On September 30th the Land and Water Conservation fund is set to expire. Since 1964 this bipartisan program has funded many projects in the geographical region that we run, hike, and play in.
This program has allowed our area to become one of the nation’s best outdoor regions. We have hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing . We have trail-heads, and paved paths for those who can’t go off-road. We have playgrounds, parks, ice rinks and the list goes on.
None of this has happened without fierce advocating for our outdoor spaces and we need your help now to renew the fund and continue to create and conserve our amazing outdoor spaces.
The Land and Water Conservation fund is paid for by reinvesting royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling into recreation and conservation projects across the country.
We are copying in a link from our friends over at the International Mountain Bike Association which will allow you to quickly send a letter to your representative asking them to continue funding this resource.
Please support #TrailsRoc and other local outdoor organizations by contacting your representative!
Below is a list of some of the projects that locally have been funded through this fund.
|12 – XXX||HAMLIN BEACH STATE PARK||ENCON||MONROE||NY||$54,425.75||1966||1971||Development|
|25 – XXX||WEDGEWOOD BOWL||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$12,495.00||1967||1969||Development|
|28 – XXX||SCHLEGEL ROAD PARK||TOWN OF WEBSTER||MONROE||NY||$67,608.00||1967||1969||Acquisition|
|43 – XXX||POWDER MILLS PARK SKI AREA||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$25,000.00||1967||1967||Development|
|77 – XXX||CHURCHVILLE PARK||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$27,649.59||1968||1969||Development|
|153 – XXX||HARRIS WHALEN PARK||TOWN OF PENFIELD||MONROE||NY||$121,300.00||1971||1973||Development|
|170 – XXX||ADELINE PLAYGROUND||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$19,576.12||1972||1973||Development|
|189 – XXX||PARK ADDITION||TOWN OF CHILI||MONROE||NY||$14,600.00||1972||1974||Acquisition|
|219 – XXX||RIVERTON PARKS||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$643,343.00||1973||1975||Combination|
|316 – XXX||NORTH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER-PHASE||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$110,150.55||1975||1977||Combination|
|339 – XXX||UPPER FALLS PARK||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$104,817.07||1975||1980||Development|
|342 – XXX||SCHOOL #9 REC. AREA||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$111,541.00||1975||1980||Development|
|446 – XXX||HAMLIN BEACH ST. PARK||GENESEE SPRC||MONROE||NY||$23,000.00||1976||1980||Development|
|461 – XXX||GENESSEE GATEWAY PARK||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$555,821.17||1976||1980||Development|
|463 – XXX||LIONS PARK||TOWN OF GATES||MONROE||NY||$25,000.00||1976||1979||Redevelopment|
|480 – XXX||ADAMS STREET REC. AREA||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$117,894.84||1976||1980||Development|
|535 – XXX||EAST ROCHESTER SWIM POOL||VILLAGE OF EAST ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$112,500.00||1977||1979||Development|
|628 – XXX||GENESEE VALLEY PARK WEST||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$868,936.68||1978||1980||Development|
|632 – XXX||SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD PARK||TOWN OF PITTSFORD||MONROE||NY||$196,500.00||1978||1980||Development|
|640 – XXX||MARELLA PARK||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||1978||1980||Development|
|670 – XXX||LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD ACQUISITION||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$32,527.98||1978||1983||Acquisition|
|672 – XXX||CANAWAUGUS PARK||VILLAGE OF SCOTTSVILLE||MONROE||NY||$2,364.83||1978||1983||Development|
