If you do not hear from us via email on January 19th or just afterwards, please contact us right away at email@example.com 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.
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 sundayruns.org 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!
If you have already registered, thanks!
See you at the Farm!
We will be placing our Run The Farm custom bib order on October 2nd — if you want your name (or your child’s name) on your race bib (like in this photo), make sure to register before then. We will still be registering runners after the bib order is placed, but those bibs will show a bib number only.
For the kids raceswe 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 racesand the 5 miler are filling up faster than last year so get your spot now!
We will also be placing the t-shirt order soon. In order to make sure your 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 should be on the lookout for a logistics note before the race day. Last year’s note is here and we will send an update closer to the races.
The 3rd annual Raven Rocks Run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is open for registration. Raven Rocks is the final race in the Trail Mix Series and will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017. Registration is open now! You will see a lot of familiar faces from the Leatherman Harriers there as we close out the Trail Mix Series!
Check the Trail Mix website for Men’s and Women’s standings including the first four Trail Mix Series races. If there are any errors please let us know so we can fix them.
A few weeks back was the 2017 Loop which many felt was one of the best for a number of reasons, including weather and numbers, but especially the almost overwhelming beauty. Of course it is beauty that we celebrate every year as the metaphor of our gathering that clearly moves us deeply and inspires us with new hope and possibility: ‘Beauty before me as I run…’ It is something our world is hungry for.
Danny and I have been talking about how to deepen and extend the Loop experience in our lives but also in our world and thought it would be good to begin by asking you to share what the Loop means to you. Danny has reflected in his recent Blog post on some of the elements that he finds meaningful: http://dannymartin.org/the-leathermans-loop/. Take a look and see what his thoughts stir in you and let us know what surfaces. You can comment directly on Danny’s Blog or write to us at the Loop.
We dedicated the Loop this year to the feminine spirit: the birthing energy that is reflected in the new life of spring but also in the leadership role women are taking today in birthing a new society as our old (fear-driven, masculine) one becomes increasingly inadequate. Perhaps, thinking about this might offer a focus for deepening and extending the Loop experience for us all: How do you think you might support this feminine spirit in your life?
Here’s a tale of one of the stranger things to happen at the Leatherman’s Loop: After the start of the 2017 race, one of our photographers, Michelle, positioned herself on the far side of Splashdown to capture photos of the runners coming in towards the final feature and the home stretch. There are a few muddy holes before runners reach the main river crossing. It is sort of like a “pre-wash” for Splashdown. Some runners truck through them, others leap over, and others work their way around them.
Michelle saw Wolf Koslow — a 3x Loop finisher going for his 4th finish — go down knee deep in one of those prewash mud pits. His left foot came up without his shoe. Oops! He took a couple of seconds to fish around and draw it out of the mud. He planned on crossing Splashdown one-shoed, but as he was scraping the mud off he noticed something wrong…
“This is not my shoe!” …. Hmmm. Many questions pop up at this new piece of information. Plenty of time to sort them out later…
Michelle told him “Don’t worry your shoe will be here after you get back from the finish.” Or words to that effect. She may have just said “GO! FINISH! I’ll watch the mud for you!” Words that only make sense in this strange context.
Wolf finished the Loop then came back and wondered again about the shoe he pulled out of the mud. Michelle had been there the whole race and no one else had lost a shoe before Wolf lost his. It had to be from a prior year — or perhaps it was a shoe seed, planted there to grow a shoe tree? Whoever lost it — and whenever they lost it — they never came back to retrieve it. What a state they must have been in to forget.
Wolf fished around upon his return to the spot and did eventually find his own lost shoe. But what to do with the now superfluous 3rd shoe (which also happened to be a left foot shoe as well)? Re-plant it back in the mud? Bring it to the lost & found (a bit late)? Tony heard the story and was seen heading off with the orphaned footwear. What happens next? Perhaps it will come out again next year… another loop legend born from the mud.
