There are some great upcoming trail races you may be interested in running this winter and spring…
First up is the NJ Winter Trail Series in Morristown, NJ which is halfway over but still has two more races in the series on January 12th and February 3rd.
After then the Mudders and Grunters 5 mile trail race at FDR Park in Yorktown, NY takes place March 24th. Trail runners flock to this classic event, many dressed in team costumes. The water crossing near the end is a treat!
The Bimblers Bash 10k in Guilford, CT is next up on Sunday April 7th, 2013 and is hosted by the Bimbler’s group who include 7 time Loop women’s winner Kerry Arsenault. The 10k distance is more of a guideline as the course is rumored to be a bit longer… Then there’s our favorite race of the year on April 21st! Following that on May 5th is Where the Wild Things Run 5k trail run (and kids fun run) in Wilton CT at the Woodcock Nature Center.
If you are up for a longer challenge, Todd Jennings is directing Rock The Ridge 50 mile endurance challenge at the spectacular Mohonk Preserve on May 4th, 2013. The challenge is open to relay teams, groups, or solo runners. All speeds welcome. The challenge will raise money to support the trails of the preserve.
Last year one of our Sunday Run crew, Dave Vogel, started A Mild Sprain in Yonkers, NY to raise money for JDRF. On May 19th, 2013 he’s bringing this tough 4.25 mile trail run through the woods of Sprain Ridge County Park back for a second year.
The Rockwood Ramble 10k trail run is held on Saturday, June 9th at Rockefeller State Park overlooking the Hudson River. It runs through the trails of Potanico Hills and the Rockefeller estate. A beautiful introduction to summer trails!
For a great and constantly updated list of trail races in the tri-state area, look no further than this list from Chris Jaworski of the Essex Running Club. Chris is a die hard trail and ultra runner who has personally sampled many of the trail races he lists.
Put these on your calendars now if you are interested. Registration is live for some of them now. All are great races! For the sundays that are not booked with races, come out and train on the trails of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation with our Sunday Runs group. All abilities welcome!
Take it from Gerry — It’s never too cold to run the trails!