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February 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
2017 WSSF World Snowshoe Championship
SARANAC LAKE – The World Snowshoe Federation World Snowshoe Championship will be held Saturday, February 25 in Saranac Lake. Previously hosted in Austria, Canada, Italy, Japan and Sweden, this will be its first time taking place on United States snow!
The main event is the 10K Snowshoe Championship, launching Iditarod-style down the village streets, and then tackling the challenging terrain of Dewey Mountain with 1,250 feet of climbing. This will be followed by the combined 5K runs with 600 feet of climbing. Starting together are the Junior 5K Championship, Citizens’ Race, and a fun Shoe-Be-Do hilly walk through the woods. Refreshment stations will be placed approximately every 2K, including at the heated Dewey Mountain Lodge for spectators at the halfway point. Some diehards are doubling their fun by registering for both events! Dion Snowshoes and several other vendors will provide ample loaners for all.
Expect a full format of Olympic-style pomp and circumstance beginning with Friday’s kickoff Athlete’s Parade, Opening Ceremonies at the Town Hall, and an Under the Lights Ski & Snowshoe Jam at Dewey Mountain. Saturday features vendors and a Winter Heat Salsa Fiesta at the Town Hall. An evening banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held at North Country Community College, where you will have the opportunity to chat with athletes from across the U.S. and the world. Cap the evening with fireworks over Lake Flower.
With no qualifiers required and plenty of event options, everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Go to: saranaclake.com/world-snowshoe-championships. –Laura Clark
Mohawk Hudson Marathon/Half Registration & New Expo Venue
ALBANY – The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and Hannaford Half Marathon will be on Sunday, October 8, and registration will open on Wednesday, March 8 at 7am. The marathon is a Boston qualifier and is a point-to-point course that is primarily flat and fast, with a net elevation loss of 370 feet. Approximately two-thirds of the marathon course is on paved bike path, and one-third on city streets. The marathon starts in Schenectady’s Central Park and finishes at Corning Preserve.
The Hannaford Half Marathon uses the second half of the marathon course. The half marathon, which runs from the Colonie Town Park in Colonie to the Corning Preserve in Albany, sells out within hours.
The brand new Albany Capital Center will be the venue for this year’s race expo and packet pickup. The expanded expo will be on Saturday, October 7 from 10am to 5pm in Downtown Albany. In conjunction with the Mohawk Hudson Marathon/Half Expo, Adirondack Sports will also host the Adirondack Sports Expo with additional sports, health, fitness and travel vendors to complement the race exhibitors. For more info, visit mohawkhudsonmarathon.com.
Moose River Plains Mountain Biking Plan Comments Sought
RAY BROOK – The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for new development proposed in an amendment to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.
Plans being reviewed include expanding universal access for persons with disabilities, adding motor vehicle parking facilities, and increasing biking opportunities. DEC seeks to construct singletrack trails, and make bicycling connections to trails at Eighth Lake Campground, Great Camp Sagamore and nearby communities.
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is located in the towns of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and the towns of Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County. A UMP for the area was completed in January 2011. The proposed amendment would address previous actions from the 2011 UMP; incorporate proposals by the IMBA as part of a comprehensive mountain bike trail plan; provide more recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities; and address parking issues along NY Route 28. Mountain bike objectives include expanding singletrack riding in the Moose River Plains, Eighth Lake Campground and Great Camp Sagamore area. The APA will accept public comment until February 17. For more info, go to apa.ny.gov.
Empire State Trail by 2020
ALBANY – A proposal to complete the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail, the largest state multiuse trail in the nation, was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 20. To achieve this, the state will develop 350 miles of new trail in three phases to create a 750-mile pathway for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through charming, historic communities. The Empire State Trail will span much of the state, from the New York Harbor to the Adirondack Mountains to the Canadian border – and from the shores of Lake Erie along the historic Erie Canal to the heart of the Capital Region.
New York’s existing Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway are two renowned multiuse trailways in the U.S., but both trails remain unfinished with a number of gaps across the state. Currently, the Hudson River Valley Greenway is 50% complete and crosses the Appalachian Trail, spanning 260 miles between the Manhattan Battery and Lake George. The Erie Canalway is 80% complete and runs 360 miles along the Erie Canal, connecting Buffalo to Albany. The Governor’s commitment to complete this trail coincides with the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, as construction of the engineering marvel began in 1817.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million people use the Erie Canalway Trail. The Buffalo-Pendleton segment is the most heavily used part of the Canalway Trail with approximately 350,000 annual users. With this proposal, remaining gaps will be completed to connect the two trails to establish the New York’s Empire State Trail to attract more hikers, bikers and cross country skiers, plus provide access to destinations, heritage areas and historic sites. Learn more at governor.ny.gov.