|675 – XXX||RUSH STONEY BROOK ROAD PARK||TOWN OF RUSH||MONROE||NY||$15,000.00||1978||1983||Development|
|720 – XXX||EXPRESSWAY PARK||TOWN OF BRIGHTON||MONROE||NY||$75,758.00||1979||1983||Development|
|739 – XXX||PONT DE RENNES||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$475,000.00||1979||1983||Development|
|762 – XXX||HENRIETTA VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK II||TOWN OF HENRIETTA||MONROE||NY||$27,540.15||1979||1983||Development|
|777 – XXX||GREENWOOD PARK||TOWN OF PENFIELD||MONROE||NY||$124,500.00||1979||1983||Combination|
|802 – XXX||DAVIS PARK||TOWN OF CHILI||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||1979||1984||Development|
|809 – XXX||GRANDVIEW PLAY IMP.||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$100,000.00||1979||1984||Development|
|854 – XXX||GEORGE BADGEROW PARK||TOWN OF GREECE||MONROE||NY||$246,166.86||1980||1985||Development|
|864 – XXX||TURNING PT. PK.||CITY OF ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$111,345.18||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – T||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||TOWN OF MENDON||MONROE||NY||$28,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – E1||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||BROCKPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST.||MONROE||NY||$47,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|929 – XXX||SLATER CREEK FISH ACCESS||ENCON||MONROE||NY||$41,920.00||1981||1985||Development|
|942 – XXX||SPENCERPORT OGDEN PARK||SPENCERPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DIST.||MONROE||NY||$26,156.90||1981||1985||Development|
|956 – XXX||GREECE CANAL PARK I||MONROE COUNTY||MONROE||NY||$200,000.00||1981||1985||Development|
|1038 – XXX||PITTSFORD THREE SITES||TOWN OF PITTSFORD||MONROE||NY||$136,500.00||1983||1984||Development|
|1048 – A||HANDICAPPED PARKS||GENESEE SPRC||MONROE||NY||$18,113.80||1983||1988||Redevelopment|
|1086 – XXX||EDMUND LYON PARK||VILLAGE OF EAST ROCHESTER||MONROE||NY||$66,937.00||1985||1988||Development|
|1195 – XXX||DEVIL’S NOSE AREA||NEW YORK STATE||MONROE||NY||$109,810.00||1997||1998||Development|
|1264 – XXX||Hilton Village Park Enhancement Project||Village of Hilton||MONROE||NY||$182,834.00||2004||2007||Development|
|1276 – XXX||Meridian Centre Park Expansion||Town of Brighton||MONROE||NY||$150,000.00||2005||2008||Development|
|546 – XXX||SULLIVAN PARK POND & DAM RESTORATION||TOWN OF SULLIVAN||MADISON||NY||$19,164.20||1977||1979||Redevelopment|
|873 – XXX||VET’S MEMO. PARK AND POOL||CITY OF ONEIDA||MADISON||NY||$85,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|922 – XXX||CHITTENANGO FALLS BLDG.||CENTRAL SPRC||MADISON||NY||$41,536.80||1981||1985||Development|
|70 – XXX||CONESUS LAKE INLET||ENCON||LIVINGSTON||NY||$36,643.75||1967||1970||Acquisition|
|375 – XXX||PARKLAND ACQUISITION||VILLAGE OF DANSVILLE||LIVINGSTON||NY||$12,500.00||1976||1978||Acquisition|
|450 – XXX||STONY BROOK COMFORT STATION||FINGER LAKES SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$11,512.55||1976||1979||Development|
|638 – XXX||GENESEE STATE PARK||GENESEE SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$30,775.34||1978||1980||Development|
|729 – XXX||DANSVILLE PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF DANSVILLE||LIVINGSTON||NY||$100,000.00||1979||1983||Development|
|867 – Z||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||VILLAGE OF GENESEO||LIVINGSTON||NY||$9,057.61||1980||1985||Development|
|868 – XXX||LETCHWORTH RD. REHAB.||GENESEE SPRC||LIVINGSTON||NY||$81,542.66||1980||1985||Redevelopment|
|953 – XXX||CALEDONIA PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF CALEDONIA||LIVINGSTON||NY||$13,539.20||1981||1985||Development|
|1033 – XXX||RICKY GREEN PARK||CITY OF CONESUS||LIVINGSTON||NY||$75,884.76||1983||1984||Development|
|1084 – XXX||BELLAMY MEMORIAL PARK||VILLAGE OF MOUNT MORRIS||LIVINGSTON||NY||$59,253.00||1985||1988||Development|
