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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 –

2018 Big News and Changes!

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2018  came in with a blast of cold air and in typical fashion, many of you decided to enjoy these cold days with us out on the trails – It was a challenge and you took it on with ice beards and frozen eyelashes! Kudos to you for being inspirational to us!

During those days we kept warm over here by planning out a new year of amazing new trail opportunities for you and we are so excited to share that with you. There are a lot of changes below so please take a look!

Race Information- 

All race registration is open now –

All these races sold out last year, so don’t wait!

0 SPF –  July 14th 2018Our classic summer 1/2 marathon is back and we are excited as always. Join us on with a new start time of 7:30am. Every runner will receive a t-shirt and post race food at one of the best post race gathering locations in all of local trail running!

The Webster Trail Classic: This is where we have some really big news. We have acquired this event and are so excited to bring you the Webster Trail Classic.  A ten mile loop running through 3 parks in Webster, NY.

The biggest change to the event is that we will be moving to the fall, giving the Rochester area a premiere early fall trail event. On September 8th, 2018 join us for a #TrailsRoc rendition of the Webster Trail Classic.

Winter Trail Festival December 15th, 2018. Back for another year of hell on roots, ski hills, and creek side single track. This race is our big fundraiser for the year, so join us and help us raise funds for trail projects!

The Filthy Formal – Previously known as Mess The Dress. This race has been retired. We will replace this race (one that created considerable damage to the park trails) with a special trail day in Black Creek Park – Check out special events below for more information. We know that even with all of the trail work we do, the message of responsible trail use could not hold weight if we did not act appropriately. Instead of wrecking the trails this spring, we will repair them and we hope you and you families will join us.

Ready, Set, Glow! Has been placed on hold as we evaluate the sustainability of the event.

 

Special Events –

 

#TrailsRoc Earth Day Redemption Event – Join us on Earth Day (April 22nd) for a special trail event day. We will have a schedule of events soon to include a potluck lunch, great trail project, family hike, and an opportunity to make more Fairy Houses for the Fairy House trail that we built this past fall. Stay tuned for details. After 5 years of thrashing through Black Creek at Filthy Formal, this is our chance to give back and really care for the park in a fun family friendly event.

TROY Series – Back for another year with a few twists. We have added an ultra to the middle of the schedule (Many On The Genny) and we have moved the Webster Trail Classic to September, and changed the distance on the Mendon Trail Run to the 20k.

Take a look at the series. These are all races that consistently give back to the community in terms of trail work, volunteering, group runs and the keeping true the spirit of our sport. We hope that when you choose races for the year, you choose local, independently operated races that fulfill the spirit of trail running and keep the sport simple and to it’s roots. We wanted to highlight races that will continue to keep our community grounded as corporations move into the world of trail running.

Group Runs We continue to offer 3 unique runs each week. Our Trail Learning Crew meets on Sundays and explores our local parks. Our Trail Workouts are hosted on Tuesdays, consisting of hill repeats or speedy loops. Our morning midweek run is staying on Wednesday, and will have a rotation of locations. We love seeing all of you out at our always free, and totally fun group runs!

The App – If you have not downloaded our smartphone app yet, you should. We have added some great functions including  a “share location” and the ability to send stickers via messenger. In addition we have added hundreds of points of interest that include water stops, bathrooms, and shelters. You can plan out your long runs and bring the app for emergencies!

You can now also access the app via a web browser at https://map.trailsroc.org/ 

2018 is shaping up to be an amazing year on the trails. Our goal is to continue to share our journey with you in the woods. We are thankful for all of your support over the years and we cannot wait to see you where the pavement ends!

June/July Newsletter

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The past few months have been pretty hard on me as I recovered from a devastating surgery on my achilles tendon. At the same time it gave me the opportunity to take some time to evaluate the role running plays in my life. I can tell you this, it’s a big role. From race directing, to writing, to group runs, and volunteering, it really takes up a big portion of my day to day activity.  In an instant it was gone and I was suddenly surrounded by something I loved that I could not do. Sort of like being in a room full of fresh pizza that I couldn’t touch. It was frustrating so I had to find a few ways to cope. Here is my advice below

  1. Don’t abandon running all together. Volunteer, cheer, make silly signs at a race. Stay involved.
  2. Find some way to stay active – I ended up at 4-Performance in Brighton. They have kept me moving while I wait this recovery out.
  3. Make plans for the future. Don’t let this set you back from your future PR’s.
  4. Be angry, it’s ok. Trust me if you love running, you will be angry about not running. Let that happen
  5. Make it your goal to help another runner reach their goals. We brag about community here a lot, this is part of where that comes in.
  6. Start back slow when you are given the all-clear.

