Starting on Monday, Jan. 16, snowshoers can take part in any or all of five races scheduled at Kissing Bridge in the next several weeks.
Snowshoers take to the course under the lights around the base of Kissing Bridge’s North area (the North area is closed to skiing on Mondays) during this weekly thrashing of heart-pounding snowshoe action. You can run it, walk it or mix it up as long as you’re on snowshoes. Races begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. in the warm confines of KB’s North Lodge. After each event, the bar and restaurant will be open for snacks, beverages and socializing. Race one, two or the entire five events. To be part of the series, you need to finish four. Snowshoe rentals will be provided by Gear for Adventure on-site at each event for $10.
The Course: Starting and finishing in front of the North Lodge, snowshoers toe the line on a packed powder one-mile loop traversing the base of the North area slopes in a mass-start format. The lights will be turned on, providing ample sight, but headlights are encouraged as well. The huge picture windows of the lodge provides the perfect viewing area for family and friends or to keep warm before and after the races. The course does not climb the mountain, but it’s not pancake-flat.
Pre-register at www.heartrateup.com for the series or come down each night to sign-up at the North Lodge. Cost is $15 per event; these events help support HEART Animal Shelters of WNY.
Races will be held on Jan. 16, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6 and 13. (If rain-dates are necessary, the series will extend by a week.) For more info, visit www.heartrateup.com.