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:



I’m excited to announce that Snowshoe Run With Laura is now an event of Central Oregon Running Klub! Similar to CORK’s popular Hot Chocolate Runs, Snowshoe Run With Laura is another option for runners to stay active and motivated to keep running through the winter.

Snowshoe Run With Laura will stay the same. The name, the people; the low-key, welcoming, and all-inclusive nature; friends, and fun. We’ll keep the Facebook page and this website. I’m still at the helm. You’ll see the same friendly faces, and will meet a lot of new friends.

Oh, but now we can’t have alcohol at our runs! Not that we ever did. But that doesn’t mean we can’t go out to celebrate afterward!

Just like the Hot Chocolate Runs, CORK membership is not required to participate. CORK events are open to everyone, but I do encourage you to consider becoming a member if you aren’t already.
10 Reasons to join CORK

Snowshoe runs will change from weekly to twice a month, on 1st and 3rd Saturdays. This change would have happened regardless, as having them every week was a lot of work! Between the bi-monthly CORK Snowshoe Run With Laura events, you are welcome to organize your own runs with friends on the Snowshoe Run With Laura Facebook group.

Over a few short years, what began with a small group of friends has grown beyond my wildest imagination and positively affected so many lives. It’s time to take Snowshoe Run With Laura to the next level. I’m excited to be part of Central Oregon Running Klub’s winter offerings and am grateful for its support. I’m not just a snowshoe runner; I’m also a CORK Board member. Together we can do so much.

Now we just need snow! See you soon,
–Laura Kantor

Sno-Park Permits available at Webskis

Oregon sno-park permits are required between November 1 and April 30.   Fortunately, webskis/webcylery just received their supply.  Stop in and say hi to our supporter and check out their winter clothing and accessories including gloves, hats and base layers.  While you’re there, you might as well drool over the fatbikes and Nordic ski equipment.  Cross-training, anyone?

They’re down on Industrial Ave near Recharge.   Directions here.



Upcoming Event Dates

As we get closer to snowshoe season, there are dates coming up you’ll want to know about. Read to the bottom for the date of our first run!

Next week both Fleet Feet and Footzone are having group runs with Gortex shoe demos available. If you’re interested in getting a pair of Gortex shoes for snowshoe running (not necessary, but they sure keep your feet a lot warmer!), this is your chance to ask questions of Liz, the Gortex rep, and try out a pair during a group run.

Monday, November 10, 5:30pm
Gortex shoe demo run — Footzone
Demo a pair of Gortex shoes on a 3–5 mile run from Footzone to Silver Moon Brewing

Wednesday, November 12, 6pm
Gortex shoe demo run — Fleet Feet
Demo a pair of Gortex shoes during Fleet Feet’s regular Wednesday evening group run

Tuesday, November 18, 6pm
Snowshoe Run Info Night @ Fleet Feet Winter Warrior Kick-off
Get your questions answered and check out Atlas running snowshoes. Snowshoe Runs earn you points toward prizes on the way to “Winter Warrior Champ 2015.”

Wednesday, November 19, 6pm
Snowshoe Run With Laura Info Night — Footzone
Get your questions answered and check out Dion running snowshoes.

Saturday, December 6, 8:30am
Our first run! If there’s enough snow, it’ll be on snowshoes. If no snow, we’ll do a trail run on dirt instead. This is up to Mother Nature, so stay tuned. Just know that we’ll run this day, snow or no!

Custom Apparel Ordering extended thru Nov. 6

Order your custom Snowshoe Run with Laura apparel, including tights, tops, jackets, hats, and more!

Our online store at Champ Sys is open! This post contains details for placing your order online.


Since this order is for custom apparel, there can be no refunds, returns or credits. 6 to 8 weeks after the order closes, the club’s entire order will be shipped to Sarah.  We’ll then coordinate distribution.

  1. Go to:
  2. Log in with the temporary login and password below:
    Temporary username:  SRWL
    Temporary password:  Shoey
  3. Set up your personal account with your email and password for use with this order and all personal records.
  4. Go through all of the items to see product information and sizing.   There is a wide variety of items including tops, jerseys, jackets, tights, caps, a bag and even a teeny-tiny jersey.
  5. Place your order
  6. Check out when you are finished ordering. Any order “saved” but not checked out will not be placed into production. Orders must be paid in full.

