November 2015 Newsletter

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Race recaps – Trail News – Photos and more!


November. A month that often reminds us to give thanks. It makes me sit back and realize that we have much to give thanks for as an organization and I have much to give thanks for as well.

To the old grizzled vets of this sport who really brought trail running to the area like Mort Nace and Charlie Sabatine for the advice and welcoming they gave us as we joined the community a few years back.

To sponsors who jumped on board with us to support events that had no history and no real promise of success.

To former board members and founders who helped us get the thing off the ground.

Thanks to all of our current board members for supporting some of my crazy ideas, presenting some of your own and for helping us grow and continue to provide to the community with wonderful runs and races.

Finally, to all of you. For supporting us. Running with us. Sharing our journey in the woods. Pushing us, helping us, cheering us, and most of all inspiring us. For us to see each and everyone one of you challenge yourselves from a 1 mile first ever trail run to a 100 mile mountain adventure, your stories inspire us to take what we do to another level.

Thank you.

Join us this year for our 4th annual Troubled Turkey Run at Ellison Park. We like to get a nice early start (6am) and if the weather is agreeable we catch a beautiful sunrise from the top of our climb overlooking the quarry before heading back to the parking lot for a quick drink and then off to our own friends and families to give thanks for all of the amazing things in each of our lives.

So November is here. Enjoy it. Give thanks and remember to meet us on the trails,

Eric and the #TrailsRoc crew

-Monthly Musings from Colonel Valone-

Hello TrailsRoc members,

It’s been a busy first month as a board member, but also a productive one. I was able to come on board quickly near race time and was excited to have Ready Set Glow as my first race experience behind the scenes. I can tell you that I was thrilled to be able to see every last runner come down the chute with as much enthusiasm as I expect from one of our events.

Hopefully you are as excited as I am to continue to grow, and run, with us. We have open registration for our annual WTF race at Powder Mills park and entries are filling up fast. The new race shirt design is up on the website and available for ordering, so please consider purchasing a race shirt to show your support for us. Proceeds from race shirts go to fund our ever important trail projects In Black Creek and Durand Eastman. If you ever have any merchandise questions please feel free to contact me in person or via email.

I know that there are many options for races both in and around our community I also know what it’s like to run many #TrailsRoc events. I speak from the heart when I say that we are committed to providing you with the experience that we believe trail running is all about. No frills, just fun. Events where we, the community, matter most. It’s all just about getting together with a group of friends for a trail run. Events put on for runners, by runners. See you out there.



We are happy to announce we are bringing the film RUN FREE- The True Story of Caballo Blanco to Rochester on Wednesday December 9th at 7pm. -The story based on the book Born To Run and its central character Caballo Blanco. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door the night of the show.

The North Face Victor is having a block party! Join them and celebrate with them!

Clean up:

We have partnered with the county and adopted 2 parks and will be announcing major projects in both of them:

1. Black Creek Park host of Mess The Dress, Cast A Shadow, a new Dirt Cheap and a few XC races. We have already designed some beautiful new single track that we use in our races and we are sure you will use in future events n the park. Stay tuned for work days coming up

2. Durand Eastman Park host to our Winter trail running kick off and completion picnics as well as home to this years Dirt Cheap. We have assessed the sustainability of trails at Durand – Rerouted a few trails and have planned a major trail building project to add miles of new single track in one of the most scenic parks in the county.

Both of these parks are vulnerable to overuse and/or poor trail use etiquette. Please remember to stay on trail, especially during races, and consider joining us as we repair damaged trails, build new sustainable trails, and create parks you will love to be in for years to come!

Group Runs: Always fun – Always free!

Tuesday Trail Trots – 6:00PM. An easy 4-5 miles. You should be able to run 4-5 miles consistently and we will lead you through the parks. We always have at least 2 pace groups available. Check our website for more details.

Wednesday Morning Runs– 6:00AM. We will post the schedule on our facebook page each week and the website is updated as we go.

Wednesday Evening Run 6:30pm This A Night Time Crescent Trail Project. Check out details on the site.

SAS – Slow and Steady – These runs are on Sundays and are for those who are just learning to run. We go, as the name says,  Slow and Steady. We have groups from walkers all the way through to ultra runners getting “time on feet”. Check the website for information.


#ff6600;”># TrailsRoc O degree WTF – A Winter Trail Festival at Powder Mills Park – With the options of running 5ish, 10ish, or 15ish miles – The course will be a single 5 mile loop taking you on beautiful single track in Powder Mills Park  – Each loop will start and finish at Wadhams Lodge which will be our “home base” for the weekend. Your cost to race? 1 dollar per mile! Registration Open Now!!!!!!!

#TrailsRoc: The App:  An android version now available and fully updated – We know plenty of iphone users have found the app to be extremely easy to use and often very helpful!

Know a good trail that is not in our database? Send us your GPX data and allow others to share that trail with you. Contact with GPX or comments.



Here Laura shares her thoughts on running and what the trail community means to her

“Sometimes the best journeys aren’t necessarily from east to west, or from ground to summit, but from heart to head. Between them we find our voice.”- Jeremy Collins

I ran to lose myself. My bad habits. My bad attitude. My feelings of inadequacy and low self esteem. I ran to lose pounds, poor friends and away from problems. If I kept running, I could continue to hate myself in my own isolation. Over exercising myself through my pain.

It is now clear to me that I ultimately ran into myself, colliding in an ethereal world of people I know are genuinely meant to be my family. The act of and the community of trail running helped me to find balance in my life, self appreciation, happiness. I parallel some of my best qualities to those of trail running and the concept of community, endurance, and perseverance. Only us trail runners understand our kind of crazy, and it’s a place I have never felt more free to be myself.

The best part of my story is that it is not unique. You can relate in part of my story in some way, which is probably why you also found trail running and subsequently #TrailsRoc. Our relationships span beyond the races and group runs. We wish each other the best, support each other through the worst. For these moments, and for these friendships I am forever grateful in a form that could never fully be expressed here. But I know you feel it too, during those hours we spend together heading in the same linear direction.

I look forward to the many more miles, post run beverages, and laughter I will get to share with each of you. I can’t wait to watch all of you #TrailsRocStars push yourselves and reach new goals, new distances. The best comfort is knowing we won’t be in these adventures alone. I am thankful for the part each of you plays in our community.


The 2015 season is just finishing up – Troy standings are currently on the interwebs HERE >>>>> 

Mendon 50k is coming up soon on November 7th – Great local home grown ultra with options for 10,20,30 and yes 50k. Looped course with tons of support all at Mendon Ponds Park. Registration ends 11/3. Information and Registration can be found HERE >>>>>



We are looking for the best photos of the trails- Send us yours

Here are two amazing shots of three of our #TrailsRoc board members – Mike, Ben and Sean, and our current #TrailsRoc elevation holder Colin Bailey. The quartet recently made a trip out to Devil’s Path and have these amazing photos to show for it.