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April 27, Leatherman’s Loop

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Leatherman’s Loop this Sunday. Good luck to you all and we’ll run together next week.

Important notes from the Leatherman’s Loop team

Race organizers Mike Paletta, Tony & Judy Godino, Rob Cummings and the dedicated Leatherman’s Loop volunteers have been working hard to set up this year’s event. All we need is YOU!

Below are some important instructions regarding the Loop. Registration is packed full. We will need your help to ensure that loop day goes smoothly.

Here are some tips that you can incorporate into your plan for the morning and the day:

1.) ARRIVE EARLY! Please plan to arrive at the park before 8:20. Car pool if you can. Traffic will back up considerably at the park entrance as race time approaches. Please be patient. The regular $10 parking fee is incorporated as part of the loop entry fee so entry will go more quickly. It is always wise to arrive earlier than you think you need to in order to make sure you are all set by race start time (9am). This is especially true if it is your first time running the Loop.

2.) DRIVE SLOWLY and CAREFULLY in the Park! Watch the volunteers who are directing the parking. PARK TIGHT! Plan ahead – Car Pool if you can!. For a helpful overview of the race location (parking, start, bib pickup), check the logistics page on the website.

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April 20, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot when we run a new course that combines some serious hills with some wide-open trails to stretch your legs. The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan run is 6 miles of awesome that will give you a combination of steep slopes and gentle hills (pretty much in that order). There are some unexpected turns on this course so you’ll want to keep a map handy so you’re sure to stay on-course.
Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 a.m. For those who want to get an early start on the day, arrive at the Meadow Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m. for the The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan 6-mile run. Same run as above, earlier start time.

This Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot for and run one of two options. Option 1: run the The Meadow, Museum, Fire Tower to Michigan course as described above which is 6 miles or if you’re looking for a longer run, try your hand at Eleanor’s Escape but start at the Meadow and follow the BR trail to Kimberly Bridge and return from Michigan Road via FH. That’s about an 8.5 mile loop. Bring your own maps either way.

Next week is the Leatherman’s Loop but we’ll be back the week after that with more great runs.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Lee Willett

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April 13, Meadow Parking Lot

2 Weeks to Go Before Leatherman’s Loop

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This Sunday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m., meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot for the only course check of the Leatherman’s Loop. If you’re running the race this year, this will be the only chance to run the course with the group and a great chance to get out and test the terrain. The water crossings are optional but not the Mud Flats so you might want to bring a second set of shoes to change into. I’m just sayin’.

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a special 5-mile run starting at 12:30 from the Michigan Road Parking Lot going to Raven Rocks, the Leatherman’s Cave, and the Overlook (see the map here). After the run, head over to the opening reception of the Loop Photography Exhibition at the WPA gallery until 4:00, and see a screening of the “25 Years of the Leatherman’s Loop” documentary at 3:00 at the Trailside Museum.

Hope to see you this weekend.

Lee Willett

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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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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 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.

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

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.

Hope to see you out there this Sunday.

Lee Willett

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January 1, Lewisboro Town Park

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January 1, 10:00 a.m.
Looking for a way to start your new year off right? How about a nice 5 or 7-mile trail run? This course is the perfect antidote for that hangover. Breathe in the air, get that heart pounding, and clear your head. Meet at the Lewisboro Town Park upper parking lot on January 1, 10:00 a.m. Oh, and if you’re not up for the full run, there are plenty of options to make it shorter. Visit the map page ››

Lee Willett, info@sundayruns.org

December 29, Trailside Museum

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This Sunday, December 29 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum when we run the last run of the year—the Museum, Michigan, Raven and Blue Loop. This course will start us over Fox Hill which is always an eye-opener, then take us to Michigan Road then the Green trail to the southern portion of the park. You’ll get a view from Raven Rocks before entering the “waterfall” section of the RT trail to one of the lowest portions of the park before starting the climb back up. Keep an eye open at intersection 13 because you don’t want to end up at Pell Hill, but follow Blue down the hill and return to the Museum. While it may only be 5.6 miles, this is a fun and challenging run. Download PDF map ››

Saturday, December 28 at 8:00 a.m. Anyone interested in a Saturday run, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside museum at 8:00 a.m. to run the Museum to Blue Route. I won’t be there but you can run it in either direction—either start going up Fox Hill or finish coming down it. Either way the trails are spectacular right now so this is another chance you have to run with the group. Just bring your own map.

Hope to see you out there this Week.

Lee Willett

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