32nd Loop Tomorrow!

To All Registered Runners:

We are setting up at the entrance to the Rez from 9AM-12noon EARLY BIB PICKUP TODAY! (The Loop is tomorrow.)

A special note about the bibs: We identified the runners who will reach their 10th or higher Loop this Sunday. These highly durable runners can be identified by the red stripe on the bottom of their bibs. Congrats on reaching this milestone!

Come get your bib (and shirt if ordered) one day early between 9am and 12noon Saturday, April 21st.

For those who like the summary – ARRIVE EARLY and Pack a Change of Clothes! Here are MAPS and DIRECTIONS. And please put your food donation in your sneakers now if you plan on bringing one…

If you arrive later than 8:30am Sunday morning you may be parking FAR AWAY from the bib pickup area. You will have to dash to the showmobile and then dash to the start line. Each of those dashes can be about a quarter mile or more! That’s a great warmup, but can get you a bit frazzled. If you get to the entrance at 8am you will be set and be parked by 8:15am. If you get here earlier than that, relax and take in the sights and meet some runners and organizers!

For detailed logistics information about this year’s Loop, check this article.

The park is a “carry in – carry out” facility. If you bring it, take it back out with you please. We try to keep our trash to a minimum and we do not hand out race bags or race flyers. 

Note there is NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION. We are full!

Maps and directions links are on the website here.

Don’t forget your food donation to the Community Center of Northern Westchester – Help Feed the Leatherman! Look for the minivan with the banner!  It will be near the bib pickup area. Check here for latest needs. Rice and beans were high on the list last time we checked in with CCNW.

Dogs must be ON THEIR LEASH at all times. See prior notes about delayed start if you are running with your dog in the race.

If you find yourself injured, please STAY ON THE COURSE! Help will be on its way quickly. We have volunteers stationed throughout the course who can contact help quickly. We also have runners with cell phones on call if needed and ready to call in for assistance if any is required. We also have course sweeps following runners on the course.

If you wish—at the beginning of the race—you can wear an extra layer over the shirt your number is pinned to which you can toss to the side as you run by the teepee. It will be there for you near the teepee (or inside if it is raining) when you finish.

Please exercise caution and common sense at the stream crossings. Ease into each crossing slowly and do not enter them full stride. The exit of the first stream crossing can be slippery on the rock ledge. Help the runner in front and the one behind if possible.

Bring a full set of warm dry clothes (including socks and shoes) to change in to after you finish.  You will get wet and your shoes will get dirty!  We will have water, coffee, bagels, and fruit at the finish—but its always a good idea to have your own water on race day.

Full race finishing results will be posted to the web site http://www.leathermansloop.org/results by late afternoon after the race.

Send us or UPLOAD any photos you’d like to share to the 2018 Runner (& spectator) upload gallery!

See you bright and early tomorrow…

…..Tony, Judy, Rob, Mike, Bill, and the Loop Volunteers

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5 Days To Go!

Leatherman’s Loop News, Volume 32, Issue 2: 5 Days To Go!

If you are close by the Rez you can pick up your bib (and shirt if ordered) the day before the Loop.

We will be at the WPA Gallery at the entrance to the Reservation from 9am-12noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018. If you can come and pick up your bib that would make Loop day a bit less hectic for you — and for our race day volunteers in the showmobile.

For Loop Sunday April 22nd, plan to arrive early…  The Loop start time is 9am. Plan to be at the park before 8:15am to get parked and get your bibs (and t-shirts if ordered). Even earlier is better — and an early arrival will let you get a look around and get some warm up time. Arrivals earlier than 7:30am typically get to park in the meadow parking lot. After then parking is on the grass. You don’t want to get stuck in the unpredictable park entrance bottleneck even though there will be friendly Westchester County Police directing traffic on Route 35/121! 

If you missed the earlier detailed instructions and logistics email, click here to read it.

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Leatherman’s Loop aerial photo of start area. Click for larger image.

Here’s a link to some handy maps and directions that should help you get on your way to the Loop.

If you want to make sure you are registered check here: Searchable list of registered runners.

Remember – there is no same day registration.

Race day bib pickup will begin at 7AM on the day of the Loop at the showmobile.

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Dogs are welcome at the Park but — just like any other time you visit a county park — you must obey the Park’s leash law.  There will be many other dogs around.

If you plan to run with your dog you must wait until the after main group has started. Runners with dogs will be started after the main group. You MUST keep your dog leashed and close when running!

If you are planning to contribute a food donation to the 10th annual “Help Feed The Leatherman” food drive, please bring your food pantry donation to the Loop on April 22nd.  Your generous donation will go to the Community Center of Northern Westchester and will directly benefit families in need.

