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February 1, Looper Bowl Sunday

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This Sunday, February 1 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking Lot and rise to the challenge of the Fourth 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 snow—lots and lots 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.

If we find the trails are impassible, we have the option of sticking to the road. I’ll try to get out on the trails this week and check the conditions. You can see my updates at community.sundayruns.org and even post your own and let the group know what’s runnable.

Hope to see you there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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January 18 and January 19, Trailside Museum

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SPECIAL MLK MONDAY RUN AT 8:30:

Because the conditions on the roads prevented a lot of runners from joining us on Sunday, then come on Monday, January 19, at 8:30 a.m. to the Trailside Museum and run the same course. Bring your own maps, though, I’m likely going to take the day off.

This Sunday, January 18, at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum when we run the Museum to Blue Route. This 7-mile course starts down the Orange trail and winds its way to Raven Rocks and back by the Blue trail. While it’s 7 miles, the course avoids the steepest uphills (if you can believe that). Options are listed for 6.5 mile and 5.75 mile options as well. Anyone interested in starting early can arrive and be ready to run by 7:15.

For trail condition updates, see our community posts, now in beta testing.

Next week we’ll be up at Mountain Lakes Park for a new course in the works by Mark Vincent.

Hope to see you out there.

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January 11, Michigan Road Lot

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Rob’s Recovery Run

On Sunday, January 11, 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 cutoff at intersection 34 will take a mile off the distance. Anyone looking to add some miles can arrive at 7:15 and run north to the Meadow and return via Schoolhouse Road in time for the group.
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Bear Mountain Easy Run/Hike

Sunday, January 11, at 8:45 a.m. For those interested in checking out Bear Mountain, the Trail and Ultra Runners Meetup is having a walk up/run down Bear Mountain. Meet at the Bear Mountain Skating Rink by 8:45am (seems like they start collecting parking fees starting at 9am) and spend at least 2 hours out on the trail. Remember to bring water/wind-proof jacket, it’s colder there than in the NYC area. We’ll hike up the mountain and jog down, easy pace (if you’re in shape).
Learn more here ››  |  Hard run on Saturday ››  |  See Google Map ››  |  Want to car pool?

Long Slow Distance

Saturday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. Anyone looking for some long slow distance? Meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Lot at 9:00 a.m. for up to 18 miles of LSD. No formal map for this run but runners will make approximate 6 mile loops back to the cars so if you’re not up for 18, you have options of 12 and 6 as well.

Blue Mountain MYX 5.5 Mile Loop

This Saturday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m., Eric Foxhall will lead runners on a run in his own backyard in Blue Mountain Reservation. Blue Mountain Reservation is a 1,538-acre park in the northwest section of Westchester County. It features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. The 5.5-ish mile loop will take you to the top of Blue Mountain and on some of the more challenging single track in the park. Meet at the parking lot indicated on the map at 10:00 a.m. for this unique run. See the map ››

Hope to see you out there this Weekend.

Lee Willett

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January 4, Westmoreland Preserve

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This Sunday, January 4, at 8:00 a.m., meet at Westmoreland Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Mount Kisco when we run the 5.25 mile perimeter loop. This time, we run the course in a counterclockwise direction and return to the main lot. Those who want an extra challenge can do the Butler loop across the street after the run. That will add another 3+ miles to the run for a total of around 8.5. Those looking to start early can arrive at 7:15 and run the Spruce-Brookside-Veery loop (but bring a map—I won’t be there early this week). See the map ››

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Night Run

Friday, January 2, at 7:00 p.m., meet at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road Lot (at the lean-to) for another night run. This time we’ll be headed into the Northern part of the park on the Michigan to Kimberly 6 mile loop. Those looking to do a shorter distance can follow the Brown trail from the meadow to Kimberly bridge for a run of 4.5 miles. We’ve reserved the lean-to and firewood, so bring a headlamp, some refreshments, snacks, some warm dry clothes, and plan to hang out for a while after the run. The cost of the rental is $100 which we’ll split among us. See the map ››

