5k, 15k, and Marathon Snowshoe Race
Back again for 2021 -1 mile Kids Race
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 750' of gain
*see course description for details on completing the 5k and kids race together.
The 15k will be a single loop with approximately 2200’ of gain
The Marathon will consist of three loops, each with approximately 2200’ of gain. Marathon will have a cutoff, of 10.5 hours. See Course description for more details.
February 13, 2021
8:00A M START FOR MARATHON
Start times will be Staggered for 15K and 5K
Will assigned about a week prior to race.
Moreau Lake State Park
605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort
New York, 12831
Participants will receive a finisher award. The top male and female racers of each distance will also receive awards. Swag is TBD - but will be some combination of winter hats, and or possible cool endurance society gear.
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WE WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL NYS GUIDELINES REGARDING RECREATIONAL EVENT GATHERINGS. THERE WILL BE MANDATORY MASK WEARING ANY TIME A 6FT SOCIAL DISTANCE CANNOT BE MAINTAINED. THIS MEANS THAT MASKS MUST BE WORN BEFORE THE RACE, WHILE CHECKING IN, AND ANYONE WAITING OR CONGREGATING IN THE BEACH AREA. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE START OF THE RACE, AND ANYTIME ON THE TRAIL WHILE PASSING OR WITHIN 6 FT OF OTHER RUNNERS. PLEASE NOTE CURRENT STATE GUIDELINES WILL ONLY ALLOW 2 SPECTATORS PER PARTICIPANT. WE WILL BE ASKING PRIOR TO THE RACE FOR A LIST OF SPECTATORS THAT WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.
PLEASE REFER TO LINK BELOW REGARDING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO NY:
SNOW SHOE RENTALS: At This Time we have Reservations for all pairs of Dion Snowshoes that we have available. If you still need them, Moreau lake State Park has MSR rentals available at the main gate. Stop in on your way to the race parking lot, and you can rent a pair, I believe for $10.00
MANDATORY GEAR: Mask or suitable face covering. Map of the park for 15k and Marathon (this will be provided, but can also be downloaded from moreau lake website). Headlamps and glowstick for anyone in the Marathon after 3:00 PM. Sunset is 5:24.
There will be no indoor access except for medical purposes.
We will have fires on the beach to keep warm.
Restrooms will be Port-a-John in the parking lot and there is a really nice shed with a composting toilet that you pass on the course just before you head into the woods at the warming hut. this is .5 mile in to the race.
Hot Food and Aid will be at the Finish line and or for the marathon split.
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 450 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 1.4 miles you will reach the high spot on the course and it will split from the 15K to the right and traverse across a ridge. After about .5 miles you will meet up with the 15K and marathon course again work another .5 miles back to the lake and continue along the perimeter of the lake. 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 1.4 miles into the 5k the 15 will branch off and go up a fun and easy climb with some new switchbacks 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 of about 800 ft., 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 5:24. 2) Glow sticks in case headlamp fails. 3) Map of Moreau lake which will be provided.