I look forward to seeing many of you at the Leatherman’s Loop this Sunday. I know we’re expecting a little rain later this week but that should just make the mud flats that much more fun. On the 28th, we’ll be meeting at Mountain Lakes Park for a new version of the course that Mark has set up for us. This time, we’ll be going to the highest point in the park—the highest point in the county, actually. Don’t miss this fun run. I’ll send an update and post the trail map before the event. Have a great race everyone. —Lee Willett
Looking for a challenge this spring? Check out these local trail races.
Early May is Where the Wild Things Run 5k trail run in Wilton CT at the Woodcock Nature Center.
If you are up for a longer challenge, Todd Jennings is directing Rock The Ridge 50 mile endurance challenge at the spectacular Mohonk Preserve on May 4th, 2013. The challenge is open to relay teams, groups, or solo runners. All speeds welcome.
Last year one of our Sunday Run crew, Dave Vogel, started A Mild Sprain in Yonkers, NY to raise money for JDRF. On May 19th, 2013 he’s bringing this tough 4.25 mile trail run through the woods of Sprain Ridge County Park back for a second year.
For a great and constantly updated list of trail races in the tri-state area, look no further than this list from Chris Jaworski of the Essex Running Club. Chris is a die hard trail and ultra runner who has personally sampled many of the trail races he lists.
From Stacy Albanese
Bedford Historical Society’s Tribute to Tony Godino and The Leatherman’s Loop
December 4, 2012
I’m writing tonight to say that the Bedford Historical Society is in the early planning stages of organizing a party to be held at Historical Hall the evening of Friday, April 19, 2013 (this year the Loop will be run on Sunday, April 21st) in tribute to Tony Godino to acknowledge his founding of the Leatherman’s Loop and to highlight his lifelong good works dedicated to preserving Bedford’s history.
While plans are still preliminary, the documentary film ‘The Leatherman’s Loop-25 Years’ will be part of the evening’s festivities (though we won’t screen it in its entirety), and in addition, Loop footage will be shown throughout the night; Leatherman historical facts will be on display; someone will wear the Leatherman’s replica costume; the race course 3-D model will be on view; there will be a few key speakers; and of course, plenty of wine, beer, comfort food (code for carbo load!) and merriment.
Please let me know if you have the time/interest to help us plan this event. I can think of no more worthy, nor humble, an individual to honor!
Once I’ve heard back and gotten a sense of who’s interested, I’ll propose a few dates in early January to calendar a committee kick-off meeting at the Bedford Store. Please forward to anyone who might be interested that I’ve missed.
If you’re interested in getting involved in this event, contact Stacy Albanese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.234.4616.
The 27th Running of the Leatherman’s Loop will be on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.
All runner registration will be via Loop Lottery. The Loop Lottery will open at 12:01am Thursday, January 10th, 2013 and close Monday, January 14, 2013 at midnight — 5 full days total. There is no immediate rush to sign up — but don’t wait too long lest you forget! Once it is closed we won’t accept any new lottery entrants.
To sign up, visit the Leatherman’s Loop website during the lottery registration period and there will be links to the registration site. Runners will enter their information into the lottery registration, including a credit card number. Your credit card will not be charged unless you are picked in the Loop Lottery. After the Loop Lottery entry closes on Monday, January 14th we will have the drawing for winners on or just after Monday, January 21st. Lottery winners and losers will be notified via email and winners will be charged the race entry fee (and optional t-shirt cost if ordered). Please understand that there are more runners than spots available. Some folks are bound to be disappointed when they are unable to get in for 2013. We hope everyone gets the reasoning behind the lottery and the course limits.
We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about the Loop Lottery. It addresses questions about group lottery entry, duplicate registrations, and other questions you might have. We are interested in making the lottery as simple and hassle-free as possible. We appreciate any feedback or thoughts you have and can share with us. If you have any questions not covered above or in the Loop FAQ or the Loop Lottery FAQ, please get in touch via our contact form, via our email address email@example.com, or ask your question in the website comments for this note.
Thanks! See you on the trails…
-Mike, Tony, Rob, and the Leatherman Harriers
On Saturday, January 5th, 2013, visit Watchung Reservation in north-central New Jersey for a run through the beautiful Watchung Reservation. This low-key, minimal-support, informal trail run will provide an excellent opportunity to test your mid-winter training.
- Four options: 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon or 50K.
- ALL distances follow the same course – PINK Trail a 6+ mile loop (+/- a few ft. your gps may vary)
- 10K will do 1 loop
- Half Marathoners will do 2 loops
- Marathoners will do 4 loops
- 50K runners will complete 5 Loops of the Pink Trail
- Single-wide and double wide trail over rolling wooded terrain.
- When: 8:00 am on January 5th, 2013.Where: Start and Finish at the Loop by the Playground. map
Entry fee: $25 minimum donation – NJ Trail Series will pay for all permits, insurance, aid station food, etc. The cost of $25 per runner is being used as a donation to The Wilson School.
NO SHIRTS, NO AWARDS
Online Registration closes the Wednesday before the race. You will be able to register the day of the race (cash). Visit njtrailseries.com/watchung for more information. A couple from our group are planning to run this and have offered to car pool with others interested in running. If you are, let me know.
5 Mile Cross Country Run November 18, 9:30 a.m.
Camp Simmons, 744 Lake Ave., Greenwich, CT (new date and location)
Plus MAX’S MILE One Mile Kids Run in memory of Maxwell Scotti
Cross country running for the whole family at our favorite venue. Be ready to leap over many hay bales & log jumps!
START/FINISH: Camp Simmons, 744 Lake Ave., Greenwich, CT
REGISTRATION: Pre entry $20 (kids $15) by mail or in person at threads & treads, race day entry $25 (kids $20) starting at 9 a.m. Entries may also be faxed with credit card info to 203-661-0917.
AWARDS: Medals to all finishers in Max’s Mile. Running shoes to the top 3 overall male & female champs in the 5 Mile. Age group awards 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Long Sleeve race t’s to all! Learn more ››
I hope everyone can make it to Muscoot Farm on Sunday for this fun 5-mile yearly tradition. A 1-mile kids race starts the day off and participants get Farm Bucks to spend at the Farmers Market. Great family event. Learn more at RunTheFarm.org.
Next week we’ll be back at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation meadow parking lot when we gather to run a trail half marathon covering 13.1 miles of the park. A 6 mile and 8.5 mile loop will be offered as well for those who want a more, um, leisurely run.
Muscoot Farm 5 Mile Race on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Kids races start at 8:30. Five Miler starts at 9:15.
This fun five-mile trail race is put on to show off the beauty of the Muscoot park and to increase awareness of the weekly Muscoot Farmer’s market (Sundays from May-October) and other local farmer’s markets in the area. Registration is open