Dogs at the Loop

Hello Loop Runners,

We have been required by our race insurance company to prohibit dogs from running in the Leatherman’s Loop

It has been brought up as a safety issue in the past — but starting this year USATF will not sanction and insure a race that allows dogs to run.

If you have any questions about this please contact us via our contact form or send an email to 

Thanks for your understanding. 

Dogs are still allowed at the park with spectators, providing you follow these General rules:

-All dogs must be leashed at all times in county parks (county law).
-No long, extended, or retractable leads allowed.
-Keep dogs out of the path of any runner, especially those exiting Splashdown.
-Your dog must be able to handle large crowds and many other spectator dogs. 

Thanks for your understanding and attention to safety — and see you on the trails!

-Tony, Judy, Rob

Note: Service animals that perform a specific defined task (such as guide dogs for blind runners) are not affected by this new requirement. If you have a question about your service dog please contact us before the loop and we can answer your questions.

Loop Lottery Selection Completed for 2020!

We have completed the 2020 Loop Lottery selections and emails are headed out to runners!

You can check your lottery status (and your friends status) at this link

If you don’t get an email from us by the end of today (January 17), please check your spam folder.

For information about the 34th running of the Leatherman’s Loop, please check back in at our website at 

Don’t forget to support the many other local trail races out there — including the 2020 Trail Mix Series.

The Leatherman’s Loop is the first race in a SEVEN trail race series in 2020 in The Trail Mix Series. Visit the Trail Mix site for more information about the series and links to the other six races in the series: A Mild Sprain (June), Where the Pavement Ends (Sept), The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack (Sept), Paine to Pain (Oct), Run The Farm (Oct), and Raven Rocks Run (Nov). If you are not sure about the dates, sign up to receive email reminders about the Trail Mix Series as the races come up.

You can also follow the Loop on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

For winter and spring training with a group of dedicated trail runners check – rain or snow or shine we run the trails on Sundays!

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

2020 Loop Lottery Registration Closed

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery 2020 has CLOSED.

We will hold the drawing this Friday, January 17th, 2020.

We are not taking any more lottery entrants

  • Runners who are selected in the lottery will be notified on Friday, January 17th.
  • 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
  • You can search to check whether you, a friend, or family member, are registered in the Loop Lottery at this link.
  • If you wish to withdraw your name from the Lottery, please let us know before midnight on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
  • We wish everyone luck for the drawing!

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

Lottery 2020 Reminder

Don’t let your chance to participate in the 34th Leatherman’s Loop fly by. The loop lottery closes at midnight on Tuesday January 14th.

Loop Lottery Registration

Check out the video and photos which capture the unique spirit of the loop.

Jackson McGuire emerging muddy & wet but smiling from Splashdown in 2019. The final 200 meters just ahead. (photo by Ted Erkkila)
Mike Paletta after 1999 Loop
Ran through their shoes
Business on top, ready for mud on the bottom
Danny Martin & Jere Hochman in 2011
Pre-dawn misty meadow
Joe Cloidt and Alan Wegener during the 2017 Loop at the first water crossing.
Mets great Craig Swan delivers the opening pitch for the 2000 Leatherman’s Loop start. Craig returned in 2012 to reprise his starting pitch.
Got Mud?
Tommy Nohilly finishes strong in 2010 going for one of his nine overall Loop wins.
Ray Viscome, a runner from Silver Lake, NY, ran the 2012 course in 1:00:32. He had run it once before (1999) and did it with help from running support buddies Rich Izzo and Thomas Bookless. His amazing time is even more amazing since he runs with an artificial leg and has to be carried across the stream crossings since the joint can’t get wet.
Craig Swan after the “First Pitch” start in 2012 running for his life away from the running crowd.
Finish line heart flag
Tiokasin Ghosthorse was the official race starter for the 25th Loop in 2011. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation and hosts the nationally syndicated radio show First Voices Indigenous Radio
Micah True a.k.a. Caballo Blanco before the 2011 Loop. Micah ran in 2010 and 2011 and was the official starter for 2010. He was set to start the 2012 Loop when he died on a run in March 2012. We have retired bib #4 in his honor.
Kelsey Crawford, youngest female winner ever, smiles as she is cheered on by her mom Doreen, her sister Cameron, and her friend Amelia as she exits Splashdown in 2019.
25 Years of Leatherman’s Loop shirt designs. Shirt detail can be found here.
Tony: “While cutting back buckthorn at about the three mile mark of the course I found this matched pair of Nike trail shoes. They had been pushed to the surface of the mud flats by the spring thaw. I stopped to consider all of the possibilities. None of them good. Those of you who are running the Loop for the first time may want to do the same.” –Founder’s Newsletter – Issue 2 “The 25th Loop” 11 April 2011

The 2017 Loop video trailer above features some highlights from Loop videos made in 2002200420052011, and 2015 (2). Thanks to Dean LeggieroRob Cummings, John Cummings, Jr.Mitch SteinWilderness BobChristy CuomoTom Anckner, and a few others for taking the videos. The short 3 minute video features Griffin “Buck” FarroDanny MartinMadison Haller, the Albertus Magnus girls track team, Kate PalettaHernando MunozJoe StanleyTom NohillyKerry ArsenaultStan “Leatherman” TelegaBob GoldblattTony Godino, and many of the runners of the Loop in those years.