Hang in there, I can speak from experience that once you are able, running will be there for you. The trails will wait, and your friends will cheer! See you on the trails.

Eric

-TRAIL NEWS –

Group Runs: Always fun – Always free!

Tuesday Trail Workouts – 6:00PM. A change to these runs! We will now use Tuesday evenings for hard workouts. We will organize either hill work, speed work, or longer hard runs. This will be done in a way that ANY pace can show up. Join us and learn about these great workouts

Wednesday Morning Runs– 6:00AM. We will post the schedule on our facebook page each week and the website is updated as we go.

TLC- Our “Trail Learning Crew” Will work with the same concept of SAS but will now include more of a structured “learn the park” style runs. Days and times vary so for more information on these group runs check out http://www.trailsroc.org/tlc

Friday Night Lights – It sure beats trying to pick someone up in a dark bar! In all seriousness check out the Friday night schedule here

Please join us for our upcoming trail work days –you use ’em, so help us to build/clean them up (and get in some nice cross training in the process!) :

Sunday June 11th -Black Creek Park @ 9am – Trail Maintenance – Woodside Lodge Parking Lot. Please be sure to park in the section of the lot that is not reserved for the Lodge.

 

#TrailsRoc: The App: Updates coming soon! Stay tuned!

Know a good trail that is not in our database? Keep sending us your GPX data and allow others to share that trail with you. Contact TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.

Races –

0 spf half-ish marathon – The race is sold out but the wait list is open, it moves pretty fluidly so if you did not get in I would get on the list soon. You can get yourself on the waitlist here

This is our 5th year. We have a few streakers left and can’t wait to add some new faces to the list of finishers. See ya out there.

 

 

June/July Runner Spotlight

Michael Meynadasy

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Michael is a staple at many of the toughest races in the area and surrounding states  He has finished a slew of ultras, including the Beast of Burden hundred miler this past January. Michael always has a mind to challenge himself, in turn inspiring others to do the same. Here Michael shares what the community has meant to him :

Hi Folks! I consider myself very lucky to call many of you reading this, friend. To others, I hope to do the same in the near future.

I love trail running. Love competing in events, especially ultras, and have recently achieved some big goals, like completing my first hundred miler this past January at the 2017 Winter Beast of Burden. Impressive? Sure. But, everything is relative.  We all have great stories to tell. Here is a piece of mine.

I started active life late, mid-forties. Prior to that I was relatively healthy, but never really fit, and certainly not athletic.

About 10 years ago I found myself with a busted marriage, no job, a mortgage, and a family to support. At one point during this time I was lying on the floor with back pain so bad it took me over 5 hours to get onto the bed that was right next to where I Iay. That was my low point. Something had to change. I had to change.

I was stuck in a logjam. Floating in the flotsam with no easy way out, unable to escape to the river of possibility flowing by me.  That’s how I felt. Trapped. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t think my way out of my mess. My cerebral abilities had served me well to this point in life. Or, so I thought.

Eventually, I did find the key. I had to stop thinking. For me, it was the over-reliance on rational thought that had placed me in that logjam. The bane of an over-active mind, bent on analyzing everything with logic, leaving me clueless to the factors blocking my path. Although there was plenty of opportunity to blame others, or just circumstances in general, doing that would be just another trap. I had to find a way to stop thinking so much.

It was physical activity…vigorous, sustained, physical activity…that got me out of my head and reconnected to the rest of me. Orienteering first, then combat sports, yoga, outdoor boot camp classes, running, and finally trail running.

Why trail running? Many reasons. First, it is the awesomeness of our trail running community. The community makes it super easy to progress. It supports consistency of effort. If you show up and participate you will get results. It gets easier. Yet, stays just as hard as you want it to through the aspiration of new goals. It does all this in the background, whether we realize it or not, while we make new friends and share great times. A lot has been said about our trail running community, but mere words don’t do it justice. It is just awesome.

Trail running requires you to be in the moment. It is possible to zone out on a road run or a bike ride. But if you do that during a trail run, especially around here, it won’t be long until you are eating dirt after a face plant, or wincing in pain from a twisted ankle.

I remember thinking, “what would I think about when running a 50 miler which could take 12 hours or more?” Well, the answer has more to do with listening, than thinking. Our bodies tell us so much, but we have to be open to it. We have to stop the self-absorption of paying attention to what our rational mind is saying and instead listen to what the rest of the body is signaling.

