June 22, Mountain Lakes 15K

MLP_15K

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This Sunday, June 22 at 8:00 a.m, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, NY) Pool Parking Lot (where you parked for the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack) when we run a new 15K course in honor of the Summer solstice. The course will be marked and includes some familiar trails within Mountain Lakes Park and some new ones in adjacent preserves. If you’re not up for the full distance, bypass the Hunt Lane loop, Hearst-Mead and Halmi Preserves for a more manageable 10K. We’ll drop water at the midpoint of the run and at the finish. See the map page here.

For those who want to run Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m., I suggest meet at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Lot and run the Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower, Michigan loop—six miles of awesome (but save something for the Mountain Lakes 15K the next day, okay).

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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June 15, Zofnass Family Preserve

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This Sunday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Zofnass Family Preserve on Upper Shad Road in Pound Ridge (see Google Map) when we run this excellent 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 including the orange, western loop. See the map page here.

For those who want to run Saturday, June 14 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. If you’re going to run either the 15k or 10k variant with us next week, you might want to get familiar with those trails by taking the right fork on Blue and going over Bailey Mountain before following Blue/Yellow to Hunt Lane.

Upcoming:
Wednesday, June 18: Summer Solstice Run 14k, Minnewaska State Park, Gardiner NY
Sunday, June 22: Mountain Lakes 15k. An extended Sunday Run for the summer solstice. Details to come.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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June 8, Michigan Road Lot

WPR_7.5mi_SightsHeights

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This Sunday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road parking lot when we run a new combination of trails I’m calling Sights and Heights. On this 7.5 mile route, you’ll see two great sights—from the Overlook to the west and Raven Rocks to the south—then it’s up to the heights—the fire tower and highest point in the park. If you’re not up for the full 7.5 miles, then see the sights and head back to the parking lot via the red trail for an abbreviated run. See the map here ››

Saturday, June 7, at 8:00 a.m. Meet at the entrance to Zofnass Family Preserve on the Bedford/Greenwich border. Bring your own map located here. If you miss this, don’t worry, We’ll be back at Zofness on Sunday, June 15.

Upcoming:
Wednesday, June 18: Summer Solstice Run 14k, Minnewaska State Park, Gardiner NY
Sunday, June 22: Mountain Lakes 15k. An extended Sunday Run for the summer solstice. Details to come.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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June 1, The Running Goddess at Lasdon Park

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This Sunday, June 1 at 8:00 a.m., come out to Lasdon Park for the second annual Running Goddess 5k. This multi-terrain course combines wooded trails with open fields, a little crushed stone and some pavement to keep you on your toes. Learn more at TheRunningGoddess.com. Is 5k too short for you? Then do a second lap, just don’t enter the chute a second time.

Not interested in the Running Goddess? Then meet at Muscoot Farm at 8:00 a.m. and complete the Run the Farm 5 mile course. Bring some money because you’re want to hang out and hit the farmer’s market after and while you’re in the area, stop by Lasdon Park and join in the post-race festivities.

Saturday, May 31, at 8:00 a.m. Meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking Lot and run the Meadow, Michigan & Museum 6 mile loop. Start at the Meadow and head south to Michigan Road and into the southern part of the park before passing by the Trailside museum and the pine forest and returning through the meadow. If you want to add another mile and a half, go straight on 22 and left on 36 to get to Raven Rocks. Bring your own map located here.

Upcoming:
Wednesday, June 18: Summer Solstice Run 14k, Minnewaska State Park, Gardiner NY
Sunday, June 22: Mountain Lakes 15k. An extended Sunday Run for the summer solstice. Details to come.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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May 25, Trailside Museum

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Trailside Museum

This Sunday, May 25 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Trailside Museum for a very special run. Since a number of Sunday runners (I won’t mention names—you know who you are) seem to have difficulty following my maps, this is your chance to make your own. The morning of the run at the museum, I’ll set a destination and even give you a map to get you there (although you can ignore that if you want and take your own route). Your challenge is to get to that destination and back taking any path you choose. The shortest out-and-back will be 5 miles but you can make the run as long as you’d like. This Sunday, it will be impossible to take a wrong turn.

Saturday, May 24, at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the entrance to Mianus River Gorge when the preserve opens at 8:30 and follow the red trail south taking every left. Located on the Bedford/Greenwich border (Google map here) the terrain is similar to Zofnass preserve but shorter and with fewer switchbacks. Bring your own map located here.

Upcoming:
Sunday, June 1: The Running Goddess 5K at Lasdon Park
Wednesday, June 18: Summer Solstice Run 14k, Minnewaska State Park, Gardiner NY
Sunday, June 22: Mountain Lakes 15k. An extended Sunday Run for the summer solstice. Details to come.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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May 18, A Mild Sprain

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This Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Lewisboro Town Park upper parking lot and car-pool to A Mild Sprain 4.25 trail race in Sprain Ridge Park, Yonkers. Race director David Vogel always makes sure this is a fun and challenging event and last year saw a number of our group on the stage for the awards ceremony. Race-day registration is still open although online registration is closed. If you want to car-pool for the race, meet at Lewisboro Town Park UPPER lot at 8:00 a.m. and at the park-and-ride off exit 4 on route 684 at 8:20.

