Help Feed the Leatherman – The Tradition Continues


Bring your food donations to the Loop on April 28th!

Loop runners have been incredibly generous in last 10 years with donations of food items to members of the local community in need.

The volunteer food drive “Help Feed The Leatherman” has collected over 8,000 pounds of food donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester food pantry over the past 10 years. This year will mark the 11th year for this fantastic program at the Loop.

David Ceisler of Katonah is the driving force behind this effort. He will be joined by his son Sam Ceisler on the morning of the loop. David’s car 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.

David Ceisler accepts “Help Feed The Leatherman” food pantry donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester from runners Alexander and Clara Tripp in 2018. The food drive at the loop is in its eleventh year in 2019. (Photo by Bram Wegener)

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.

People come the Community Center of Northern Westchester 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:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • 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 Rosie, Sam, and David for gathering and getting the donations to the Community Center after the Loop during the past 10 years and this year.

To help you remember the donations: Put the cans or other items in your running shoes or your running bag the night before (or on the drivers seat of your car!). We will remind you with a note closer to the race as well.

The Old Leather Man was greatly helped by 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. THANK YOU RUNNERS for your generosity!

Note: the 2019 Loop filled up in the January Loop Lottery. Registration is closed – we can’t take any more registrations. Sorry!

Loop Lottery Selection Completed for 2019!

We have completed the 2019 Loop Lottery selections and emails are headed out to lucky runners! You can check your lottery status here:

If you don’t get an email from us today (January 18), please check your spam folder.

For information about the 33rd running of the Leatherman’s Loop, please check back in at our website at You can also follow us on facebook or Twitter

For winter and spring training and trail maps check – rain or snow or shine we run the trails on Sundays!

Thanks for your support and — See you on the trails!

2019 Loop Lottery Registration Closed

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery 2019 has CLOSED.

We will hold the drawing this Friday, January 18th, 2019.

We are not taking any more lottery entrants

  • Runners who are selected in the lottery will be notified on Friday, January 18th.
  • Runners not selected will also be notified on the same day.
    • Runners not selected will be placed on a wait list.
    • If you are not selected and you wish to opt out of the wait list, please email us at
  • You can search to check whether you, a friend, or family member, are registered in the Loop Lottery at this link.
  • We wish everyone luck for the drawing!

If you have any questions, please let us know via our contact form.

Lottery 2019 Reminder

Don’t let your chance to participate in the 33rd Leatherman’s Loop fly by. The loop lottery closes at midnight on Tuesday January 15th.

Loop Lottery Registration

Check out the video and photos which capture the wonderful spirit of the loop.

Mike Paletta after 1999 Loop
Ran through their shoes
Business on top, ready for mud on the bottom
Danny Martin & Jere Hochman in 2011
Pre-dawn misty meadow
Mets great Craig Swan delivers the opening pitch for the 2000 Leatherman’s Loop start. Craig returned in 2012 to reprise his starting pitch.
Got Mud?
Tommy Nohilly finishes strong in 2010 going for one of his nine overall Loop wins.
Ray Viscome, a runner from Silver Lake, NY, ran the 2012 course in 1:00:32. He had run it once before (1999) and did it with help from running support buddies Rich Izzo and Thomas Bookless. His amazing time is even more amazing since he runs with an artificial leg and has to be carried across the stream crossings since the joint can’t get wet.
Craig Swan after the “First Pitch” start in 2012 running for his life away from the running crowd.
Finish line heart flag
Tiokasin Ghosthorse was the official race starter for the 25th Loop in 2011. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation and hosts the nationally syndicated radio show First Voices Indigenous Radio
Micah True a.k.a. Caballo Blanco before the 2011 Loop. Micah ran in 2010 and 2011 and was the official starter for 2010. He was set to start the 2012 Loop when he died on a run in March 2012. We have retired bib #4 in his honor.
25 Years of Leatherman’s Loop shirt designs. Shirt detail can be found here.
Tony: “While cutting back buckthorn at about the three mile mark of the course I found this matched pair of Nike trail shoes. They had been pushed to the surface of the mud flats by the spring thaw. I stopped to consider all of the possibilities. None of them good. Those of you who are running the Loop for the first time may want to do the same.” –Founder’s Newsletter – Issue 2 “The 25th Loop” 11 April 2011