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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December 28, Meadow Lot

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This Sunday, December 28, at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow parking lot when we run an old favorite—the Fire Tower Summit Run. This 6.2 mile run starts with a respectable uphill and seems to only go up from there. But don’t worry, there’s a fun downhill at mile 3 just past Raven Rocks and before the serious climb. By the time you reach mile 4, though, the worst is behind you and you can ease back and enjoy a long downhill to the finish. For everyone that came out last week for the “relatively flat” run, I saved the hills for you this week. As usual, those looking for a shorter run can find creative ways to reduce the mileage. And those looking to get a few extra miles in can meet early for a 7:15 a.m. start.

And remember to save the date of Friday, January 2, 7:00 p.m., for a night run in the reservation. We’re working on securing a lean-to for the evening and if it’s a clear night, we’ll have nearly a full moon to give us some extra light. I’ll post more details as they develop.

I hope to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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December 21, Michigan Road Lot

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This Sunday, December 21, at 8:00 a.m., we have a special holiday-themed run—get ready for the Red and Green loop. Meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Michigan Road lot and head south on the Red/Green trail making a loop that includes the Red trail, the Green trail and a few other trails as well just to keep it interesting. At 760 feet elevation change, this 6.5 mile course is one of my flatter ones so there’s no excuse not to get out and have some fun. As usual, those looking for a shorter run can find creative ways to reduce the mileage. And those looking to get a few extra miles in can meet early for a 7:15 a.m. start.

Also, save the date of Friday, January 2, 7:00 p.m., for a night run in the reservation. We’re working on securing a lean-to for the evening and if it’s a clear night, we’ll have nearly a full moon to give us some extra light. I’ll post more details as they develop.

Hope to see you all this weekend.

Lee Willett

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November 30, Lewisboro Town Park

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This Sunday, November 30, at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Lewisboro Town Park upper parking lot (see map) when we shed some pounds and run a perennial favorite—the Fat Ass Run. Seven miles of trail running is the perfect antidote to the tryptophan-laden butterball from Thanksgiving dinner. The fresh air will wake you up, you’ll feel reinvigorated, plus, as an added bonus, you’ll work up an appetite to help you finish those leftovers still cluttering up your fridge. For those who don’t want to do the full seven miles, a three-mile course is also an option. Now there’s no excuse not to come out. Anyone interested in getting an early start can arrive by 7:15 and get a few miles in before the run. Download PDF map ››

Friday, November 28, 8:30 a.m.
If anyone is interested in a post-Thanksgiving, black Friday run, meet at Mianus River Gorge in Bedford. The out-and-back is no farther than 5 miles, and with the snow, it’s going to be beautiful. The Mianus River Gorge office says they’re planning on being open on Friday so we’ll plan to meet there at 8:30 no matter what. Directions to Mianus ››

sundayrunspartySUNDAY RUNS HOLIDAY PARTY
Email invites went out for the holiday party on Saturday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. Check your emails or RSVP here and then tell us what you’ll bring here.

Lee Willett

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November 23, Trailside Museum

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This Sunday, November 23, at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum when we run the Museum to Blue route. This 6.5-mile course starts with a bit of an uphill (that’s being kind) but once you reach the Magic Stairs within the first half mile, you can catch your breath and enjoy yourself. There might be another hill or two along the way but nothing to worry about. By the time you reach the blue trail, you’ll remember what makes that one of our favorites in the park. If you’re not feeling the love of the FH trail, you can start down orange and cut a half mile (and a couple hundred feet of elevation) from the run.

Friday, November 28, at 8:30 a.m. Looking for a way to burn off those excess calories from Thanksgiving? Meet at Mianus River Gorge at 8:30 a.m. and run the out-and-back 5-ish mile course. Mianus will be closing at the end of the month so this will be the last run there until Spring.

