In this winter of ever-shifting plans, our current best guess for this weekend is that we will be going to the Woodstock Sweetheart race that was originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day. It is now going to be this Saturday at the base of Suicide Six alpine area, on a .5K loop that is all manmade snow and can be counted on to still be there.
They are stressing that it will be a very informal race, and it should be a great chance for kids to remember what it is like to put a bib on (or to try it for the first time!). It will be a particularly good opportunity for kids going to the Festival to get a race in ahead of time.
The general format will be mass start, multiple loop races, starting at 11:00 with each age group going off as soon as the previous one has finished. Should be a pretty efficient day time-wise, and great fun for spectators and racers alike. (It will be one of the few races in a season where it is all visible from the start/finish line!)
More details tomorrow when the race organizers confirm the plan — it will all be day-of-race registration, so no need to do anything now.
Jay and Heidi
Thanks to Jay Davis for sharing this link to Jessie Diggins’ blog. In the following blog post, Jessie not only talks about what it is like to place second in the world, but also demonstrates remarkable graciousness towards her waxers and coaches, and an infectious enthusiasm for so many things in racing and skiing that have nothing to do with race results. We strongly recommend the post to you and your children. Her sentiments teach lessons about skiing, other sports and life in general.