Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snowshoe Race Benefits Hamilton County Envirothon

snowshoe raceOak Mountain and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to host the 2015 Oak Runner Snowshoe Race on Saturday, January 31 to benefit the Hamilton County Envirothon. Athletes can compete in 5K or 10K races that climb up, down, and around Oak Mountain. For 11-year-olds and under, there is the Kids 1 Mile Fun Race.

For athletes 18 years old and up, the 5K race is $20 and the 10K race is $40. For athletes 17 years old and under, the 5K race is $10 and the 10K race is $20. The Kids 1 Mile Fun Race (ages 11 and under) is $5. Registration is available online (search Oak Runner Snowshoe Race).

Print and mail registration forms are available at www.hcswcd.com as well at Oak Mountain (141 Novosel Way, Speculator) and the District office (103 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant across from the County Courthouse Complex).

Entries received by January 16 guarantee a T-shirt. Race day registrations will be accepted but T-shirts are not guaranteed.  Registration and check in is from 7:30 am to 9:45 am at Oak Mountain’s Base Lodge. The 5K and 10K races start at 10 am. The Kids 1 Mile Fun Race starts at 11 am. Certificates and prizes will be awarded to age division winners. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring the race can contact the District for more information.

Proceeds from the snowshoe race benefit the Hamilton County Envirothon, an outdoor competition hosted by the District that puts high school students’ knowledge to the test in Wildlife, Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, and Current Issue exams. Tests are written and proctored by conservation professionals, and in the past, teams from Long Lake, Wells, Lake Pleasant, and Indian Lake Central Schools have participated.

The 2015 Hamilton County Envirothon is Thursday, May 7th on the Adirondack EcoTrail behind the District office in Lake Pleasant. Winners of the county event have the opportunity to go on to compete at the New York State Envirothon May 27 – 28 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva.

Photo provided: Snowshoers from the 2014 Oak Runner Snowshoe Race climb the bunny hill at the start.

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