|374 – XXX||VILLAGE PARK IMPROVEMENT||VILLAGE OF GAINESVILLE||WYOMING||NY||$3,450.00||1976||1978||Development|
|471 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ST.PRK. IMPROVE.||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$75,000.00||1976||1980||Development|
|674 – XXX||CASTILE TENNIS COURT RENOVATIONS||VILLAGE OF CASTILE||WYOMING||NY||$5,000.00||1978||1983||Redevelopment|
|881 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ROADS||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$65,936.99||1980||1985||Redevelopment|
|959 – D||CONSOLIDATED GRANT #9||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$5,041.68||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|1016 – XXX||LETCHWORTH ROAD REHAB 83||GENESEE SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$55,352.17||1983||1988||Redevelopment|
|1101 – XXX||PERRY VILLAGE PARK IMPROVEMENTS||VILLAGE OF PERRY||WYOMING||NY||$60,356.00||1986||1988||Redevelopment|
|1156 – XXX||LETCHWORTH STATE PARK||NEW YORK STATE||WYOMING||NY||$295,413.94||1991||1993||Redevelopment|
|1207 – XXX||SILVER LAKE COMFORT STATION||Genesee SPRC||WYOMING||NY||$75,000.00||2000||2002||Development|
|1209 – XXX||LONG PATH ACQUISITION||ENCON||GREENE||NY||$185,850.00||2000||2002||Acquisition|
|68 – XXX||TONAWANDA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA||ENCON||GENESEE||NY||$24,000.00||1967||1970||Acquisition|
|152 – XXX||GENESEE COUNTY PARK & FOREST||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$10,900.00||1971||1973||Development|
|381 – XXX||GENESEE CTY PARK & FOREST–PHASE III||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$36,375.00||1976||1979||Development|
|526 – XXX||WILDWOOD PARK AND PRESIDENTIAL ACRES||VILLAGE OF LEROY||GENESEE||NY||$124,702.00||1977||1981||Development|
|760 – XXX||BATAVIA MINI PARK||TOWN OF BATAVIA||GENESEE||NY||$49,326.65||1979||1983||Development|
|845 – XXX||DARIEN LAKES SEWAGE TREATMENT||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$91,229.60||1980||1985||Development|
|867 – V||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||GENESEE COUNTY||GENESEE||NY||$25,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|887 – C||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #6||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$26,873.40||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|946 – XXX||DARIEN LAKES SHOWER||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$94,320.00||1981||1985||Development|
|999 – XXX||DARIEN LK C.S.||GENESEE SPRC||GENESEE||NY||$24,710.11||1981||1986||Developmen|
|11 – XXX||SENECA LAKE STATE PARK||ENCON||ONTARIO||NY||$277,845.62||1966||1968||Development|
|139 – XXX||GANONDAGAN STATE HISTORIC PARK||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$30,750.00||1971||1978||Acquisition|
|323 – XXX||D/MARON BEGGS MEMORIAL PARK||CITY OF CANANDAIGUA||ONTARIO||NY||$362,700.00||1975||1980||Development|
|368 – XXX||COMMUNITY PARK||VILLAGE OF MANCHESTER||ONTARIO||NY||$35,000.00||1976||1979||Development|
|467 – XXX||GENEVA ICE RINK||CITY OF GENEVA||ONTARIO||NY||$586,605.00||1976||1980||Development|
|476 – XXX||MARINA CIRCULATION CHANNEL||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$10,000.00||1977||1979||Development|
|604 – XXX||NORTH FARMINGTON PARKLAND ACQUISITIO||TOWN OF FARMINGTON||ONTARIO||NY||$11,253.15||1977||1980||Acquisition|
|771 – XXX||SHORTSVILLE VILLAGE PARK||VILLAGE OF SHORTSVILLE||ONTARIO||NY||$38,500.00||1979||1983||Development|
|867 – G||N.Y.S. CONSOLIDATED GRANT #4||TOWN OF FARMINGTON||ONTARIO||NY||$81,000.00||1980||1985||Development|
|976 – XXX||CANANDAIGUA LAKE RECONSTRUCTION I||FINGER LAKES SPRC||ONTARIO||NY||$182,080.00||1981||1985||Redevelopment|
|1121 – XXX||GENEVA LAKEFRONT REC. PROJECT||CITY OF GENEVA||ONTARIO||NY||$187,425.00||1987||1991||Development|
On September 8th join us for the Webster Trail Classic – A beautiful run through 3 amazing parks near the shores of Lake Ontario.