The mud was as brown and extensive below as the sky was blue and unbroken above. What had been forecast to be a cold clammy cloudy day transformed into one of the most beautiful days I have ever witnessed at the Loop. The days of rain in the week before the Loop had softened the course up. The big late March snow storms had primed the mud flats well.
Map of where Loop runners are coming from.
Runners came in from over 300 towns and cities from 17 different states plus Canada,Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Runners came from states as far away as Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Vermont, Maine, Virginia, California, and North Carolina.
The Town of Bedford (including villages of Katonah and Bedford Hills) had the most local representation with over 200 runners registered. They were followed by Lewisboro (including villages of South Salem, Waccabuc, Goldens Bridge, and Cross River) at 116 runners. Pound Ridge plus Manhattan were 3rd and 4th. Stamford and Brooklyn tied at 5th for runner registrations.
Start of the 2017 Loop in the Meadow (photo by Carol Gordon)
Nine years ago DavidCeisler of Katonah approached us with his idea to “Help Feed The Leatherman” — partnering with the Loop to have runners bring an optional donation for a food drive to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester’s (CCNW) food pantry. It is a natural fit with the Loop philosophy of lending a hand. Thank you to all the runners who pitched in — and thanks to David for starting and continuing this important mission.
Peace symbol and flag made of pink Loop flags (photo by Bram Wegener)
Head registrar Judy Godino led the team of volunteers handing out bibs and shirts on the showmobile. Judy makes this look easy — but in reality it is a carefully organized and quickly moving cooperative effort that gets over 1,300 bibs and around 600 shirts handed out in just over 90 minutes. If anything unusual pops up, Judy is right on it with a solution. Keep the line moving and don’t forget your pins!
Tony Godino at the start of the 2017 Loop (photo by Ciorsdan Conran)
At the starting line Tony “El Copadre” Godino welcomed the crowd and declared that this year we were celebrating the Women of the Loop. The first year six women ran in the Loop. Thousands of women have run it since then and over 600 women were registered to run in 2017. Quite a healthy growth rate!
Tony recognized three people integral to the success of the race. He introduced Rob Cummings, assistant race director, who is in charge of lots of behind the scenes technical stuff and who was taking a giant group photo of runners at the starting line. Jeff Main, the superintendent of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Jeff and his crew have been invaluable for setup, race day, parking, and post race. Jeff also wrote a song about the Leatherman’s Loop a few years ago (and performed it after the Loop!). And finally, John Baker, Director of Conservation for Westchester County Parks — and also a 10+ year Leatherman’s Loop runner. Early in the life of the Loop, John saved it from an early exit from Westchester County. He has been a strong supporter of the Loop ever since. He has helped to facilitate getting multiple trail races into Westchester County Parks including many in the Trail Mix Trail Series. John is retiring this year from his job in the Parks Department and he will be greatly missed by everyone.
Danny Martin, the Loop’s spiritual advisor, recognized the beauty and feminine happening all around us as spring births new life. He also spoke of the leading role that women are taking in birthing a new society. He invited runners to honor and support the feminine in our world as we run in the beauty all around us. Danny then led the runners in the Navajo/Irish Blessing.
Liz Cope and Judy Godino get the runners ready to start the 2017 Loop. (photo by Ciorsdan Conran)
In the spirit of the day, Danny handed back the microphone to Tony who introduced the two official starters for the 2017 Loop: his wife Judy Godino, head registrar for the Loop and Liz Cope one of the original Race Directors. Judy and Liz thanked the volunteers, the runners, and especially the runners. The countdown 3…2….1 Let ‘er rip! Started the runners!
A record field of 1,355 runners started out on the Meadow towards the turn and the entrance to the Fox Hill trail. From each of their vantage points, photographers Michelle, Carol, Patty, Deb, Ciorsdan, Ella, John, and Tom captured the thundering herd of runners released by the founding women of the Loop. The heavy rains in the days before had were still soaking into the dirt of the trail — mud was definitely a factor in this year’s race. Bram was waiting to capture runners in the first pine forest encountered.
