January/February 2017 Newsletter

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The Year of You!

Fresh starts.


A new you.

Some of you might be a little over a week in to those resolutions you made and we want to be there for you. To help, to encourage, and to celebrate with you when you reach those goals that you set.

Some people hate resolutions. Statistics say most people fail at them. I am of the belief you are not “most people”. You are part of a community of folks who make resolutions, set goals, and nail them. Whether you have finished 15 ultras or are sitting on the couch reading this hoping to someday run in the woods, this community that we talk about can get you there.

Sometimes you need a nudge to move those goals along. There are people and communities all around that seem hell bent on tearing others down. They don’t like others to have success. They don’t want you to be better.

We do.

Feel for those nudges.

“When are  you signing up for that race”

“You can totally run a 10 miler”

“If you can run a marathon you can run an ultra”

“Run with us this weekend, you’ll see”

Nudge after nudge. All pushing you in the direction of “yes you can” and seeing improvements in yourself.

So if you made a resolution this year, come on out to one of our free group runs and let us be a part of your success.

If you didn’t make one, or have been a bit wary of sharing your goals, it’s not too late and don’t worry, because the minute you share that goal, you have the energy of an entire community behind you.

Nudging you.

Come on out and join us in the woods.

2017 is going to be the year of you.






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 weekends and are for those who are just learning to run. We go, as the name says, Slow and Steady. Check the website for times and updates as these may be on weeknights

Please join us for our upcoming trail work days–you use ’em, so help us to build/clean them up (and get in some nice cross training in the process!).

#TrailsRoc: The App: Updates coming soon! Stay tuned!

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 TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.


January / February Runner Spotlight








Jim Moragne

Usually seen on the trails lending a hand on work days or lending an ear at group runs, Jim has been a welcome sight.  Jim has taken on the challenges of both the Muddy Sneaker 20k and our very own half marathon 0 spf. This year he plans to tackle the Cayuga trails marathon. Here Jim shares what got him into running and how he feels about the trail community we have :

It’s a Friday evening in late February, 2007. I’m 56, semi-retired, overweight, sedentary and bored. Throw in a cholesterol problem and a bad family history, and I’m a heart attack waiting to happen. In the paper there’s a notice that a Boilermaker training program will start the next morning at the high school a half mile from my house. Now at the time I lived 10 miles from Utica and the Boilermaker is The Big Deal there. Like everyone else in the area, I watched the race every year on TV and said “That’s cool. I should do that someday.” So on that fateful Friday night, I decided, what the hell, let’s give it a try. Next morning, off-the-Walmart shelf sneaks in hand, I start the program. Six weeks later, it’s all pain – no gain. I’m going to quit, but show up one last time. Two women I didn’t know come up to me and say (this is true) “You look like you’re going to quit. Why don’t you run with us?” They lied, cajoled and humored me into going four miles that day, and I thought I’d die. Instead, I accepted their invitation to run with them regularly. You know the rest of the story. They got me over the hump, hooked me on running, made my first (of nine thus far) Boilermaker a success, and remain life-long friends. That was also some thirty pounds, forty half and full marathons, bunches of new friends, a sharp improvement in my health and an ecstatic doctor ago. Oh, and someplace in there I did the Hairy Gorilla Trail Half and said “Ouch. That’s really hard. I’ll stick to roads.” Heh.


But that was in the Mohawk Valley east of Utica. Why am I writing for TrailsRoc now? That came about because of family, or more specifically, two adorable grandchildren living in Penfield. After seeing my son and his family rarely for years, Kathy and I decided in 2015 to take the plunge and move here. After buying a home in Pittsford and moving last September, I was looking for a running group and tripped over an online reference to TrailsRoc. The SAS group met when I could run and they sounded harmless, so what the hell, let’s give it a try (sound familiar?). With my new acquaintances’ invaluable advice, I quickly discovered that trail running was actually fun, and a better workout than road running. What’s not to love about roots, rocks, stumps, mud and ice water as long as it’s with a group of friends? Because, for the second time in my running life, I benefited from a universal truth of the running world. Which is that runners of all stripes are some of the most welcoming people you’ll find anywhere. There’s too many to name them all, but from the very first, people like HBO, Mike, Amy and Dan, Anne, Dave, Eric and Sheila, Todd and at least two Toms were warm, gracious, and when required, tactful. And once again, new friends lied, cajoled and humored me into doing more in the woods and fields than I ever intended. Why else would a 65 year old and overly-large neophyte tackle the Muddy Sneaker? “Ouch. That’s really hard. I’ll stick to shorter tracks.” Heh. But maybe the 0SPF will be easier. Sure. It wasn’t. But every step of the way, there’s peeps cheering you on, whether fellow competitors, aid station volunteers or friends and families. It’s universal, too. In April I was running maybe the hardest single leg of the Seneca 7 Relay Race wearing my Muddy Sneaker shirt when a bike team passed me, and gave me a synchronized “Muddy Sneaker!!! You rock!!!” cheer. What a lift. That works both ways, as I’ve found working aid stations at the Cayuga Trails 50 and Twisted Branch. Scores of beat, grubby, drained runners who still have the energy to thank you profusely for the small things you do for them. When they head back out, a little piece of every volunteer goes out with them. Priceless.


Just finished the Dam Good 14 Mile Run, again with the help of terrific volunteers and impromptu running partners. It was a great experience, far better personally than the 0SPF. So naturally, with that eternal optimism we all share, I’m listening to Valone’s siren song: “C’mon, you can do an ultra; or at least a full. Here’s some good ones…”. Then I remember how much my road fulls hurt. “Ouch. That was really hard. I’ll never go that far again.”




Colonels corner

There is a thin line between “I can’t” and “I can.” This past year, more than any other year, I’ve seen some amazing accomplishments. I’ve seen friends finish races they never believed they could. I’ve seen people who started the year never running more ten miles finish 50k distances. I’ve witnessed my own wife, a self professed “non runner finish an ultra. The common thread in all these stories is that somebody decided, at some point in their journey, that they could. Realizing that with every step, they were in fact stronger than they thought. That every day is just another chance to turn it all around. I know because long ago this happened to me. Now I see it all around me and it reaffirms that this is where we need to be. Together. It can be like this always. See you on the Trails

  • Michael