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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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September 7, Westmoreland Preserve

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This Sunday, September 7 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 clockwise direction and return to the main lot. Those who want an extra challenge can do the Butler loop across the street next. That will add another 3+ miles to the run for a total of around 8.5. See the map ››

Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m. For those who want to run on Saturday, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot and run all or part of a new variation of Eleanor’s Escape. 8.4 or 6.0 mile variations are possible or run your own course. See the map here ››

Also, the Katonah 5K is this Saturday for those of you who like to mix your trail with some road. Learn more here ››

Next weekend we’ll be back at Mountain Lakes Park for our only course check of the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. You won’t want to miss that.

Lee Willett

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July 20, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, July 20 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking lot to run a new variation of an epic run—Eleanor’s Escape. Start at the Meadow and follow FH and BR to Kimberly Bridge then take Blue around the mountain to Raven Rocks and the Southwestern trails in the park. The full loop is 8.4 miles but you have several options to make the run shorter. See the map ››

Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m. For those up for a Saturday run, meet at the Muscoot Farm main parking lot and run the 5 mile perimeter loop. If the last field isn’t mowed, feel free to take the shortcut back to Yellow and save yourself the lacerations from running through the grass. See the map here ››

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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July 13, Westmoreland Preserve

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This Sunday, July 13 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 will take us in a counterclockwise direction around the park and return us to the main lot. Those who want an extra challenge can do the Butler loop across the street next. That will add another 3+ miles to the run for a total of around 8.5. See the map ››

Saturday, July 12 at 8:00 a.m. For those who want to run on Saturday, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Meadow Parking lot and run all or part of a new variation of Eleanor’s Escape. 8.4 or 6.0 mile variations are possible or run your own course. See the map here ››

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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July 6, Trailside Museum

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This Sunday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum when we run a new course—Trailside To Overlook. This will take us towards the Overlook via Schoolhouse Road and then back via Kimberly Bridge. If the weather is warm, you might want to take the water crossing before you return via junction 2 so keep an eye out for a small trail on your left before the bridge. You have options for making this run 7.7 miles, 6.3 miles, or 5 miles depending on which route you follow.

Saturday, July 5 at 8:00 a.m. For those who want to run on Saturday, meet at the Westmoreland Sanctuary main parking lot in Mt. Kisco and run the Perimeter 5.2 Mile loop in a counter-clockwise direction. Bring a map, though, while the trails are marked, it’s easy to take a wrong turn. If you miss this run, don’t worry, we’ll be back here next Sunday.

Friday, July 4th at 8:30 a.m. Start your long weekend off right and meet at Mianus River Gorge when it opens for a 5-mile out-and-back run on these beautiful trails. See the trail map here.

There you have it—three great runs at three different locations. Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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June 29, Meadow Parking Lot

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This Sunday, June 29 at 8:00 a.m, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Meadow Parking Lot when we run the Meadow to Blue Route. This course takes us to Raven Rocks and around the Fire Tower hill to return via Kimberly bridge and the FH trail. Those wanting to vary the distance can return via Orange for a six-mile loop and those looking for more elevation can take Blue up to the Fire Tower. Any way you run it, you’ll have a great time.

For those who want to run Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 a.m., there is a contingent of runners that are going to run the Mountain Lakes 15K (or the 10K option). Meet at the pool parking lot as before. The trail won’t be flagged but Mark Vincent will be there to make sure everyone makes it through. Just in case, though, you might want to bring a map.

And if you want to start your weekend off one day early, meet at the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum on Friday, June 27 at 8:00 a.m. for a run down to Raven Rocks and back via the Meadow. I don’t have a map of this but something similar to this map but against the arrows and following FH to the Meadow.

If you’re up for a run on Friday, July 4, at 8:30 a.m., meet at the parking lot of Mianus River Gorge and run the out-and-back trail to the reservoir. This 5 mile course is a great way to start the long weekend.

Hope to see you out there this weekend.

Lee Willett

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