Great Glen Trails Opens for Season with Weekly Running / Walking Series

Pinkham Notch, NH—Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series beginning Thursday afternoon, May 12. The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, a weekly trail race series for all abilities and ages, will take place each Thursday for eight weeks. Racers can run or walk the long, short or mini courses at their leisure anytime between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm.  Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 28 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series is an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 12 through June 30, 2016. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1.6k), Short (3.3k) or Long (5.4k) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit greatglentrails.com/events/spring-trail-running-series/

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Great Glen Trails to Host Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon

CARL JOHNSON MEMORIAL SKI-A-THON, ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR ALS, HOSTED BY GREAT GLEN TRAILS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

Pinkham Notch NH – The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon to benefit the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)  Foundation will take place at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on February 16th from 12:003 p.m. An entry fee of $20 will include a trail pass with 100% of the proceeds going to the Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association.

The $20.00 registration fee also allows participants to ski as many, or as few, 5-kilometer laps as they like. Participants may also sign up for an online fundraising page, allowing them to collect pledges electronically to extend their fundraising reach. The event emphasizes having fun, and guests are invited to piece together their wackiest outfits (though it is not required), in homage to Carl’s fondness for colorful, wacky tights. More than $5,500.00 was raised in 2015 for the ALS Foundation.

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“My husband Carl loved life and wanted to help everyone he met enjoy it to the fullest.” explained Christine Fleming. “Over the course of his life he had been a boxer, a naval underwater demolitions expert, a logger, a repo man, a machinist and a champion bicycle racer. He ran three marathons. He retired from repairing jet engines for Pratt & Whitney and moved to the Mt. Washington Valley to pursue more “fun” in work.” Fleming continued. “Whether patrolling the waters for the Saco River Recreation Council or the ski trails for first Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and subsequently Great Glen Trails, Carl made sure people he met were safe and having fun in the outdoors. So it is a fitting tribute, that Great Glen Trails hosts this annual fundraiser in Carl’s memory.”

Prizes will be awarded on event day for the most laps completed and the highest amount pledged. As always, the participant with the loudest and wackiest tights will also win a prize. There is also a benefit raffle, which features (3) wood-turned vessels, made by master craftsman and Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good, Olympic biathlete Sean Doherty, and local triathlete and Great Glen Trails Social Media Director Meghan Skidmore; the material for the wood-turned items, is harvested from the property shared by Christine & the Doherty family. The raffle will also feature a quilt, donated to our event from the Northern New England ALS Chapter. All proceeds will benefit the NNE ALS Association; tickets are 3 for $5.

“Carl was a good friend and co-worker at Great Glen for many years.” explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager. “Full of fun, just the right outlook on life and very active, Carl was a wonderful role model for many. He was, for years, the friendly volunteer timer for our weekly Nordic Meisters cross country race series. This ski event is held in his memory – and as he would have liked, it’s all about fun.”

The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon will take place on Tuesday, February 16th, from 12:00-3:00 p.m.; registration will be from 9:00-11:00am. For additional details and to register online, visit the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon page or call (603) 466-2333.

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Snow or No Snow, Nordic Warm-Up is a Go at Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH – Snowmakers at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch have been busy throughout the week making snow as opening day quickly approaches. Whether or not the weather holds for any additional snowmaking, or even natural snowfall, Great Glen’s annual Nordic Warm-up Program, led by Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, will start Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

This three-session program is an opportunity for cross country skiers to learn or to reacquaint the body with correct muscle movement patterns for effective technique. Attention to one’s technique yields more enjoyment, as efficiency and, if desired, greater speed can be the result.

Focusing in on body position under Wemyss’ watchful and experienced eye lays the foundation for a winter of fun. Drills that challenge and develop balance can speed the adjustment back onto skis after several months of absence. Activities such as ski scootering and no-kick diagonal striding teach movement patterns as well as challenging ski specific strength. Once learned, these activities can be practised coach-free for greater ski fitness.

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Nordic Warm-Up classes are scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, December 8, 15 and 22, 2015. Prior to class, an optional wax clinic is offered to help participants prepare their skis for the session. The class is limited to ten participants for individualized attention. If adequate snow to ski on is lacking, the class will be held on foot. Over the course of the three sessions, both classic and skate-ski techniques will be explored.

Cost for the three-session program is $60; single sessions available at $25. Both include a Great Glen trail pass for that day. Great Glen season pass holders participate at discounted rates. Registration can be done by phone: (603) 466-2333 or email sue@greatglentrails.com. A minimum number of registrations must be confirmed by December 6 for the program to proceed.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit our Nordic Warm Up page.

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