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Eastern Mountain Sports/Beaver Lake Snowshoe Race postponed

Beaver Lake Nature Center and Eastern Mountain Sports have postponed the fourth annual Snowshoe Race originally scheduled for Jan. 30 until Saturday Feb. 13.

The day will begin with the annual Snowshoe Race at 10 a.m. Participants can register for this 5K snowshoe race in advance or the morning of the event at the visitor center. An entry form is available at OnondagaCountyParks.com.

The registration fee is $17 and rental snowshoes are available for an additional $5. After the race, participants and visitors can spend the rest of the day learning about winter camping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Representatives from leading outdoor companies will be available to show the latest equipment and answer questions.

Cross-Country ski basics

Cross-country skiing is great cardiovascular exercise and is easy to learn. To get people started, Beaver Lake Nature Center is offering several cross-country ski basics clinics from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Feb. 3 and 10) and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 5. These clinics are for the first time skier looking to get in on the fun or for new skiers looking for helpful hints. The price for this program is $10. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Participants must provide their own ski equipment.

Try snowshoeing clinics

Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer a snowshoeing clinic at 12:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in February. This clinic will include instructions and a short snowshoe hike to provide participants with a feel for this rapidly growing outdoor activity. Families with little or no snowshoeing experience will especially enjoy this one-hour introduction. Registration is required beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the hike and space is limited. This program will be offered only when snow conditions are acceptable.

Call the Nature Center at 638-2519 that day to register and check conditions. Snowshoes are available to rent for $3.

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