Curly’s Record Run (and a trip to Kripalu)

We made the journey to Pittsfield, Massachusetts today for Curly’s Record Run, a four mile snowshoe race in Pittsfield State Forest. This morning, it seemed like a long ways to go for a snowshoe race, but we gambled and it paid off. The Berkshires are beautiful year round and we fortunately had good snow. The trail was packed down, so it was a fast course. We had some light snow on the way up and again afterwards, but during the race, we had brilliant sunshine and the temperature was about 25°F. We needed the forced effort that this race provided because we are training for some big events in the next couple months. Nothing jacks up your heart rate like a snowshoe race, especially one that goes straight up hill at the start, like Curly’s.

 Deb Livingston powers to the finish at Curly’s Record Run.

The race is named after Curly Voll, race director Beth Herder’s father. He was a fast skier in his day and holds the record for the descent of the Shadow Trail. You can’t run down it as fast as he descended on skis, but it is still a thrill.

Curly Voll holds the Shadow Trail downhill ski record of 1 minute 12 seconds.

Curly’s is part of the WMAC Snowshoe Series. We may make another race or two in the next month, but that depends on snow conditions. When we arrived at the race, we weren’t sure if we were both going to be able to run because we didn’t have childcare for Shep. Thanks to a deal we made with some Girl Scouts and their leader, Shep was in good hands for the 40 minutes it took us to tackle the course. Debbie had a good run and was 2nd woman, though well back from a flying Abby Woods. I couldn’t even hold Abby’s pace today. She had a great race. We didn’t catch the men’s results, but they will be online later this week. I felt pretty good, but I haven’t been on my snowshoes in a year, and it showed. I tripped several times, but that is normal for me.

 Ed Alibozek is the father of New England snowshoeing.

After the race, we ran another six miles on the roads around the park, this time, pushing Shep in his Chariot. It is a pretty area. Afterwards, we stopped at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for a wholesome lunch. Debbie is a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association and spent a month at Kripalu back in 2001. She returns from time to time and it was fun to visit and see the changes. In the past five years, Kripalu has ridden a wave of immense yoga popularity. The parking lots were all full. A Sunday snowshoe and a trip to Kripalu turned out to be the ride combination of fun.

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