More stories, race reports, photos, and videos can be found here:

Loop Lottery 2020 Open!

Loop Lottery 2020 Open!

Loop Lottery Registration

Registration for Loop Lottery is open from January 10, 2020 at 12:00am until January 14, 2020 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!

Loop Lottery Set to Start January 10, 2020

Lottery Opens at 12:00am 1/10/2020.
It closes 11:59pm Tuesday January 14th.

Trail Runners:

Please mark your calendars with these two dates: January 10th and April 26th!

The 34th Running of the Leatherman’s Loop will be on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery will open at 12:00am Friday, January 10th, 2020 and close Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at midnight — 5 full days total.

You must sign up for the Lottery to get into the Loop.

We will post reminders to our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages just before the Loop Lottery opening in January. Follow us there for lottery opening messages.

We will send out an email reminder about the Loop Lottery in late December. If you want to be on our email list for future notifications enter your email address here.

We encourage you to sign up for the Loop Lottery as early as possible after it opens in January so you don’t forget. Once it is closed we won’t accept any new lottery entrants.

Leatherman’s Loop — aerial video of 2015 Loop start

We promise that (based on lottery history) most of you will get in as long as you sign up during the five day window.

To sign up, visit the Leatherman’s Loop website during the lottery registration period (1/10/2020-1/14/2020) and there will be links to the registration site.

Runners who sign up for the Loop Lottery will be asked to enter their credit card information but will not be charged for entering the Loop Lottery. Runners who are selected in the Loop Lottery will have their cards charged on January 17. 


  1. After the Loop Lottery entry closes on Tuesday, January 14th we will have the drawing for winners on or just after Friday, January 17th.
  2. Those selected runners who won a spot will be notified of their Loop entries by email.
  3. Credit cards will be charged on 1/17/2020 automatically if a runner is selected in the Loop Lottery.
  4. Those not selected will be notified of the bad news by email as well.
  5. Any runners who do not complete their lottery registration before the January 14th deadline cannot join in the lottery after then.
  6. If you need to withdraw your name from the Loop Lottery, you must do so BEFORE midnight on Thursday, January 16, 2020. After then all entries are final.
  7. Please put and in your address book so our emails to you about the Loop Lottery are not marked as spam.

Runners can enter the lottery as part of a group. Each person from the group must register (or have someone register them) in the lottery. Runners can add their group name during lottery registration.


We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about the Loop Lottery. It addresses questions about group lottery entry, duplicate registrations, t-shirt purchasing, and other questions you might have. If you are one of the runners who completed the 2019 Trail Mix Trail Series by finishing 4 or more races in that series, then you are eligible for automatic selection in the Loop LotteryCongratulations! We will offer the same benefit next year for runners completing the 2020 Trail Mix! Click the link for more information about the races — sign up for Trail Mix Reminder Emails here.

If you do not hear from us via email on January 17th or just afterwards, please contact us right away at so we can follow up. You can also check the Loop website for a list of runners selected in the Loop Lottery (will be updated after lottery selections are made).

We are interested in making the lottery as simple and hassle-free as possible. Hopefully your Loop Lottery registration takes less time than reading this guide! We appreciate any feedback or thoughts you have and can share with us.

If you have any questions not covered above or in the Loop FAQ or the Loop Lottery FAQ, please get in touch via our contact form, or via our email address

Thanks! See you on the trails…

-Tony, Judy, Rob, and the Leatherman Harriers

PS: If you are interested in training on the trails with a group of enthusiastic trail runners of all abilities, check out our club site at and come out one Sunday morning at 8am and join in a group run. We run the trails all year round and always welcome new runners!

PPS: We announced the 2020 Trail Mix Trail Series lineup in January. Hope you consider completing the series in 2020 with at least four and hopefully more races by the end of 2020.

PPPS: The John Jay Community 5k Trail Race is also in Cross River, NY just about 2 miles from the meadow start of the Loop. This year will mark the 3rd running of this trail race which has similar terrain to the Loop and is held one week before it on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Registration is open now at

5th Annual Raven Rocks Run November 10, 2019

The 5th annual Raven Rocks Run 10k trail race is on Sunday, November 10th starting at 9 a.m. at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

Click here to register

If you have already registered, thanks!
See you at the Rez!

If you are not sure if you have registered — or you want to check on a friend or family member — you can confirm registration status here:

In order to make sure your shirt size is available we recommend pre-ordering a race shirt with your registration. We do order a limited number of extra shirts — but your size may not be available if you wait to buy one at the event.

