February 11 - 12, 2022

Frigus Snowshoe Festival

Moreau lake State Park - 605 Old Saratoga Road

Gansevoort, NY 36HR, Marathon, 15K, 5K, Kid's 1 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Feb 12, 2022


The Endurance Society's annual Snowshoe Festival

Kids Race will be 1 mile loop or out and back
The 5k will be a single loop with about 750' of gain
*see course description for details on completing the 5k and kids race together.
The 15k will be a single loop with approximately 2300’ of gain
The Marathon will consist of three loops, each with approximately 2300’ of gain. Marathon will have a cutoff, of 10 hours. See Course description for more details.
36 Hour Ultra will run as many laps as possible on the 15K Course. 2300' per loop.


The 36 HOUR Race with the CABIN option is Now SOLD OUT. The option to Run the race WITHOUT a cabin / bed spot is now open, however please consider that there is no Indoor Heated place for you to Rest or stash your gear. We will have an open fire pit burning at the aid station, and you will be about 75 feet from your car, as options to warm up if needed. Signing up for this option will automatically put you in a "first come" Waitlist for a cabin spot if it opens up.

36 HOUR ULTRA STARTS 6:00 AM Friday, February, 11, 2022
ALL other DISTANCES START 8:00 AM SATURDAY, February 12th, 2022

All participants will receive a finisher award. The top male and female racers of each distance will also receive awards. Custom Endurance Society Medals will be given to all finishers Finishers. Shirt for all registrations up to three weeks before race.
Currently there are no Covid -19 restrictions, However we will follow any NYS Guidelines regarding Recreational Gatherings.

SNOW SHOE RENTALS: Snow Shoe Rentals will be available on a first come first serve basis, We typically have a limited number of pairs from Dion. rentals will be an addon question as part of the registration checkout. We will remove the question when rentals are sold out. Moreau lake also has MSR rentals available. These are available directly at the main park office, and would be first come first serve. We do not track their availability.

MANDATORY GEAR: Snowshoes, (it is a snowshoe race). Map of the park for 15k and Marathon (this will be provided, but can also be downloaded from Moreau lake website). Headlamps and glowstick for anyone in the Marathon after 3:00 PM. Sunset is Approximately 5:25. For the 36 hour Ultra a gear list will be communicated to you directly.

We will have fires on the beach to keep warm.
Restrooms will be Port-a-John in the parking lot and there is a really nice shed with a composting toilet that you pass on the course just before you head into the woods at the warming hut. this is .5 mile in to the race.
Hot Food and Aid will be at the Finish line and or for the marathon split.


All distances will have the same start and finish, on the beach in front of the nature center.
1 mile Kids Race - For those who want to race with your kids and still participate in the other distances we have that covered. The kids race will start on the same course as the other distances and be a .5 mile out and back. Parents can drop their children with another adult, and take a alternate route to re join their race at the 1.5 mile mark.

5k - The 5k will start on the same course as the other distances and run the first .5 miles on a basically flat wider wooded trail that wraps the shoreline of the lake. Reaching the "Warming hut" Runners will cross the road and head into a 1 mile easy gradual climb gaining about 450 ft while twisting through the trees and crossing a few wet spots. This should all be frozen over but be prepared if it is warm. at 1.5 miles you will reach the high spot on the course and it will split from the 15K. After about .5 miles you will meet up with the 15K and marathon course again and stay with them to the finish.

15K - The 15k course will start and finish the same as the 5k. At 1.5 miles into the 5k the 15k will branch off and go up a fun and easy climb until iy reaches the races high point. From this, it traverses a plateau, and soon heads downhill for a good mile, of fast runnable terrain. After a second small hill of about 800 ft., you will have completed almost all of the elevation gain for the 15k at about mile 4.5. From here the remainder of the course is mostly downhill, fast and Runable.

Marathon - Marathon will be 3 laps of the 15K. For the Marathon, There will be a 6 p.m. cutoff. Cutoff time will be 10 hours, and there will be a 3:00 cutoff for heading out on the last lap. Marathon racers will have have three items of mandatory gear. 1) headlamp for any racer heading out for last lap after 1:00. Sunset is 5:25. 2) Glow sticks in case headlamp fails. 3) Map of Moreau lake which will be provided.


The 36 Hour Ultra Is a new race and a will be a very tough challenge. It will live up to the Endurance Societies Mission to create unique, life-changing, and mind-blowing experiences for adventure enthusiasts. Although we can never predict the conditions, past years at Frigus have been brutally cold temperatures. Participants will do as many 9 mile laps as possible climbing 2300' each lap. A minimum of 60k or 4 laps will be required to be a Finisher. That's just a nice easy pace of 1 mile/ hour. The winners will be Male and Female with the most laps. the tie breaker will be fastest time. YOu will only get credit for completed laps.
For the Race, The Endurance Society has reserved 6 Rustic wooded cabins to be used for the participants in the ultra. As part of your race registration, you will have a 3 night reservation in a shared cabin, for your use from Thursday Feb, 10th until Sunday Morning checkout on Feb, 13th. Cabins will have your own bed, have electricity, electric heaters, and wood stove, and Mini Fridge. Outside, there is a picnic table and fire pit, and as part of the race we will keep at least 1 main fire going for the night of the race, and have food and water available throughout. The course will run right past your cabin so this will be your drop station as well. We will have an aid station and check in after each lap. The race will be begin at 6:00 AM on Friday Morning, and will run all night and day Saturday, until 6PM.
Due to the park layout and the fact that its winter, there are a few bonus challenges you will have the opportunity to experience. Despite having electricity, they are Rustic and it's winter so we will not have running water. There are no formal Bathrooms or showers. There is a composting toilet and it is a quite nice little house, within a few yards of your cabin, depending on your cabin assignment. Parking for the ultra will NOT be at your cabin. It is TBD, by the park, but plan on snow shoeing in and carrying your gear. You may want to bring a sled to carry gear. Depending what they give us for parking it could be a up to a mile. We will be checking in Thursday evening at about 5:30 pm and will have a pre race briefing Thursday. The race will start 6 AM Friday morning before the park opens.

Local time: 3:25 PM


Ask a Question

Top Performances