Trail closures and advocacy

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


Thanks for listening, and we will see you out on the trails!



Join us for Born To Run the movie

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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.

The one-night-only event is sponsored by#TrailsROC. Tickets are $12 in advance at or $15 at the door the night of the show.


So join us – partake in our 50/50 raffle – Support the local trails!!!!


Happy birthday to us!

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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!


1st Annual TrailsRoc Troubled Turkey Trail Run

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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.

Gobble Gobble!

Sehgahunda Trail Marathon – Will you be ready?

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Have you accomplished all you want on the roads?

Have you found a love for the trails like we have?

Are you looking for a challenge beyond anything you have ever done before?

Do you “dare to experience” as Yellow Jacket Racing challenges you to do?

Is there something calling you to the trails and you want to explore it?

Do you want to answer that call?

Have you ever thought about running a trail marathon?

 Fleet Feet Rochester and Yellow Jacket Racing produce the  premier trail marathon in the region.

The Sehgahunda Trail Marathon and Relay!

The event is Saturday May 26th, 2012 in Letchworth State Park.

( by the way it is pronounced Say-Ga-Hunda)


The TrailsROC crew will be participating and representing hardcore in this awesome event of our own accord, but we wanted to let you know some opportunities that Yellow Jacket Racing is putting on.

Yellow Jacket Racing is hosting 4 preview runs on the course. These preview runs can give you an idea of what the race entails.

There is an option of parking and running an out and back , or there is the option of running 1 direction and catching a shuttle back to your car.

Below are the details provided by Yellow Jacket Racing for the preview runs.

“””Preview Runs begin at 9AM at the beginning of the leg being previewed on River Rd.  All legs have the option to do an “out and back” or one way (we will have chauffeur service for the one-way folks).

  • Sunday, March 25th – Leg 1
    • Run #1 will begin at Mount Morris Dam. Distance is 6.1 miles. There is parking at the dam.
    • For those who would like to carpool or caravan with the Endurance Team, we will be leaving Fleet Feet at 7:45 AM. Be sure to park on the side of the building, not in front so as to take up spots for customers.
  • Saturday, April 7th – Leg 2
    • We’re meeting at Relay Checkpoint 1 on River Road, between Nunda Rd & Ridge Rd. It’s a bit hard to find if you’re just driving by, but the team & associated cars will be there.  This leg is approximately 9.3 Miles. No parking lot, just next-to-rd parking. It’s marked as Relay #1 on this map:
    • If you want to carpool meet at Fleet Feet Sports in Brighton by 7:30AM. The caravan leaves at 7:45AM
  • Sunday, April 15th – Leg 3
    • START at Checkpoint 3 (Relay #2) – where the “out” portion of Preview Run #2 finished. Meet on River Road between Picket Line Rd. and Crossover Rd. There is a blue-blazed trail-head marked #22. Look for the team & associated cars. It’s a bit hard to find if you’re just driving by, but the team & associated cars will be there.  This leg is approximately 6.5 Miles long. No parking lot, just next-to-rd parking. It’s marked as Relay #2 on this map:
    • If you want to carpool meet at Fleet Feet Sports in Brighton by 7:30AM. The caravan leaves at 7:45AM
  • Saturday, May 5th – Leg 4
    • More info coming soon!”””
We would love to see you all out on the trails and hope you consider running one of the events with us, either the relay or the full. Check out for more information.
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