Loop Lottery Selection Completed for 2022!

We have completed the 2022 Loop Lottery selections and emails are headed out to runners!

You can check your lottery status (and your friends status) at this linkhttps://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=5968

If you don’t get an email from us by the end of today (January 14), please check your spam folder.

For information about the 34th running of the Leatherman’s Loop, please check back in at our website at https://leathermansloop.org. 

You can also follow the Loop on Facebook facebook.com/leathermansloop, Instagram instagram.com/leathermansloop, or Twitter twitter.com/leathermansloop.

Don’t forget to support the many other local trail races out there — including the 2022 Trail Mix Series.

The Leatherman’s Loop is the first race in a SEVEN trail race series in 2022 in The Trail Mix Series. Visit the Trail Mix site for more information about the series and links to the other six races in the series: A Mild Sprain (June), Where the Pavement Ends (Sept), The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack (Sept), Paine to Pain (Oct), Run The Farm (Oct), and Raven Rocks Run (Nov). If you are not sure about the dates, sign up to receive email reminders about the Trail Mix Series as the races come up.

For winter and spring training with a group of dedicated trail runners check http://sundayruns.org – rain or snow or shine we run the trails on Sundays!

Thanks for your support — See you on the trails!

PS: if you have any questions, click the Contact Us form – that sends us an email with your question.

2022 Loop Lottery Registration Closed

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery 2022 has CLOSED.

We will hold the drawing this Friday, January 14th, 2022.

We are not taking any more lottery entrants

  • Runners who are selected in the lottery will be notified on Friday, January 14th.
  • If you wish to withdraw your name from the Lottery, please let us know before midnight on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
  • 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 [email protected]
  • 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.

Loop Lottery 2022 Open!

Loop Lottery 2022 Open!

Loop Lottery Registration

Registration for Loop Lottery is open from January 7, 2022 at 12:00am until January 10, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Check your loop lottery registration (or others in your group) here.

For questions, see the Lottery FAQ here or Contact Us.

If you have any problem or issue, please contact us BEFORE the Loop Lottery closes!

Note: No dogs are permitted to run the Loop.

We are back

Your Loop organizers will open the lottery on January 7th. And close it on January 10th. Anyone who wants to participate in the 34th Loop on April 24th will only be able to do so by entering the lottery. There are important and necessary covid related restrictions this year which will make it possible to have a safe gathering that is permitted by the County of Westchester.

You need to know that you must be fully vaccinated in order to participate. This also applies for your race organizers and volunteers. Face covering will be optional in the field but required at the show mobile and the food tent. These restrictions may tighten or loosen as we get closer to the date.

The Loop has always been an inclusive event that unites us in the comfort of our shared humanity. The thought of splitting off and turning away any part of our Loop family troubles me. But covid has not gone away and these restrictions are necessary in order for the Loop to happen again after a three year gap.

Featured Harriers

Eamonn Sullivan

2021 was quite a year for Eamonn. In the spring, he qualified to compete in the steeplechase at the NSAF High School National Championships at the cathedral of track and field, the legendary Hayward Field. In the fall, he continued his running career by joining the Fighting Tigers of SUNY Cobleskill. He led his team to victory in five invitationals, taking the individual win in all of them. Eamonn spearheaded the conference championship team victory, by winning the NAC Cross Country title. His stellar record garnered him the North Atlantic Conference Runner and Rookie of the Year honors. As the year came to a close, Eamonn rattled off school records in the Indoor 3K and 5K. Not a bad start for a freshman. Look for him at the start of his favorite race of all, the Leatherman’s Loop in April.

Veronica Leeds

In 2021 Veronica completed the 54 mile Manitou’s Revenge trail race in a time of 14 Hrs. and 11 minutes. She was the first female and the 11th overall ultra runner to cross the finish line. What is most amazing about her Herculean performance is that the course has 15,000 ft. of elevation gain and includes the Escarpment Trail and the Devil’s Path. She ran all of it without a pacer while traversing some of the most technically difficult  trails in the Catskill Mountains. Veronica is only thirty two and did not start running trails until after the birth of her son Vladimir.

The Loop organizers and volunteers collectively tip our hats to these two amazing runners.

Closing thoughts

I have asked Rob to provide a link to some classic Loop photos (see ↓ below) that are inspirational and also a link to a short race video which we have shared before but is worth another look. My hope is that our Loop family will all be together soon. 

Let’s do this.

…Tony, Judy and Rob

PS: It is important to note there are NO carryovers of 2020 registrations. Please see prior posts about 2020. In 2022 we are starting over.

Classic Loop Photo (and video) gallery below.

