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

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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

(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.

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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)

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!

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation History Book

There is a new book on the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation written by Beth Herr, former curator of the Trailside Museum, and Maureen Koehl, Lewisboro Town Historian. If you are interested in learning more about “The Rez” and the Trailside Museum this book is a great place to start.

The book is published by Arcadia Publishing. Arcadia has over 8,500 publications and specializes in high quality histories of small towns and historic sites.

The scope of the book covers the first 50 years of the park from 1925-1975.

From the book description on the Arcadia website:

9780738599052Ward Pound Ridge Reservation’s expansive landscapes and long-abandoned cellar holes tell a unique story. Its 4,315 acres, set aside by the Westchester County Parks Commission in 1925, hold within its boundaries a legacy left by the Native Americans and 18th- and 19th-century families who farmed the rolling fields and rocky hillsides. Marks of the 20th century include the remains of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) encampment and the stone walls, trailside shelters, and roads built by these young men. Thousands of trees planted by the CCC stand tall, shading the reservation’s hiking and riding trails. Sitting amidst the park’s streams, cliffs, and hills is the Trailside Nature Museum, which was enhanced by the efforts of local garden club women. Indian rock shelters and a cave used by the Leather Man lend an air of mystery to the beauty and wonders of the park’s protected flora and fauna. Almost a century after its quiet beginnings, the reservation still invites visitors to enjoy and learn about the wonders of nature.

Leatherman’s Loop Founder’s Newsletter – Volume 4


Leatherman’s Loop founders note

Twenty seven years ago Dave Cope and I put on the first Leatherman’s Loop race.  We greeted the ninety runners who trusted that we knew what we were doing and showed up to race our course. Trail running races in those days were few and far between and necessitated long drives and early starts. It pleases me to see that interest in running and racing on non-paved surfaces has really taken hold. At the bottom of this note I will list five trail races in Westchester and Fairfield counties which are coming up this fall.

The team of organizers and directors (currently Rob and Mike and Judy and Tony) who bring you the Leatherman’s Loop each year have no big changes in mind. Four years ago we added the Run the Farm five miler and as of right now, we have no plans to add any additional races. By choice, both races have always been and will continue to be staged without any corporate sponsorship. That being said, you the runners cover all expenses through your entry fees and we still are able to make generous charitable donations.

My fall running plans are to participate in all five of the races listed below. My hope is that many of you will choose to join me.


Where the Pavement Ends

Sunday 09/22/13
Tri Ridgefield
Lake Windwing Ridgefield Ct.
4 miles mostly single track

Sarah Bishop Bushwhack

Sunday 09/29/13
Leatherman Harriers Sunday Runners
Mountain Lakes Park North Salem N.Y.
10K mostly single track
1.5 mile kids race

Paine to Pain

Sunday 10/06/13
New Ro Runners
Thomas Paine cottage New Rochelle N.Y.
13.1 miles with some pavement

Run the Farm

Sunday 10/27/13
Leatherman Harriers
Muscoot Farm Somers N.Y.
5 miles all trails
1.1 miles for kids 7 through 12
0.6 miles for kids 6 and younger

Back Country Bushwhack

Sunday 11/10/13
Threads and Treads
Camp Simmons Greenwich Ct.
4 miles with water crossings


Sarah Bishop Bushwhack 10k Open for Registration!

Sarah Bishop Bushwhack

Trail Runners:

We are pleased to announce our Sunday Runs group has organized a new trail race – The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack 10k! Registration is open now.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a unique and challenging 10K trail race in Mountain Lakes Park, Northern Westchester, New York, held on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 9:15am.

Just a few miles north of the Leatherman’s Loop site and easily drivable from New York City and Connecticut, the course traverses through the park’s over 1000 acres of scenic woodlands, beautiful vistas, and around the lakes that give the park its name. See the course map here ››

If you’re familiar with the Leatherman’s Loop trail race, then you know how fun and challenging the terrain in Northern Westchester can be. This course passes Lookout Point overlooking Lakes Waccabuc, Rippowam, and Oscaleta then goes over Bailey Mountain (at 982 feet, the highest point in Westchester) before touching the Connecticut border and finishing near Hemlock Lake.