For a helpful walk-through, please visit

The proofs for a few popular items:

Run Top for websiteRow Tights for WebCaps for Website


We expect to place a second order after this initial order is delivered.  To keep these prices, we need to meet a minimum of 10 main items (such as jackets, tops and tights) per order.

Sugoi Shirt Update

In addition to Champ Sys apparel, a Sugoi long sleeve tech shirt will be available at a reduced price, with fitting and ordering anticipated within the next few weeks.

The Sugoi shirt will also be a higher-quality sublimated piece. Color and design will match Champ Sys items, so you’ll be able to wear the two together, and won’t be able to tell the difference in photos.

Within the next week or so (but not yet—please wait for an official announcement), you’ll be able to stop by Footzone to try on a full range of women’s and men’s sizes. I’m working with Footzone and Sugoi now on the details. As soon as I know more, I’ll post here.

Purchasing a shirt or other apparel is not required to participate in Snowshoe Run With Laura. Please wear whatever you’d like, including shirts from previous years. We just want to be able to run with you and have fun!

The Store is Open!

Order your Snowshoe Run with Laura kit now.

Our online store at Champ Sys is ready for business.    Be sure to read carefully through this entire post for the information and details you need.    There is some exciting news at the end for those of you who want a zippered version of the mock turtleneck.

First, remember this order is for custom apparel so there will be no refunds, returns or credits (though you may sell a mis-sized item to a member and re-order the next time around).

ORDERING CLOSES ON NOVEMBER 6, 2014, at midnight, with no changes to the order after this date.

6 to 8 weeks after the order closes the club’s entire order will be shipped to Sarah.  We’ll then coordinate distribution.

Please post your questions below or on the Facebook group page so that everyone can benefit from the shared knowledge.


A second order will be placed after this initial order is delivered.  To keep these prices, we must meet a minimum of 10 main items (such as jackets, tops and tights) per order so you may choose to spread out your items between the two orders so that we can meet the minimum each time – such as a tights now but later a zippered Mock Turtleneck which is being developed by Champ Sys at our request.  Or you may simply want to spread out your expenditures between the two orders.


  1. Log in with the temporary login and password given below
  2. Set up your personal account with your email and password for use with this order and all personal records
  3. Go through all of the items to see product information and sizing.   There is a wide variety of items including tops, jerseys, jackets, tights, caps, a bag and even a teeny-tiny jersey.
  4. Place your order
  5. Check out when you are finished ordering or your item will not go into the production queue.   Orders must be paid in full and any “saved” but not checked out orders will not be placed into production.

And, finally, the exciting news about a ZIPPERED MOCK TURTLENECK!!!  Many people loved the mock turtleneck for its yummy fleeciness which is perfect for cold weather running but wanted a zipper option.  Champ Sys listened and is working on a prototype!  This new and improved mock T won’t be available for our first order but is expected to be for the second.  For those of you who missed this item in the samples, it is similar in weight and warmth to the equally scrumptious fleece rowing tights.

The proofs for a few popular items:

Run Top for websiteRow Tights for WebCaps for Website

 Ok, GO!  Shoey is waiting for you.

Sample Apparel Fittings

You are invited to the Snowshoe Run With Laura sample apparel fittings! There are two fittings to choose from. Both are this week:
1) Wednesday, October 15th, 6–7:30pm in NE Bend
2) Sunday, October 19th, 1–2:30pm in West Bend.  This is the FINAL fitting.
Email for location address.

A variety of sample items will be available in various sizes. Champ Sys (the manufacturer) does not provide full size runs but there will be enough items that you can compare Champ Sys sizing with your favorite tights, tops or jacket. Feel free to bring your current apparel if you’d like to compare size and fit.

A few things to think about when trying on the sample items:
1. Since we don’t have full size runs, please try on the size(s) that we do have and use the sizing charts provided in the folder at the fitting to determine the correct size to order (we will provide a measuring ruler/tape).

2. Please keep track of what apparel and sizes you would like to order as you will order these items online at a later date. This is important because ALL SALES ARE FINAL due to the custom graphics.

3. Depending on the fabric, the samples are running large or small so please don’t assume that just because you wear a large in one garment that you will be a large in another garment.

4. We will also be ordering Snowshoe Run With Laura long sleeve Sugoi shirts in the near future and there will be a separate fitting for them. We apologize for not having all samples at the same time, but were unable to make this happen. They will have the same design as the Champ Sys shirts, but obviously will be a different brand, therefore, providing a different fit.

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