Not planning on doing the race and refuse to cave to peer pressure? Still meet at Lewisboro Town Park Upper lot on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to run the  Meadow Northern Loop course but starting from the town park (see map here for access). I suggest running the loop in a counter-clockwise direction and bypassing the Meadow lot on your way to the Trailside Museum. It’s your call but bring your own maps, I’ll be at A Mild Sprain.

Saturday, May 17, 8:00 a.m.
Looking for a Saturday run? I suggest checking out the Outer OS loop from last Sunday at Mountain Lakes Park. Seems everyone had a good time and this will give you a chance to see where you got off-map.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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May 11, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, May 11 at 8:00 a.m., meet at Mountain Lakes Park, at the trail head of the white trail to Lookout Point, when we run the Outer OS loop. It’s been a while since we’ve run this as a group but it’s a great course full of rocky slopes and single-track forest trails. The map shows the loop to Hunt Lane and another around Spruce Lake, both of which are optional if you want to shorten the distance. Registration for the Second Annual Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is now open so this is a great chance to check out some of the trails for the race.

Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m.
Course check for A Mild Sprain trail race. Meet at Sprain Ridge Park and be ready to run at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Race director David Vogel will lead a check of the course so anyone who wants to can get to see the course before race day which is next Sunday, May 18. Registration for the race is still open and costs $40 (which includes some great swag) so you should—you know—register. If you want to car-pool for the course check, meet at Lewisboro Town Park lower lot at 7:25 a.m. and at the park-and-ride off exit 4 on route 684 at 7:35.

Hope to see you this Mother’s Day weekend.

Lee Willett

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Races and Events 2014

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

Other local races
While not trail races, these local races are great community events.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, Westchester 5K at SUNY Purchase
Monday, September 1, 2014, 4th Annual South Salem Church Tavern Biathlon
Sunday, September 21, 2014, Mt. Kisco 5K

May 4, Michigan Road Lot

Only 51 Weeks to Go Before Leatherman’s Loop

Trail Running Map of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester, New York. 6.5 Mile Rock Trail Loop

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This Sunday, May 4 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road lot when we run a new variation of the Rock Trail Loop. This version starts on the Red/Yellow trail before we catch the RT at intersection 20. You’ll get a chance to run the new trail between 40 and 58 which replaces the “ankle-breaker” trail which is now closed. The RT trail is well marked so follow the signs and you’ll stay on course. The map shows an optional detour to Dancing Rock which would add an extra half mile to bring the total to 7. Plenty of ways to shorten the course as well if you’d like.

Saturday, May 3, 8:00 a.m.
If you’re looking for a run on Saturday, meet at Mountain Lakes Park and run the Outer OS loop. Don’t worry if you miss it though, we’ll be running there soon anyway.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Lee Willett

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Leatherman’s Loop Recap

What a great day we had for the Loop this year and although the course was slow and muddy, there were a lot of great performances. Here are some of the times from those on the Sunday Runs list (and a few of their kids). It’s not a complete list so if you want to be included and I’ve left you out, let me know. Congratulations to everyone and especially to Rob Cummings for comeback of the year.


