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 current board below.
Eric Eagan – (President and Founder) Eric 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 at www.trailmethods.com , 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.
Sheila Eagan (Secretary and Treasurer) – 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. Sheila is the Race Director for Many On The Genny a 40 mile ultra in Letchworth State Park.
Mike Valone (Vice President) 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.
Todd Beverly (Trail Maintenance Co-Coordinator) — When he’s not working on trails or running on them, he enjoys bicycling and hiking. Rumors that he can fell trees by looking at them may or may not be exaggerated. He has never heard a dad joke that he doesn’t like..
Katie Gailey (Trail Maintenance Co-Coordinator) — Katie joined the team in 2020 as a way to give back to the running community. Trail advocacy is important for our current and future community to keep it sustainable for everyone to use. In addition to trail work, she can either be found running those trails, hiking, camping, kayaking, or plotting any kind of Type 2 fun activity.
Jeffrey McBeth (Technology and App coordinator) Jeff doesn’t like talking about himself. Just about anything else in this universe, though, and he’s in. He is however a father of 3 beautiful children and husband to one of the most caring women we have ever met.
Ben will often be seen running stupid throughout the trails of upstate New York.
Sean can be found at any local XC/Track Meet or Ice Rink as he supports his children as they continue to find success in their own sports.
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
Katie Gailey: Silencing Self-Doubt