We think Spring is finally here. It was a long wet winter for our local trail systems and they are in pretty rough shape in some places. We urge you to all take consideration with where you run and what the conditions are like. If you are leaving footprints, it’s a good idea to find a drier place to run. This is also a good time to remind everyone to stay on approved trails when out and about.
Locally, at least 3 places have recently lost trail space.
The Doc Lilac Trail in the Crescent Trail system is no longer public access. We have removed it from our app and there will be signs placed to let runners know where the private property begins. Much of the Crescent and Seneca trails are on private land that needs property owner permission. In this case, they decided to revoke the permit for the trail on their land.
The backside of a route in Ellison Park known as the “Coyote 4X4”. The section of trail that was used for this route was never on public land and the new land owner is very serious about runners and hikers not trespassing on the land. Signs and even barriers have been in place on this route educating us as to where public lands end. Please respect the land owner and stay only on public lands on actual trails when at Ellison Park.
The Finger Lakes Trail Letchworth branch south from Access K-Closed due changing conditions, with major portions of the hillside slumping toward the gorge It has become too dangerous. Explorations are proceeding, but for now we have no trail route down to access L at the river bridge in Portageville.
To reach trail south of the park, from Access K walk uphill on the paved road to NY 436; turn right onto 436 and drop down to river level to use the bridge, which has NO SHOULDERS. On the south end of the bridge, continue straight past the immediate intersection, then very soon veer left onto the old railbed/towpath and the Genesee Valley Greenway. This is roughly 1.5 miles.
This section of the Letchworth Trail also appears on map M7.
These are all great reminders that we must be good stewards of the lands that we run and race on. If we abuse, ignore rules, liter, and in general disrespect the lands, it is likely we will continue to lose them.
#TrailsRoc is more than just trail running though, we are also a trail advocacy organization. When we can, we work to keep lands open and available to the public. It is important that we respect rules and boundaries if we want to save, or even grow our available outdoor spaces. We really, truly, need your help.
With that in mind – Consider joining us for some trail work days this season! We have at least 5 projects planned for this work season that can all be seen here https://trailsroc.org/trail-stewardship/
Thanks for listening, and we will see you out on the trails!
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.
Wednesday December 9th 2015 7:00 pm
Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco will premiere in Rochester, NY, on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. at The Little Theatre, located at 240 East Ave. in Rochester.
The feature-length documentary is about ultra-running legend Micah True. Better known as Caballo Blanco – The White Horse – True, was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico.
So join us – partake in our 50/50 raffle – Support the local trails!!!!
We may love trails more than roads, but we believe very strongly that runners are runners. We are a community – We have a common thread – We know what it means to put one foot in front of the other and make our way to that finish line.
Not finding the finish line has to feel odd – It has to feel like something was left incomplete. We can assure nothing about what you did was incomplete – You ran until you were told to stop – Nothing wrong with that.
With that said – we want to do what little we can and we are offering a few free race entries to the 0 SPF race this summer if you were unable to complete Boston due to the attacks.
Please contact our Race Director – Eric Eagan at Eric_Eagan@hotmail.com if you are interested.
Run on friend s- Run on – We are with you.
The USATF Niagara region has announced a new MUT series. MUT stands for Mountain Ultra and Trail. We are so excited to announce this as they are taking over for the recently folded Western NY Ultra Series.
This series will include both roads and trails – and while we are most excited about the ultra trail events we are happy to bring the news of this new series to all of you.
Please consider these events – Also don’t forget about our awesome new Trail Runner of The Year series – www.trailsroc.org/TROY
Join the Niagara Ultra Series Facebook Group
April 28th BPAC 6 Hour, Buffalo, NY
Start your series by seeing how far you can run in 6 hours. Points are determined by how many laps you can do on the paved 3.25 mile course.
May 25th Highland 1 2 3 (30 mile), Fabius, NY
Head out to the wooded Highland Forest to run a 30 miler on trails. Bring your shorter distance running friends along for the 10 and 20 mile runs (these don’t count toward series points).
June 8th Cayuga Trails 50, Ithaca, NY
**2013 USATF Niagara Ultra Championship**
**2014 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship**
Race the inaugural Cayuga Trails 50 around the gorgeous Ithaca gorges. This race is also the USATF Niagara Ultra Championship, which features an additional prize purse for USATF Niagara members. Come back next year for the national USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship to compete with the top ultramarathoners in the nation.
July 6th Finger Lakes Fifties (50 mile and 50k), Hector, NY
Run either a 50 mile or 50k race in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Enjoy the dirt roads and trails in the only national forest in New York.
August 24th Green Lakes Endurance Runs (100k and 50k), Fayetteville, NY
Fall in love with the rolling meadows at Green Lakes State Park. With 50 or 100k to choose from, you can’t go wrong here.
September 21st Virgil Crest Ultras (100 mile, 50 mile, and 50k), Virgil, NY
Hope you love hills, because this monster is full of them. Try the only 100 miler in the series to gain mega points, or enjoy the slightly less difficult 50 miler or 50k races.
October, 12th Can Lake 50 Ultras (50 mile and 50k), Canandaigua, NY
Run through wine country with these scenic road races. The 50 miler does a full loop of Canandaigua Lake and the 50k is a point to point, but watch out for some tough climbs on both.
November 2nd Mendon Trail Runs (50k), Pittsford, NY
Finish the season with a 5 loop trail run around the rolling eskers in Mendon Ponds. Bring the whole family to the race so that they can enjoy a fun (non-scoring) 5k, 10k, or 20k on the trails!
Here at #TrailsRoc, the month of March brings about our very first birthday – In a few short days we will be turning 1 and celebrating with the March Mudness – Daylight savings – 0 Spf Preview – #TrailsRoc birthday bash!
We are inviting you to join us to celebrate all these great themes in one place on Sunday, March 10th at 10am – We are meeting at The North Face in Victor to preview the first 4 and last 4 miles of our course.
There will be hills – There will be road crossings – there will be creek crossings – and there of course will be fun single track with amazing views.
If the weather this week does not clear up the ice by then we will highly suggest you wear some sort of traction device as the hills on our course can be a bit slick with ice on them.
Our overall course elevation is below:
After the run, hang out with us after as we crack a cold one and enjoy some #TrailsRoc dirty birthday cake! Feel free to bring a snack to share or if you prefer, some hot coffee!
We hope to see you there!
Some of us just love the trails more than the roads.
Some of us do not like the huge crowds that Turkey Trots can bring.
Some of us need to start a bit earlier in the day.
Some of us want to run just to run and don’t feel the need to race on a holiday.
For those people, we held our first annual TrailsRoc Troubled Turkey Trail Run.
We met at Ellison Park at 6:30am on Thanksgiving morning for a fun, low key, crowd free, road free, 4.5 mile trail run. We started in headlamps, we ended with cold beers, and in between we climbed hills, had fun, got to meet some new people and of course,ran some trails. Check out our photo album of the event on facebook here.
Thanks to everyone who came out this year, we look forward to seeing you next year at our 2nd annual Troubled Turkey Trail run.