October 5

I’m working on something epic for the October 5 run. I originally planned to meet at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow lot but the Lewisboro Horseman’s Association may be meeting there so I may substitute Michigan Road as an alternative.

I’ll post updates and a complete map when the run firms up.

September 28, Sarah Bishop Bushwhack

Sarah Bishop Race Map

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Sunday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. (1.5 mile Scramble), 9:15 a.m. (10K Bushwhack)
This Sunday, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, New York 10560), when we race the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. All that training and those course checks come down to this—a 10k trail race featuring a challenging course that includes the highest peak in Westchester—Bailey Mountain—and beautiful views of Lookout Point and Hemlock Lake. The weather this weekend should be beautiful and the conditions on Sunday, ideal. Registration closes at midnight on Thursday night but we’ll hold a few places open if you want register on-site. Race day registration will be $45 and we ask that you have exact change. Also aim to be in the park by 8:30. The road will be blocked at 9:00 for the start of the race so if you’re not there by then, well, you get the picture.

Next week we’ll be back at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in the Meadow parking lot. I’m working on options for a run of various distances from 6 miles to 22 miles so you’ll have plenty of options for different distances. More on that next week.

Hope to see you out there for this first annual Sarah Bishop Bushwhack.

Lee Willett

September 21, A Choice of Venues

This Sunday, September 21, at 8:00 a.m., you have a few choices of events:

pavementends_iconWhere the Pavement Ends Four Mile Trail Race, Ridgefield, CT.
This four mile trail runs through Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield in a mix of fire road and single track that twists through areas that most of you will have never seen. Meet at the Ridgebury School, South Shore Drive, Ridgefield, CT and be ready to run at 8:00 a.m. This is the first of the Trail Mix Series of races leading to next spring’s Leatherman’s Loop.

kiscorunFirst Annual Mt. Kisco 5K Road Race
For those looking for something different, there’s the First Annual 5K road race through the heart of Mt. Kisco. Sunday Runner Kathy Lynch is one of the race organizers for this inaugural event that starts at 8:00 a.m. at Kirby Plaza/Train Station. Post-race party at MTK Supper Club and take advantage of Mt. Kisco Sidewalk Sale Days, including some of the best food and shops in the area.

WPR_7.5mi_EleanorsEscapeEleanor’s Escape 7.5 Mile Loop
For those not looking to race this weekend can meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Michigan Road lot and run Eleanor’s Escape 7.5 mile loop. This course will take you on the beautiful blue trail, past Raven Rocks, then back via the red/green trail. But bring your own maps this time—I’ll be at one of the races above.

Sadly, I’ve learned that recently there was some vandalism at Zofnass Family Preserve. Someone marked paths using day-glow indelible spray paint on trees, rocks, and soil. Since the preserve is an environmentally-sensitive wetland area, remediation will be both costly and difficult. I’ve been in touch with Westchester Land Trust and asked them to keep me informed if they need volunteers with the work. If anyone knows anything about who might have done this, please contact me or the Westchester Land Trust. I’ll keep you informed as this develops.

Next weekend is The Second Annual Sarah Bishop Bushwhack at Mountain Lakes Park. We’ll be closing online registration late next week and giving the course one final run text Saturday. We hope to see you all there.

Have a great weekend, whatever you decide to do.

Lee Willett

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September 14, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, September 14 at 8:00 a.m, meet at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem (201 Hawley Road) when we do a course check of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. This is the only course check of the race this year so if you want to check out the course with the group, this is your only chance. Meet at the pool parking lot where race day parking is and get ready to run this 10K-ish new loop that incorporates some of last year’s trails with a few new twists and turns. See the map ››

Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 a.m. For those who want to run on Saturday, Keith Realander will be leading a course check of Where the Pavement Ends. Meet at the course start (10 South Shore Drive, Ridgefield, CT) and check out the trails of the inaugural race of the Trail Mix Series.

Next weekend is Where the Pavement Ends and the Kisco 5K—two great local races to choose from.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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September 7, Westmoreland Preserve

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This Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m, meet at Westmoreland Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Mount Kisco when we run the 5.25 mile perimeter loop. This time, we run the course in a clockwise direction and return to the main lot. Those who want an extra challenge can do the Butler loop across the street next. That will add another 3+ miles to the run for a total of around 8.5. See the map ››

Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m. For those who want to run on Saturday, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot and run all or part of a new variation of Eleanor’s Escape. 8.4 or 6.0 mile variations are possible or run your own course. See the map here ››

Also, the Katonah 5K is this Saturday for those of you who like to mix your trail with some road. Learn more here ››

Next weekend we’ll be back at Mountain Lakes Park for our only course check of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. You won’t want to miss that.