With 2 options, a10 mile tour of the parks or a 3.5 mile tour of Webster Park there is an option for everyone-
Both races start and finish at the same point.
Please join us and help us raise money for the Friends of Webster Trails and the Webster Volunteer Ambulance company.
#TrailsRoc Trailgiving day to celebrate Earth Day
THIS SUNDAY – 4/22 From 9am-noon – Open house style
Every time we talk with folks we hear ” Let us know when the next trail work day is” Well you are in luck, we have one scheduled to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday!
Please join us in celebrating Earth Day with a day of events at Black Creek Park:
9:00am Group run/Family hike and fairy 🧚♀️ house making – We have some supplies, but feel free to bring your own materials to build your own Fairy House for the occupants of our trail
10:30am Trail work – Bring gloves and clippers, we have everything else for the projects. We will have projects as simple as trail clipping and cleaning to as complex as walkways/bridge building. You can choose when you arrive.
12:30 tailgate potluck lunch – We will hang out in the open air shelter and share our stories and you can hear about all of the amazing things #TrailsRoc has planned this year!
Afternoon of trail work will be offered as needed
Please come and go as you are able. We will meet at the open air pavilion path finder shelter.
This event is replacing our spring race as we felt it was time to let the trails recover and heal after a few harsh springs and race seasons. This is our way of giving back. Please join us and help us continue to create beautiful outdoor spaces for all to enjoy!
Facebook has changed the way you see posts from a page. As a 501c3 Not For Profit, we are not in the position to pay them for you to see what is going on so we likely will not be in your news feed.
You can however be sure to get our posts in your feed by simply opening our page – clicking “following” – and then checking “see first” We have attached a screen capture with some fancy circles and arrows to help you out.
In short – If you want news from us, you might want to do this.
In other news in case you missed it (Thanks, Facebook) – We have a few fun events planned this spring.
- March 3rd – It’s our birthday!!! Come join us for a 9am group run celebrating 6 years of trail love! We will meet at the Beach Lot (Mendon Ponds Park) for a 1 hour run and then have a potluck breakfast party in the pavilion, bring a dish to pass. Board member and tech guy McBeth reports the 6th celebration is the year of candy, and we won’t complain if that is what you bring!
- April 22nd Earth Day Event – Join us in celebrating Earth Day with a day of events at Black Creek Park:
9:00am Group run/Family hike and fairy 🧚♀️ house building for the Fairy House Trail we built
10:30am Trail work – It’s our chance to give back!
12:30 tailgate potluck lunch – Bring something fun to share
Afternoon of trail work as needed/motivated to get on with.
As always – Our races are open for registration and our group runs are free and fun. Information can always be found right on our website
Thanks everyone –
Welcome to October! We haven’t had a chance to write for a while, between ultras, mountains, trail builds, and group runs we have been really busy this summer. I do want to take a minute to let everyone know about some changes to our Board of Directors though.
Ron, one of our founders has left the board and is taking his photography to another level with the Ascend Collective. We are sad to see Ron go and we want to thank him for his service to the trails over the past few years. He was so important in the launching of this organization and we would not be who we are today if it were not for Ron. So thank you, Ron. You will be missed!
