April 27, Leatherman’s Loop

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Leatherman’s Loop this Sunday. Good luck to you all and we’ll run together next week.

Important notes from the Leatherman’s Loop team

Race organizers Mike Paletta, Tony & Judy Godino, Rob Cummings and the dedicated Leatherman’s Loop volunteers have been working hard to set up this year’s event. All we need is YOU!

Below are some important instructions regarding the Loop. Registration is packed full. We will need your help to ensure that loop day goes smoothly.

Here are some tips that you can incorporate into your plan for the morning and the day:

1.) ARRIVE EARLY! Please plan to arrive at the park before 8:20. Car pool if you can. Traffic will back up considerably at the park entrance as race time approaches. Please be patient. The regular $10 parking fee is incorporated as part of the loop entry fee so entry will go more quickly. It is always wise to arrive earlier than you think you need to in order to make sure you are all set by race start time (9am). This is especially true if it is your first time running the Loop.

2.) DRIVE SLOWLY and CAREFULLY in the Park! Watch the volunteers who are directing the parking. PARK TIGHT! Plan ahead – Car Pool if you can!. For a helpful overview of the race location (parking, start, bib pickup), check the logistics page on the website.

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April 20, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot when we run a new course that combines some serious hills with some wide-open trails to stretch your legs. The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan run is 6 miles of awesome that will give you a combination of steep slopes and gentle hills (pretty much in that order). There are some unexpected turns on this course so you’ll want to keep a map handy so you’re sure to stay on-course.
Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 a.m. For those who want to get an early start on the day, arrive at the Meadow Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m. for the The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan 6-mile run. Same run as above, earlier start time.

This Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot for and run one of two options. Option 1: run the The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan course as described above which is 6 miles or if you’re looking for a longer run, try your hand at Eleanor’s Escape but start at the Meadow and follow the BR trail to Kimberly Bridge and return from Michigan Road via FH. That’s about an 8.5 mile loop. Bring your own maps either way.

Next week is the Leatherman’s Loop but we’ll be back the week after that with more great runs.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Lee Willett

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April 13, Meadow Parking Lot

2 Weeks to Go Before Leatherman’s Loop

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This Sunday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot for the only course check of the Leatherman’s Loop. If you’re running the race this year, this will be the only chance to run the course with the group and a great chance to get out and test the terrain. The water crossings are optional but not the Mud Flats so you might want to bring a second set of shoes to change into. I’m just sayin’.

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a special 5-mile run starting at 12:30 from the Michigan Road Parking Lot going to Raven Rocks, the Leatherman’s Cave, and the Overlook (see the map here). After the run, head over to the opening reception of the Loop Photography Exhibition at the WPA gallery until 4:00, and see a screening of the “25 Years of the Leatherman’s Loop” documentary at 3:00 at the Trailside Museum.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Lee Willett

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April 6, Leonard Park

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10 Miles

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13.1 Miles

This Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the gazebo at Leonard Park in Mt. Kisco (see map) when we tackle some different trails. We’ll start in Leonard park, go through Marsh Sanctuary, Merestead, and Butler Sanctuary. Runners will have a choice of various distances.

5 Mile Run: Take the course through Marsh and Merestead to the Butler loop.
7.7 Mile Run: Follow the Butler loop which adds 2.7 to the run for a total of 7.7 miles.
10 Mile Run: Cross the road to Westmoreland Sanctuary for a short loop.
13.1 Mile Run (approx): Anyone interested in going farther can try the Leonard Park to Westmoreland Greenbelt Half Marathon  which adds the perimeter course of Westmoreland.

There you have it— a host of great options through five different parks. Hope to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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Races and Events 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014, Leatherman’s Loop at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Saturday, May 3, 2014, Bear Mountain Marathon
Sunday, May 4, 2014, Bear Mountain Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
Sunday, May 18, 2014, A Mild Sprain 4.25 miler in Sprain Brook Park
Sunday, June 1, 2014, The Running Goddess 5k, Lasdon Park
Sunday, September 21, 2014, Paine to Pain half marathon, New Rochelle
Sunday, September 28, 2014, Sarah Bishop Bushwhack 10k, Mountain Lakes Park
Sunday, October 26, 2014, Run The Farm, Muscoot Farm

March 30, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking Lot (rain or shine) when we run the Meadow to Overlook loop. We’ll start from the Meadow lot and pass the Trailside Museum before heading into the southern portion of the reservation and returning via Schoolhouse Road. At about mile four, you might notice a slight incline—that would be to the Overlook where you’ll have a great view (and some serious training for the sand hill of the Leatherman’s Loop). I ran the course earlier this week and the trails are almost completely ice-free. With the rain expected over the next couple of days, I think they’ll be completely clear by Sunday.

Next Sunday we’ll meet at Leonard Park in Mt. Kisco for the Leonard Park to Butler run. I hope to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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March 23, Zofnass Family Preserve

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This Sunday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Zofnass Family Preserve on Upper Shad Road in Pound Ridge (see Google Maps) when Tony Godino shows us a new 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, as Tony said, “All right turns except for the left ones.” We’ll make a 6-mile loop counter-clockwise around the preserve but leaving off the orange, western loop. See the map page here. The trails are clearing up and the next couple of days of warm weather should melt even more of the ice. It’s perfect weather for running.

Only five more weeks before the Leatherman’s Loop. Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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March 16, Lewisboro Town Park

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The trails have seen a bit of thawing this past week and with temperatures forecast to be in the 40s and 50s the next couple of days, I’m optimistic that the trails will be back to normal soon. That said, don’t hang up the YakTraks or screw shoes just yet. On Sunday, March 16 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Lewisboro Town Park upper parking lot when we run a 5.3 mile course on some of the same trails you’ll run for the Leatherman’s Loop. About 25% of the trails are free of snow and ice already while the rest have been compacted, frozen, and thawed so that shoes with a little grip to them would be a real asset. By Sunday morning, we should have just about every terrain imaginable available—snow, ice, dirt, rock, gravel, mud, and stream (sorry folks, no lava).

For those interested in a longer road run on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Reservoir Road behind the Katonah Art Museum and run the out-and-back course of 4.5, 6.5, or 9 miles.

Hope to see you on Sunday. Six weeks to the Leatherman’s Loop.

Lee Willett

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March 9, Reservoir Road, Katonah

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With our usual trails in such poor shape, we’re going to switch things up this week with the option of some distance work. On Sunday, March 9 at 8:00 a.m., meet on Reservoir Road in Katonah (behind the Katonah Art Museum, See Google Map) and run 4.5, 6.5, or 9.0 mile out-and-back course to Maple Ave, Jay Street and Upper Hook Road. Your choice of distances but the turnaround at 121 yields a total of 9 miles. With some warmer temps moving in, hopefully we’ll be back on the trails again soon.

Hope to see you on Sunday. Seven weeks to the Leatherman’s Loop.

Lee Willett

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March 2, Michigan Road Lot

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This Sunday, March 2 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road Parking lot when we run another double-loop course, this time in the southern part of the park. We’ll enter and make a complete loop on the green trail, returning near our starting point before following yellow for a second, smaller loop. I’ve run these trails this week multiple times and while they’re still uneven, the snow has been well compacted so it’s not such a struggle. If you want a little longer run, you can follow the green trail in the opposite direction for your second loop and finish the run as you started—that should bring the total run to about 6.8 miles. Or if you’re not feelin’ the love, you can continue on Michigan Road and add some distance on the pavement. Your call—lots of options this week.  Download a PDF here ››

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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