Snowshoes? That’s right, when winter covers our beloved trails, some of us switch to snowshoes and keep right on running. Racing snowshoes are a far cry from the tennis racket-shaped gear of yesteryear—you strap them on over your normal running shoes to get a stable platform that keeps you on top of the snow. It’s harder than running, but incredible exercise and huge fun to boot. So fight the frost and conquer the cold in the Ithaca area’s only snowshoe race!
The well-marked course is part of the Hammond Hill State Forest trail system, which is commonly used for skiing and snowshoeing. It should be packed down unless there is a big snowfall the night before. We recommend doing the 5K distance if you don’t have much experience snowshoeing or trail running, or if you plan on walking the distance. The 10K is intended for those who are well trained and have some experience on snowshoes. As race day nears, our Facebook page will be updated with course conditions and snow levels.
If you don’t have snowshoes (or good ones for running), we’ll have 15 pairs of Dion running snowshoes available to borrow for $5, courtesy of fellow snowshoe race director Matt Westerland.
Bib pickup is at the warming hut by the Hammond Hill public parking lot, where a wood fire will be keeping everyone warm(ish) no matter what the weather is like outside. And for a snowshoe race, we’re rooting for cold and snowy! After the race, pile into the warming hut for post-race snacks and beard thawing, and don’t miss the after-party and awards at the Dryden Hotel.
The races start and finish at the Hammond Hill warming hut, just up the trail from the public parking lot. The lot’s address is (roughly) 100 Hammond Hill Road, Freeville, NY 13068. Do not follow GPS directions via Harford Road—it is not passable. Instead, make sure to come via Irish Settlement Road.
Parking is limited so please consider carpooling. Please do not park on the snowmobile trail.
From Ithaca: Take Route 13 north toward Dryden. Before entering Dryden, take a right onto Irish Settlement Road. After going through an S curve you will go up a big hill; continue a couple of miles. Take a left onto Hammond Hill Road. Soon you will come to a Y intersection; take the right fork. At the top of the hill is a parking lot on the right. Park here. The start/finish area is on the trail a short walk east from the parking lot.
Interactive map of the 10K course: (Click “Open in CalTopo” in the upper right to get a better view.)
The 5K and 10K races start together at 10 AM. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race to pick up your bib.
Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged and is open until 6 PM the night before the race. The field is limited to 50 participants. A paper entry form is available if you cannot register online. Please print, fill out, and return the form by January 25.
- Pre-registration costs $15. Day-of-race registration costs $20 for everyone.
- FLRC members who pre-register may deduct $5.
- Runners 18 and under may pre-register for free.
The award ceremony takes place shortly after the race at The Dryden Hotel, located a few miles from the start/finish on NYS-13 in Dryden. The 5K will have awards for the overall male and female winners only. In the 10K distance, we’ll have overall, masters, and 10-year age-group awards, as the 10K is generally more competitive.
- Leave early to get to the race since the driving conditions may require additional travel time.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, and bring additional dry clothing for after the race. You will get wet!
- Pay attention to trail markings or you’ll end up off course! As with all trail runs, it’s on you to pay attention.
- The race may be postponed to another weekend in February or canceled if there is insufficient snow. February 8 is the backup date for now. For the latest updates check the Super Frosty Loomis Facebook page.
- A port-o-john will be available at the parking lot, but there is no running water or changing facilities.
- Tasty post-race food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
- Results will be made available shortly after the race via Webscorer; visit the FLRC Web site for full results later.
- If you have additional questions, check the Facebook page or contact race directors Boris Dzikovski (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Eric Sambolec (email@example.com).
- In the event of no snow, the race may be rescheduled for another weekend in February.
- No dogs or headphones are allowed. These make the race dangerous for everyone.
- The race directors reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason.
- Entry fees are non-refundable, even if the race is canceled due to lack of snow.
- This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and insured by the Road Runners Club of America.