Registered runners will receive a logistics note before race day. Note is available here and we will send a quick update with links closer to the races.

See you on the trails!

….. Rob Cummings and the Raven Rocks volunteers

Trail Mix and Sunday Runners Updates below:

10th Annual Run The Farm & KIDS Run The Farm October 20, 2019

The 10th annual Run The Farm and Kids Run The Farm trail races are on Sunday, October 20th starting at 8:30am at Muscoot Farm in Katonah/Somers, NY.

Click here to register

If you have already registered, thanks!
See you at the Farm!

If you are not sure if you have registered — or you want to check on a friend or family member — you can confirm registration status here:

For the kids races we have ordered a set number of medals. We will cut off registration when we reach that total to ensure we have medals for all kid finishers. 

Both the kids races and the 5 miler are filling up faster than last year so get your spot now since we can’t predict when we have to shut it down!

In order to make sure your shirt size is available we recommend pre-ordering a race shirt with your registration. We do order a limited number of extra shirts — but your size may not be available if you wait to buy one at the event.

Registered runners will receive a logistics note before race day. Note is available here and we will send a quick update with links closer to the races.

See you on the trails!

….. Tony, Judy, Rob and the Run The Farm volunteers

Trail Mix and Sunday Runners Updates below:

Trail Mix 2019 Fall Races Quickly Approaching

Do you want to know how to guarantee your selection in the Leatherman’s Loop 2020 Lottery this coming January? Simply compete in FOUR or more of the SEVEN Trail Mix Series races in 2019.

If you ran in the 2019 Loop in April you are 1/4 of the way there already! If you ran both the Loop and A Mild Sprain in June 2019, you are already halfway there. Even if you have completed no races in the series to date in 2019 you can still run in 4 of the 5 remaining Trail Mix 2019 Series races and qualify for the series and Loop Lottery selection. See below for dates and links…

Every runner in the 2019 Leatherman’s Loop (April) and A Mild Sprain (June) is entered into the 2019 Trail Mix Series automatically. Check the current standings here.

Check these upcoming Trail Mix races (and some other favorite races of ours):

Trail Mix Series 2019 races:

Other Local Races:

  • Kisco 5k road race (9/15) Mt. Kisco, NY
  • Conquer the Forest 5k trail race at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus in Kent/Carmel, NY (11/17)
  • For a broad curated list of trail races from Virginia through New England, check this list from Essex Running Club member and Leatherman Harrier Muddiest Runner Chris Jaworski here:

Last but not least – join us on our club website — we do group trail runs throughout the year Sunday mornings at 8am, Locations are available on the site calendar.

Muddiest Runners Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the Leatherman’s Loop Class of 2019 “Muddiest Runners” — 44 very muddy trail runners who have entered the Muddiest Runner tier of Leatherman’s Loop-dom.

They achieved this by completing SEVEN Loops as of 2019. They join over 500 other runners (out of 25,000+ loop finishes) who have reached or exceeded this high mud marker.

One member of the Class of 2019 we’d like to highlight: John Young. Not only is he the oldest runner ever to complete a Loop at 85 years young, but this year he reached the muddiest runner page. It is an achievement in persistence, health, luck, and some questionable decision making. Congratulations John!

See the entire list of Muddiest Runners here:

….and congratulations to the 44 runners below for earning their muddy stripes in 2019!:

Quinn Alami
Luke Albrecht
Jennifer Alvarez
Steve Benoit
Sherry Boyd
John Brusco
Jack Capobianco
Rob Cavenagh
Lincoln Cleveland
Shirley Copeland
Nathaniel Eames
Josh Faust
Victor Fernandez
Paul Geaney
Phil Green
Kristen Hulme
Daniel Kortick
Norman Livingston
Kathy Lynch
Greg Marrinan
Angela McDermott
James McGough
Kevin McPartland
Deirdre Mooney
Alexandra Moreo
Joshua Nelson
Andy Neville
Eileen Neville
Richard Oberdorf
Tracey Owens
Margaret Roney
Douglas Sawyer
Kelly Shine
Paul Sohigian
Zachary Staszak
Michelle Stefanov
Lee Stevens
Robert Sullivan
Nolan Taylor
Lisa Torregrossa
David Vogel
Michael Voltaggio
Emily Watson
John Young

The next steps:

  • 10 or more Loops — gets you the coveted “Red Stripe Bib” whenever you run the Loop in the future.
    • 228 Loop runners have reached this milestone — with 113 of those running in the latest year.
  • 20 or more Loops — gets your tenure in years as your bib number — unless you already have a favored number already designated.
    • 22 Loop runners have reached this milestone — with 14 of those running in the latest year.

Don’t forget to register for the Fall races in the Trail Mix Series — completing the series gets you automatic Loop Lottery selection in January 2020 when you enter the lottery! See you on the trails!