Saturday, November 22, at 9:30 David Emerson from Westchester Land Trust will be out at Zofnass again on Saturday, November 22, at 9:30, to finish the cleanup job. It only takes a couple hours and the more that are there, the faster it will go. Anyone interested in helping out can see my post here.

And lastly, Save the Date of the night of Saturday, December 6, for our annual holiday party. More on that to come.

Next week we’ll be back a the Lewisboro Town Park for our Fat Ass run. I look forward to see you out there.

Lee Willett

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October 5, Michigan Road Lot

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Sunday, October 5 *new start times*
This Sunday, meet at Ward Pound Ridge Michigan Road Lot when we run the most ambitious run we’ve made to date—the Michigan Road Gerrython. Gerry Sullivan has lent his considerable expertise in creating a 13-mile loop that includes some of the toughest trails in the Reservation. But because the Lewisboro Horseman’s Association has scheduled a meet at the Meadow lot, I’ve had to modify that course somewhat but the result is just as epic. Here are your options:

6:45 a.m. Start—10 Mile Loop
Joe and Heather are going to start out early with the 10 mile loop in blue. They’ll start at Michigan Road and head toward the meadow before turning south to the Overlook and Raven Rocks. If you’re planning on starting early, wear bright clothing—dear season is open.

6:45 a.m. Start—5 Mile Loop
I’ll be at Michigan Road to run the 5-mile loop in red on the map. We’ll start the same way as above but return after the Overlook. I’ll be leaving promptly at 6:45 so that I’ll be back before 8:00 so arrive early prepared to run.

8:00 a.m. Start—7 or 13 Mile Loop
At 8:00, we’ll all start the same direction toward the Meadow but follow the course through the field to avoid the horses. Those running the 13-mile course will follow Brown to FH while those running the shorter loop will follow the river to Kimberly Bridge. Since the two courses overlap, you may see other runners along the way depending on speed.

Next week we’ll be at Muscoot Farm for the only course check of the Run the Farm race.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

September 21, A Choice of Venues

This Sunday, September 21, at 8:00 a.m., you have a few choices of events:

pavementends_iconWhere the Pavement Ends Four Mile Trail Race, Ridgefield, CT.
This four mile trail runs through Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield in a mix of fire road and single track that twists through areas that most of you will have never seen. Meet at the Ridgebury School, South Shore Drive, Ridgefield, CT and be ready to run at 8:00 a.m. This is the first of the Trail Mix Series of races leading to next spring’s Leatherman’s Loop.

kiscorunFirst Annual Mt. Kisco 5K Road Race
For those looking for something different, there’s the First Annual 5K road race through the heart of Mt. Kisco. Sunday Runner Kathy Lynch is one of the race organizers for this inaugural event that starts at 8:00 a.m. at Kirby Plaza/Train Station. Post-race party at MTK Supper Club and take advantage of Mt. Kisco Sidewalk Sale Days, including some of the best food and shops in the area.

WPR_7.5mi_EleanorsEscapeEleanor’s Escape 7.5 Mile Loop
For those not looking to race this weekend can meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Michigan Road lot and run Eleanor’s Escape 7.5 mile loop. This course will take you on the beautiful blue trail, past Raven Rocks, then back via the red/green trail. But bring your own maps this time—I’ll be at one of the races above.

Sadly, I’ve learned that recently there was some vandalism at Zofnass Family Preserve. Someone marked paths using day-glow indelible spray paint on trees, rocks, and soil. Since the preserve is an environmentally-sensitive wetland area, remediation will be both costly and difficult. I’ve been in touch with Westchester Land Trust and asked them to keep me informed if they need volunteers with the work. If anyone knows anything about who might have done this, please contact me or the Westchester Land Trust. I’ll keep you informed as this develops.

Next weekend is The Second Annual Sarah Bishop Bushwhack at Mountain Lakes Park. We’ll be closing online registration late next week and giving the course one final run text Saturday. We hope to see you all there.

Have a great weekend, whatever you decide to do.

Lee Willett

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