              CLASS  
ID#  PLACE    PLACE                FINISHER                    TIME     PACE
1      1       OpM   Tommy Nohilly, 48, Goldens Bridge, NY      40:55    6:33
3      8    2  M30   Gerry Sullivan, 39, White Plains, NY       43:51    7:01
818    21   6  M40   Todd Henrich, 46, South Salem, NY          47:37    7:37
1652   35   1  JrM   Eamonn Sullivan, 11, White Plains, NY      48:39    7:47
733    78   24 M40   John Goodrow, 45, Mahopac, NY              52:41    8:26
420    93   30 M40   Erick Wilson, 42, Stamford, CT             53:45    8:36
1745   95   31 M40   Mark Vincent, 44, Somers, NY               53:47    8:36
1334   103  37 M40   Rob Oden, 42, Bedford, NY                  54:25    8:42
316    108  33 M30   Alex Bradley, 35, Bedford, NY              54:37    8:44
434    121  14 M50   Lincoln Cleveland, 57, Bedford, NY         55:25    8:52
1214   125  16 M50   Joe Mokszycki, 58, South Salem, NY         55:27    8:52
1816   130  17 M50   Lee Willett, 51, South Salem, NY           55:37    8:54
250    134  49 M40   Alan Bazaar, 44, Katonah, NY               55:46    8:55
203    138  38 M30   Dan Aitchison, 34, Cross River, NY         56:25    9:01
748    144  53 M40   Jonathan Greene, 40, Katonah, NY           56:44    9:05
538    147  14 M20   Christopher Dent, 25, Yorktown Heights, NY 56:46    9:05
1791   160  63 M40   Stuart Weitzman, 40, Bedford Hills, NY     57:29    9:12
493    163  44 M30   Tom Curley, 39, South Salem, NY            57:34    9:13
435    167  66 M40   Joseph Cloidt, 47, Armonk, NY              57:40    9:14
776    15   4  W40   Karen Haitoff, 45*, Katonah, NY            57:52    9:15
1746   178  5  JrM   Sean Vincent, 12, Somers, NY               58:25    9:21
1724   181  24 M50   Charles Vaccaro, 51, Patterson, NY         58:39    9:23
322    183  72 M40   Jason Braun, 45, Garrison, NY              58:42    9:24
296    18   5  W40   Teren Block, 48*, Ridgefield, CT           58:46    9:24
1429   20   4  W15   Julia Realander, 15*, Ridgefield, CT       59:28    9:31
1430   204  82 M40   Keith Realander, 48, Ridgefield, CT        59:28    9:31
1467   21   7  W40   Kelley Roche, 45*, South Salem, NY         59:31    9:31
737    206  30 M50   Michael Gorman, 50, Bedford, NY            59:34    9:32
1748   213  85 M40   David Vogel, 45, Scarsdale, NY             59:48    9:34
33     224  89 M40   Mike Paletta, 48, Mount Kisco, NY        1:00:13    9:38
384    228  38 M50   Mike Carangelo, 50, South Salem, NY      1:00:20    9:39
1630   34   10 W30   Margo Sterling, 33*, Pound Ridge, NY     1:01:11    9:47
1839   250  59 M30   Brian Yomtov, 39, Stamford, CT           1:01:25    9:50
800    296  69 M30   Scott Harrison, 35, Bedford, NY          1:03:34   10:10
824    47   13 W30   Eleanor Hershey, 37*, Katonah, NY        1:03:45   10:12
968   321  135 M40   Daniel Kortick, 47, Somers, NY           1:04:23   10:18
1100  353  149 M40   Larry Mango, 44, South Salem, NY         1:05:46   10:31
1753  355  150 M40   Karl Wachter, 47, Katonah, NY            1:05:52   10:32
1055   76   22 W30   Beth Llanos, 39*, South Salem, NY        1:07:01   10:43
1627   402 169 M40   Brian Stempel, 42, South Salem, NY       1:08:14   10:55
443    88   32 W40   Aarti Comstock, 40*, South Salem, NY     1:08:26   10:57
854   101   40 W40   Kelley Housman, 49*, South Salem, NY     1:09:43   11:09
1003  114   30 W30   Christy Leggiero, 37*, Yonkers, NY       1:11:07   11:23
417   123   33 W30   Jill Chmielewski, 38*, Milford, CT       1:12:11   11:33
747   497   11 M60   Frank Greene, 60, Katonah, NY            1:12:14   11:33
1078  135   58 W40   Kathy Lynch, 45*, Mt Kisco, NY           1:13:12   11:43
1920  548  229 M40   Santiago Rozas, 48, Pound Ridge, NY      1:14:44   11:57
1108  551  232 M40   Alan Martin, 45, Westport, CT            1:14:51   11:58
1283  565  240 M40   Joseph Neu, 48, South Salem, NY          1:15:36   12:06
1682  589   28 M15   Matthew Thompson, 15, Hopewell Junctn NY 1:17:20   12:22
1681  590  110 M50   Jeff Thompson, 51, Hopewell Junction, NY 1:17:23   12:23
24    592    1 M70   Nick Ohnell, 72, Greenwich, CT           1:17:25   12:23
1922  201   12 W50   Bettina Sementilli, 52*, Brewster, NY    1:19:16   12:41
1228  627  268 M40   Jim Moreo, 49, Goldens Bridge, NY        1:19:47   12:46
1004  635  272 M40   Dean Leggiero, 47, Yonkers, NY           1:20:17   12:51
347   231   97 W40   Lisa Buchman, 44*, Cross River, NY       1:22:53   13:16
488   684   29 M15   Griffin Cummings, 16, South Salem, NY    1:23:52   13:25
735   702  135 M50   Mark Gordon, 54, Cross River, NY         1:24:37   13:32
1251  308   27 W50   Debbie Mullin, 54*, Pound Ridge, NY      1:31:04   14:34
12    754   33 JrM   Orion Cummings, 12, South Salem, NY      1:32:30   14:48
1919  320   29 W50   Trisha Rozas, 50*, Pound Ridge, NY       1:32:34   14:49
888   758  149 M50   Chris Jaworski, 56, Bloomfield, NJ       1:33:07   14:54
501   763  325 M40   Pete D'Urso, 44, South Salem, NY         1:33:54   15:01
1335  788   35 M60   Robert Oden, 67, Hanover, NH             1:40:15   16:02
99    813  338 M40   Rob Cummings, 46, South Salem, NY        2:00:19   19:15
462   416   49 W50   Shirley Copeland, 54*, South Salem, NY   2:13:18   21:20

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