Along the way, you’ll traverse single-track narrow trails and wider abandoned carriage roads that are perfect for picking up some speed. There are seasonal streams that that you’ll cross but nothing too deep. Still, with 1000 feet of overall elevation gain in the 10k race, there are plenty of challenging hills to make things interesting.

If you’ve run the Leatherman’s Loop, you’ll understand why we like to say that Sarah Bishop is hairier than the Leatherman. Sarah Bishop lived during the Revolutionary War and was famous before The Old Leather Man – read about her local legend here. We’d like to think if they had known each other they would have been  friends. You may notice they even look alike… 

The race is limited to 400 participants and will fill up quickly so register early. Sarah’s Scramble, a tough 1.5 mile kids’ race is also open on a limited basis.

Come out and experience Mountain Lakes Park and run in the woods that Sarah Bishop called home.

Hope to see you on the trails!

-The Sunday Run Crew

Run The Farm 2013 Registration Open


Run The Farm 2013 trail races are open for registration.

The races are set for Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Muscoot Farm on Route 100 in Katonah/Somers, NY.

The main event is the 5 mile trail race. Afterwards there is a farmers market, live music, and awards.

New for 2013 – We have separated the kids races. We will hold a 2k race for 7-12 year olds and a 1k race for 6 year olds and younger. Separate start times and finishes – see website for details.

Hope you can come!

4th Annual Run The Farm – October 27th, 2013

The fourth annual Run The Farm trail races are set for Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Muscoot Farm on Route 100 in Katonah/Somers, NY.

There will be two separate kids races, a 2k race for 7-12 year olds and a 1k race for 6 year olds and younger. The main event is the 5 mile trail race. Afterwards there is a farmers market, live music, and awards.

Visit runthefarm.org for more information. Hope you can come!

Photo Links from 2013 Loop

We had a number of photographers out on the course at various locations and also received contributions from several other photographers who also had great shots. All photographers were volunteers and photos are free for your personal use!

Here is an index to the photos:

For some 2013 photo selections click the images below. (Click here to see whole 2013 Gallery)

2013 Recap

April 21st, 2013, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY, 27th Leatherman’s Loop


Runners awoke to a bright sunny but chilly morning as dawn temperatures hit the freezing mark before sunlight brought some warmth to the day. And oh what a day! Since before sunrise, race organizers were busy capping the months of preparation that goes into staging this event to get ready for the 1,200+ runners and their spectators expected for the Loop.

Cars lined Reservation Road from 7am through just before 9am as runners streamed in from over 260 towns and cities from 24 different states as far away as California plus one Canadian province. Bedford had the most local representation with 129 runners registered followed closely by Lewisboro at 125. New York City, Katonah, and Pound Ridge rounded out the top 5 runner addresses.

As runners checked in and picked up their bibs, many made their next stop at the “Help Feed The Leatherman” tent — a food drive for the Community Center of Northern Westchester’s food pantry. The drive is in it’s 5th year and was spearheaded this year by 16 year old Katonah resident Sam Ceisler and helped by 16 year old Emily Casper of South Salem. We will update you all with the total weight of food donations collected when we hear back from them later this week. Last year runners donated over 1,000 pounds of food!

(Note: Audio Clips of the dedication, blessing, and song can be found at the bottom of this article.)

DCIM100GOPROAs runners gathered at the start line, Race Director Mike Paletta cautioned runners about the trail hazards and handed off the microphone to “El Compadre” Tony Godino. Tony outlined the start and said a few words of welcome and condolences for the victims at the Boston Marathon. Danny Martin spoke about beauty and tragedy and dedicated the race to all who have been involved in the pain and the beauty that surfaced out of Boston. Danny led the runners in the traditional Leatherman’s Loop Blessing then handed off to Theo Harris who started the runners out with a stirring acappela rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Runners joined in and sang the final verse with him. Tony rang the cowbell and runners were off!

The course was muddy after the recent rains and runners encountered “first mud” on the first turn going into the woods. The river water levels were a bit below average compared with past years but the mud level was in peak shape with the mud flats extra squishy and claiming several shoes and causing quite a few tumbles judging from the dried mud on shirts and arms and faces at the finish line.