A reminder from the Pound Ridge Reservation park management: On Sunday PLEASE respect the park speed limit of 15 MPH while driving on the park roads. Take special care driving the roadway into the park and in the parking meadow as there will be many people and pets walking around.

There will be staff and volunteers directing the parking and guiding cars to park efficiently. Please follow their directions. It is going to be tight parking and we’d like to pack ‘em in!

The forecast currently calls for partly sunny day with increasing temperatures starting at 38 degrees in the morning and warming up to the mid-50’s by afternoon… Water levels are pretty high after the latest monsoon-like rainstorm but should be lower by Loop day as the watershed drains. The mud flats were already soaked and ready to pull your shoes off before the latest storm. It is possible you should bring floaties for the mud flats. Wear your brightest and cleanest socks! Send us before and after photos (of your socks or other items of clothing or body parts). Everything is looking good to go for Sunday! 

Have a safe trip — CAR POOL if you can!

Any questions please contact us.

See you on the trails…

-Tony, Judy, Rob, Mike, Bill and the rest of the Leatherman Harrier volunteers

Leatherman’s Loop Coming Up in Less Than 2 Weeks!

Leatherman’s Loop News, Volume 32, Issue 1

32nd Leatherman’s Loop in less than 2 Weeks!

To: Everyone who is registered for the 2018 Leatherman’s Loop:

Winter just can’t seem to say goodbye, but we are sure that by Earth Day April 22nd the snow will be melted and spring will be here! Time to get ready — because the 32nd running of the Leatherman’s Loop Trail Race is coming up soon!

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

For those who like to get organized ahead of time, we will have early bib & shirt pickup at the entrance to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation on the day before the Loop Saturday April 21st from 10am-12pm. We will be in the WPA Gallery across from the park entrance booth. Come on over and pick up your bib the day before if you can — it will be one less thing for you to do on race day!

Here are some tips that will help you on race morning Sunday, April 22nd:

Traffic backing up at the entrance near race time - arrive early to avoid the crush.

Traffic backing up at the entrance near race time – arrive early to avoid the crush.

1.) ARRIVE EARLY! Please plan to arrive at the park before 8:15am — or even earlier if you can swing it. The race starts at 9AM. The regular $10 parking fee is already incorporated as part of the loop entry fee so entry goes more quickly. Bonus: When you arrive early you will avoid the traffic backup at the entrance to the park. Traffic always backs up at the park entrance as race time approaches so please plan an early arrival. You will thank yourself when you are relaxed and ready to go at the start line. If you do find yourself stuck in traffic please be patient.

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

3.) BRING A FULL CHANGE OF CLOTHING! You will get wet and you will get muddy. Where and how you change after the race is up to you. Towels are a must. A clean, dry set of shoes is a requirement. There has never been a runner who emerged dry and clean from the woods after completing a Loop. Plan accordingly!

Race director Tony Godino gives out last minute instructions to runners before the start.

4.) LISTEN ATTENTIVELY TO PRE-LOOP ANNOUNCEMENTS! We need a few minutes of your time before the start. Race Director Tony Godino will have important information about the course and safety. You will be instructed about the hazards related to the stream crossings and current water and course conditions. Rocks and slippery ledges lurk under the surface of the water. Slow down and DON’T DIVE into the water under any circumstances.

5.) LISTEN FOR THE START! Following the instructions, Danny Martin will give a brief poem/blessing to set the tone. Then our special guest will start the runners with a special sendoff.

6.) IF YOU SEE MUD, RUN THROUGH IT! There’s no avoiding the mud — so simply embrace it, get dirty, and get going. After the first mile, nobody’s shoes will be clean or dry.

7.) STAY ON COURSE IF YOU CAN’T CONTINUE! There will be a number of “race sweeps” running the course following the slower runners. If for any reason you can’t continue, wait for them to get to you to assess your needs. The park is over 4,300 acres so don’t leave the course unless you know exactly where you are going.

8.) RUNNERS WITH DOGS MUST WAIT AND START AFTER THE MAIN GROUP! We will make this announcement at the start as well. If your dog is running with you in the Loop you MUST GO TO THE BACK OR SIDE OF THE START LINE with your dog and watch the main start! We realize this puts runners with dogs at a timing disadvantage, but the dogs & leashes at the start have become a safety hazard. This is a compromise in lieu of banning dogs altogether from the race. We don’t want to see dogs out of the race altogether so PLEASE respect this request. 

If you plan to take a dog as a spectator or running partner, the county park law requires ALL dogs in parks be leashed at ALL times. This is for the safety of your dogs, other park patrons, and other dogs visiting.

9.) PLEASE LEAVE YOUR HEADPHONES IN THE CAR! This is a recent request that might become a requirement. We ask for your safety and for other runners sake. If you can’t hear other runners — especially during the big start — it can cause problems for you and others on the trail.

