This is a comprehensive listing of Trail Races in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area for those interested in participating in more trail runs.
The list is compiled and published by friend-of-the-Loop and website contributor Chris Jaworski. Chris is a member of the Essex Running Club pictured here with members who ran the 2009 Loop.
The listing he compiled is a great resource for the question we get a lot about other trail races in the area. If you know of a race not on this listing, let us know and we will pass it along to Chris.
Lots of other Northeast trail races on the calendar at http://www.shenipsitstriders.org as well.
The Westchester Toughman Half Triathalon (Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles) opens for registration on January 1st! They are also hosting the Toughkids Triathalon in 2 divisions (ages 7-10, 11-14) with challenging but more age appropriate distances.
The Triathalon starts in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. The Triathalon will be held Sunday, September 12, 2010 with the Toughkids race held the Saturday before (September 11, 2010).
Last year’s race had over 300 triathletes in the main event with Tommy Nohilly, 5 time Leatherman’s Loop winner, placing in the top 20.
We have moved the 2010 Leatherman’s Loop registration opening time to 10:00AM on 1/1/2010. Check back to the website then for signup links.
After thinking about it for a few days (and receiving several thoughtful emails from runners) we have decided to change the time of the registration opening. It makes both the management of the registration and the registration itself a bit easier. If you have a question, contact us using the form here.
When we originally set the date for 1/1/2010 just after midnight, the intent was to mirror the enthusiastic response we got from folks after we announced in late 2007 that registration would open for the 2008 Loop at midnight on 1/1/2008. What we did not factor in was that in 2008 it took 32 days to fill up the loop but in 2009 it only took 16 hours. This year we expect registration to go very quickly—similar to last year—and we have to keep close tabs on it.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!!! See you in 2010!
Registration for the 24th running of the Leatherman’s Loop will open 10:00am EST on January 1, 2010.
Some notes for 2010:
A) Registration will be pre-race and online only – No race day registration. Online registration opens 1/1/10 10:00am at the website. Cost is $28 and includes county parking fee of $8.
B) The running field will be capped at 900. In 2008 we reached this number 32 days after registration opened. In 2009 the race closed in 16 hours. Yikes! Sign up quickly!
C) The County Parking Fee for the reservation will be included in the registration fee. Having no parking fee on Race Day greatly simplifies entry and parking. Carpooling also speeds things up and helps our planet!
We will send an email reminder a week or so before registration opens. Last year the registration had to be closed when we reached our limit. We expect another good response this year—apologies in advance if you are shut out due to space constraints!
Visit the website if you get a chance (http://www.leathermansloop.org). We have put up access to most of the old site pages as well as news, items of interest such as books and article links, plus training runs on local trails including those at the reservation. If there is something you would like to see, let us know. If you would like to submit a brief writeup for a training run you do, get in touch and we’ll get your run up on the site. We can help out with maps, etc. It doesn’t matter where the run is as long as you love it and would like to share.
Have a peaceful holiday season and safe and Happy New Year!
See you on the trails…
-Mike, Kate, Tony, Rob, and rest of the Leatherman Harriers
PS: Click here to join the 2010 notification list. If you received an email from us you are already on the list.
Author and Friend of the Loop Dan DeLuca recently passed along this link to Pearl Jam’s website. Eddie Vedder recommended Dan’s book and posted a note about it on his blog.
Eddie visited one of the Leathermans’s caves with a friend and was inspired to write a song about the Leatherman in 1998.
The Trailside Nature Museum at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is leading its annual hike to the Leatherman’s Cave in the Reservation. Date is Saturday, November 14th at 2PM leaving from Michigan Road parking lot.
From their google groups newsletter:
Come and hear the lore of the Old Leather Man. Join us on this annual 2.5 mile hike with renowned storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Meet at the Michigan Road parking area.
If you go don’t forget your flashlight, the cave is pretty dark!
Click here for directions to the Museum. Click here for information on joining the Museum.
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
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!
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
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:
• Audubon 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