I believe this “in the moment” thing is the key. The present moment is all we truly have. Even when we think about the past, or dream about the future, we experience those thoughts in the here and now. We react and respond in the moment that is “now”. Trial running supports this. Safe, injury free, trail running requires it. We must listen and feel with open senses and open hearts to what the moment tells us.

We all have our own challenges, our own demons. It is the space in our minds we are forced to return to whether we are honest with ourselves, or not. I call this metaphysical place the “edge”. Our individual “edge” is where attention is placed to move us forward. Attention is “in the moment”.

Where is your “edge”?  How can trail running affect it?

  • Vigorous exercise battles weight issues head on and builds overall strength.
  • Community eliminates loneliness.
  • Activity and movement counteracts depression.
  • “In the moment” focus clears the ills of an over-active mind in this 21st

Freedom. Not sure if it is the centeredness achieved, or the oneness with the surroundings, but trail running makes me feel free. While I’m running through the woods I can think and feel whatever I want.

One of the best parts of this trail running hobby for me occurs before a big race. I get so excited. It is a feeling that is real and powerful. I experienced it again recently as I was heading to central PA for the Hyner 50K. The realization that I am going to run through the woods challenging my whole self for 7 hours with (in this case) over 1000 like-minded crazies has at times brought me to tears of joy (no…it hasn’t) ((ummm…yes it has!)). It is a feeling of real freedom, and of real connection. It is me, leaning over my edge, and moving down that river of possibility. It starts low, travels up my spine, and busts out of my cranium. Bam!!! Yee-haw!!! Whazooey!!!

Of course, the trail running event eventually ends. We go home and return to normal life. But, there is better balance and more peace. Tomorrow, the sun will rise. The mountain will stand. The forest will vibrate with life. It is there, waiting for us. Time to lace up and head out once more. Happy trails, everyone!

COLONELS CORNER

It is always amazing to travel to races and see how well our community is represented. Recently, many of us took on the challenge of the cayuga trails series of races in Ithaca. While there I had the chance to see for myself the wide reach our organization has within the trail community. It seems that Rochester has indeed developed a reputation for talented runners and rugged trails. Wearing the #trailsroc logo, as well as running along others who do the same, usually prompts at least a few conversations with new friends. It is a symbol that means a lot to myself , and to so many others in our community. I am hoping this summer we can take the next steps in making our trail community even stronger as we look toward the anniversary of a special race. A race that indeed was the proving ground that #trailsroc was not only a needed organization, but a sustainable and thriving not-for-profit that continues to embrace us all. See you out there soon on the trails

Michael

March/April Newsletter

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From the desk of the President

Our home of Rochester, NY hosts a hidden gem of outdoor life tucked away right up here on the shores of Lake Ontario. Monroe County offers 21 county parks, most with runnable trails. The towns within the county have countless parks with miles of trails. Many residents in the area have shown a great interest in public use trails and have granted easements for trails like the Crescent Trail and the Seneca Trail. Further south, Letchworth State Park boasts over 100 miles of trails and Ontario County hosts the Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail among other trails.

Neither Buffalo nor Syracuse can match the public lands that we here in Rochester have. We consider it a blessing to have so much of it and we also consider it our duty to protect and preserve these lands.

Our Certificate of Incorporation is very clear – We were formed for the purpose of fostering the sport of trail running in the greater Rochester, NY area for the benefit of amateur runners and outdoor enthusiasts. We are organized to pursue this through a variety of means which includes working with land owners, governing bodies, and other user groups to “maintain existing trails, to develop new trails, and to help keep regional trails open to trail runners”.

As many of you may have seen, the use of public land has oddly enough become somewhat of a political striking point of late. As a 501(c)(3) organization we are unable (and honestly unwilling) to make a political endorsement of any one side, but we do believe that our mission calls on us to constantly and vigorously advocate for public lands so that they may always remain open to the public and available for your use as runners.

Almost every single group run/training run/trail race you have been on is the result of our local level of support for public lands. As you watch these national debates play out, keep in mind and treasure the local lands we currently have and help us preserve and protect them when needed.

In the end, as outdoor enthusiasts, we want our trails to be a place that you can go to find an escape from turmoil and we hope that you can always find common ground here with us while the dirt is under our feet.

Eric

-TRAIL NEWS –

Group Runs: Always fun – Always free!