10.) THERE IS NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION! We simply do not have room for any more registrations. Please understand the position we are put in when we have to refuse someone entry. If someone you know is interested in next year’s loop, there is a form at the website to submit name and email address. If you are signed up for this year’s Loop you are already on this email list.

11.) BRING FOOD DONATIONS! Don’t forget donations for the Help Feed the Leatherman Food Drive. Bring your non-perishable donations to the Loop and we will have a drop off point near the registration trailer. Your generosity will benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Thanks to the Ceisler Family for continuing this 10th year of the food drive. We will send more information about this community effort in a separate email.

12.) RESULTS: Printed lists of finishers with time and place will be available soon after the finish at the bib pickup area and by later in the afternoon on the Loop website. Check it out at http://www.leathermansloop.org/results.

Bib pickup table.

Bib pickup table.

13.) THANK A VOLUNTEER! A tremendous amount of volunteer effort goes into making the Loop a special event each year. T-shirt designers, registration volunteers, pie buyers, course setters, trail wardens, box lifters, water servers, food preparers, coffee brewers, parking coordinators, photographers, videographers, course sweeps, and the clean-up crew—not to mention the Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, and Westchester County Police officers and the fantastic and dedicated members of the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps!

This event is truly a group effort and tribute to the spirit of the community. We are grateful that we have such a wonderful group of Loop enthusiasts and are thankful that we have the thousands of acres of parkland at the Rez to enjoy!

Remember, leave only (muddy) footprints, take only pictures…

Expect more news as the event nears…. See you in less than 2 weeks!

Good luck and have fun,

Tony, Judy, Rob, Mike, and the rest of the Leatherman Harriers


PS: Some useful links…

• Follow the Loop on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/leathermansloop

• Map and Directions to the Reservation
• A runners overview of the Leatherman’s Loop trail
• Searchable list of registered runners
Run on the trails on Sundays all year round!

• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Loop is the first in a series of trail races called The Trail Mix. Check these upcoming Trail Mix races:

And some other favorite races of ours:

(Note: this went out as an email to all registered runners for the 2018 Loop. If you did not receive it via email and you are registered, you may want to check your spam folder and set up leathermansloop@gmail.com on your address book/white list.)

Final Note: There is no same day registration for the 2018 Leatherman’s Loop. All entries were done via Loop Lottery in mid-January.

Help Feed The Leatherman – 10 Years of Lending a Hand

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Bring your food donations to the Loop on April 22nd!

Loop runners have been incredibly generous in the past years with donations of food items to members of the local community in need.

The volunteer food drive “Help Feed The Leatherman” has collected over 7,500 pounds of food donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester food pantry over the past 9 years. This year will mark the 10th year for this fantastic program at the Loop.

David Ceisler of Katonah is the driving force behind this effort. The donation minivan will be set up near the showmobile on the morning of the Loop. Please remember to bring some food donations! List of needed items is below.

David Ceisler accepting a food donation item from a runner in 2016.

David Ceisler accepting a food donation item from a runner in 2016.

Why a food drive? The Old Leatherman came to the same places on such a regular schedule that people “could set their clocks by his arrival.” In each community he passed, the Leatherman had identified a home or two where he knew friendly people would provide food whenever he appeared. Some residents would set plates of food out for him when he was expected, and the Leatherman would come by and clean the plate. We are asking our runners to “put the plate of food out” for the Leatherman.

People come the center every day in need of help. The Center’s mission is to improve the well-being of our neighbors. That is what many people years ago did for the Leatherman.

The Center is in need of:

  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Dried and canned beans 
  • Hot and cold cereal 
  • Tuna and canned meat 
  • Cans of soup, beef stew and chili 
  • Pasta, rice and spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Fruit juice 
  • Baby food and diapers 
  • Dry or shelf-stable milk

This is not a requirement. Please help if you can. Thanks to David for conceiving this idea and thanks to Rosie, Sam, and David for gathering and getting the donations to the Community Center after the Loop during the past 9 years and this year.

To help you remember the donations: Put the cans or other items in your running shoes or your bag the night before (or on the drivers seat of your car!). We will remind you with a note closer to the race as well.

The Leatherman depended on the charity and kindness of strangers and neighbors. Let us extend the wonderful goodness and spirit of our loop, as we gather food for our neighbors.  THANK YOU RUNNERS for your generosity!

Note: the 2018 Loop filled up in the January Loop Lottery. Registration is closed – we can’t take any more registrations. Sorry!

Leatherman’s Loop Founders Newsletter, Volume 9

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it (for now)

Plans for splitting the field with a two wave start have been scrapped for this year. This was not an easy decision for your organizers. Rob Cummings and I felt the weight of our burden of responsibility to the Loop which has seen very few changes over the years. It is useful to know that a large majority of you are willing to accept this change if it is deemed necessary next year.