Joining us in his place is a well deserving trail runner. Someone who embodies everything we as an organization stand for. We want to officially welcome Michael Valone as the new Vice President of #TrailsRoc!
Michael will be as valuable an asset to this board as he has been to the trail community as a whole here in Rochester. We are excited to see where we go in the future with “Colonel Valone” on board and we encourage you to welcome him with us.
There is much going on in the world of trails – We are bringing you the film “Run Free” We have races coming up and of course, as always trail work days. We encourage you to find some time as the colors change to get out with us and enjoy some time off of the pavement!
Meet us on the trails,
Eric and the #TrailsRoc crew
-An Intro From Colonel Valone-
Hello TrailsRoc members,
It is with great pride and excitement that I am able to serve as the newest board member of an organization that I absolutely love. Many of you already know me and we have run miles and trails together.
If you are new or just getting started in trail running, I hope to meet you soon. Please let me welcome you into what I promise will be a group that you can grow with, laugh with, and learn from.
TrailsRoc is the perfect example of what I feel a community should be about. As Eric, Ron, Sean, and Ben have always said, it’s about people and trails. Very simple, yet also at the same time very much needed.
I am thrilled beyond belief to be able to serve in this capacity and cannot wait to see you all out there. We hope to put these newsletters out on a monthly basis so you can keep up with all the news and happenings. See you soon.
We are happy to announce we are bringing the film RUN FREE- The True Story of Caballo Blancoto Rochester. -The story based on the book Born To Run and its central character Caballo Blanco. Tickets are $12 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/runfree or $15 at the door the night of the show.
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 is the SAS – 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.
# TrailsRoc READY – SET – GLOW – See all you registrants October 10th for a low-key, 5-mile trail run in the dark on the winding trails of Dryer Road Park. Trails will be marked with glow sticks and things that go bump in the night. Finish the race and celebrate with a glow necklace/bracelet, food, and a blacklight party where you can decorate your shirt with highlighters! PACKET AND SHIRT PICKUP AT MEDVED FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th from 5 to 8 pm. The waiting list is still still open and registration closes on October 7th. http://www.trailsroc.org/readysetglow/ Better yet, sign up to Volunteer. Contact us here and let us know if you can help.
# 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!!!!!!! http://www.trailsroc.org/wtf/
#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 TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.
-OCTOBER RUNNER(S) SPOTLIGHT –
Each month we will highlight you. A local trail loving runner (or runners). Every other site seems to be highlighting the stars, we want to highlight OUR stars!
This month we spotlight two local runners who are near and dear to us. Jen and Pete Lacey who have a unique and personal (both to them and TrailsRoc) story to tell:
I’m having trouble finding the words to adequately express the enormity of gratitude and love I feel for TrailsRoc. There is a Danish word, Hygge, for which there is no English translation, but it means a kind of cozy well-being. Like the warm atmosphere created when you mix good friends, good food and good times. Also, something about candles (I’m a little fuzzy on that part). I’ve never been to Denmark but I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced Hygge right here in Rochester. And that is in the community of awesomeness that is TrailsRoc.
My life has been forever changed and infinitely improved by the experiences and especially the people I’ve met through TrailsRoc. I found the most inspiring, encouraging and straight-up badass friends. Without TrailsRoc, I wouldn’t have found my awesome roommate/friend, Danielle nor my life & adventure partner, Pete. Funnily enough, both of those things happened due to lost keys. I had met Danielle through TrailsRoc runs and races, but I really got to know her during one Saturday run at Mendon when she lost her car key in the woods and we got lost together trying to find it. We didn’t find her key that day, but we did find kindred spirit tree climbers in each other. I met Pete through the TrailsRoc group runs and volunteering at the TrailsRoc 0spf half marathon. After a preview run for the Mess The Dress race, Pete “accidentally” locked his keys in his trunk, so I gave him a ride home to get his spare key and then back to Black Creek Park to get his car. He bought me ice cream from a gas station. Mess The Dress 2014 was our first date. He asked me to be his girlfriend during the Flower City Half and to be his wife at Crater Lake in Oregon after we’d run 42 miles on the Rogue River trail. We just got married on September 6th at Powder Mill Park, site of the TrailsRoc WTF race.
