Snowshoe race

Racers in snowshoes high-step into a trail run in the Snow or No, We Go series last year. This winter’s first run is 10 a.m. Saturday at Canterbury Shaker Village.

Don’t worry about the weather; this is the “Snow or No, We Go” winter racing series.

It steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Canterbury Shaker Village and continues with running races there Jan. 19, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, as well as at Prospect Acres Obstacle Course in Franklin Feb. 12 and March 5.

Snowshoes are the preferred mode of travel, but hiking boots and micro spikes are options this year in case there isn’t enough snow.

“You’ll get the speed workout with the icy or less snow-covered trail. Trying to run in deep snow will give you a full body workout. If the trail is groomed or packed down by other runners, you can get into a great rhythm and work on your endurance,” said Ellen Raffio, one of the series’ organizers.

Competitors will run either one or two loops — about 2 to 4 miles.

One plus of running on snow-covered trails is that rocks and roots typically under foot in warmer months are buried.

“Running downhill is much easier since the snowshoes help with balance and stability,” Raffio said. “I think the trick is getting into a rhythm and to keep moving forward. It’s an amazing workout and translates into faster spring road running.”

Tom Walton, who founded the series in 2021, said most racers use light-weight snowshoes designed for running, including Dion Shoes, made in Vermont, as well as other models made in France, Spain and Italy.

“Snowshoes require a little bit more leg lift, which is great preparation for road running in the spring,” Walton said. When he needs spikes, he uses “Stabilicers, which are light and stay out of the way.”

Entry fee is $20 per race, with the field limited to 75 for each event. Info:

Delta Dental and New Hampshire State Dairy Promotion are sponsoring the series, so racers’ registration fees will go to the Shaker Village and Prospect Acres.