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Protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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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! 

 

Thank you!

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

 

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

 

Join us at the Webster Trail Classic

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On September 8th join us for the Webster Trail Classic – A beautiful run through 3 amazing parks near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Register here: 

https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=59359 

 

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.

 

www.trailsroc.org/wtc

 

Join us for our Earth Day Event

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#TrailsRoc Trailgiving day to celebrate Earth Day

THIS SUNDAY – 4/22 From 9am-noon – Open house style

Black Creek Park!

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!

How to find us on Facebook

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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.

 

  1. 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!
  2. 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 –

October 2015 Newsletter

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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.

Michael

-TRAIL NEWS-

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.

Clean up:

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.

 

Races:

# 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 – 

THE LACEYS

 

 

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:

 

Jen:

 

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.

 

 

Pete:

 

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 –

The 2015 season is more than underway – Troy standings are currently on the interwebs HERE>>>>>  http://www.trailsroc.org/troy/ 

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!!!!!!

colin

February Newsletter

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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;

You Can.

You will.

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

TRAIL NEWS

Clean up:

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

Group Runs:

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.

Races:

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

Pete Lacey

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Each month we will highlight you. A local trail loving runner. Every other site is highlighting the stars, we want to highlight OUR stars!

Why Trails:

I had been running casually three times a week for about seven (7) years (five years while member of the world’s greatest Navy) and enjoyed the healthy side of it.  I didn’t know what pace meant or what minute mile I ran and for seven (7) years I had never heard the term “PR” and life was good.

Then a friend talked me into the Snow Cheap at Cobbs Hill.  I borrowed a headlamp and ran the race.  At some point I found myself running alone in my own solo in-between spot with people ahead of me and a group behind me.

It was dark but not entirely without light.  The surrounding headlamps created outlines and shadows of the trees around me.  The ups and downs of the hills were fun and different than I was use to running on a road.

I could hear the sounds, smell the scents, and experienced the peacefulness of Mother Nature and I knew at that moment that I loved running trails.  I really find it natural to run in the dark during a summer rain or a winter snow; it’s just so peaceful.

On Injury Prevention 

Cross train!  When training for a longer race I will integrate spin class, Yoga, Pilates, bicycling, water resistance (Aquafit at my gym).  I ran what I believe was a good first trail marathon last year with six months of training and rarely ran more than three days a week.

I filled the week up with other activities and took days off.  I had a training calendar that provided me with a plan but by no means was it the law, rather just a guide.  I tried hard to listen to my body and make smart choices and ultimately it paid off as I avoided any injury for the training period and during the race.

Favorite Trail Race 

I don’t know if I have a favorite race.  I’d prefer to say that I have a lot of favorite moments during a trail race.

• Any moment when I feel I am going fast and without any effort.

• Pre-race chatting with friends.

• Chatting with a friend as we run the race.

• Post-race chatting with friends.

• Miles 21 and 22 during Seg 2014 when I cried so fucking hard I am so glad no one was around to witness the fluids all over my face and the strange sounds that a person makes gasping for air as they run and cry.  At mile 21 I knew I was going to make it.  Tearing now as I think about it.

• After running a longer distance and thinking that I feel good.

• Passing a known faster runner.  I know they are just having an off moment but thank you for making me feel good about my effort.

• Starting the downhill portion of the race. “Oh, thank god!”

• Single-track.

• Knowing it is hard and not giving up.

What to do in Rochester when not running 

RIT Hockey and the Rochester Red Wings or a few drinks over a game of darts.  I like to bike as well; it reminds me of being a kid again.  I always had a bike growing up and I would ride all over Henrietta and even out to Mendon Ponds.

Today, I have three bicycles; a hybrid, mountain bike and road bike.  I like to take the hybrid through the city enjoying the different neighborhoods from Park Ave to Monroe or Corn Hill or Browncroft.  You’ll also find me on my couch relaxing watching a movie.  I also have lazy on my training calendar!

 

TROY NEWS

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.

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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

FOUNDERS CORNER

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.

Trail Safety

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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.

Safer...and making great friends.  Really this is a win-win!
Safer…and making great friends. Really this is a win-win!

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.

Sometimes unplugging the electronics can really make a run special...
Sometimes unplugging the electronics can really make a run special…

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?

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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.

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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.

Tuesday group runs

Wednesday group runs

Thursday group runs

Sunday Slow and Steady runs (see our Facebook page for more details)