Is it really possible to run on snowshoes in snow? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ and the proof will be on Saturday, January 21 at Branch Hill Farm, the new site of the 3rd annual Moose Mountain RunAround snowshoe race. The race is a benefit for Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) and enthusiastic onlookers are encouraged to come cheer on the participants. Volunteers are also needed.
Snowshoe racers will traverse 4 to 5 miles of open fields, snowmobile trails and single track around the 3,000-acre Branch Hill Farm at 307 Applebee Road, Milton Mills, NH. The snowshoe race will begin at 10 am.
The suggested donation for the race is $20 in advance and $25 on the race day. Dion Snowshoes will have loaner snowshoes available for an additional $5 on a first come first serve basis. Racers will be eligible for prizes in standard categories. Registered walkers are also welcome to enjoy the trails. To pre-register, reserve snowshoes, or for more info, go to http://trailrnr.wix.com/moose-mountain-ss or call 603-520-8533.
Volunteers are needed in advance to help prepare the course and on the day of the race to help with set-up and tear down, serving food, parking, directing racers along the course, working the finish line, photography, and compiling results. All registrants and volunteers receive refreshments and a custom buff. To volunteer, call MMRG Education Coordinator, Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The race has been created as a fundraiser for Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and takes advantage of the excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation in this region. Protecting such opportunities through conserving open space is part of the mission of MMRG, a non-profit land trust serving the towns of Wolfeboro, New Durham, Brookfield, Wakefield, Milton, Middleton and Farmington; see www.mmrg.info. MMRG is grateful to Ilex Wetlands Consultants and Wolfeboro Oil for sponsoring the event and Beveridge’s Beer and Soap, Nordic Skier, and The Works Café for donating prizes and food. Branch Hill Farm/the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust works to protect open space and working forests and to educate the public about sound forestry, conservation and agricultural practices; see www.branchhillfarm.org.