Loop Carpool for 2014!

If you are registered for the Loop (April 27th, 2014), look to get into or create a loop carpool!

Carpooling to the Loop is a time honored tradition and helps everyone out in many ways:

  • Less gas burned = save money.
  • Fewer cars on the road = eases bottlenecks coming into the park.
  • Fewer cars in the parking lot = easier and quicker parking on race day.
  • Less money spent on parking = more money to donate to charity.
Did you know the $10 per car park entry fee has been included with the race registration fee since 2008? To ease entry, a park employee keeps a count of cars and the Loop organizers write the park a check afterwards based on the number of cars entering.

If you are signed up solo and don’t know of anyone to carpool with, leave a comment below or on Facebook. The last few years we got a few people together just through comments on this website and facebook. Plus you can make a new friend or two in the bargain! Just make sure you bring a plastic bag, a change of clothes & shoes, and towel so you don’t mess up your new friend’s car.

If you are coming from NYC on the train (Metro-North Harlem line – Katonah Station is best option) you can either take a cab from the station or leave a comment on facebook or  below looking for a ride or cab share. [Katonah Taxi 914-232-5772]

6th Annual “Help Feed The Leatherman” Food Drive



Don’t forget — Bring your food donations to the Loop on April 27th! Put it in your race bag or car now when you are thinking about it!

The volunteer food drive “Help Feed The Leatherman” collected over 1,100 pounds of food donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester food pantry at the Loop in 2013. This brings the five year total of food donations by runners to over 3,600 pounds with the totals exceeding 1,000 pounds each of the last two years.

This year – the 6th year of the drive – David Ceisler of Katonah and his son Sam Ceisler, a senior at John Jay High School continue to spearhead the organization and dropoff. 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.

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.

Sam and David Ceisler deliver food donations to the Community Center after the Loop in 2013. Note the Crystal Rock water boxes used to gather the donations!

Sam and David Ceisler deliver food donations to the Community Center after the Loop in 2013. Note the Crystal Rock water boxes used to gather the donations!

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 Sam for gathering and getting the donations to the Community Center after the Loop.

To help you remember the donations: Put the cans or other items in your running shoes the night before (or on the drivers seat of your car!).

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.  THANKS for your generosity!

A Collection of Leatherman’s Loop Articles from Around the Web

The Leatherman's Loop start in 2013 featuring Sawyer Cummings, youngest runner in that year.If you have run or otherwise participated in the Leatherman’s Loop in the past (or you are preparing to do it in the future) and you have written and posted an article, let us know and we will link to it from here.

You probably already know you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for occasional email updates. We only send mass emails 5-6 times a year to announce race related information such as registration opening or recaps.

To get you started, here are a few articles we’ve found or folks have directed us to:

Plus some links to articles we have posted or linked to in the past.

Let us know your new or old links!


The Leatherman Song by Jeff Main

The Leatherman Song

At the Leatherman’s Loop in 2012 Jeff Main, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation park superintendent, wrote “The Leatherman Song” in a burst of creativity and inspiration during the Loop event and performed it for the first time at the post-Loop gathering of volunteers that afternoon.

Jeff’s lead guitar was backed by John Lawrence and the Leathermen band who performed with fiddle, stand up bass, and rhythm guitars — and cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of Loop volunteers.

Here is a video recording of the premiere of this now classic piece (may take a bit of time to load up):

The Leatherman Song, Performed 4/22/2012 at Campground #5 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, NY.

Lyrics and Music ©2012 by Jeff Main (link to video on our SmugMug site)

Please let us know what you think! Thanks Jeff for this wonderful gift of song.

How to Prepare for The Leatherman’s Loop Trail Run

“As for the course, the outer limits are well within the capabilities of almost anyone curiously self-motivated – whether or not you’re just a weekend warrior or a dyed-in-the-wool mountain maniac. It’s got a mind all its own, with a foot-boggling array of barriers strategically placed so as to impede forward progress of the swift and sure-footed kind.”

-Description in original registration form for the Leatherman’s Loop trail run, April 1987

28th leatherman's loop 10k trail run

The 28th Leatherman’s Loop trail run is set for April 27, 2014 at 9am. If you are running it for the first time or the 28th time — or anywhere in between — there are lots of things you can do to prepare.

The best advice is to Run! Get out and get those legs moving!

Next most important advice — Run on trails. If you are used to roads, you should try some trails before running the Loop. It can be a surprise if you and your ankles don’t have at least a passing familiarity with roots, rocks, and mud. Fortunately we have a regular sunday running group that meets at 8am every sunday for a run on the local trails of the Rez and other nearby parks.

There are other trail run groups or resources out there if you are not close to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY: Westchester Trails (lower westchester), New York Trail and Ultra Running Meetup (NYC), Essex Running (Northern NJ), Bimbler’s Sound (CT shore), Northport Running (Long Island). {Let us know any trail groups we missed}

What kind of shoes do you need? Regular running shoes are fine. Some Loop runners like to wear trail sneakers which have better gripping bottoms for the slippery parts of the trail. Others like low-profile shoes such as the five fingers type shoes. The low profile shoes take some getting used to and you should probably avoid running a race in them until your feet are familiar with them.

