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Over the River and Through the Woods Snowshoe Race
Sat, Feb 13, 2016
Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
Walking-Waterfall - Individual Age group/open
Youth Participant - Youth Participant
About This Activity
The UP Land Conservancy's annual fundraising race series "Over the River and Through the Woods" is a growing success! Come race through the future Veilmetti-Peters Preserve, over a river and through a beautful and challenging wooded trail while ensuring the perpetual protction of the wild land that we all love so much.
If you're in town for the dog sled races and looking for a way to keep warm while waiting for the mushing teams to return, you've found it! This race is timed to be inbetween dogsled events, so you won't miss anything. Just a short jaunt from downtown Marquette is a hidden gem, a wooded preserve that will remain forever as a place for connecting with nature. The trail will be packed, but not groomed, so you and your family and friends will have fun on this great 5k course.
If you'd like to walk to a waterfall on a different trail instead of race competitively, that's great! Once the rush of racers whirls by, we'll take you on a seperate trail to see the waterfall.
After the race, come get warm at the Chocolay River Brewery for dinner, awards, and silent auction to support the mission of the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy: Land Today for LIfe Tomorrow.
The UPLC is a small non-profit land trust that focus efforts on maintaining the wild lands of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as wild lands for generations to enjoy. We do this through the use of conservation easements, creation of preserves, and through conservation reserves in order to restore biodiversity and the environmental health of the UP for the benefit of us all. For more information, please visit www.uplandconservancy.org
Event details and schedule
If you want to scope out the trail before the race, we have been packing the trail and conditions should be good, though the trail is not marked! For details, email email@example.com
Packet pick-up with be at Lowe's hardware store on Friday, February 12th from 5-8pm, just inside the vestibule. Pick-up will also be available at the race start at the end of Brickyard Road from 12-2:45 .
There is NO PARKING on Brickyard Road during the winter! Please park at Lowe's, about a half mile down Brickyard Road. Look for our sign! You can either ride the free UPLC shuttle from there or take a warm-up walk on the easy 1/2 mile road walk. The last shuttle will leave the parking lot at 2:45.
Race starts at 3pm! Those who wish to walk to the waterfall instead of race competitively will walk from the starting line after the racers clear out a little.
After the race, please bring your friends and family along to the potluck dinner for the awards and silent auction! All auction items have been donated and proceeds will go to support the maintenance of preserves like the beautiful one you just ran through. Doors open around four, awards given at 5:30, prize drawings at 6, and silent auction closes at 6:30.
If your reason for racing extends beyond a love of running in snowshoes, please consider asking your friends and family to sponsor your race to support the UPLC's mission of protecting "Land Today for Life Tomorrow." Active.com makes it easy for you to turn your race into a fundraising event!
On race day, please come with your ID and registration confirmation. We will have waivers on hand if you did not complete your express registration online. This is the UP, so do check the weather frequently prior to race day, and come prepared to be active in the cold (or whatever weather the Lake throws at us); you'll want to bring warm clothes for pre- and post-race. Bring your own water as needed.
In the unlikely event that there is no snow, you can take part in the first-ever snowshoeless-snowshoe race!
Thank you for supporting the UPLC in our mission to protect beautiful places like the Veilmetti-Peters Preserve. Protecting Land Today Gives Life Tomorrow!