DSC_0024-LMany runners wore Boston shirts and hats as a tribute. There was a runner dressed as a Franciscan monk, a runner dressed as Pocahontas, one in a Santa Claus top and hat, and a runner sporting an orange wig. Our favorite clown was injured this year but vowed to be back next year.

Full results are available here and below are some highlights:

Tommy Nohilly of Goldens Bridge, NY won his eighth Loop with a time of 38:36. Past Loop winner Gerry Sullivan of Bronxville, NY came in 2nd at 39:56. John Jay High School sophomore Liam Hackett came in 3rd at 40:52. Gus Ellison of Rowayton, CT came 4th at 42:18. Matt Kershner, a senior at John Jay, was 5th at 42:30.

Laura Coogan of Brooklyn, NY won her first Leatherman’s Loop with a time of 46:29. Last year’s winner Ann MacDonald of Mt. Kisco was 2nd (47:42) and Deanna Culbreath of New York, NY came in 3rd (48:05). Cathrine Levine of Pound Ridge was 4th at 49:16 and Lindsey Felling of Larchmont, NY rounded out the top 5, finishing at 50:06.

DSC_4036-LThe oldest finisher was Ian Beck at 77. The youngest finisher was Margaret Puccio at 7 (second youngest finisher ever in the Loop and youngest female finisher ever!). Oliver Stafford, Sawyer Cummings, and George Brand ( all 8 years old) were the youngest boys finishing.

Special mentions for Kennedy Kreutzer (8 years old) who finished in a blistering 1:01:29 coming in 42nd out 387 women finishers good enough for 6th in her age group which included women up to age 18! Eamonn Sullivan (9 years old) finished in 1:00:27 in his second Loop. Congrats to both — they bear watching in future Loops!

Loop veteran Joe Stanley ran his 27th consecutive Loop — an unbroken streak from 1987 through yesterday. Amazing! Shirley Iselin ran her 18th Loop, the most for any woman and an unbroken streak since 1996!

Several Loop veterans were injured or absent and were sorely missed. Rick Hubbell could not make it. George “Cannonball” Buchanan had to bow out earlier this week and Bob and Doug Goldblatt were unable to make it due to family committments. Kerry Arsenault is recovering from an ankle injury but was there to cheer on her team including husband Jerry “Mr Bimble” Turk. Everyone is already looking forward to next year!

Some local high school notes: John Jay Cross Country had a strong presence at the top of the Loop leaderboard with 3 members represented in the top 5: JJXC Boys Head Coach Tommy Nohilly (1st) as well as top runners Liam Hackett (3rd) and Matt Kershner (5th at 42:30). Rival Fox Lane Cross Country was represented at the top as well with Andrew Rosati and David Martinez back to back at #15 and #16.

DSC_4643-LWe are getting lots of photos sent in by photographers of all stripes. Michelle Blum and Josh Chapman have posted some on our photo site already, check http://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/2013 and click on their albums and the other albums as we upload more photos. Many different vantage points. We have shots to post from our photographers at the mud flats, the wall, the first crossing, and splashdown. Stay tuned!

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://www.smugmug.com/photos/guest/3V5qJk/27loops) where you can simply drag and drop the pictures. 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!

Thank you all for coming out to run and support your friends and family! We look forward to seeing many of you again at an upcoming race!

To continue your trail running into the spring and early summer we recommend these wonderful races:

  • Rock The Ridge – May 4th – Relay or One Person 50 Miler – Mohonk Preserve (New Paltz, NY)
  • A Mild Sprain May 19th – 4.25M trail run – Sprain Ridge Park (Yonkers, NY)
  • The Running Goddess – June 2nd – A women’s multi-terrain charity 5K race/walk at the exquisite Lasdon Park (Somers, NY)
  • Rockwood Ramble – June 8th – 10k trail run – Rockefeller Park (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

Last but not least – join us on our SundayRuns.org club website — we do group trail runs throughout the year Sunday mornings at 8am, Locations are available on the site calendar – next sunday’s run is April 28th at Mountain Lakes Park where we will check out a new course and get some good karma going for a new trail race!

Link to see photos from 2013.

Some Audio clips from the Loop day below:

Tony’s welcome before the start:


In case you couldn’t hear Danny Martin’s blessing at the start of the Loop this year, the audio is below:


Official 2013 Loop starter Theo Harris singing “Amazing Grace” just before the start.