Tuesday Trail Workouts – 6:00PM. A change to these runs! We will now use Tuesday evenings for hard workouts. We will organize either hill work, speed work, or longer hard runs. This will be done in a way that ANY pace can show up. Join us and learn about these great workouts

Wednesday Morning Runs– 6:00AM. We will post the schedule on our facebook page each week and the website is updated as we go.

TLC (formerly SAS) Our “Trail Learning Crew” Will work with the same concept of SAS but will now include more of a structured “learn the park” style runs. Days and times vary so for more information on these group runs check out http://www.trailsroc.org/tlc

Please join us for our upcoming trail work days –you use ’em, so help us to build/clean them up (and get in some nice cross training in the process!) :

Saturday April 22nd at Black Creek Park – Time and Location TBA soon

#TrailsRoc: The App: Updates coming soon! Stay tuned!

Know a good trail that is not in our database? Keep sending us your GPX data and allow others to share that trail with you. Contact TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.

Races –

Filthy Formal 10k -We have completely revamped Mess The Dress and renamed it the Filthy Formal. We are moving from a 5 mile race to a 10k race and showcasing some of the beautiful single track that many of you have been helping us build in the park. Don’t worry though, we keep all of the mud. For registration information please visit http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=44209

This year we have partnered with the Settlement Houses of Rochester as our beneficiary. We dropped the price of the race to just 10 dollars and would love for this to mean you are able to give a donation to the SHR instead of paying more in registration.

For more information on the Settlement House, click here.

 

March/April Runner Spotlight

 

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Sean Storie

Sean is one of #TrailsRoc’s founders and has numerous races on his running resume. For the last few years Sean has had his sights on finishing the Beast of Burden, a local hundred miler run entirely on the Eric Canal. Here Sean shares his experiences and reflections on finishing his biggest race to date: 

 

Two steadfast mantras I’ve been told about running ultra marathons;

1) Ultra running is an individual sport.
2) Don’t run a 100 mile for anyone but yourself.
I’m nearing mile 87.5 of my 3rd attempt to finish the Beast of Burden Winter 100 Mile race, and I’m ready to throw both these philosophies into the bitter winds sweeping the side of the Erie Canal. It’s not so much that I don’t believe in them, in fact I’m sure sticking to these rules has led plenty of folks to finishes… they’re just not going to work for me.
Mile 87.5 is the last major aid station I’ll check into on my way towards the finish line, and the comfortable lead I built early in the race over the 30 hour cut off has dwindled. I don’t know this for certain as I never wear a watch, but the sun rising steadily higher overhead tells me the story pretty clearly. I will not have time at the turnaround to rest and reassess my situation, I need to keep moving. This means before I reach the Aid Station I’ve got to take good mental stock of what my body needs to get this race done. One problem. My brain is ultra mush.
Luckily for me, ultra running IS a team sport. My crew has everything I need ready to go. They don’t give me an option to sit, to try to think, to assess. My job is to move and they’ve taken over the role of my brain.
As I stumble into 87.5 the best people I know feed me, they dress me, and I’m out the door in under 2 minutes. Probably my shortest visit to aid in a race that will take me well over a day to finish. I’m jumping ahead though, the finish line is still miles and hours ahead of me. Getting there will take reaching down to parts of me I’ve never had to visit.
This is where rule 2 comes into play. This is where you’re supposed to say to yourself “I want this”. One problem, I don’t care. OK, that may be an overstatement. I want to finish, I just don’t want to finish as badly as I’d been telling myself I would for weeks leading up to the race. I thought with only 12.5 miles to go I’d be confidently digging deep and striding towards my first 100 mile finish. I’m not, I’m struggling. I can’t find a reason that I HAVE to finish besides… my friends, my family, all those that gave up their weekends over the last three years to help me achieve my goal.
I can only think of my pacers, my crew, my beautiful wife, my steadfast father, and my kids as I stumble slowly towards 100 miles. I don’t NEED the 100 for me, I need it for them. I need them to know every minute they gave up for me meant something.
I won’t finish 100 miles for me, I’ll do it for all of you. Thank you for your support, your strength. Thank you for being my inspiration. Thank you for everything. When I’m handed that belt buckle know that it won’t mean nearly to me what all of you do.

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Many of us were there to witness the above race in some capacity. No matter the terrain, a hundred miler is hard. Very hard. Through sheer determination and grit, Sean was able to finish a race that had eluded him for the past few years. It goes without saying that his accomplishment was just as important to those around him as it was to him. The support we have in this community is unique and allows us to do things we otherwise might think impossible. Sean never gave up. You won’t give up. We won’t let each other. It’s that simple.

Michael