and New York State.
Rime ice on the trees at the summit. Gorgeous views at this point in the other direction of Bennington, the Taconic Mountains and New York State.
The final single track section at 4.8 miles. It's flat and beautiful and once you finish it, it's almost all downhill to the finish.
The final single track section at 4.8 miles. It’s flat and beautiful and once you finish it, it’s almost all downhill to the finish.