First Water Crossing (photo by Keith Realander)
The first water crossing was at mid-level, knee to waist deep with slippery rocks hidden near the exit. Photographers Keith, Erica, and Hailey caught runners as they splashed through the river.
Runners at Kimberly Bridge (photo by Patty McMahon)
Kimberly Bridge had throngs of fans cheering runners on. Carol and Patty photographed runners as they exited the woods. Michael caught them as they wended their way through the fisherman’s trail along the river after crossing the park road.
Runners then headed up “The Pit” — the first and smaller of the two sand hill climbs. At the bottom of The Pit, a Mariachi Band performed to boost the runners at the 1/3 point of the race and help with the climb. At the top of the pit, Tom was poised with his camera snapping away.
The water stop is just about the halfway point on the course. Just after that refreshing water is the famous Mud Flats. With the fresh rain from the prior week and the heavy layers of late season snow just a few weeks melted off, the mud flats were in epic shape. Lots of thrills and spills this year and Chris was there with his camera and best mud boots to capture it all.
Mud Flats entrance (photo by Chris Reinke)
The most successful mud flats strategy is to power straight through the middle of the trail, heedless of the mud. The edges of the trail are the most slick and they tend to have a slope which makes footing tricky and falls common. Add in the thorns of the Japanese barberry on the trail edge and you can see why experienced mud runners take the straight-on straight-through route.
Runners Approaching and Climbing “The Wall” (photo by Rob Cummings)
Next the runners pass through Arsenault’s Alley just after the wooden bridge. Then comes The Wall. This part of the trail is a 100 vertical foot 45 degree climb up an old sand quarry. At the top bagpiper John Henken beckons with Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace and other songs. Accompanying John is his personal Loop day driver Andy Hafter.
After The Wall, the real race begins in earnest on the Deer Hollow trail. The trails along this section are wide enough for runners with gas still in their tanks begin passing and moving up. The trails have moderate climbs and descents until the first left hand intersection when it becomes all uphill for just under a mile. This uphill is not super steep and it does have some flatter sections but it is a long climb. At the crest of this climb, runners may not notice, but they are at the highest point on the Loop course. Heading downhill after the soft summit, runners pass through the beautiful Pine Forest. At the bottom, Keith and Hailey had repositioned themselves and were snapping away.
Taking a pre-rinse before Splashdown Crossing (photo by Michelle Blum)
The river trail leads out past Gary’s corner to the birdhouse meadow. Runners heard the cheering fans well before they could see them. In the meadow, Ella was positioned and capturing runners as they approached the final water crossing. Michelle was stationed in the pre-wash section just before Splashdown. Deb, Bram, Brian, and Ciorsdan were on the other side of Splashdown getting the newly soaked runners in all their glory. Bram’s camera shared some of the soaking as you may see from some of the photos — we hope it has dried out!
Jacqueline Kehoe takes first place overall for 2017 in the women’s category (photo by Bram Wegener)
Jacqueline Kehoe of New York, NY (originally from Katonah) won her first ever Leatherman’s Loop with a time of 48:52. Kirby Mosenthal of Briarcliff Manor was second at 50:24. Amy Peloquin of Bedford was close behind in 3rd (50:40). Thirteen year old Kelsey Crawford of Waccabuc, NY came in 4th (51:07). Madeleine Marecki of Sleepy Hollow, NY came in 5th at 51:21.
Lucas Meyer of Washington DC (originally from Ridgefield) won the 31st Loop and his second with a time of 37:51. He beat out his winning time last year by 17 seconds in tougher mud conditions. Luis Francisco of Mahopac, NY came in 2nd at 41:15. Third place was Benjamin Nilsestuen of Brooklyn, NY with a time of 42:17. Rounding out the top 5 were Robert Kehoe of Allentown, PA (42:57) and Benjamin Hopkins of Larchmont with a time of 43:02. Nine-time loop winner Tommy Nohilly of Goldens Bridge, NY finished in just over 50 minutes in his 14th consecutive Loop in his first recovery run post-injury.