Lee Willett

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August 31, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, August 31 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Mountain Lakes Park, at the pool parking lot near Hemlock Lake, when we run the Mountain Lakes 10K. The course is a good preview of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack but finishes differently. If you want to run the full 15k, follow the course as shown on the map. If you would like to keep it to a 10K, leave off the Hunt Lane loop and the Hearst-Mead and Halmi preserves. Feel free to take the beautiful Spruce Lake trail and the red trail back to the parking lot to complete your run. The course will not be flagged in advance so bring a map if you’re unfamiliar with the park.

Saturday, August 30 at 8:00 a.m.
If you’re looking for a run this Saturday, I suggest meeting at Westmoreland Sanctuary and running the perimeter loop. If you’re up for more, cross the street and add some additional miles in Butler. Two great preserves to start your long weekend.

And don’t forget to register for the new Trail Mix Series—four great events starting September 21. Hope to see you this weekend.

Lee Willett

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August 24, Zofnass Family Preserve

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This Sunday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Zofnass Family Preserve on Upper Shad Road in Pound Ridge (see Google Map) when we run everyone’s favorite labyrinthian preserve with a network of trails noted for its crags and rock outcrops. Meet at the main entrance and we’ll follow a perimeter loop making all right turns except for exiting the park (yeah, you’ll probably want to bring a map). We’ll make a 6-mile loop counter-clockwise around the preserve this time excluding the orange, western loop. See the map page here.

For those who want to run Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 a.m., I suggest meet at Mountain Lakes Park at the white trailhead to lookout point and run the Outer OS loop. This isn’t the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack course but it’s still an awesome run. If you miss it, we’ll be up here again next Sunday.

Lee Willett

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August 17, Meadow Lot

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This Sunday, August 17 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).

Anyone interested in a run on Saturday, August 16 at 8:30 a.m., meet at Mianus River Gorge on the Bedford/Greenwich border for this 4.5 mile out-and-back trail run. The preserve opens at 8:30 so if you get there early, be patient. See the map here ››

I’m looking for suggestions for next week’s run. Reservation? Mountain Lakes Park? Butler/Westmoreland? Or something different? Email me with suggestions. Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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August 10, Trailside Museum

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This Sunday, August 10 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Trailside Museum for the Trailside, Raven to Tower 6 or 9 Mile loop. We’ll climb Fox Hill, go over the Magic Stairs before heading into the southern portion of the park and returning via Fire Tower Hill. If you’re up for a longer run, follow the additional dotted lines for a 9-mile course that will take you on some of the less-traveled paths in the northern portion of the park. Either way you do it, there are some hills in this course that are sure to get your attention so enjoy. Download a PDF here ››

Anyone interested in a run on Saturday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m., meet at a new location—the Leon Levy Preserve on Route 123 near Route 35 in South Salem (24 Smith Ridge Rd, South Salem, NY). This is a relatively new preserve created by the Lewisboro Land Trust and the parking lot was just created early this year. While small (a loop is 2.5 miles) the changing terrain really keeps you on your toes and varies from carriage trails to single-track. I’ve been able to create a 5.25 mile spaghetti-like loop using almost all of the trails but feel free to get lost if you’d prefer. Let me know if you’re interested in doing this and I’ll join you. See the map here ››

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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August 3, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem) to run a new 6.2 mile loop that is a preview of some of the trails for the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. Park in the pool parking lot and start on the shore of Hemlock Lake heading to Lookout Point and run the course as shown on the map. We’ll go over Bailey Mountain and take the OS trail before returning to the Hemlock campsite. Those wanting a longer run can regroup and go out for some added mileage. See the map here ››

Anyone interested in a run on Saturday, August 2 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Trailside Museum and test out next Sunday’s run—Trailside, Raven to Tower 6 Mile loop. It’s been a while since we climbed our old friends the Magic Stairs and that’s just the first of two sizable climbs on this run. Download the map here. Enjoy.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

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