26th Loop Tomorrow!

Leatherman’s Loop News Volume 26 issue 3: Loop Tomorrow!

“A foot-boggling array of obstacles strategically placed by nature to impede forward motion of the swift and sure-footed kind.”

To All Runners:

The course is marked and ready to go…  We hope you are too!  The course is has been dry for weeks and the water levels are low. Rain is coming! (It may already be here…)

For detailed logistics information about this year’s Loop, check this article.

Maps and directions links are on the website here.

Don’t forget your food donation to the Community Center of Northern Westchester – Help Feed the Leatherman!  Look for the van with the banner!  It will be near the bib pickup area.  Check here for latest needs. Rice and beans were high on the list last time we checked in with CCNW.

…Put your food donation in your car or your sneakers now so you don’t forget it!

The gate attendant at the park will be waving loop participants through while counting cars — there is NO $10/car park entry fee collected in the morning — we have already included the parking fee in your race registration to speed up the park entry.

Arrive early – drive carefully.  We would like to begin as close to 9am as possible.  Plan on having your bibs and heading right to the starting line at 8:45 am.  Listen for the bagpiper who will signal the migration to the starting line.

We will have a few pre-race announcements, take a few minutes to introduce a few special guests, then the 26th running of the Leatherman’s Loop will commence as we gallop off over the meadow.

If you find yourself injured, please STAY ON THE COURSE! Help will be on its way quickly. We have volunteers stationed throughout the course who can contact help quickly. We also have some key runners with cell phones ready to call in for assistance if any is required.

To help us with the race scoring, please make certain that your race number bib is exposed before you enter the finishing chute and do not pin the tear-strip at the bottom of the bib to your shirt.  If you wish—at the beginning of the race—you can wear an extra layer over the shirt your number is pinned to which you can discard as you run by the teepee. It will be there for you when you finish.

Please exercise caution and common sense at both of the stream crossings. Ease into each crossing slowly and do not enter them full stride. The exit of the first stream crossing can be slippery on the rock ledge.  Help the runner in front and the one behind if possible.

Bring a full set of warm dry clothes (including socks and shoes) to change in to after you finish.  You will get wet!  We will have water, coffee, bagels, and fruit at the finish—but its always a good idea to have your own water on race day.

Full race finishing results will be posted to the web site http://www.leathermansloop.org/results by late afternoon after the race.

If you see the Leatherman out and about, give a yell!

See you bright and early tomorrow…

Mike, Tony, Judy, Rob, Bill, and the Loop Volunteers