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Raissa Tetanish
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Brothers plan to travel 100 miles around Dickey Park on snowshoes

AMHERST - While many have chosen to take to the walking track inside the Stadium during winter, brothers Doug and Carl McManaman are strapping on snowshoes and hitting Dickey Park.

Since the snow fell, the duo has completed more than 25 miles of snowshoeing at the park on the way to their 100-mile goal.
"I like walking, but find snowshoeing better for you," said Doug, who is working on his second 100 miles on the shoes he has now. "With snowshoeing, you take shorter steps and you can burn 600 to 900 calories (an hour)."
Twice a day when Doug isn't working, the brothers hit the trail at Dickey Park, once in the morning and then again at night.
"Dickey Park is lit up at night and it's so beautiful," said Doug.
"The lights are on until 10 p.m.," added Carl.
While there was always a pair of snowshoes at the McManaman house during their younger years, it wasn't until later in life that Doug started to appreciate the activity, and Carl got into it a little more than a week ago.
"Snowshoeing is good for you," Carl said.
Doug's snowshoes are made with a traditional wood frame, while Carl's are a more modern aluminum frame.
Both have a durable binding underneath, which works well when the snow is hard and crunchy, as it is now.
"If we had five or six more inches of soft snow, it would be perfect," said Doug.
With two-and-a-half laps equalling one mile, the McManamans have to complete 250 laps to reach their goal, but the numbers don't phase them. They said they should have their 100 miles in by the end of next month.
During their trek around the park, Carl and Doug said they've had the location to themselves for the most part, with the odd dog and owner out for a stroll. They've seen someone out on skis just once.
"Dickey Park is the perfect spot. It's nice and flat and measured off. I don't know where you'd get a better spot," said Doug.
rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: McManaman house

Geographic location: Dickey Park, AMHERST

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  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Doug, Thanks for the suggestion. I was already considering it after reading the article, I never thought about how much more exercise would come from snowshoeing compared to regular walking and since Dickey Park is practically in my back yard, don't be surprised if you see an unfamiliar set of tracks as you continue your mission. Now, to find a decent pair of showshoes!

    Best of luck, guys!

  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    ummm...something wrong with the math there! 2.5 miles per lap x 250 laps = 625 miles, I think you mean 2.5 laps equals 1 mile, which makes more sense because the trail is not that big.

  • Gerard
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Jive Turkey, you so crazy!

  • Jive
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The Number Police should arrange a meeting with the Spelling Police because they appear to have spelled the reporter's name wrong.

  • doug
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    to greg and numbers police you are indeed right we now have logged 71 laps for a total of 31.6 miles so we have a few to go. just an oversight. your welcome to come and join us .

  • thenumberpolice
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    ms tanish should check her numbers i have been up to the new walking trail and it might be .5 of a km all around but it sure isnt the 4km she suggests here unless we are talking about a different Dickey Park.