Leatherman’s Loop News, Volume 35, Issue 2: Three More Days…
If you are close by the Rez you can pick up your bib (and shirt if ordered) the day before the Loop!
We will be at the WPA Gallery at the entrance to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation from 9 am to 12 noon (sharp!) on Saturday, April 22, 2023 for early bib pickup the day before the Loop. We pack up at noon since there is course setting and a lot of other work to be done on Saturday – don’t be late!
If you can come and pick up your bib, that would make Loop day on April 23rd a bit less hectic for you — and for our race day volunteers in the show mobile.
For Loop Day Sunday April 23rd, plan to arrive early… The Loop start time is 9am. Plan to be at the park before 8:03am to get parked and get your bibs (and your t-shirt if ordered). Even earlier is better — and an early arrival will let you get a look around and get some warm up time.
If you arrive earlier than 7:30am you typically get to park in the meadow parking lot — which is paved. After that lot fills up, parking is on the grass of the meadow — or possibly further away.
Believe us – you don’t want to get stuck in the unpredictable park entrance bottleneck, even though there will be friendly Westchester County Police directing traffic on Route 35/121!
A few more details to add about the course:
– in the start meadow the grass has been mowed, but the surface is uneven and there are creeper vines mixed in with the grass in some spots that can trip you up. We have tried to clean these up as much as possible — but there’s always one more… Be very aware of your footing as you start the Loop.
– as you cross the river be aware that at the final crossing “splashdown” the depth varies a great deal. You may be in six inches of water in one spot and the next step is 4 feet deep. Tread carefully!
Here’s a link to some handy maps and directions that should help you get on your way to the Loop.
If you want to make sure you are registered check here: Searchable list of registered runners.
Remember – there is NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION. Race day bib pickup will begin at 7AM on the day of the Loop at the showmobile.
Dogs are welcome at the Park but — just like any other time you visit a county park — you must obey the Park’s leash law. There will be many other dogs around.
No dogs are permitted to run the Loop. This was an insurance mandate in 2020. Leashed dogs are always welcome at the park!
A reminder from the Pound Ridge Reservation park management: On Sunday PLEASE respect the park speed limit of 15 MPH while driving on the park roads. Take special care driving the roadway into the park and in the parking meadow as there will be many people and pets walking around.
There will be staff and volunteers directing the parking and guiding cars to park efficiently. Please follow their directions. It is going to be tight parking and we’d like to pack ‘em in!
Have a safe trip — CAR POOL if you can!
Any questions please contact us.
See you on the trails…
– Rob, Ciorsdan and the rest of the Leatherman Harrier volunteers