Overall men’s winner Lucas Meyer crossing Splashdown (photo by Deb Burman)
The oldest finisher of this year’s Loop (and any Loop!) was John Young at 83 — who naturally won his age group. He ran with his granddaughter and daughter-in-law, pacing them through much of the course. The youngest finisher was 7 year old Mia Jacobson wearing the #7 bib! Youngest boys were 8 year olds James MacDonald and Charlie Farrell.
Eddie “the Plumber” Donlon ran his 18th Loop and it was unlike any other. He and Lisa McKeon (8th Loop) were the crew for Jim “Coach” McKeon (9th Loop) who had suffered a stroke only 3 weeks before the Loop. Undeterred, Jim stated his intentions to run the course again this year. Even though he was still feeling the effects of his stroke, he finished the course in slow and steady style.
Eddie Donlon charts a muddy course for Jim and Lisa McKeon through the Mud Flats (photo by Chris Reinke)
Ultimate Loop veteran Joe Stanley completed his 31st consecutive Loop — an unbroken streak from 1987 through 4/23/17. It is a stunning achievement that keeps getting more amazing every year. Shirley Iselin ran her 22nd Loop, the most for any woman and an unbroken streak since 1996! Other notable milestones: James Reilly ran his 28th Loop. Nick Ohnell ran his 27th Loop. John Partilla ran his 25th Loop. Tim Debany and John Krazneiwicz each ran their 24th Loop. Geoff Steadman and Dan Wiley each hit #21 to break into the exclusive “blackjack” club.
The Leatherman’s Loop 2017 is the official start for the 2017 Trail Mix series. All runners who completed the Leatherman’s Loop have been automatically entered into the current Trail Mix series. Runners need to finish 4 of the 6 races to complete the series and be eligible for automatic Loop Lottery selection if they enter the 2017 Lottery. See below for more details and links to other races in the series.
We have lots of photos shared by our “Official Loop Photographers” and others on and around the course. Thank you to everyone who shared their photo memories of the day! You can become an official Loop photographer by taking lots of photos of the Loop and sending them in to us. If you have more than 100 photos from the Loop, we’ll make you your own album at the link below and send you a coveted “Official Loop Photographer” long-sleeved t-shirt!
If you have photos you would like to send us, the easiest way to get them directly to us is via this website link (http://smu.gs/1TxwrD9) where you can simply drag and drop the pictures. We have unlimited storage space at our photo site. Or you can send us links via Facebook or if you have your own albums on Flickr, Picassa, or another photo site send us the link. We appreciate all of the photos and love looking through them!
If you have any feedback, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. The only way we know to fix things is when we hear about things that went wrong. Don’t feel shy about feedback — that is how we make the event better. Your feedback is a gift you give to the runners next time around.
The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew in 2017 (photo by Carol Gordon)
Thanks to Westchester County Parks and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for hosting us for the 31st year. Once again we are indebted to the leadership and members of the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps for standing by when medical help is needed during the event. We truly appreciate the dedication of the volunteers who give their time to come tend to runners each year.
Thank you all for coming out to run and to those who came to support your friends and family! We look forward to seeing many of you again at an upcoming race!
Below are the photographer names and the locations they took photos at in 2017 along with links to their albums online. Some are broken up into different albums if they moved around to different spots:
If you took A LOT of photos, drop us a line and we will create a separate album for your photos that you can upload directly to. If you already have a photo album online (Flickr, SmugMug, 500px, Instagram, Google/Picasa, etc.), send us a link!
Some of our photographers from the Loop:
Mark and Carol Gordon
Jordan Godino and Erica Leighton
Randie Shane & Shane Gorman
Judy Godino, Ciorsdan Conran, and Tim Evnin
Deborah Burman (right) and two friends.
Rob and Sawyer Cummings
Tom and Brian Casper
Chris Reinke in the mudflats
Michael Rodgers with John Henken (bagpiper) and Andy Hafter (volunteer) at the top of The Wall.