Mixed bag of Loop stuff from Tony
Greetings and Happy New Year
to the Leatherman’s Loop family
. With the lottery closed
for the 31st Loop it seems like a good time for me to share some history as well as other stuff related to the event. As always, my hope is that some of you will find this sharing of interest.
What didn’t happen at the start last year
The banner above was supposed to fly over the field just before the start of the race last year (mock-up shown here). Incredibly, the pilot could not find the Pound Ridge Reservation but was spotted and photographed by friends of the Loop who live near the park. What can I say?
What did happen at the start last year
, the only runner who has completed all thirty Loops, agreed to serve as the “celebrity starter.” Joe won the Loop in 1987 and followed up with many top ten finishes. His times have slowed but his kind and peaceful spirit has soared. As I see it, Joe embodies the spirit of the Loop and will always be at the head of the conga line of tens of thousands of runners who have participated over the years.
Let’s put the fire tower back up in the Rez
The wisdom and compassion of Danny Martin
In the last newsletter
I said that I now see the loop as “a celebratory gathering in nature which includes trail running.” Danny Martin
adds that “our experience of the Loop has shown us many times that when we gather and connect across our many differences we generate hope and strength. In times of change and the challenges they bring we need such hope and strength.” We both believe that participation in the Loop has the potential to serve each of us in ways apart from and beyond the running. Danny thinks that it can be harnessed and put to use. Click on the link to his blog and read about Danny’s vision for “connecting vigils.”
Links to video and photo highlights
The 2017 Loop video trailer features some highlights from Loop videos made in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2015 (2). Thanks to Dean Leggiero, John Cummings, Mitch Stein, Wilderness Bob, Christy Cuomo, Tom Anckner, and a few others for taking the videos. The short 3 minute video features Griffin “Buck” Farro, Danny Martin, Madison Haller, the Albertus Magnus girls track team, Kate Paletta, Hernando Munoz, Joe Stanley, Tom Nohilly, Kerry Arsenault, Stan “Leatherman” Telega, Bob Goldblatt, Tony Godino, and many of the runners of the Loop in those years.
Thank you Rob Cummings for editing and producing the project.
A gallery of some classic Loop photos to get you thinking about the upcoming Loop.
Trail Mix Race Series and Sunday Runs
Not everyone who participates in the Leatherman’s Loop
is a serious runner. For some of you it is the only race that you do each year and that is fine. Congratulations to the 94 runners
who did complete four or more of the Trail Mix Series races in 2016. By doing so you are guaranteed a lottery selection for the upcoming Loop. Check out the Trail Mix Series
and the Leatherman Harriers Sunday Runs
Last year Nick Ohnell and David Vogel produced and hung a very large tapestry which thanked me for doing something that I love — but it is Judy and Rob and our team of volunteers that skillfully lace each piece of the Loop together. It is you the participants who bring the magic and the love into the Rez each year and for that I thank you.