4 like-minded, Rochester area athletes scratched their heads…
“How is it possible that the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region has such world class trail running and yet… there’s no website collecting all the information in one place and promoting trail running?”
#TrailsRoc was born on an idea and a dream. Meet the four of us below. (Eventually extended because we like people who like trails).
Eric Eagan is is an avid and passionate runner living in Greece, NY. Eric tells his stories about the Western NY running scene in a unique way while sprinkling in his goals of motivating others to start running, keep running, and love running.When Eric is not running or writing about running, he is hiking the Adirondak Mountains, the Finger Lakes Trail, snowshoeing the trails and hills of Western NY, or canoeing the waterways of New York State.
Sean Storie is a devoted trail runner with a love of everything outdoors and a need to push the limits of his own endurance. As a father of three, he and his family are frequent visitors to all of Rochester’s amazing local parks. Sean spends most of his free time running, kayaking, and geocaching throughout Western NY.
Sheila Eagan – When she’s not running or hiking with Eric and their dog, Picasso, Sheila’s probably coming up with fun new race ideas (case-in-point: Ready, Set, Glow, Filthy Formal 10k, and Mess the Dress), baking for post-run snacks, dancing around the kitchen, or reading a book.
Dave Storie is a father of three and a Grandpa “Hoppa” to five beautiful grand kids. He started running at the ripe old age of 56 and has never looked back. His son, Sean, showed him the joys of running trails and Dave found a renewed passion for the outdoors. He is a strong advocate of “Trail Karma” and looks forward to leaving his mark on the local trails through his efforts to maintain and improve the awesome trails in our area.
Mike Valone has joined the #TrailsRoc crew after years of running and supporting area runners on the trails and on the roads. He has been known to “bleed orange” after any stumbles or falls on the trails and remains a site to see at all of his race finishes. Valone has developed a habit of creating a new “scream” for each race he completes. “Colonel Valone” as we call him is in charge of all merchandise and shirts for #TrailsRoc. If you have questions about our gear, let him know.
Amy Lopata began her journey on trails by first saying “You’ll never get me out here again.” After an injury running roads she decided to give it another go and found what she had been missing. A place to get lost and then found with an amazing community. From trail work to aid station volunteering, to crewing and sweeping, she was inspired to take on her own challenge and completed her first 50-miler last year. When not out on the trails, she and her husband Dan are busy with his four kids and plenty of adventures.
Laura Howard wasn’t always a runner, but the journey to end unhealthy habits her newfound love (of 11 years now) of endurance running was sparked. You will find her focusing on the community and kinship of the trail community, forever being grateful for her “Trail Family”. She enjoys supporting others in their passions, while fuelling her own to maintain a fulfilled life. She is most supported and inspired by her, often behind the scenes husband, Jonathan. When she is not running, she stays active with SUPing, strength training, yoga and cycling. There is nothing in this world that good friends, wonderful family, adventure and some solitude in the woods can’t help.
Jeffrey McBeth doesn’t like talking about himself. Just about anything else in this universe, though, and he’s in.
Ben continues to lead the Wednesday Morning Crew for #TrailsRoc and often takes people out on his signature stupid runs throughout upstate New York.
We would not be who we are without their involvement!
If you want to hear more of our stories, we’ve just about all been on the Running Inside Out Podcast:
Eric Eagan: More than one trail existed
Sean Storie: Expanding that Elasticity
Sheila Eagan: If it’s not puking, it’s crying
Mike Valone: I touched his yaris
Amy Lopata: Stupid is what we’re after
Laura Howard: Continue to be Awesome
Jeff McBeth: A good time to be a nerd
Ron Heerkens: You deserve this
Ben Murphy: A pretty dicey situation