State snowshoe championships are Feb. 8 in Rangeley

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RANGELEY — The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center will host the Maine State Snowshoe Championships on Saturday, Feb. 8. This race is a qualifier for the U.S. Snowshoe Championships to be held in Woodford, Vt., in early March.

Age classes include Senior Men and Women and Junior A and B Girls and Boys. A Touring Class will shoe off following the Junior start. A fun Kids Kilometer will start off the day at 9 a.m.

Any age and any ability are welcome to enter the race. Fees range from $2 to $25 and there will be prizes for each age category. Course maps and all the details are available at xcskirangeley.com. Participants can easily register online at skireg.com.

Anyone interested in qualifying for the U.S. Snowshoe Championship race must be a member of the U.S. Snowshoe Association prior to the race. Their website is snowshoeracing.com.

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The Rangeley Lakes Trails Center has increased their dedicated snowshoe trails by more than 40 percent in the last two years. These trails crisscross the entire trail system and offer beautiful, varied terrain for your choice of a quick workout or a day-long adventure.

The Trails Center, at 526 Saddleback Mountain Road, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Hot and cold beverages, snacks and soup are available for sale at the yurt lodge.

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