Youngest runner of 2012 Eamonn Sullivan runs with his dad Gerry in The 26th Annual Loop. Eamonn will run the Loop again in 2022 – it will be his 9th consecutive time. It will be his dad Gerry’s 19th time running the loop (Gerry won the race in 2000 and 2001)
Diego Antman pauses before the sign honoring his late friend Doug Gorman, a Katonah runner who died of brain cancer in the year following his 2006 Loop. The mud flats were renamed in his honor in 2007. (photo by Zoe Wegener)
Teepee in the mist. Loop morning 2002. Meadow oak still standing (it was blown down in a microburst/tornado in 2007)
Last race for this pair.
Flying Nohilly, 2004
Danny Martin and Jere Hochman after the Loop in 2008.
Dressed to Run
Kristina Dittrich before and after the mud, 2007 Loop.
Micah True — aka Caballo Blanco — at the 2011 Loop.
Mike Paletta after 1999 Loop cheering on runners who are crossing Splashdown.
Tiokasen Ghosthorse, official starter of the 2011 Loop.
Mets all-time great Craig Swan beats a retreat after starting the 2012 Loop with an official “first pitch”
Thanks to Karl Tsokas and Chelsea Ellis for generously allowing us to use their 2019 loop video footage in this recut “Loop Journey.”
Link to Original Video on the Chasing Chelsea YouTube channel.

View more photos / video at this link

Leatherman’s Loop 2022 Announcement

Dear fans of the Loop,

      It is with a strong sense of joy that your event organizers  announce that the 34th Leatherman’s Loop will take place on Sunday, April 24th, 2022. That means it’s been three full years between #33 and #34. Let’s celebrate..!

     As always, entry is only possible through the Loop Lottery. Be assured that most everyone will get in. The lottery will open on January 7th and close at midnight on January 10th… Lottery Drawing will take place Friday, January 14th. A newsletter with a reminder will be sent out in December. 

Help us to make the 34th Loop extra special.

                                   …Tony and Judy and Rob 🙂

Leatherman’s Loop Founders Newsletter, Vol. 11: The status of the Loop in covid times

The status of the Loop in covid times

    The Leatherman’s Loop has survived in spite of many challenges. Over the years the course has been devastated by a couple of microbursts, the Sandy storm, a small tornado, late Spring floods, Beaver activity and a rare plant called Rattlebox. In every case the organizers were able to work with the County of Westchester and park management to find solutions. But we hit the covid wall last year. No amount of course rerouting could get around it. Not much has changed in a year and there will not be another Loop until we can gather in the field with no pandemic restrictions.

    Keep me in your heart (for a while) was the last song that Warren Zevon recorded. I am asking you to keep Rob and Danny and Judy and myself and all of the Loop volunteers in your hearts for a while. We will certainly keep you in ours. In the last newsletter I mentioned the delicate thread which has stitched the loops together over the years. We are still holding on to our end. I hope that you have yours.

    Between the pandemic and politics, most of our worlds have been shaken. In a way it feels wrong of me to be lamenting about the need to postpone a running race. And maybe it is. But gatherings where heartfelt connections with others take place are needed more than ever at this time.

   Take a look at the video below and the photo of Diego kneeling in the mudflats. Sample the nourishing spirit that comes through the images. Allow yourself to feel “the power of the Loop” and to be moved. We all need that and we will have it back.

    We are blessed to have Danny on board as our Spiritual Advisor. His wisdom and advice and his plan for what is needed during these difficult times are in the next part of this note. Take some time to sample his compassion and his love for the Loop.



Diego Antman pauses before the sign honoring his late friend Doug Gorman

Thanks to Karl Tsokas and Chelsea Ellis for generously allowing us to use their 2019 loop video footage in this cut.

Link to Original Video on the Chasing Chelsea YouTube channel.

The Power of the Loop in COVID Times

From Danny Martin, Loop Spiritual Advisor

I think we all know that the Loop is much more than a Race. For many of us it’s a fun gathering, a time for connecting with nature. For some of us it’s even a spiritual experience. Most of all, it’s a reminder of how related we all are. That’s probably why we miss the Loop so much, especially in these pandemic times that have disrupted our relationships when we need them more than ever.

Some of us are trying to address this loss with mini-Loop experiences: smaller groups and partial Loops. I’d like to share something that builds on this spirit. It’s a project that a colleague and I have created called A New American WE that proposes a national conversation that will use our differences to actually help us collaborate. Differences, we believe, are not the problem, in spite of what we hear; rather it is our inability to work with them.

