December 2015 Newsletter

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Race recaps – Trail News – Photos and more!


Welcome to December the start of what is my favorite season. Winter. There is a solitude on the trails that you can find in the winter than no other season gives you. A silence, as the bugs and birds are gone. A freshness, as you break trail, making first tracks and knowing no one has been there yet that day. A challenge, as the footing changes or the weather rages. And a beauty of fresh snow and low sunlight.

I urge you to not hide this winter. Join us on the trails. Challenge yourself with new races and events. Rochester is an outdoors persons paradise and the winter is no different. We will be operating our always free, always fun group runs year round. Every Tuesday, Wedneday and Sunday we run. We encourage you to join us and meet folks who like you, enjoy the challenges and the beauty that winter can bring. Come on out, introduce yourself to us and let’s have some fun out there this winter!!!!

If you are registered for WTF we are excited to experience your race with you on the 12th – If you are not, we love volunteers and spectators and you are always welcome in our warm lodge to cheer the runners.

At WTF we will be making a special announcement – I hope to see you there!

Eric and the #TrailsRoc crew


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.

Clean up:

We are busy taking care of Black Creek and Durand Eastman parks – We encourage you to get out in the parks near you and clear some leaves. Make it easier to run, navigate, and enjoy. Take a rake or a leaf blower and a can do attitude! Eric and Valone just recently cleared 4.5 miles of single track at Powder Mills Park while Dave was busy creating a brand new trail in Black Creek.

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.

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. Future locations and dates TBD. Check the website for updates.


#TrailsRoc 0 Degree WTF – The race is sold out – but we never turn away volunteer help – Email if you can volunteer. We will need help in the lodge, the road crossing, and start/finish line.

We have the opportunity to partner with Toys For Tots and will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children newborns up to the age of 14. Please help us support such a wonderful organization by bringing your toy to Wadhams Lodge during our WTF race!

#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.





Dan has a very impressive trail running history. Here Dan shares his thoughts on running and what the trail community means to him:

I started running in 2009 as a way to get myself in better shape. Naturally, I started running roads because it was convenient. Honestly, at the time, I didn’t even know that trail running was a thing. When running is new, everything is exciting. Every race is a new experience and almost always a PR. You are learning, forming habits, getting stronger and faster. I was content with road running and wasn’t looking for anything new. I was a couple weeks out from running my first half marathon when I was invited to a group trail run. I was still pretty new to road running and had no idea what to expect on the trails. Reluctantly, I said yes. On April 15, 2010, I went on my first trail run. It was a group run previewing leg two of Medved Madness at Mendon Ponds Park. I only knew a couple people there, yet I never felt out of place. There is nothing wrong with the road running community, but to me trail running felt different, both the running itself and the community surrounding it. I could not put my finger on what it was exactly that drew me to it, but I knew I really liked it. I liked being out in the woods rather than running through a neighborhood. I liked that there were no traffic lights or cars getting in the way. I liked that I could easily get lost exploring new trails. Honestly, it made me feel like a kid again. It was an unexpected, but welcome feeling.

Over the years, I have run quite a few trail races, both long and short, both local and abroad. Muddy Sneaker is one of my favorites. I run it every year. I have run the Sehgahunda Trail Marathon three times, the Dances With Dirt 50 Miler in Michigan, the Six Day 120 mile Transrockies Run in Coloarado, and most recently the Twisted Branch 100K in the Finger Lakes. Next up for me is a solo snowshoe effort at the Cast A Shadow 6 Hour Race in February. The rest of 2016 is up in the air, but if all goes well, I would like to run a 50 miler somewhere near mid year to set up my first 100 mile finish sometime in the summer.

In the last few years, I have noticed substantial growth in the local trail running community. #TrailsRoc has been a big part of the this recent growth. They bring many new faces to trail running as well as contribute to the community in the form of trail clean up days, trail maintenance/creation, free group runs, low cost races, fundraisers, scholarships, as well as other things I do not know about. New races have been popping up quite a bit as well. Some from familiar faces like the Fanton sisters and Goose Adventure Racing. Others from new faces like Flour City RaceWorks and Scott Magee. You also have Chris O’Brien chronicling the local running scene with his Running Inside Out podcast. It’s a very exciting time to be a trail runner in and around Rochester, NY. I am excited to see what 2016 brings!

Dan O





MALE      1st—Mike Welden

2nd—Jeff Polino

3rd—Alan Hatch

FEMALE 1st—Liz Matthews

2nd—Robin Lorenzo

3rd—Laura Rekkerth

Also a huge congratulations to our 2015 sponsorship winners. We are supporting them in a journey to completing a goal race!







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



-Monthly Musings from Colonel Valone-

Hello TrailsRoc members,

There is much to say always about our community. However, I can do it the most justice by telling you how grateful I am to be a part of it. Not only grateful that you all participate with us, but grateful to have the opportunity to know, and run, with our special group.

I am so looking forward to cheering many of you at WTF and looking forward to the new year and what it will bring to us as an organization. Whatever we do and plan, you are always at the forefront of our thoughts. If you haven’t yet come to a group run, please do so. If you have’t yet reached out to meet us and share your story, please do so.

Personally, I hope that this group becomes as special to you as it is to me. Lifelong bonds have been formed that have extended far beyond the trails and into life. It has truly been a unique experience and has changed me for the better. I cannot wait to spend next year helping create an environment where we all get to do what we love with who we love. I sincerely hope the new year brings this joy to all of you. See you out on the trail. Most importantly, thank you.