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 ››

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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.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

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.

Hope to see you there this Sunday.

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.

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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