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2nd Moody Spring Snowshoe Races
Hawley, MA, March 3, 2001
Dunham, McCarthy Take 9; Fairman, Priete Take 6
by Ed Alibozek
|Dave Dunham on his way to another snowshoe win.
Thanks everyone for participating at the 2nd Annual
Moody Spring snowshoe races.
It was a near perfect day for the 2nd Annual
Moody Spring snowshoe races. The weather was in the mid 20's and sunshine the snow base and fresh powder on top made the trails
in the forest just fantastic (a non runners point of
The last two events in the Hawley State Forest are pretty tough and
everyone who completed these is in pretty decent condition.
I hope that the weather and snow conditions in Hawley
surprised some of you who haven't played out here
before. Hawley is a great spot for holding snow.
I would like to say that the Dubuque State Forest crew
(Dennis Shulda and Dave Brown) really helped us out a
lot over the last two events. Dave was out on Friday
getting the parking area plowed and sanded, and he
also ran the groomer along all the roads to smooth
each bump out.
Like the Kiln Race, we split things up into 2 races.
The 6 miler was the same course as the 9, except the
middle 3 mile loop on the Gould Meadow/Moody Spring
trails was taken out.
Ken Fairman had a beautiful race to win overall, I
know it has probably been a while since he has won a
race outright. Nice job Kenny!! He has been troubled
by nagging foot ailments for over a year, it has been
great to see him participating all winter with us.
In 2nd overall, and 1st woman was Claudine Preite. It
was a smart decision on the Priete's part to have Jim
watch the children and allow Claudine to race. At the
first South Pond race four years ago, Claudine was
walking along on snowshoes. As the years have
wandered on, she has turned into a pretty good
snowshoe racer. This is a sport where with a little
dedication, you can improve well from year to year.
Great race Claudine!
In the 9 miler (measured at 8.6 miles by the infamous
Karl Marxitoris), Dave Dunham separated himself from
2nd place Leigh Schmitt somewhere between miles 3 and
6. Dave has entered and won five events in the WMAC
Snowshoe series this year, and also finished 1st at
the Global Snowshoe Challenge in New York State,
against some competitors from Colorado who are
sponsored athletes. Dave came into this season in
incredible shape, and it seems like the further the
events go, the more dominate he gets.
It is hard to
look at finish times from year to year to get an idea
about how fast someone is, but the times Dave posted
at the 5 WMAC events are mind blowing. It was a
really special season for him, and us. Having quality
racers like Dave, Leigh, Kenny, Robert and Bob showing
up week after week to these little events in the
middle of nowhere has helped to establish our series.
Thanks Dave, for giving all of us someone to chase
after, and try each week to gain on.
The ladies 9 miler was a battle. Carol Kane was
leading the entire event until the last downhill half
mile. Darlene McCarthy rolled by, and finished 26
seconds ahead. These two young ladies have been going
back and forth the last two years at these things,
usually finishing in the top 5 each time. It was
really great to see them competing for the overall win
at an event. Darlene just seems to never slow down,
no matter what the distance of the race. Her pace is
one of the most unwavering I have witnessed. Great
running ladies, the training is paying off!
Thanks to the helpers, Lisa for directing the first
turn; Sweep and Curly for the finish line; Pat for the
water stop; Tom Skrocki and K2 for marking the course;
Gotha for removing the ribbons; Rich Busa brought a
friend to help out please send me his name again
Richard!!; Tom McCrumm for having us at the Sugarhouse
again. I hope I mentioned everyone, I will try to get
this part right cause it's the most important...
Putting on these events was really a joy this season.
Everything worked out fantastically. We had a more
typical winter and the snow was just as fine as a
frog's hair. We really appreciate all the kind words,
seeing so many smiles on one day is priceless. While
there is work involved in these things, having so many
people get a couple hours of enjoyment out of a WMAC
winter event makes it worth it. The reason we like
doing these, is simply that we get a charge out of
making a few people a little happier for a brief
moment in time. If more folks could just get out and
exert themselves a little, and then sit down in groups
and have some snacks after... the world might be a
better place. Crazy, but we believe it.
Thanks everyone. You don't all know how happy you
have made me the last couple years at these things.