Where Do You Train?: Old Field Preserve

Old Field Preserve is a 100 acre preserve added to the local greenways in 2003 and was known as the Houlihan property.  It is bordered by Route 35 and Mead Street in South Salem, NY about 2 miles from the Ridgefield, CT border.  It has 2.5 miles of mostly flat trails mixing fields and woods.  The easternmost portion of the blue trail borders the South Salem Wolf Center and hikers and runners are sometimes surprised to see a wolf or two staring back at them behind the 12 foot high fence.  Also near the end of the blue trail is an FAA beacon tower. 

This trail system can be combined with the Town Park trail system and even the Pound Ridge Reservation trail system to construct a run of 2, 3, 4 or more trail miles with minimal pavement (crossing Route 35 and the Town Park access road).  The elevation change from the lowest point to the highest point is around 300 feet. 

The Lewisboro Land Trust has published a guide called “Walking Wild Lewisboro” which has details and trail maps for this preserve and many other trails in Lewisboro.

Click “read more” to see a Google map of the location of the preserve.

View Old Field Preserve in a larger map

Angle Fly Preserve: Newly Opened in Somers

The Angle Fly Preserve is a new 654 acre preserve in Somers, NY.  The land was purchased from a developer in 2006 who had plans to build a 104 house subdivision. 

The preserve is bordered by Route 35 and Route 100, spanning Primrose Street.  It touches Reis Park in the northeastern edge of the preserve and the Ladson Arboretum in the southwest.  The preserve is so new (opened October 3, 2009) that it does not even have a formal trail map although there are trails on the preserve.  Information about the preserve can be found here and here

From the Somers Land Trust Website: “Access to the preserve is available from the gated entrance on the west side of Primrose Street, located just 0.5 miles south of Reis Park.  Click here for a link to Google Maps for detailed directions.”

Definitely worth a hike or run.  Let us know if you have been there and can report!

Quick Note: Loop Equinox

Leatherman’s Loop Runners,

Hope everyone has cooled down from the 2009 Leatherman’s Loop.  It has been six months since then and it is now just about six months until the next Loop! 

The Loop has traditionally been held on the fourth Sunday in April which is April 25, 2010 next year.  This is likely the date for next year but we will officially let you know once it has been finalized with Westchester County and the Reservation. 

Over the years a number of runners have asked about getting the old Loop results online.  Good news: we have gathered and photographed all of the results boards from 1987-2004 and posted them to a photo gallery at the website.  Check the site to get your time from 1995 or 1991.  See if your buddy really did a sub-hour run in the 1999 Loop.  It is quite a collection!  Thanks to Tony and Judy Godino for keeping the boards archived and safe over the past 20+ years. 

The online results archives are readable (they are photos) but not searchable (they are not typed up).  The next phase in this project is to divide the boards up and get members of the Loop crowd to transcribe them a bit at a time.  If anyone wants to help out with getting this done or has any ideas that will help divide up the work, let us know.

That’s it for now.  Keep running those trails

Mike, Kate, Tony, Rob, and the rest of the Leatherman Harriers

http://www.leathermansloop.org

Local Area Trail Training Runs Recap

2012 UPDATE: Check this page for Westchester County (and area) trail maps from 26+ parks and preserves.

Below is a listing of the trail run articles we put together earlier this year.  If you have any to add, please let us know so we can check them out.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the Westchester County Parks page with all of the park maps available for download:
http://parks.westchestergov.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1846&Itemid=4528

imageAudubon Center in Greenwich – Greenwich, CT
Lewisboro Town Park – Joining up with the Loop trails – Eastern Loop – South Salem, NY
Lewisboro Town Park – Joining up with the Loop trails – Western Loop – South Salem, NY
Briarcliff/Peekskill Trailway
Rockefeller State Park Preserve – Tarrytown, NY
Mountain Lakes Camp – South Salem/North Salem, NY/Ridgefield, CT
The Burden Preserve – Mt Kisco, NY
Westchester County Parks – What are Your Favorites? – Westchester County, NY
Loop Access at Boutonville Rd and Route 124 – South Salem/Pound Ridge, NY
Leatherman’s Loop 10k Trail Run – Cross River, Pound Ridge, South Salem, NY
Leatherman’s Loop Google Map Article – Cross River, Pound Ridge, South Salem, NY
Betsy Sluder Preserve – Armonk, NY
Butler Preserve Trails – Mt. Kisco, NY
Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve – Lower Perimeter Loop – Armonk, NY
Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve – The Upper Meadow Loop – Armonk, NY
Leon Levy Preserve- South Salem, NY
Merestead – Mt. Kisco, NY
Westmoreland Sanctuary – Mt. Kisco, NY
Whippoorwill Park Trails – Chappaqua, NY
Walking (and Running) Wild Lewisboro – South Salem, Goldens Bridge, Cross River, Vista, & Waccabuc, NY
Westchester Wilderness Walk – Pound Ridge, NY

Loop Results Archive 1987-2004 Boards

imageFigured out a better way to do this.  All of the 1987-2004 results boards have been photographed and organized below.  Click on the link and then click on the year you are interested in seeing.  Once you are in the year you can click the thumbnails to see a larger image.  If you click the lower part of the larger image you will bring up the full-size version (much more detail visible).

Let us know what you think!  

Loop 1993 Results

Part seven in a multi-part “Loop Archive Results” series.  Click below to see photos of the eight results boards from 1993.

Do you see your name?  Let us know!

1993 Loop Results, page 1 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 2 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 3 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 4 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 5 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 6 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 7 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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1993 Loop Results, page 8 of 8 (click to see larger image)
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Loop 1992 Results

Part six in a multi-part “Loop Archive Results” series.  1992 was the last year of the “short course” loops.  The Sand Hill was eliminated due to park concerns the next year.  The Log Crossing was eliminated since the Log washed away.  The crossing was moved upstream a bit to the current site of the first water crossing.  (In 1987-1992 you could cross using the log or you could ford the river, or both if you happened to fall off the log…).  A few other course changes were made which extended the course to the current length.

Click “read more” link below to see photos of all seven results boards from 1992 (including the leaderboard below).

1992 Loop Results, page 1 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 2 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 3 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 4 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 5 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 6 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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1992 Loop Results, page 7 of 7 (click to see larger image)
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Loop 1991 Results

Part five in a multi-part “Loop Archive Results” series.  Click below to see photos of the eleven results boards from 1991.

1991 Loop Results, page 1 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 2 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 3 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 4 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 5 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 6 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 7 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 8 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 9 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 10 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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1991 Loop Results, page 11 of 11 (click to see larger image)
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Loop 1990 Results

Part four in a multi-part “Loop Archive Results” series.  Click below to see photos of the six results boards from 1990.

1990 Loop Results, page 1 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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1990 Loop Results, page 2 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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1990 Loop Results, page 3 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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1990 Loop Results, page 4 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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1990 Loop Results, page 5 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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1990 Loop Results, page 6 of 6 (click to see larger image)
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