Find yourself in a favorite photo or photos from a past Loop

Reminder – the 2020 Leatherman’s Loop is cancelled. Please visit this post for information.

We would like to put together an album of Loops past with your help. Here’s how to contribute:

  1. Check in the albums below for the past years you have run in the loop. Visit those albums and try to find photos of you or people you know at the Loop – pre-race, during the race, post-race, or any kind of prep work you were involved in as a volunteer.
  2. Download the photo(s) to your phone or computer and name it for the year and loop subject (so you can find it later!)
  3. Then post it to Instagram and/or Facebook
  4. Be sure to tag the Leatherman Harriers with hashtag #leathermansloop and the Loop year. Include a caption if you’d like. Also include a tribute if you’d like.
  5. We will take these and feature them on the Leatherman’s Loop page in the week following the planned day of the 2020 Loop — April 26.

You may not even know you have been caught in a photo at the Loop – for example – check these selected albums from the last 7+ years:

The Loop and Local Charities

Below is a list of charities that the Loop has supported in the past and hopes to to support again this year using our runner’s 2020 entry fees from the cancelled Loop.

These are two additional organizations that are focused on helping to serve community needs related to the pandemic we are supporting this year.

In addition to these listed above, we will be seeking out additional local or partnered organizations to help meet needs and hardships related to the pandemic. And we hope to support other groups dedicated to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens.

Thank you for your trust in our ability to take a negative and help make it a positive with your help and contribution.

2020 Leatherman’s Loop Cancelled

The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential for catastrophic effects within our communities, our country and our world. All efforts at this time are needed to help ourselves and each other get through this crisis. The Leatherman’s Loop has always been a celebratory event — but this is not a time for celebration.

There will not be a Loop this year — No postponement, no virtual race, no rolling registrations forward to next April. All of our focus and efforts at this time should be directed towards what we can do to help each other get through this.

For me, and for the first time ever the Loop seems small and insignificant in light of what may lie ahead for all of us. All of my efforts this year will be focused on what I can do and what the Loop can do to ease the hardships that will most certainly come up in the days and months to come.

Thirty-three years of allowing the spirit of the Leatherman’s Loop to unfold has led to this crossroads. That spirit has always been fueled by you the participants. You are the only “sponsors” that the event has ever had.

Uncertainty now puts the future of the Loop in your hands. Your generosity is needed to keep the Leatherman’s Loop solvent — but more importantly to raise funds for charitable donations to local organizations that will be serving the needs of our communities during this crisis.

All registrants will be given the option to donate your entry fee or have us refund entry fees and shirt purchases. Before you make your choice, why not scroll down to view the selection of photos and videos from the race. I guarantee that your spirits will be lifted.

I had planned to offer these words from Rumi at the start this year:

“Between ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field – I will meet you there.”


God willing we will meet like that once again in the field next year. Please know that I see each of you as examples of the very best that humanity has to offer.


PS: Please make your choice either via the email you receive from us via or visit and look up your entry via the email address you used. If you do not make a choice by April 4, 2020 we will assume you are choosing to donate your entry fee and we thank you.

Please contact us at if you have questions.

Loop Update

Everything related to COVID-19 is happening quickly — and based on the CDC guidance against public gatherings over 50 people, we are postponing the 2020 Leatherman’s Loop.

This is new to all of us and we thank you for your patience while we come up with a workable plan to move forward.

Our venue host, the Westchester County Parks Department, must agree to any date changes before we move forward. This can take time as they have many other things going on right now related to the pandemic — and race logistics might understandably not be their highest priority.

We will offer runners choices which will be flexible. But we are not currently ready to announce a plan. When we are we will send an email update and post a website update with clear alternatives and instructions. 

We anticipate having information about our plan out by March 26 if not sooner.

We are all in this together — and we know that runners in our Loop family will understand and respect our determination to put on a safe race. 

Take care, stay well, and hope to see you on the trails!

….. Tony, Judy, Rob, and the Loop volunteers

Dogs at the Loop

Hello Loop Runners,

We have been required by our race insurance company to prohibit dogs from running in the Leatherman’s Loop

It has been brought up as a safety issue in the past — but starting this year USATF will not sanction and insure a race that allows dogs to run.

If you have any questions about this please contact us via our contact form or send an email to [email protected] 

Thanks for your understanding. 

