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Get Yer Snowshoes On!


Mt. Bachelor area is pretty much the place with enough snow coverage to safely snowshoe right now, so that’s where we’ll go!

Distance of the snowshoe loop from Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center and out to Todd Lake is ~4.3 miles. With sun in the forecast, there should be gorgeous mountain views!

Gather at BackPorch Coffee in Century Center at 8:30am. Pick up a coffee or pastry for the drive, and be ready to leave at *8:40am*.

I won’t be there this week; Pat​ will be taking lead in my place. I will still see some of you for volunteering at Mastondon 10-ish Miler on Sunday though! Have fun!


Bessie’s A Beaut, and Horse is too!


Beaut, Butte. Get it? 😉

Since there’s still no new snow, we’ll do this dirt trail run, an out-and-back with a butte hike at each end. It’s 7.2 miles if you do the whole enchilada, or choose your own distance by turning around at any time.

We’ll park at the base of Bessie Butte and take the trail up to the top and back down. That’s ~1.5 miles. Then we’ll run right by our cars and hop on the Swamp Wells trail out to Horse Butte. The trail is easy terrain and very gentle. Hike up Horse Butte, then turn around and head back to our cars at Bessie.

Though you can turn around at any time for a shorter run, I highly recommend the whole shebang, which at just over 7 miles *includes* summiting both Bessie and Horse Buttes. From the top of Bessie, you can see Horse, and from the top of Horse, you can see Bessie. It’s pretty amazing to see where you’ve come from and where you’re going. It feels a little exciting and adventurous.

Who does cool stuff like this? YOU DO!!! If, like me, you’ve had a trying week, come out with us and feel empowered. Today I hike-jogged the route in just over 2 hours.

If it’s windy, you’ll want a windbreaker and gloves. I was very glad I had both today!

Meet at 8:30am, in the Bend Fred Meyer parking lot, north of the Freddie’s gas station; park along 3rd Street. Carpool/caravan will leave there at 8:40, and we’ll be on the trail by 9am.

Sugoi Shirts have arrived!


Our custom Sugoi Snowshoe Run With Laura shirts have arrived (and look fabulous, BTW)! If you ordered one (2+ months ago now), go in to Footzone to pick it up any time during business hours. Remember, you’ve already paid for it! If you missed out on ordering one, Footzone has a limited number of sizes for both women and men for sale. But hurry, they’ll go quick!

January 17th Run


This week we’ll be doing our snow dances on the Todd Lake Snowshoe Loop starting from the Mt. B Nordic Center. This is a *totally* different run from the other two times we’ve started from the Nordic Center, so don’t miss out!

Distance of the loop, with the short side-trip to Todd Lake is ~4.3 miles of rolling hills, big ol’ trees, and a couple gorgeous meadows. There is currently a ~1/2 mile flagged detour on the snowshoe loop to avoid unsafe or non-existent creek crossings due to the low snowpack. We will be taking this detour on Saturday, so if you know this SS loop, come experience something a little different. The detour takes us by the Watertower. Come see what I’m talking about. I ran this detour loop today (Wednesday) alone; it’s totally safe and quite enjoyable.

As always, please bring water and calories. With any luck, we’ll have a bit of new snow for our snow-dance journey!

As usual, gather at BackPorch Coffee in Century Center at 8:30am. Pick up a coffee or pastry for the drive, and be ready to leave at *8:40am* Looking forward to seeing you then.

Swampy Shelter Sunshine – Jan 3rd Run

The trail


We’ll run an out & back from Swampy SnoPark to Swampy Shelter, a ~4.25 mile round-trip over forested rolling hills on well-packed trail. Please run with water and some calories. Thank you.
Drivers: a SnoPark permit is required.

Gather at BackPorch Coffee in Century Center at 8:30am. Buy a coffee or pastry for the drive, and be ready to leave at *8:40am*. (This is a change from our previous carpool time of 8:45.)

Looking forward to running with you in the gorgeous winter sunshine!

Snowshoe Races are for all Paces


Snowshoe races are quickly approaching! There are four in the area in the next couple of months. Anyone can participate in a snowshoe race. They are low-key and friendly. There are usually a small number of participants intent on racing. Most folks jog or walk-jog for the fun experience of it all. I encourage you to give it a try. Anyone can do it regardless of snowshoe experience. Gather your friends and give it a go!

Below is a description of the four snowshoe Fun Runs and Races (listed in order by date) near us this winter. Chances are we’ll have multiple runners  headed to each of these events. Look for carpool information on the SRWL Facebook group leading up to each event. If you’re not on FB, email for info. See you “at the races!”

1) Sunday, January 18th, 10am – White River Snowshoe 4k/8k


The “the oldest and largest snowshoe race in the west” starts at White River West SnoPark on Mt. Hood’s SE flank. The 8k race is also a regional qualifier for the US National Snowshoe Championship, so there will be a few seriously fast runners here, but most of the 200+ participants take part for the fun challenge. I’ve seen people here on snowshoes for the very first time, hiking with poles, or with a baby on their back. Everyone is truly welcome.

If you are interested in qualifying for the US Snowshoe Nationals, you need to be a member of the US Snowshoe Association and (in a nutshell) place in the top 5 in your age group in the 8k race. It’s generally easy to qualify, as most race participants aren’t USSSA members. All of us who participated in this race the last couple years and wanted to qualify for Nationals did. So if seeing your name on a list of qualified athletes for the US Snowshoe Nationals motivates you, go for it! White River is our closest Nationals qualifying race this year.

The 4k race is a skinny loop along the White River Canyon. There are great views of Mt. Hood. The first 1/2 of the loop is uphill along the canyon rim to the end of the canyon, then it loops downhill through the trees. The finish is very fast. The 8k race does two loops. There is a drawing for some nice prizes afterward, and some snacks and beer.