I want to draw your attention particularly to a PDF doc. on the Home page called ‘A Declaration of Interdependence:’  https://anewamericanwe.com/  I would suggest that the Loop is a reflection of this Declaration. For when we come together at the Loop we become the Founding Fathers and Mothers of a new American WE as we proclaim our awareness (the expanded self-evident truth) that we are all created equal AND we are all interdependent. That’s also what we mean when we say in our Loop Blessing:

I see beauty all around me:
In beauty may we walk.
In beauty may we see.
In beauty may we all be.

Of course, we are not blind to the challenges of turning this awareness into reality for we realize that many of us are hurting, anxious, angry and confused. We have lost trust in each other. We know that we can only heal and address these challenges by coming together with good intention and authenticity. The Loop brings us together like this, so, in a way, we are already part of A New American WE.

I was moved by the words of the young poet laureate, Amanda Gorman at the Inauguration. These are some of the things she said: without unity there is no peace or progress or nation; enough of us can come together for all of us; true American patriotism is called love; if we come together, we can identify the common objects of our love; we will write a new American story; we turn our gaze not to what stands between us but what stands before us; if we merge mercy with might we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous world. Doesn’t that sound like what happens at the Loop?

In short, you can experience the power of the Loop in these Covid times by participating in the New American WE project in all kinds of simple ways: by simply keeping the spirit of the Loop in your heart, for example; by taking a walk in the Rez; by reaching out to someone who needs a little support in some way in these difficult times; by trying to listen without judgment to someone who things differently to you.

 If you want to go a little further, take a look at the Loop piece on the website, https://anewamericanwe.com/21-day-mindfulness-dialogue-training-2/testimonials/ (scroll down to the bottom for the Loop section) and see how you can make a special contribution to the kind of America we need, the kind of America the Loop represents.

There is a Native American (Hopi) statement about leadership in these times that says: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. But we become this WE only when we meet each other in an authentic way – at heart level – the way we do at Loop. If we do this in simple deliberate and consistent ways we will be able to end the present sad chapter in our common story and begin a new chapter in our American WE.

Leatherman’s Loop 2021 Postponed

Loop Runners:

We are sad to announce the 2021 Loop has been postponed. The spirit of the Loop invites closeness and a large communal gathering; both of these would be ill-advised this spring.

We are postponing the Loop for 2021 in the hopes that — if there are absolutely no restrictions on gatherings — we can possibly hold it in the Fall 2021 on a date TBD. We don’t know what the pandemic situation will look like in 9 months, but there’s always hope – and it would be a unique Loop. 

If no Loop happens in 2021, we are confident by the time April 2022 comes around the world will be a very different place. Never back to normal after the upheavals and losses of 2020 and 2021, but safer to gather in large groups again.

In the next week or so, you will hear from us again with a message of hope from the Leatherman’s Loop Spiritual Advisor Danny Martin. He will share his thoughts about the Loop and our place in the world and describe a practical way we can play our part in rebuilding our country.

.…Tony, Judy, Rob, and the organizers of the Leatherman’s Loop

PS: individuals in the Leatherman Harriers family still remain active and running on the trails in a safe and socially distant way. If you would like to join a great group on the trails, visit SundayRuns.org for information on our Sunday group runs. Sign up to get emails every Friday outlining the Sunday plan.

Loop Cancelled for 2020

Posts related to 2020 Loop cancellation:

June 2020 Update: refund window has closed. Thank you for your support and the charities we collectively supported thank you as well. The next Loop will start from a clean slate – no carryovers of registrations.

Leatherman’s Loop Founder’s Newsletter, Vol 10 – To Loop Runners

If all was right with the world we would be gathering in the meadow field tomorrow morning with no thoughts of social distancing.

In fact we would be high-fiving and embracing each other while soaking in the uniquely beautiful energy of the Leatherman’s Loop.

But all is not right.

You need to know that I understand how special the Loop is to many of you and that I will do everything possible to bring it back in all of its glory next year.

William Stafford opens his poem THE WAY IT IS with the lines “There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change.”

The spirit of the Loop has been stitched together from year to year by a delicate thread. That spirit has been driven deep into the mud and lives there. It is carried in the air by the playful music of the Mariachi band and the wonderful drone of the bagpipes. It’s in the streams and the pine forests It was with us when Atka the wolf refused to howl to start the race. And when Tiokasin Ghosthorse played his sacred cedar flute. And most certainly when Theo Harris sang Amazing Grace just six days after Boston.

The Stafford poem ends with the lines “Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread.”

Judy, Rob, Danny, and I promise to hold our end of that spirit thread until we can once again gather in the field. I hope that you all have the other end.

Danny has offered to share his thoughts and his wisdom about the Loop and our current situation. To hear what he has to say click on this link.

My plans for Sunday are to listen to the blessing and head out into local trails.


Start of 2011 Loop in the Meadow

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