In my very humble opinion, The Secret To Life, is this: fresh air & good company. And I’ve found both of those things in TrailsRoc. It’s a community of people who challenge themselves and others to test their limits and push past them, who are there to celebrate the good times and give you hugs during the bad times, who always have time for one more hill. Meaningful relationships are the true riches of life. And I hit the jackpot when I joined TrailsRoc.
So the legendary Michael Valone asked me what TrailsRoc means to me. It means good friends, good runs, good times. It means a community of people who live as if no dream is too big and nothing is impossible. It means the world to me.
I knew immediately and very powerfully the very first time I ran on a trail through the woods that this is where I belonged. I love the smell and peacefulness of nature and the experience of trail running and I am not alone.
What Traisroc does is bring people who love the trail running experience together to form a community of shared values and desires. We all can forget about both our differences and similarities and just run the trail.
I believe and have witnessed that with Trailsroc everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Running trails with Eric, Shelia, Steven(s), Todd, two-n-Jenn, Bob, and Alison and the rest of the Trailsroc community is how I met my wonderful wife Jen, without whom I wouldn’t have the desire to be better and better together.
-TROY NEWS –
You still have two chances to sign up for TROY races:
GVH Mudslog XC 12k is coming up on October 25th – A great chance to run a brilliant local obstacle and off road race!!!!! Registration ends 10/21. Information and Registration can be found HERE >>>>> http://www.gvh.net/mudslogxc/
Mendon 50k is coming up 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 >>>>> http://roc.us.orienteering.org/mtr/
-PHOTO OF THE MONTH-
We are looking for the best photos of the trails- Send us yours –
Colin Bailey is our current merchandise elevation holder at 13,120 feet during the Imogene Pass Run from Ouray to Telluride. Colin decided to forego the shirt and wear the new signature buff. Way to rep Colin!!!!!!
I decided to skip our “New Year” news letter and let the rush of the holidays and the new resolutions settle. We hope your goals are still in tact, but the great thing about goals is that they are changeable. If you fell off the wagon, don’t worry you can join us and be surrounded by a group of supportive folks who know all about failing and then having success.
Recently I heard a story that left me pretty upset. A new runner was talking about goals and dreams with her own running. A veteran runner told her “You can’t do that, you won’t be able to.”
I was shocked. I have never seen that in the running community. I have sat around camp fires in the summer and iced over parking lots in the winter listening to fellow runners talk about dreams. Faster 5k times, 100 miles in the mountains, new off road tri events and taking on Fastest Known Time routes. Never once did I hear someone tell those runners “You can’t”.
I hear encouragement – I hear cheers of excitement – I hear a community say, “I’m in”.
If you have been told by others in the past that “You can’t”. Let me be the first to tell you this;
We will support you.
Join us on our FREE and supportive group runs. Surround yourself with people who say YOU CAN. Tues 6pm, Weds 6am, Thursday 6pm and Sundays at 11am run with us – Train with us- succeed with us.
We fail so much that we make a game of it. It’s not really about the goals though, or the failing, or the getting back up and trying again – It’s about the process and the journey along the way.
Are you enjoying yourself? Are you surrounded by good people? You can be! You should be!
Meet us on the trails,
Eric and the #TrailsRoc crew
Pick Up The Parks day is April 25th – Put in on your calendars and join us while we clean up and fix up our amazing park system
Tuesday Trail Trots – 6:00PM. An easy 3-4 mile. You should be able to run 3-4 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.
Thursday Medved and then headlamp runs– 6:00pm. We go through the all of the parks in the county. Medved coordinates in the spring and summer – We coordinate in the late fall and winter.
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.