The 2017 Loop video trailer above features some highlights from Loop videos made in 2002200420052011, and 2015 (2). Thanks to Dean LeggieroRob Cummings, John Cummings, Jr.Mitch SteinWilderness BobChristy CuomoTom Anckner, and a few others for taking the videos. The short 3 minute video features Griffin “Buck” FarroDanny MartinMadison Haller, the Albertus Magnus girls track team, Kate PalettaHernando MunozJoe StanleyTom NohillyKerry ArsenaultStan “Leatherman” TelegaBob GoldblattTony Godino, and many of the runners of the Loop in those years.

More stories, race reports, photos, and videos can be found here:

Loop Lottery Set to Start January 11, 2019


Lottery Opens at 12:00am 1/11/19! It closes 11:59pm Tuesday January 15th.

Trail Runners:

Please mark your calendars with these two dates: January 11th and April 28th!

The 33rd Running of the Leatherman’s Loop will be on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery will open at 12:00am Friday, January 11th, 2018 and close Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at midnight — 5 full days total.

You must sign up for the Lottery to get into the Loop.

We will post reminders to our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages just before the Loop Lottery opening in January. Follow us there for lottery opening messages.

We will send out an email reminder about the Loop Lottery in late December. If you want to be on our email list for future notifications enter your email address here.

We encourage you to sign up for the Loop Lottery as early as possible after it opens in January so you don’t forget. Once it is closed we won’t accept any new lottery entrants.

We promise that (based on lottery history) most of you will get in as long as you sign up during the five day window.

To sign up, visit the Leatherman’s Loop website during the lottery registration period (1/11/2019-1/15/2019) and there will be links to the registration site.

Runners who sign up for the Loop Lottery will be asked to enter their credit card information but will not be charged for entering the Loop Lottery. Runners who are selected in the Loop Lottery will have their cards charged on January 18


  1. After the Loop Lottery entry closes on Tuesday, January 15th we will have the drawing for winners on or just after Friday, January 18th.
  2. Those selected runners who won a spot will be notified of their Loop entries by email.
  3. Credit cards will be charged on 1/18/2019 automatically if a runner is selected in the Loop Lottery.
  4. Those not selected will be notified of the bad news by email as well.
  5. Any runners who do not complete their lottery registration before the January 15th deadline cannot join in the lottery after then.
  6. If you need to withdraw your name from the Loop Lottery, you must do so BEFORE midnight on Thursday, January 17, 2019. After then all entries are final.
  7. Please put and in your address book so our emails to you about the Loop Lottery are not marked as spam.

Runners can enter the 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 entry, duplicate registrations, t-shirt purchasing, and other questions you might have.

If you are one of the runners who completed the 2018 Trail Mix Trail Series by finishing 4 or more races in that series, then you are eligible for automatic selection in the Loop LotteryCongratulations! We will offer the same benefit next year for runners completing the 2019 Trail Mix! Click the link for more information about the races — sign up for Trail Mix Reminder Emails here.

If you do not hear from us via email on January 18th or just afterwards, please contact us right away at 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.

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

Thanks! See you on the trails…

-Tony, Judy, Rob, and the Leatherman Harriers

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 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!

PPS: There will be an announcement about the 2019 Trail Mix Trail Series in January.

Loop Lottery Registration

Loop Lottery begins 1/11/19 at 12:00am

Upcoming Trail Mix Races – And More!

Do you want to know how to guarantee your selection in the Leatherman’s Loop 2019 Lottery this coming January? Simply compete in FOUR or more of the SEVEN Trail Mix Series races in 2018.

If you ran in the 2018 Loop in April you are 1/4 of the way there already! If you ran both the Loop and A Mild Sprain, you are already halfway there. If you have completed no races in the series to date in 2018 you can still run in 4 of the 5 remaining Trail Mix 2018 Series races and qualify for the series and Loop Lottery selection. See below for dates and links…

Every runner in the 2018 Leatherman’s Loop (April) and A Mild Sprain (June) is entered into the 2018 Trail Mix Series automatically. Check the current standings here.

Check these upcoming Trail Mix races (and some other favorite races of ours):

Trail Mix Series 2018 races:

Other Local Races:

  • For a broad curated list of trail races from Virginia through New England, check this list from Essex Running Club member and Leatherman Harrier Muddiest Runner Chris Jaworski here:

Last but not least – join us on our club website — we do group trail runs throughout the year Sunday mornings at 8am, Locations are available on the site calendar.

Muddiest Runners Class of 2018!

Congratulations to the Leatherman’s Loop Class of 2018 “Muddiest Runners” — 47 very muddy trail runners who are now able to call themselves M.U.D.

They achieved this by completing SEVEN Loops as of 2018. They join over 460 other runners who are at or above this milemud marker.

See the entire list of Muddiest Runners here:

….and congratulations to the 47 runners below for earning their muddy stripes in 2018!:

Matt Bedoukian
Don Birchenough
Jennifer Bruch
Sean Cahillane
Jeffrey Conwisar
Thomas Cronin
Louis De Chiara
Dave DeCecco
Lee Dunn
Noah Ennis
Charlie Euston
Jeannine Fagan
Brian Fitzgerald
John Goodrow
Lia Gravier
David Gugerty
Robert Hardie
Brian Harkins
Scott Harrison
Brian Hennessey
Bradley Holmes
Heather Langham
Dean Leggiero
Erin Lindon
Lauren Linekin
Andrew Maldonado
Brian McDermott
Robert McGill
Keith Mitchell
Joe Mokszycki
John Morneau
Joseph Neu
Jeffrey Olsen
Michael Orth
Nicholas Pisciotta
John Praino
Fergus Smail
Donald Stankus
Daryl Story
Eamonn Sullivan
Christopher Terzian
Alex Tripp
Rob Troy
joseph tuohy
Peter Walsh
Bill Weeks
Phil Yarnall

The next step — 10 or more Loops — gets you the coveted “Red Stripe Bib” whenever you run the Loop in the future.

20 or more Loops gets your tenure as your bib number — unless you already have a favored number already designated. 

Don’t forget to register for the Fall races in the Trail Mix Series — completing the series gets you automatic Loop Lottery selection in January 2019 when you enter the lottery! See you on the trails!

2018 Leatherman’s Loop Photos

Carol Gordon – thank you for 10 years of photographing the Loop!

In 2018 the team was out in force snapping away on the literally picture perfect Loop morning. Since 2009 we have organized a team of volunteer photographers to take photos and sometimes video. That’s 10 YEARS for some of these die-hard photographers! You know what that means: the 10 year veterans are highlighted in RED!

Below are the photographer names and the locations they took photos at in 2018 along with links to their albums online. Some are broken up into different albums if they moved around to different spots:

  • Carol Gordon took her usual wonderful photos pre-race, at the start of the race, at Kimberly Bridge, and Post-Loop photos. 
  • Ciorsdan Conran took pre-race photos, more at the start of the Loop, got more photos just up the hill from Splashdown, took photos after the Loop, and even produced a Splashdown Go Pro video.
  • Chris Reinke covered the Mud Flats for his 9th straight year. Chris was prepared with waders for Loop day, but apparently needed sneaker detectors as multiple runners lost shoes right in front of him.
  • John Cummings took photos around the start and of the start.
  • Bram Wegener took pre-Loop photos, photos of runners at around the 1/2 mile mark near the playground, got tons of wet photos, and had great post-Loop shots.
  • Rob Cummings took photos running the 2018 Loop, photos of the starting lineup, post-Loop, and took Loop Prep photos from the days before the event. Bonus: Post-Loop Jeff Main performing The Leatherman Song solo.
  • Thank you to the many runners have uploaded photos via our Runner Uploads link.

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: