The Dirt Cheap Trail Races have come to a close for another season and what a season it was. In a typical year, Boots and Yellow Jacket Racing will find a way to get us muddy, wet, and covered in dirt before a race is over… This year was a bit more challenging for them as the weather on every single race was beautiful! Sunny, not too hot, slight breeze, not wind. Beautiful.
They still managed to find some wet spots, heck we even ran through a section of pond in one race… but it was nothing like if Mother Nature had decided to get us wet!
While not allowing for the mudfest of years past, this season did allow for some awesome post race beers and food as everyone would hang out and mingle waiting for Ellen to give away some awesome prizes.
The overall series winners this year were consistent in earning points at each race, and ran hard despite the heat. The best 4 races count towards your total, meaning you can miss a couple and still lock up the championship.
Lindsay Conway did just this, missing the very first race but earning enough points to win a close womens race winning by just over 7 points.
Paul Glor won the men’s series (and it’s final event) with a bit more of a cushion about 13 points over his closest runner. This was Pauls first year running the series and it sounds like he had a blast.
This is the first year I have run the series and I LOVED it. I ran one trail race as part of the series last year and really enjoyed the course and the competition. I enjoyed the series because it is low key and fun and gives individuals a chance to run on some unique courses at area parks. I also enjoyed that is was held once a month spread out over the entire summer. It feels great to win the series. I trained really hard during the last month and ended up winning the 6th and final race of the series.
If you need some motivation to kick it in to year to challenge Glor for next years series title.. think about this: “I was really excited to find out that as the series winner I would receive a gift certificate for a free pair of trail running shoes and a dental pack that included an electric toothbrush!” Paul Glor
The Dirt Cheap Series has become pretty popular around these parts, men’s winner Paul Glor agrees;
Overall, I think that the Dirt Cheap Trail Series is one of the most fun running events in the Rochester Area. The courses are challenging, the competitors are great and each week you get to finish with a post race party that includes hot dogs and cookies. I plan on doing much more trail running in the future
Fleet Feet and Yellow Jacket Racing Owner, Boots was more than happy with the series this year and with the weather.
Like the entire summer we had great weather for the series which made for fun racing and post race festivities. We ended up having about 400 registered runners per race ,which is amazing for our little Wednesday night series. Our goal was to offer a low cost fun option for runners and it has been well recieved. From what we can find it is now one of the largest off road series in the US.
Fleet Feet and Yellow Jacket Racing do a wonderful job of race management, especially for a Wednesday night summer series, but they tip their hats to the sponsors who assist in making this wonderful events possible.
Salomon has been a huge supporter from year one along with Darn Tough Vermont, they undestand what we are trying to offer. Dr Randy Raetz DDS, is also a great supporter as well as a partcipant in the series
The Dirt Cheap Stage Race is coming up November 10th and 11th before we head into the Snow Cheap season. The stage race is 3 races over the course of two days. It is run Tour De France style with a time trial, a regular trail race and a longer trail race. It highlights the trails at Mendon Ponds Park just south of Rochester, NY. According to Boots you can run 1, 2, or all 3 events. It is a perfect way to get off the roads and take in the fall season on some amazing trails.
The stage race coming up is a great season ending off road challenge. 3 races over 2 days on tough terrain. We try and keep it inclusive by allowing a person to run a single stage as we want everyone to get outside and enjoy the autumn season on the trails.
Check out our calendar to see more of the local trail races that are coming up. We hope to see you out on the trails!
Stay dirty, run hard! #trailsRoc