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 ››

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Lee Willett

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February 23, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, February 23 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking lot when we run a crazy double-loop course in the northern part of the park. The trails are still a challenge but I’ve managed to find a few in the northern part of the Reservation that have seen a fair amount of use so while still hilly, at least you won’t find yourself shin-deep in snow (for the most part). Download a PDF here ››

Still looking for a place to run next week. Stay tuned for details.

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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February 16, Reservoir Road, Katonah

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With our usual trails in such poor shape, we’re going to switch things up this week. On Sunday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m., meet on Reservoir Road in Katonah (behind the Katonah Art Museum, See Google Map) and run a 6-mile out-and-back course to Maple Ave, Jay Street to Upper Hook Road. Turn around is at 121 for a total of about 6 miles. With luck the roads will be plowed and, while technically not a trail, it should be a nicer run than on the trails this week.

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Lee Willett

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February 9, Michigan Road Lot

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On Sunday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road Lot when we run something that looks like the Red Plus Loop. We’ll begin with the Red/Yellow trail and follow Red to Raven Rocks. Since conditions on the trails are rather challenging, you have options for returning via Yellow, Green, Red/Green or completing the entire loop. I was out this morning and can attest that Yellow can be easily run, Red/Green is a challenge, and the LL trail to the Overlook can be described as double black diamond. If you enjoyed last week’s Looper Bowl, you’re going to love this run.

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Lee Willett

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February 2, Looper Bowl Sunday

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This Sunday, February 2 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking Lot and rise to the challenge of the Third Annual Looper Bowl. Follow the loop course, water crossings, mud flats, sand hills and all. Relive the excitement of the Leatherman’s Loop but with the possibility of snow. For those wanting to keep their feet dry, there are optional detours to avoid all the water crossings but, sorry, not the mud flats. You’ll probably want to bring an extra pair of shoes to change into after the run—might be a little, er, muddy (unless, of course, it’s frozen over).

Next week we’ll be meeting at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum.

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Lee Willett

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January 26, Lewisboro Town Park

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This Sunday, January 26 at 8:00 a.m, bundle up and meet at the Lewisboro Town Park when we run a classic course to Kimberly Bridge and back via the DH and Br trails. We’ll run the course in a clockwise direction this time and, with the cold weather, the Br trail should be firm (read: frozen solid like a skating rink). Note the dotted line after Kimberly Bridge that seems to go “off-map.” I discovered a spur trail that connects DH and Br which should be passable for those who prefer exploring. The course as marked is 5.25 miles with options for making it shorter. Download a PDF here ››

Next week we’ll meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking Lot when we run the third annual Looper Bowl.

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Lee Willett

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January 19, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, January 19 at 8:00 a.m, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, NY) when we try out some new trails that the staff at Mountain Lakes has recently cut in when we run the Outer OS loop. Mark Vincent has found an extension of the OS trail which opens up areas of the park that most of you have never run before. We’ll also pass through the Yurt Village, around Spruce Lake (conditions permitting) and up the Red trail which will be new for most of you. Meet at the trailhead to Lookout Point if the main gate is open.

Next week we’ll meet at a new location when Tony Godino shows us the Zofnass Family Preserve.

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Lee Willett

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January 12, Michigan Road Lot

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This Sunday, January 12 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road lot when we follow a course from Michigan Road to Kimberly Bridge. This time, we’re going to run the course against the arrows, starting on Red-Yellow, going down the Blue slope and passing the Meadow lot before returning to Michigan Road. Make sure you save some energy in reserve for that final climb. PDF of the trail is available here ››

Next week we’ll meet at Mountain Lakes Park for another try of the Outer OS loop that will be new to most of you.

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Lee Willett

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January 5, Michigan Road Lot

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Start the new year off right with this classic run. On Sunday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge reservation Michigan Road Lot when we run Rob’s Recovery Run—six miles of trails in the southern portion of the park that take us past the overlook, Leatherman’s Cave, Bear Rock Petroglyph, and Dancing Rock. Optional out and back to Rob’s Ruin for those who want to add a little more distance.

Next week, we’ll be back at the Michigan Road Lot again but this time we’ll head north to Kimberly Bridge.

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Lee Willett

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