2) Sunday, January 25th, 11am  – Tour for the Heart

Photo: Robert Curzon

This event is a 5k XC ski or snowshoe that starts at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, and is a fundraiser for women’s heart health.  It is wonderful seeing snowshoe hikers and runners along with both classic and skate skiers all having fun and getting along. The course is mostly flat with a couple small hills at the beginning and end. A special loop is groomed around Dutchman Flat just for this event, with gorgeous views of Mt. Bachelor. In the past, Elk Lake Resort has had their “Snowburban” on the loop with an aid station. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes for the best ensembles. There is a Group Challenge where groups with 10+ signed up are in a special raffle drawing. Type “Snowshoe Run With Laura” in the Group Affiliation box during online registration.  A couple years ago we got a really nice bag of goodies to divvy up. This is not technically a race, but a “tour,” so there may or may not be a timing clock at the finish. It’s a fun and fast course; if you’re inclined to race it and want to know your time, wear your Garmin.

3) Friday, February 13th, 6:30pm – Hoodoo Snowshoe 4k

Photo: Robert Curzon

This super-fun night-time race is held on the rolling hills of Hoodoo’s groomed XC ski trails! Wear your headlamp and follow reflective markings. There are volunteers on the course so you won’t get lost. Warm-up afterward with snacks and prizes in the lodge. Racing at night— how cool is that?

4) Saturday, February 28th, 11am – Snow Lovers Loop 4k/8k

This small and friendly event starts at the rustic Odell Lake Lodge near Willamette Pass. Runners and walkers of all ages enjoy a forested course that winds through the rolling hills of the lodge’s Nordic trails.  Last year, Sasquatch made an appearance at the starting line, and was also featured on the rustic age group medals, which were crafted from slices of tree limbs!  A post-race lunch in the restaurant at Odell Lake Lodge is included.  After lunch, enjoy the roaring fire in the lodge’s fireplace, or wander along the lakeshore and watch for resident eagles.  Odell Lake Lodge, which dates from 1903, is a cozy and inviting venue for this fun, low-key event.


Dec. 20th Run


Take a break from the holiday hubbub for a snowshoe run with friends!

We’re going where the best snow is, so we’ll start at Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center and head out to the Cascade Lakes Highway. But that’s where similarities to last time end. We’ll take a right on the highway and head out to Dutchman Flat, then follow ski trails along the tree line, looping around the east and north sides of the flat. Then we’ll head into the forest and marvel at the grand, giant old trees before hopping on the Todd Lake snowshoe trail back to the highway and Common Corridor back to our cars. The run is right about 3.75 miles of gently-rolling terrain.

Meet 8:30am at Backporch Coffee Roasters Century Center location (70 SW Century Drive). Carpool leaves at 8:45. See you then!

First Run!

Yahoo, it’s snowing in the mountains, and we’re just a week away from our first snowshoe run on Saturday, December 6th!

We’ll meet at Backporch Coffee Roasters in Century Center (70 SW Century Drive) at 8:30am. Backporch is one of our sponsors; grab a coffee and pastry to show your thanks! Unless otherwise posted, we’ll meet here before each of our Saturday runs. Carpool leaves Backporch at 8:45am. If you will not be driving to the run, please leave your car in one of the farther back parking rows to leave room for business patrons to park closer while we are gone.


The run: starts at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center and follows its groomed “Common Corridor” out to  Cascade Lakes Highway;  then we’ll head west to the Todd Lake turnoff and back. This run has been our go-to first run every year. It’s a simple 2.6 mile out-and-back, and an excellent place to get a feel for snowshoe running. Before we get to running, we’ll talk a bit about etiquette, as we’ll be sharing the trail with skiers, and probably some snowmobilers on the highway.

A SnoPark permit is not needed this week. Other runs will require a permit to park. If you have questions, check our FAQ or post a comment below.

Get ready for a winter full of gorgeous fun on the trails with friends. See you soon!

Sugoi, Sugoi! Oi! Oi! Oi!

The long-awaited Sugoi shirt sizing kit has arrived!

Visit Footzone during business hours TODAY— Friday, November 14th through Friday, November 21st to try on shirts for size, fill out an order form, and make pre-payment. Each shirt will be $25, and must be prepaid by check or cash only. Checks are preferred, and should be made out to Laura Kantor (I’m responsible for writing one check to pay the mondo bill; thanks for helping me out here). Shirts must be prepaid, no exceptions.

Sizes are available from XS to 2XL in both women’s and men’s styles. These are really awesome shirts, and the fabric feels so nice! Retail, this shirt costs $45 plain. Thanks to our generous sponsors, your cost is only $25 for a custom-printed shirt. This is what the finished shirts will look like (click for a larger view).


Here’s how to order your shirt:
• Go into Footzone during business hours.
• Let a Footzone staff member know you’d like to try on Sugoi snowshoe shirts. You’ll be given the entire box of shirts (which is amazingly small). These are plain shirts for sizing purposes only, not our custom-printed product.
•  Women’s sizes have yellow sleeves; men’s sizes have red sleeves. Thank you for keeping the box of shirts tidy and organized. When done trying on, please give the box of shirts back to a Footzone staff member; don’t leave them in the dressing room.
• At the front counter, fill out an order form and attach pre-payment ($25 check or cash only). Checks should be written to Laura Kantor.
• Thank Footzone for doing this for us. While you’re there, pick up something else you might need.
• After close of try-on/order period, Laura will compile the data, and Footzone will place the order with Sugoi on our behalf. Target order date is December 1.
• Our custom-printed shirts are expected to arrive 5–6 weeks after order is placed. At that time, instructions will be given for picking up your shirt.

If you live out of the area, please email Laura to make arrangements: