5k, 15k, and Marathon Snowshoe Race
and New for 2020 -1 mile Kids Race
We're happy to announce FRIGUS will be part of the Dion Snowshoe Series for 2020
The Endurance Society's annual snowshoe festival
Kids Race will be 1 mile loop or out and back
The 5k will be a single loop with about 500' of gain
*see course description for details on completing the 5k and kids race together.
The 15k will be a single loop with approximately 1900’ of gain
The Marathon will consist of three loops, each with approximately 1900’ of gain. Marathon will have a cutoff, of 10.5 hours. See Course description for more deatails.
February 15, 2020
8 a.m. Start
Moreau Lake State Park
605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort
New York, 12831
We will offer early bib pickup Friday night from 6:00 - 7:30. Participants will receive a finisher medal, and t-shirt for the 5K, 15K, and marathon. Unique Frigus 2020 shirt will only be guaranteed to early participant signups who sign up by Dec 31st, 2019. In addition I am sure Andy will have more swag like stickers, wristbands and very likely hats for the 15k and marathon. Top male and female racers of each distance will also receive awards.
Friday night packet pickup will be at the Landmark Motor Inn. at 6:00. They will have rooms available from $72-$82 night and will hold that price until Jan 15th. Motel is a local and about 5 mins to the race, and also has an indoor pool and hot tub.
It is Valentines day, and hotel prices go up from there. Consider booking early, as rooms will probably sell out.
Motel Info: 1418 Rt. 9, Fort edward NY, 12828
SNOW SHOE RENTALS:
Dion Snowshoes will be at the race with the option to rent snowshoes for $5. Rentals will be available on a first request basis. Upon race signup please message the Race Director, Mike Seaman on messenger or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up early to guarantee you have shoes.
15k loop and marathon
All distances will have the same start and finish, on the beach in front of the nature center. All Distances will have a Lake Crossing option. (Runner will have the option of not crossing the lake if they are not comfortable, and Course will not go across lake if it is not safe. Park officials will determine if not safe. Moreau lake typically draws a large ice fishing crowd, so it is monitored closely.)
1 mile Kids Race - For those who want to race with your kids and still participate in the other distances we have that covered. The kids race will start on the same course as the other distances and run the first .5 miles on a basically flat wider wooded trail that wraps the shoreline of the lake. At .5 miles where all other distances branch off into the more difficult portion of the race, the kids race will loop back across the frozen lake (or if its not frozen will turn around and head back). Finishing back at the beach, parents can drop their children with another adult, and will have the opportunity to take a alternate route to re join their race at the 1.5 mile mark. This will not save distance, elevation or time. If anything will add a few tenths of a mile and make the elevation profile steeper. However it may exclude you from placing in the overall standings.
5k - The 5k will start on the same course as the other distances and run the first .5 miles on a basically flat wider wooded trail that wraps the shoreline of the lake. Reaching the "Warming hut" Runners will cross the road and head into a 1 mile easy gradual climb gaining about 400 ft while twisting through the trees and crossing a few wet spots. This should all be frozen over but be prepared if it is warm. at 1.5 miles you will reach the high spot on the course. From hear the course heads downhill for .25 miles with more twisting and turning until you hit the lake again. After a short distance the course meets up with the 15K and marathon course and continues along the perimeter of the lake for the next mile with several rolling hills. It
becomes a faster more runnable course at this point. For the last quarter mile, you will reach the lake across from the beach and will traverse across frozen lake for a wide open and fast finish at the beach. ( If Lake ice is not adequate or if runner chooses they can follow the perimeter of the lake back to the beach).
15K - The 15k course will start and finish the same as the 5k. At 1.3 miles into the 5k the 15 will branch off and go up a fun and easy climb for the next half mile until it reaches the races high point. From this, it traverses a plateau, and soon heads downhill for a good mile, of fast runnable terrain.
after a second small hill, you will have completed almost all of the elevation gain for the 15k at about mile 4.5. From here the next mile is fast and all downhill for about .75 miles until you hit a parking lot. the race turns and heads into a thick wooded, winding area for the next few miles and eventually meets up with the back end of the 5K race.
Marathon - Marathon will be 3 laps of the 15K. For the Marathon, There will be a cutoff. The race is being held at a State park and although the trails are not officially closed, the parking lot will close at 7 PM. We want everybody who can finish to have the chance, but we also don't want anyone stuck in the park overnight. Cutoff time will be 10.5 hours. And anyone looking to head out for the last lap past 3:00 will have to consider whether they can finish on time. With that being said, if you plan ahead and don't need to leave a car in the lot, we can discuss whether it is an option to finish after the cutoff.
If you do leave the park after 7:00 keep in mind it is about another mile to the front gate of the park from the finish line. Please talk to the Race Director in advance, if this is any concern. Marathon racers will have have three items of mandatory gear. 1) headlamp for any racer heading out for last lap after 1:00. Sunset is 5:25. 2) Glow sticks in case headlamp fails. 3) Map of Moreau lake which will be provided.