Mess The Dress – Put on your best formal wear and get it muddy with us at Black Creek Park. Registration is open. Get in soon because it is filling fast!
Mighty Mosquito 99 Mile Relay – Registration is OPEN team of 6 will take on a 99 mile course in Mendon ponds. Limited to 30 teams so act fast – All of our race profits will go to the Monroe County Parks Department.
#TrailsRoc: The App: An android version now available – 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 TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.
DECEMBER RUNNER SPOTLIGHT
The 2015 season is scheduled – Many of these races are already open and registration is filling fast. We are working on a new and updated scoring system and welcome you to sign up for these amazing local trail races.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
We are looking for the best photos of the trails- Send us yours –
Submitted by Ron Heerkens Jr – See below for exciting news about Ron and his photography
Sean – Just completed 70 miles of the the Beast Of Burden Winter 100 miler. He was paced by fellow founders Ben and Eric and Ron was there to document the entire thing! Look forward to photos and videos.
Ron – Speaking of documenting, Ron has started a new photography business. His photos are some of the best around. Check out his site and support his work!
Ben – You know we love this area of the country. Ben has launched a new site to document the amazing outdoors lifestyle in the North East. UPPERRIGHTUSA.COM Incredible stuff – Check it out and follow along.
Eric – The launch of a new company Trail Methods is going well. Offering new events to this area including cycling (off road, and on), coaching services, and the areas first Trail Camp. Register for a week of running, hiking, and camping in the “Enchanted Mountains” of Allegheny State Park.
I really hate when things get blown out of proportion in the media. But when I read this story about recent muggings around Seneca Park, one of my favorite places to run (and the first park I ever ran ALONE in), I started to think more about safety for myself AND for my running friends. One of the major reasons I wanted to get involved with #TrailsRoc was because as a woman who had recently discovered my love for trail running, I wanted to find some groups to run with so that I felt safer. After years of trail running both with groups and alone, I feel pretty confident in most situations on the trail. Nothing that I do is “new”…it’s all the same old rules, but it never hurts to have a reminder of what you should be doing to protect yourself.
1. Try to run in groups. I enjoy solitary runs, so this one pains me to say. But the truth is there’s safety in numbers. If nothing else, go with someone and run slightly ahead or behind. If you really need to run alone, make sure others know where you’re going and when you should be expected to be back.
2. Be alert. I used to need music to run, so I get the attraction of ear buds and an ipod. I do. But it’s not safe. It makes you less aware of your surroundings and makes it difficult if not impossible to hear someone approaching you. Eric and I ran Saturday morning at Seneca and on the way home, we counted at least 5 women running in and around the park with headphones on. I’ll bet most of them don’t even know that there have been some recent muggings in the area. Leave the headphones at home and just tune into your body and your surroundings.
3. Carry pepper spray. When I first started running trails alone, I’d always carry mine. I stopped as I got more comfortable on the trails, but Saturday I brought it with me again, just in case. Go figure–the little pocket in my capris that is seemingly useless for carrying anything important (either too small or too insecure to put anything important inside) fits the pepper spray perfectly. Guess what I’ll be carrying with me?
4. Know where you are. It’s really important to have a good general idea of where you are and where you are going when you’re out on the trails. Watch for trail markings on the trees and have a basic idea of where in a park you may be. If you need to call for help, this information could be really important, not just if you feel threatened by a person, but also if you are injured, lost or need other help.
5. Trust your gut. If you sense something is unsafe, stop. Don’t worry about getting miles in. Don’t worry about deviating from your plan. Just worry about being safe.
I still think I’m safer on trails than I am on roads (no cars, no crazy drivers, no pounding from the pavement).
I still think that I’m more at risk on the trails of encountering a mean dog or falling and hurting myself than I am of a bad guy trying to kidnap me.
But it’s always good to remember basic safety tips. Come join us for any of our group runs to learn more about safely running trails and of course see some amazing sights and make some awesome friends in the process.
Sunday Slow and Steady runs (see our Facebook page for more details)