Westchester County Parks - What are Your Favorites?

Westchester County has many state, county, local, and private preserves.  Let us know your favorites!  Also, if you have favorites in Fairfield, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Bergen, Hudson, NYC, and Long Island—we can include those parks as well.  Leave a note in the comments below. From the parks web site: “The Westchester County Parks system … Read more

New York City Tops Loop Registration List

Over one hundred runners registered for the 2009 Leatherman’s Loop from New York City, by far the largest group.  The village of Bedford, New York comes out second with 68 registrants.  Ridgefield, Connecticut places third with 65 runners.  The top 10 is rounded out by Katonah (39), South Salem (35), Brooklyn (35), Pound Ridge (34), … Read more

One Month To Go

Get that training into high gear… one month until the 23rd running of the Leatherman’s Loop! We’ll be sending out logistics information in the two weeks leading up to the Loop.  Happy Trails! Post your links, stories, favorite trails, etc. below…

How Do You Train?: The Burden Preserve

The town of New Castle recently acquired a great open space area off of Route 128 south of Ben & Jerry’s in Mt. Kisco.  The property used to belong to William Burden, the ambassador to Belgium under Dwight Eisenhower. It was purchased by the Town of New Castle as part of its open space program.  … Read more

Leatherman’s Loop Winner Recap 1987-2009

This article has been superseded by this one which is updated each year with the latest results: http://www.leathermansloop.org/index.php/site/comments/leathermans_loop_results_summary/ For the 22 years the Leatherman’s Loop has been run, there have been two slightly different courses.  Plus one “detour” course used for one year due to heavy rains. The initial course, a slightly shorter course, was … Read more

How Do You Train?: Mountain Lakes Camp

Update: The County has updated their trail map and website. New map (which is MUCH better than the old one) can be found here: http://parks.westchestergov.com/sal-j-prezioso-mountain-lakes. We also have it on our site at this page: https://leathermansloop.org/maps/park-trail-maps/ The 1,082 acre Mountain Lakes Park is Westchester’s northernmost county park.  Located on Hawley Road in North Salem, the … Read more

How Do You Train?: Rockefeller State Park Preserve

From Trail Runner web site entry about the Preserve: “One of the finest areas to run in the US.  Trails are wide, even, and meticulously groomed with easy footing, but challenging terrain.” The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is located in Sleepy Hollow, NY (Westchester County) on County Route 117 in (north of the Tappan Zee … Read more

Ward Pound Ridge: Clear Dark Sky Tracking

Ever wonder about some of the other activities besides the Leatherman’s Loop that take place at the Rez? One group that makes a regular appearance is the Westchester Amateur Astronomers, Inc. group that meets at the Meadow Parking Lot monthly for stargazing.  From their web site:  “We are a not–for–profit organization open to people of … Read more

How Do You Train?: Briarcliff/Peekskill Trailway

Thanks to guest writer Noah Pearce who wrote the article below about the Briarcliff-Peekskill trail.  We encourage readers to write in with some of their training runs. The Briarcliff/Peekskill trail is a great trail for running or hiking.  It’s a singe track, intermediate technical trails. Its part of the Westchester park system and starts right … Read more