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June 22, Mountain Lakes 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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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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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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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.

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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December 15, Mountain Lakes Park

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This Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 a.m, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, NY) when we try out some new trails on what I’m calling the Outer OS loop. Mark Vincent has found an extention of the OS trail in the park which opens up areas of the park that we’ve never run before. We’ll also pass through the Yurt Village, around Spruce lake and up the Red trail which will be new for most of you. Meet at the trailhead to Lookout Point and if the snow doesn’t melt by then, be ready for a wintery run.

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Saturday, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. For those who are interested in a Saturday run, Tony Godino and Dave Cope will be running the trails of the Westchester Wilderness/Zofnass Family Preserve on the Pound Ridge/Greenwich border on Saturday. Meet at the main entrance on Upper Shad Road a quarter mile from Long Ridge Road (see Google map).

Next week we’ll be back at he Reservation—just not sure where.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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September 29, Sarah Bishop Bushwhack 10 Trail Race

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Sunday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. (kids’ race), 9:15 a.m. (adult race)
This Sunday, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, New York 10560), when we race the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. All that training and those course checks come down to this—a 10k trail race featuring a challenging course that includes the highest peak in Westchester—Bailey Mountain—and beautiful views of Lookout Point and Hemlock Lake. The weather all week will be beautiful and the conditions on Sunday, ideal. Registration closes at midnight on Thursday night but we’ll hold a few places open if you want to bring a friend at the last minute. On-site registration will be $40 and we ask that you have exact change.

Next week we’ll be back at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in the Meadow parking lot to run the Dry Loop—that is, if you’re not going to be running Paine to Pain.

Hope to see you out there for this first annual Sarah Bishop Bushwhack.

Lee Willett

September 22, Mountain Lakes Park

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Sunday, September 22, 8:00 a.m.
This Sunday, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, New York 10560), when we do a course check of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. This 10k trail race features a challenging course that includes the highest peak in Westchester—Bailey Mountain—and beautiful views of Lookout Point and Hemlock Lake. If the upper gate is open, park where indicated on the map—in the lot near the pool, accessible by an unpaved road across from Hemlock Lake. If the upper gate is closed, park near the lot at the trailhead to Lookout Point.

Next week we’ll be back at Mountain Lakes Park the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack Race. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Hope to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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September 15, Mountain Lakes Park

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Sunday, September 15, 8:00 a.m.
This Sunday, meet at Mountain Lakes Park (201 Hawley Road, North Salem, New York 10560), when we do a course check of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. This 10k trail race features a challenging course that includes the highest peak in Westchester—Bailey Mountain—and beautiful views of Lookout Point and Hemlock Lake. If the upper gate is open, park where indicated on the map—in the lot near the pool, accessible by an unpaved road across from Hemlock Lake. If the upper gate is closed, park near the lot at the trailhead to Lookout Point.

Next week we’ll be back at Mountain Lakes Park for our final course check before the event.

Hope to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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Sarah Bishop Bushwhack

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a challenging 10k trail race held in Mountain Lakes Park, Westchester, New York, and benefitting educational wellness programs in area schools. The scenic course is named in honor of the hermitess of West Mountain, who lived alone for more than two decades around the turn of the 19th century in a small cave beneath an outcropping of rock on the eastern slope of the hill.

On September 29, 2013, we honor her indomitable spirit and oneness with nature with the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack and Sarah’s Scramble 1.5 mile kids’ race which takes runners on paths near her cave in the wooded Mountain Lakes Park, a 1,082-acre forested landscape with five lakes, spectacular views, and a few hills in between. Learn more about the race ››

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