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USATF Adirondack’s 2019 Grand Prix Series
ALBANY – USATF Adirondack recently announced the slate of races for the 2019 Grand Prix series, presented by Fleet Feet Albany/Malta. The association thanks all of the races for submitting bids and all of the members who voted on a slate. Their membership selected the races to serve as the Grand Prix.
The races are Runnin’ of the Green four-miler on March 9, Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon on April 13, Bacon Hill Bonanza 10K on May 4, Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K on June 1, USATF Adirondack Night of Miles (one-mile) on July 12, ADK 5K on Sept. 14, USATF Adirondack Saratoga XC Classic 8K on Oct. 27, and Revolutionary Run for Veterans 5K on Nov. 2.
Any USATF Adirondack member who completes at least five of the events will receive a Grand Prix “Complete the Series” apparel piece. The mission of USATF is to promote the sport of running across all abilities and ages. By recognizing all who complete the series, whether they’re runners, joggers or walkers, the local association is advancing the USATF national philosophy of running as the “Sport for Everyone... Sport for Life.”
USATF is continuing their partnership with Fleet Feet Albany/Malta, which has allowed them to expand the Grand Prix participant recognition to all association members, in addition to offering a generous prize purse for division winners. “We are pleased to support the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series. The series offers a variety of distances over a nine-month period and will provide a great experience for runners of every age and ability. We’re grateful for the opportunity to support this important community series.” stated Charles and Arlene Woodruff, Fleet Feet Albany and Malta owners.
All runners are invited to join the Grand Prix Kick-Off event on Sunday, February 10 from 12 to 4pm at Fleet Feet Albany. The race reps in the series will be there, with discounts, raffles, and giveaways for those who register at the event. Take on the challenge of completing the series! If unable to attend, you can register on the individual race websites. For more info on USATF Adirondack membership, requirements for participating and see a list of past racers, visit adirondack.usatf.org.
USATF Adirondack members who complete five of the series races, regardless of finishing time or place, are recognized with an award. In addition, runners can score points for placing in the top ten in three divisions – open, masters and age-graded. Competitive awards are given to the individuals who have accumulated the most points at the end of the series. The age-group awards are generously provided by Fleet Feet Albany/Malta.
The series was originally created in 2007 to promote competitive road racing within the Adirondack association. The process was revised in 2017 along with expanding the mission to promote participation at all levels of ability. In 2018, 79 members, up from 38 in 2017, completed five or more races and became ‘complete the series’ finishers. The 2018 series finishers will be recognized and receive a unique series finisher sweatshirt at the USATF Awards Banquet on January 26.
United States Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, most-watched Olympic event broadcasts, the number one high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the US.
USATF Adirondack Association is the local branch of USATF to promote the development of the sport of athletics, which includes the disciplines of track and field, distance running and race walking, coordinate the scheduling of competitions, communicate policy to athletes, sanction events, provide for participation of amateur athletes in athletic competition, support women, disabled and masters in athletics, certify officials, and to encourage open competition. USATF Adirondack maintains an adult athlete membership of approximately 500 athletes. USATF Adirondack serves the northeastern portion of the New York state.
Comments Sought on Backcountry Ski Trail Development
RAY BROOK – The Adirondack Park Agency and DEC are holding a joint public comment period to get comments on proposed guidance for ski touring trails in the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve and conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
It adds to existing guidelines for cross country ski trails as defined in the APSLMP and the DEC Forest Preserve policy manual. The comment period ends on February 1, 2019. Here a link to the Backcountry Ski Trail plans: apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2018/12/StateLand/SkiTrailDraftGuidance.pdf
The proposed design standards address a growing interest by the general public in backcountry skiing. The goal is to provide skiers of any ability level a wide range of opportunities to enjoy skiing in a wild forest setting. Criteria to protect natural resources, limit user conflict and improve the skiing experience are key components of the proposed guidance. Construction standards would apply to all Adirondack Park State Land classifications except Intensive Use Areas. Three ski trail categories are proposed: Nordic Ski Trails, Backcountry Ski Trails and Skin Tracks.
Nordic Ski trails would be located on terrain which is not overly challenging and includes limited obstacles to negotiate. Trails would be designed with gentle curves and mild slopes to control speed and ensure beginner level skiers are capable of safely navigating variable terrain. Existing examples of cross-country ski trails that fit this category include the Hays Brook Trail (Debar Wild Forest) and the Old Farm Clearing Trail (Siamese Ponds Wilderness).
Backcountry Ski Trails would be located on more demanding terrain and designed to accommodate challenges associated with intermediate to advance level skiers. Steeper slopes and tighter curves will be features of these ski trails. Existing trails which exemplify this category include the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Trail in the High Peaks Wilderness, the Avalanche Lake Trail, and the Wright Peak Ski Trail (High Peaks Wilderness).
Skintrack routes will be designed to provide skiers will access to existing slides and other skiing opportunities. Skintracks will have steady, sustainable climbs to ensure elevation gain is safe and not overly strenuous. The width of vegetative clearing for skin tracks will be limited to four feet. Design standards and criteria in the proposed ski touring guidance includes: Trail layout; Clearing width and height; Trail surface management (drainage, grading, wood and rock removal); Side slope management; Turn radius; Trail grade; Sight distance; Tree cutting; and Water crossings (bridges and boardwalks).
The guidance also proposes integration of design standards into the management of existing multiple use trails. For more info, go to apa.ny.gov. All comments will be shared and reviewed by both DEC and APA staff. Email all comments and your position on their conformance to SLMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov. The deadline is February 1, 2019.