Meissner Run

Meissner Run
Snowshoe running in gorgeous Central Oregon

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What: Weekly group snowshoe runs, focusing on running with periodic hike breaks. Train for one of several area snowshoe events/races (see "Local Snowshoe Events/Races" document), or do it just for fun and stay in shape through the winter. Our focus is on fun and fitness!
This group is for anyone new to, or experienced with, snowshoe running. All running paces are welcome. If you run without snowshoes, you can run with them. It’s simple to do, fun, and a great workout! Come run with our fun, supportive group!
When: We meet on Saturday mornings starting when the snow flies (usually mid-December) at 8:30 am at Backporch Coffee at the Century Center (also the location of Goodlife Brewing) on 14th/Century unless otherwise posted. We'll leave at 8:45, carpooling to that week’s run location. We try to post each event by Thursday evening, with all pertinent information. Weekly runs are expected to continue through mid-March but are dependent on snow, of course.
Where: Wherever there’s enough snow! Every week will be a new trail and/or destination. There will be lots of variety and beautiful places to see. Spots we’ve visited include Tumalo Falls, the Meissner, Nordeen and Swampy Lakes shelters, Todd Lake, Vista Butte, and we'll do at least one “full moon” snowshoe run!
How much does it cost?   Nothing! Runs are completely free.
What gear will I need?  You'll want specialized running snowshoes and gaiters. Up-to-your-knees hiking gaiters will work fine, but you may want to spring for a pair of smaller, low-profile gaiters. While Gore-Tex trail shoes may be ideal, lots of people wear their regular running shoes with warm socks (such as SmartWool or DryMax) and are fine. Bring your hydration pack or waist pack with water bottle and a snack. If you run outside in winter, you probably already have all the clothing you need. Dress in light layers on top, warm running tights, hat, and warm gloves or mittens. A “Buff” to pull up over your mouth and nose comes in handy on colder or windy days. You should be chilly before you start running as you will warm up quick!
  • Carry water and gels or a snack. Safety whistle (plastic) highly recommended. Hat and warm gloves, and other weather-appropriate clothing. No bare legs or ankles.
  • Thank you for leaving your dogs at home for these group runs.  Many places we run do not allow dogs.
  • You will need a SnoPark permit, available at the DMV and local ski shops.
Where can I get the gear I need?  Our local running shops do an amazing job supporting our habit and we encourage you to visit them.  Although snowshoes may seem like a large expense, you will be able to use them for many, many years. Snowshoe running is also “grab and go” winter sports convenience at its best: no need for tune-ups or wax!  Both shops have "frequent buyer" rewards programs.
Rentals:  Currently these are the only 2 places in town that rent running snowshoes.  Both stores offer deals where up to 2 rentals can be applied toward a purchase, so feel free to rent and try it out before you buy. Call the store(s) for details and to reserve ahead of time.

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