What should you wear for the Loop? April weather is unpredictable. At the start of the Loop it has ranged from 40 degrees with wind and rain to 80 degrees and humid. We have also had our share of crisp 50 degree perfect sunny days and everything in between. Closer to the date we will know with more certainty what the weather will be.

For general advice, we always run the Loop in a single layer. Shorts vs pants are your choice. Shorts dry more easily post-water crossing but pants can protect your shins from getting dinged by trail hazards. Shirt can be long or short sleeved depending on weather and your comfort level.

One thing not to wear is sweatpants. It may seem cold at the start but it won’t ever be as cold at the start as running most of the Loop in soaking wet sweatpants from the first river crossing.

Pre-race announcements will take about 15 minutes and we advise runners to have a top layer on during these announcements. Runners can take off the top layer and toss it to the side before or just after the start. We will have those items brought up to the teepee for you to collect at the end of the Loop. Write your name or put your name in a card in a pocket of any top layers that you plan to take off at the start. It will help to reunite you if you forget and leave it behind.

We strongly advise having a change of clothes and socks on hand in the car for after the trail run. Don’t plan on wearing your Loop shoes for the rest of the day as they will be soaked and muddy. Sweatshirt or windbreaker is a must for post-race. Hot beverages are a plus too.

The finish area will have fruit and bagels as well as water and coffee. Many runners stick around for the awards ceremony which usually starts around 11:00-11:15am at the registration area.

More information is in our Frequently Asked Questions page. We also have directions, maps, loop history, runner history, and results.

If you have any questions, please get in touch and we will do our best to answer! Trail run it! See you on the trails…

2014 Loop Lottery Selection Finished

We have finished with the Loop Lottery 2014 selections.

A searchable list of runners selected in the 2014 loop lottery is here:

Check Lottery Registration List
2014 loop lottery complete

If you are on the list, congratulations! If your name is not on the list, we are very sorry but your name was not selected in the 2014 Loop Lottery.

For those who did not get a spot, we are extending a guaranteed entry for the 2015 Loop — as long as you enter the Loop Lottery 2015.

If you do not receive an email please check your spam folder since it may be in there. Gmail has been particularly aggressive recently about tagging emails as spam that are not spam. You can also check the searchable list at the above link to see your name or friends names.

Please Contact us if you have any questions about the loop lottery.

Check out sundayruns.org if you are interested in running with a group on trails on Sunday mornings. It is great training for the Loop and we even run the Loop course a few times prior to the big day. See details at Sunday Runs site.

See you on the trails!

Leatherman’s Loop Trail Run Lottery to Open January 10th, 2014

Leatherman's Loop 10k trail run

Leatherman’s Loop News: Volume 28, Issue 1

The 28th Leatherman’s Loop trail run will be on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

All runners will sign up via
Loop Lottery Information

(Opens January 10th, 2014 at 12:00am)
Loop Lottery FAQ.
The Loop Lottery will open at 12:00am Friday, January 10th, 2014 and close Monday, January 13, 2014 at midnight — 4 full days total.

We encourage you to sign up as early as possible so you don’t forget. Once it is closed we won’t accept any new lottery entrants.

To sign up, visit the Leatherman’s Loop website during the lottery registration period and there will be links to the registration site.

Runners can enter the trail run 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 entryduplicate registrations, t-shirt purchasing, trail run basics, and other questions you might have.

After the Loop Lottery entry closes on Monday, January 13th we will have the drawing for winners on or just after Friday, January 17th. Lottery winners and losers will be notified via email.

If you do not hear from us via email on January 17th or just afterwards, please contact us at leathermansloop@gmail.com so we can follow up.

We are interested in making the lottery as simple and hassle-free as possible. 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 leathermansloop@gmail.com.

Thanks! See you on the trails…

-Tony, Mike, Rob, and the Leatherman Harriers

PS: If you are interested in running on the trails with a group of enthusiastic trail runners of all abilities, check out our club site at sundayruns.org and come out one Sunday morning and join in a group run. We run the trails all year round and always welcome new runners! We even do course checks of the Leatherman’s Loop to help you familiarize yourself with the terrain in the weeks before the event.

Leatherman's Loop 10k Trail Run

Loop 2014 Information


[UPDATE: Lottery selections have been made, registration is closed for 2014. If you are looking for 2014 Loop information, please visit the home page for the most recent updates. Advice on preparing for the Loop is here. You can check your registration status by searching here.]

The 28th annual Leatherman’s Loop is scheduled for April 27th, 2014 at 9am at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. Registration will be via Loop Lottery. We will let everyone know details on the Lottery in late 2013 or early 2014. (updated information here)

Loop Lottery Information

Once we know for sure that this is the date we will let everyone know. The race is contingent on county approval of the date and location as always.

Anyone who interested in training for the Loop should check the SundayRuns.org website and try to go on a few trail runs and course checks of the Loop. The Sunday Runs group meets every sunday at 8am to run on trails in the northern Westchester area.

Closer to the Loop we run course checks of the Loop course.

As a bonus the last few years we have run the course as a group on Super Bowl Sunday and christened it the “Looper Bowl” with optional river crossings. Between the mud, snow, freezing water, and ice it can make for an adventurous morning of trail running! Shorts and t-shirt recommended! Bring on the Winter!