Inspiration

I don’t know why I have been waiting for inspiration to compose this note. Certainly, a warm sunny day with no snow on the ground would help but other sources were needed this year. Why do I need inspiration at all? The Loop is just a running race. But is it? Is it just a running race? In previous notes I have called it “A celebratory gathering in nature which includes trail running.” Let’s go with that. Let’s all get inspired to run and celebrate by bringing our best selves to the “Rez” one more time.

Tim Parshall

Tim Parshall, t-shirt artist for the Loop.

It’s always inspirational when Tim shows up with new shirt art. Here he is pictured with an amazing quilt made from race tee shirts and gifted to us by Judy’s sister. Tim drew twenty five of them. What a guy!

Danny Martin

Danny was asked to participate in an internet podcast called REMEMBERING THE TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE. Multiple interviews were spread over about ten days and Danny was the last. He talked about growing up in Belfast and his time in Africa and his work with dialogue and of course the Loop. Click on Danny’s photo to hear his words about the Loop or click on the Remembering the Truth link above to get the complete interview. Now I’m inspired!

Some of the elite participants

On March 16th, 2018 Lindsey Scherf set a world record for women in the indoor marathon. It reminded me that she had run the Loop when she was in high school. This got me thinking about other elite athletes who have participated. Their accomplishments as athletes are remarkable and of course inspirational. Here are some of them.

  • Dave Dunham—U.S. mountain running team multiple times. Won the loop in 1993.
  • Tom Nohilly—2nd American finisher at the world cross country championship in 1999. US Olympic steeplechase team member 1992 & 1996. Nine time winner of the loop.
  • Matthew Byrne—Named to the 2012 U.S. mountain running team. Won the loop in 2012.
  • Lucas Meyer—US Olympic trials team member in steeplechase (2008) and marathon (2012). Won the loop in 2016 & 2017.
  • Laura Kline—Won the world championship short course duathlon in 2012. Three time winner of the Loop.
  • Lindsey Scherf—World indoor marathon record holder for women. Finished second in the 2000 Loop.
  • Gerry Sullivan—Coach at Fordham Prep, elite trail and cross country runner, 2x Loop winner, and father of:
  • Eamonn Sullivan—Freshman standout at Fordham Prep, Junior Olympian, current Loop competitor.

Parting Shots

I have decided to include some photos of Ken Littlefield (one of the Loop founders) which I find strangely inspirational. Ken ran the Western States endurance 100 mile race in 1982 and 1983 and 1984. He was never known to hold back as a runner. The first photo was taken either before or after his 1983 finish. The second reflects his determination as he nears the finish line with pacer Mitch Stein. In the third he is in the medical tent still showing signs of the intensity of his effort. Many of you will soon be running the Loop course which Ken helped to design. Good luck!

                                                                     ….Tony

 

 

Loop Lottery Selection Completed for 2018!

We have completed the 2018 Loop Lottery selections and emails are headed out to lucky runners!

You can check your lottery status here: https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=5968

If you don’t get an email from us today (January 22), please check your spam folder.

As you know, the Loop Lottery this year far surpassed our expectations and we are considering a two wave start for the 2018 Loop.

We have heard your response — when asked, 92% of runners were positive to the idea of trying the two wave start. We plan to address the concerns many had including the timing between the two waves and the runners choice between waves. Details will be forthcoming.

For information about the 32nd running of the Leatherman’s Loop, please check back in at our website at http://leathermansloop.org. You can also follow us on facebook facebook.com/leathermansloop or Twitter twitter.com/leathermansloop.

Thanks for your support and — See you on the trails!

 

2018 Loop Lottery Registration Closed

trail-closed-signThe Leatherman’s Loop Lottery 2018 has CLOSED.

We are not taking any more lottery entrants. 

We will hold the drawing this Friday, January 19th, 2018.

  • Runners who are selected in the lottery will be notified on Friday, January 19th.
  • Runners not selected will also be notified on the same day.
    • Runners not selected will be placed on a wait list.
    • If you are not selected and you wish to opt out of the wait list, please email us at leathermansloop@gmail.com.
  • You can check whether you are registered in the Loop Lottery at this link.
  • We wish everyone luck for the drawing!

If you have any questions, please let us know via our contact form.

Loop Lottery 2018 Open!

Loop Lottery 2018 Open!

Loop Lottery Registration

Registration for Loop Lottery is open from January 12, 2018 at 12:00am until January 16, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Check your loop lottery registration (or others in your group) here.

For questions, see the Lottery FAQ here or Contact Us.

If you have any problem or issue, please contact us BEFORE the Loop Lottery closes!

Jim Jinkins 2010 Shirt Design

One from the archives: Jim Jinkins 2010 Leatherman’s Loop Shirt Design