Dogs are still allowed at the park with spectators, providing you follow these General rules:

-All dogs must be leashed at all times in county parks (county law).
-No long, extended, or retractable leads allowed.
-Keep dogs out of the path of any runner, especially those exiting Splashdown.
-Your dog must be able to handle large crowds and many other spectator dogs. 

Thanks for your understanding and attention to safety — and see you on the trails!

-Tony, Judy, Rob

Note: Service animals that perform a specific defined task (such as guide dogs for blind runners) are not affected by this new requirement. If you have a question about your service dog please contact us before the loop and we can answer your questions.

Lottery 2020 Reminder

Don’t let your chance to participate in the 34th Leatherman’s Loop fly by. The loop lottery closes at midnight on Tuesday January 14th.

Loop Lottery Registration

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

Jackson McGuire emerging muddy & wet but smiling from Splashdown in 2019. The final 200 meters just ahead. (photo by Ted Erkkila)
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
Joe Cloidt and Alan Wegener during the 2017 Loop at the first water crossing.
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.
Kelsey Crawford, youngest female winner ever, smiles as she is cheered on by her mom Doreen, her sister Cameron, and her friend Amelia as she exits Splashdown in 2019.
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 2020 Open!

Loop Lottery 2020 Open!

Loop Lottery Registration

Registration for Loop Lottery is open from January 10, 2020 at 12:00am until January 14, 2020 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!

Loop Lottery Set to Start January 10, 2020

Lottery Opens at 12:00am 1/10/2020.
It closes 11:59pm Tuesday January 14th.

Trail Runners:

Please mark your calendars with these two dates: January 10th and April 26th!

The 34th Running of the Leatherman’s Loop will be on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

The Leatherman’s Loop Lottery will open at 12:00am Friday, January 10th, 2020 and close Tuesday, January 14, 2020 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.

Leatherman’s Loop — aerial video of 2015 Loop start

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 (1/10/2020-1/14/2020) 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 17. 


  1. After the Loop Lottery entry closes on Tuesday, January 14th we will have the drawing for winners on or just after Friday, January 17th.
  2. Those selected runners who won a spot will be notified of their Loop entries by email.
  3. Credit cards will be charged on 1/17/2020 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 14th 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 16, 2020. After then all entries are final.
  7. Please put [email protected] and [email protected] 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 2019 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 2020 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 17th or just afterwards, please contact us right away at [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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: We announced the 2020 Trail Mix Trail Series lineup in January. Hope you consider completing the series in 2020 with at least four and hopefully more races by the end of 2020.

PPPS: The John Jay Community 5k Trail Race is also in Cross River, NY just about 2 miles from the meadow start of the Loop. This year will mark the 3rd running of this trail race which has similar terrain to the Loop and is held one week before it on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Registration is open now at

5th Annual Raven Rocks Run November 10, 2019

The 5th annual Raven Rocks Run 10k trail race is on Sunday, November 10th starting at 9 a.m. at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

Click here to register

If you have already registered, thanks!
See you at the Rez!

If you are not sure if you have registered — or you want to check on a friend or family member — you can confirm registration status here:

In order to make sure your shirt size is available we recommend pre-ordering a race shirt with your registration. We do order a limited number of extra shirts — but your size may not be available if you wait to buy one at the event.

Registered runners will receive a logistics note before race day. Note is available here and we will send a quick update with links closer to the races.

See you on the trails!

….. Rob Cummings and the Raven Rocks volunteers

Trail Mix and Sunday Runners Updates below:

10th Annual Run The Farm & KIDS Run The Farm October 20, 2019

The 10th annual Run The Farm and Kids Run The Farm trail races are on Sunday, October 20th starting at 8:30am at Muscoot Farm in Katonah/Somers, NY.

Click here to register

If you have already registered, thanks!
See you at the Farm!

If you are not sure if you have registered — or you want to check on a friend or family member — you can confirm registration status here:

For the kids races we have ordered a set number of medals. We will cut off registration when we reach that total to ensure we have medals for all kid finishers. 

Both the kids races and the 5 miler are filling up faster than last year so get your spot now since we can’t predict when we have to shut it down!

In order to make sure your shirt size is available we recommend pre-ordering a race shirt with your registration. We do order a limited number of extra shirts — but your size may not be available if you wait to buy one at the event.

Registered runners will receive a logistics note before race day. Note is available here and we will send a quick update with links closer to the races.

See you on the trails!

….. Tony, Judy, Rob and the Run The Farm volunteers

Trail Mix and Sunday Runners Updates below: