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Annual MMRG snowshoe race set for Wolfeboro Jan. 26

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A pair of snowshoers during last year's race. (MMRG photo)

The 5th Annual Moose Mountains RunAround Snowshoe Race is scheduled for Saturday morning, Jan. 26, at Abenaki Ski Area IN Wolfeboro.

The public is invited to join in, or to just come watch and cheer on the racers. Children aged 12 and under can participate in the new Kids Snowshoe Shuffle, a noncompetitive, fun activity.

This morning of fun in the snow was organized by Race Director and MMRG Board member Dan Coons as a fund-raiser for Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. The snowshoe race starts at 9 a.m. and covers a loop course of approximately four miles with moderate (500') elevation change, traversing a combination of open fields, ski trails and single track. Snowshoe walkers are also welcome to register and participate.

The Kids Snowshoe Shuffle will start immediately after the snowshoe race finishes, around 10 a.m. Kids will make their way around an obstacle course on snowshoes; a limited number of loaner snowshoes sized for kids will be available.

Race competitors' snowshoes must adhere to USSSA minimum size specifications of 120 square inches. Rental Dion snowshoes will be available for $5 per pair but must be reserved in advance by contacting Race Director Dan Coons at 603-520-8533 or trailrnr@yahoo.com. The snowshoe race registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Register in advance at www.mmrg.info/moose-mountains-runaround/. Awards will be presented to the top two finishers in each age group as well as to the overall male and female winners. Amenities include the heated ski lodge and complimentary post-race food. There is a $5 suggested donation for the kids' activity.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, timing the race, directing racers along the course, serving refreshments and the Kids Snowshoe Shuffle. To volunteer, call MMRG Education Coordinator, Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info. MMRG is grateful to volunteers who make such fundraisers both fun and successful.

Abenaki Ski Area is located at 390 Pine Hill Rd, Wolfeboro, N.H.

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