May 29, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow parking lot when we run the Meadow to Overlook loop. The six-mile loop will take you to the Trailside Museum, past the wigwam to Michigan Road and then return via Shoolhouse Road. The climb to the Overlook at mile four is tough but the view is well worth it. For those looking for a longer run, follow the dotted line to Kimberly Bridge and up Blue for a total of 8 miles (I know that puts two of the steepest climbs on the same run but I’m game if you are). And anyone interested in getting an early start can arrive at 7:00 a.m. See the map here ››

On Saturday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m., meet at Bennett’s Pond in Ridgefield. I’m planning on running the Ives trail that links Bennett’s Pond to the Redding train station. Looks to be about 16 miles with elevation gain of 1800 feet. I’m working on the logistics for getting from the finish to the start so email me if you’re interested. You can check out my proposed route here ››

On Monday, May 30, there are the South Salem road races which are always fun but if you want to stay on trails, Mianus River Gorge is now open. I suggest head over there at 8:30 a.m. for the 5-mile out-and-back trail through this beautiful park. Meet in the lot at 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, NY.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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And it was great to see so many familiar faces at A Mild Sprain last weekend. Great showing all.

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May 22, A Mild Sprain

This Sunday, May 22, at 9:45 a.m., meet at Sprain Ridge Park, Yonkers, for the fifth annual A Mild Sprain—the second in the Trail Mix Series of races. Race director David Vogel always makes sure this is a fun and challenging 4.25 mile race so plan on attending. Check in starts at 8:30 so come early and hang out before the race. Race-day registration is available.

Also available and starting at 8:00 a.m. is The Running Goddess 5k at Lasdon Park. This is a multi-terrain race through the park and proceeds support women and girls in their pursuit of health and education.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…. Yes, it is possible to run both races—think of this as the cross county challenge (because to do it, you need to cross the county). Run The Running Goddess 5k, jump in your car and (obeying all local speed limits) make your way to Sprain Ridge Park. The travel time is 35 minutes so you should have just enough time. Running Goddess race director Bettina Sementilli will make sure the race starts on time so you should be able to run A Mild Sprain.

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 a.m.
Looking for a Saturday run? I suggest checking out Zofnass Preserve in Pound Ridge. We’ll be there in a couple of weeks so this is your chance to check it out first.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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What an awesome day at Storm King last week. Thank you Nick and Tony for offering such a unique run. This was something special. Lots more photos here ››

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May 15, Storm King Art Center

On Sunday, May 15, at 8:45 a.m., join us for a special run at Storm King Art Center. We’ll meet at the entrance to Storm King at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 entry into the park which will open early just for us. Tony and Nick Ohnell are working out a course of around six miles through the park which will take us by amazing outdoor sculptures. After the run, hang out and enjoy the artwork and friends—food will be provided courtesy of Nick. Travel time from Katonah is approximately 50 minutes. Families are welcome so please RSVP below to let us know how many are planning on coming.

For those looking to ride share or caravan, meet at the Katonah Woods Bridge Lot before 8:00 a.m. and leave promptly at 8:00.

On Sunday, May 15, at 7:00 a.m. For those looking to start earlier, I’ll be leaving the Katonah Woods Bridge lot at 7:00 a.m. for a 4-mile pre-run at Storm King State Park. We’ll plan on starting out from the 9W lot at 7:45-ish. See the course on Strava. Download the GPX file. Download the KML file.

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On Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 a.m., anyone looking for a Saturday run can meet at Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking Lot at and run the Meadow to Blue route. I suggest starting up the FH trail and running in a counterclockwise direction so you get the biggest hills out of the way early. Bring your own maps to this one. See the map page here ››

Hope to see you out there this weekend.
Lee Willett


And thanks to everyone who came out last weekend for our Mother’s Day run at Blue Mountain and hanging out for coffee at Peekskill Coffee House afterwards. Kathy, we owe you a coffee.

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