- 14 and under
- 15 - 19
- 20 - 34
- 35 - 49
- 50 - 64
- 65 and older
- Bib pick up for the snowshoe sprints will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Saunders Sports Complex, on the Paul Smith’s College campus. Paul Smith’s College is located at the junctions of Route 86 and 30 approximately 25 miles from Lake Placid.
- Bib pickup for the 5K snowshoe race will take place at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, located approximately 1 mile north of the college, just off of Route 30, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at 1:45 p.m.
- Medals will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each event of the following age group categories for both men and women: 14 and under; 15 - 19; 20 – 34; 35 – 49; 50 – 64; 65+. Age is determined as of the event date, Feb. 4, 2017.
The Empire State Winter Games sprinting events will follow the rules outlined by the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA), which can be found here.
The Empire State Games 5K will comply with the rules outlined by the USSSA, which can be found here.
Sprint Snowshow Racing
The 2017 edition of the Empire State Winter Games will feature three distances to be run on a four-lane, 300 meter oval track at the Paul Smith’s College soccer field. The field is located just off of Route 86, approximately a quarter mile from the main campus.
The 100, 400, and 800-meter events will all be competed as timed finals, generally by age group. All attempts will be made to place the competitors with other athletes of similar abilities within their respective age groups. Competitors will stay in their respective lanes for the 400 meter until they reach the 200 meters. At this point, the athletes can break for the inside lane. A staggered start will be used for the 400 meters. It is highly likely that age groups will be combined for the 800-meter event. Athletes will use a waterfall start, and all are allowed to break for lane one once it is safe to do so.
Medals will be awarded for the sprints immediately following the conclusion of the 400 meters on site — at the soccer field — if the weather allows. If the day features inclement weather, the snowshoe sprint awards will be distributed in the Saunders Sports Complex, providing competitors and spectators access to locker rooms, showers, and warmth.
Registration fees are non refundable. In the event of a medical or family emergency a refund may be given. A refund request must be made in writing to be considered.
Distance Event — 5K
The 5K cross-country snowshoe race will be a mass start, using a challenging but fair course through the wooded terrain. There will likely be some single track as well as groomed surfaces. The course will be well marked with cones and pin flags. The start and finish will be near the Paul Smith’s College VIC’s main lodge.
5K snowshoeing Empire State Winter Games awards: The presentation of 5K snowshoe awards will take place in the Main Lodge at the Paul Smith’s College VIC once the final competitor is finished. This should be at or near 3 p.m.
Saturday, February 4
Mens 800 Meter - 10:00 AM
Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center Bib pick up 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of
Saunders Sports Complex, on Paul Smith's Campus
Womens 800 Meter 10:15 AM
Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center - Bib pick up 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Saunders Sports Complex, on Paul Smith's Campus
Track prep for 100 meters 10:25am
100 Meters 10:35 a.m.
14 and under women/men;
15 - 19 women/men; 20 – 34
women/men; 35 – 49 women/men; 50 –
64 women/men and then 65+
Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center Bib pick up 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Saunders Sports Complex, on Paul Smith's Campus
400 Meters 11 a.m
14 and under women/men;
15 - 19 women/men;
20 – 34 women/men
35 – 49 women/men 50 –64
women/men and then 65+
women/men Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center
Bib pick up 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Saunders Sports Complex, on Paul Smith's Campus
5K cross country Snowshoe Race 2 PM
Bib pick up 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., at Paul Smith's VIC
Awards for 5K cross country 3 PM Main Lodge at the Paul Smith's College VIC once the last competitor is complete usuallyaround 3 p.m..