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Western Tug Hill’s Winona Forest Recreation Association Announces 2023-24 Winter Events Schedule


Published: November 16, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.

By: Press Release from Winona Forest Recreation Association





LACONA, NEW YORK - The Winona Forest Recreation Association (WFRA) is excited to announce 10 winter events to be held in the Winona Forest, starting December 25. Please be aware that the WFRA board of directors has decided that there will be NO reschedules of events this winter season. Details about each event and race status are available on individual event registration pages, or on WFRA’s website and Facebook page. WFRA is an all-volunteer organization that depends on membership fees and donated time to provide quality recreational opportunities on western edge of Tug Hill. Become a member at www.winonaforest.com.


Sunday, December 25, 2023 - Sunday, March 10, 2024 Winona Snowshoe Marathon and Ultra-Marathon. Maybe the best way to experience Winona in the winter, an offering of 26 or 34 miles of well marked trail. We have added an amazing new course, the Purple, coming in between 7-8 miles long, to provide an ultra-marathon option. Turn by turn signage using colored codes throughout, the Black, Red, Green, Orange, Yellow, Blue, and now Purple snowshoe courses will guide you through the depths of Winona Forest. You get a custom made MARATHON/ULTRAMARATHON Hoodie, along with entry to our 3 live snowshoe races which include the season opener Norway 5K, the famous Stone Wall 5K and 10K, and the March Orange Course, where the snowshoe season concludes with our celebration of living a Tug Hill winter to the fullest. Register and get more details at www.runreg.com/winonasnowshoe.  Registration Fee: $80 which includes all 3 races and an awesome hoodie.


Sunday, January 7, 2024 - Norway 5K Snowshoe Race. With scenic overlooks, picturesque stone walls, and rolling terrain on one of WFRA’s newest trails, this single track route is a perfect “first race” of the season. All single track, no major climbs. Register at www.runreg.com/winonasnowshoe. Race fee $35, free if already registered for the Winona

Snowshoe Marathon. Dion snowshoes available for $10 rental fee.


Sunday, January 21, 2024 - The Stone Wall Snowshoe Race. Freshly groomed trails combined with natural obstacles with 5K and 10K options attract both hard-core racers and recreational snowshoers alike. Register at www.runreg.com/winonasnowshoe. Race fee $37, free if already registered for the Winona Snowshoe Marathon. Dion snowshoes available for $10 rental fee.


Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2024 - Tug Hill Challenge Dog Sled Races. Organized by the Pennsylvania Dog Sled Club, pro and recreational mushing teams will compete in the Tug Hill Challenge. Come witness the excitement, from the time the harnesses come out until the starter says GO, of the dogs doing what they love to do. Morning events will include the 6 and 8 dog sled teams and skijoring. Afternoon events will include small team sled, fat bike and canicross, finishing up with the juniors. More information soon at www.pasleddogclub.com/.


Sunday, February 4, 2024 - WFRA Nordic Dash 9. A brand new Nordic event course that includes traditional trails, with the addition of zippy narrow trails. 9 miles of cross country ski fun. Registration fee $40 for 18 years of age and older, $20 for 17 and under. Register at www.skireg.com/WFRAnordic.


Sunday, February 11, 2024 - The SnoFatShu Winter Duathlon. The Snofatshu consists of a snowshoe leg of approximately 3 miles arriving back to the transition area to send the partner racer out with the fatty for about 9 miles of fat trail heaven. Distance will depend on snow conditions. Once back, the snowshoe runner will head out for the final 3 mile lap. This event might be the toughest winter event offered, highly challenging but incredibly FUN. Athletes will test their limits on what could be the most difficult event ever attempted. A true test of endurance, stamina, and mental toughness. Registration $45 if you are doing it solo, or $80 for the two person team option. Register: www.bikereg.com/winona-forest-iditafat-bike-race .


Sunday, February 18, 2024 - Winona Forest Tourathon. This year’s Tourathon course will be a 9K loop that can be done either once, twice, or three times, depending on the participants choice. Classic style ski only. Registration fee $40 for 18 years of age and older, $20 for 17 and under. Register at www.skireg.com/WFRAnordic.


Sunday, February 25, 2024 - Winona Tired Iron Vintage & Classic Snowmobile Ride. Snowmobiles 1999 and older are welcome to attend WFRA’s first vintage snowmobile event. The event is family-friendly and free with no registration required, and WFRA will have a permit so that snowmobiles do not need to be registered, but they do need to be insured. Sponsored by Cedar Pines Restaurant, Redfield; Rock’s Sales and Service, Parish; and Jason Romano - Castle X Ambassador. Join us for a bonfire and lunch at the conclusion of the ride! More information at www.winonaforest.com/tirediron.html.


Sunday, March 3, 2024 - IditaFat. This event is consistently one of the biggest winter fat bike events in the USA! The 20K and 40K courses will feature challenging single track trails. The 10K citizens course will include wide open double track family friendly trails. This is truly a fat bike event and tires less than 3.5 inches wide will not be allowed! There will be no aid stations on the course, but crossing guards will be posted at main intersections and the course will be

well marked. Fire pits, warm food, hot chocolate, and water will be available for all at the CCC Camp after the event. Register at www.bikereg.com/the-wfra-iditafat-bike-event.


Sunday, March 10, 2024 - The Orange Course Snowshoe. A 3.65-mile loop trail on a favorite course with lots of variety in terrain. The event in which we conclude our winter event season. A celebration with fellow outdoor recreation friends. Register at www.runreg.com/winonasnowshoe. This event is free.





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