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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 

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.



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

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 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


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!


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


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.



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

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 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

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




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.

Colonels corner

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.



January/February 2017 Newsletter

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The Year of You!

Fresh starts.


A new you.

Some of you might be a little over a week in to those resolutions you made and we want to be there for you. To help, to encourage, and to celebrate with you when you reach those goals that you set.

Some people hate resolutions. Statistics say most people fail at them. I am of the belief you are not “most people”. You are part of a community of folks who make resolutions, set goals, and nail them. Whether you have finished 15 ultras or are sitting on the couch reading this hoping to someday run in the woods, this community that we talk about can get you there.

Sometimes you need a nudge to move those goals along. There are people and communities all around that seem hell bent on tearing others down. They don’t like others to have success. They don’t want you to be better.

We do.

Feel for those nudges.

“When are  you signing up for that race”

“You can totally run a 10 miler”

“If you can run a marathon you can run an ultra”

“Run with us this weekend, you’ll see”

Nudge after nudge. All pushing you in the direction of “yes you can” and seeing improvements in yourself.

So if you made a resolution this year, come on out to one of our free group runs and let us be a part of your success.

If you didn’t make one, or have been a bit wary of sharing your goals, it’s not too late and don’t worry, because the minute you share that goal, you have the energy of an entire community behind you.

Nudging you.

Come on out and join us in the woods.

2017 is going to be the year of you.






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.

SAS – Slow and Steady – These runs are on weekends and are for those who are just learning to run. We go, as the name says, Slow and Steady. Check the website for times and updates as these may be on weeknights

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!).

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

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 with GPX or comments.


January / February Runner Spotlight








Jim Moragne

Usually seen on the trails lending a hand on work days or lending an ear at group runs, Jim has been a welcome sight.  Jim has taken on the challenges of both the Muddy Sneaker 20k and our very own half marathon 0 spf. This year he plans to tackle the Cayuga trails marathon. Here Jim shares what got him into running and how he feels about the trail community we have :

It’s a Friday evening in late February, 2007. I’m 56, semi-retired, overweight, sedentary and bored. Throw in a cholesterol problem and a bad family history, and I’m a heart attack waiting to happen. In the paper there’s a notice that a Boilermaker training program will start the next morning at the high school a half mile from my house. Now at the time I lived 10 miles from Utica and the Boilermaker is The Big Deal there. Like everyone else in the area, I watched the race every year on TV and said “That’s cool. I should do that someday.” So on that fateful Friday night, I decided, what the hell, let’s give it a try. Next morning, off-the-Walmart shelf sneaks in hand, I start the program. Six weeks later, it’s all pain – no gain. I’m going to quit, but show up one last time. Two women I didn’t know come up to me and say (this is true) “You look like you’re going to quit. Why don’t you run with us?” They lied, cajoled and humored me into going four miles that day, and I thought I’d die. Instead, I accepted their invitation to run with them regularly. You know the rest of the story. They got me over the hump, hooked me on running, made my first (of nine thus far) Boilermaker a success, and remain life-long friends. That was also some thirty pounds, forty half and full marathons, bunches of new friends, a sharp improvement in my health and an ecstatic doctor ago. Oh, and someplace in there I did the Hairy Gorilla Trail Half and said “Ouch. That’s really hard. I’ll stick to roads.” Heh.


But that was in the Mohawk Valley east of Utica. Why am I writing for TrailsRoc now? That came about because of family, or more specifically, two adorable grandchildren living in Penfield. After seeing my son and his family rarely for years, Kathy and I decided in 2015 to take the plunge and move here. After buying a home in Pittsford and moving last September, I was looking for a running group and tripped over an online reference to TrailsRoc. The SAS group met when I could run and they sounded harmless, so what the hell, let’s give it a try (sound familiar?). With my new acquaintances’ invaluable advice, I quickly discovered that trail running was actually fun, and a better workout than road running. What’s not to love about roots, rocks, stumps, mud and ice water as long as it’s with a group of friends? Because, for the second time in my running life, I benefited from a universal truth of the running world. Which is that runners of all stripes are some of the most welcoming people you’ll find anywhere. There’s too many to name them all, but from the very first, people like HBO, Mike, Amy and Dan, Anne, Dave, Eric and Sheila, Todd and at least two Toms were warm, gracious, and when required, tactful. And once again, new friends lied, cajoled and humored me into doing more in the woods and fields than I ever intended. Why else would a 65 year old and overly-large neophyte tackle the Muddy Sneaker? “Ouch. That’s really hard. I’ll stick to shorter tracks.” Heh. But maybe the 0SPF will be easier. Sure. It wasn’t. But every step of the way, there’s peeps cheering you on, whether fellow competitors, aid station volunteers or friends and families. It’s universal, too. In April I was running maybe the hardest single leg of the Seneca 7 Relay Race wearing my Muddy Sneaker shirt when a bike team passed me, and gave me a synchronized “Muddy Sneaker!!! You rock!!!” cheer. What a lift. That works both ways, as I’ve found working aid stations at the Cayuga Trails 50 and Twisted Branch. Scores of beat, grubby, drained runners who still have the energy to thank you profusely for the small things you do for them. When they head back out, a little piece of every volunteer goes out with them. Priceless.


Just finished the Dam Good 14 Mile Run, again with the help of terrific volunteers and impromptu running partners. It was a great experience, far better personally than the 0SPF. So naturally, with that eternal optimism we all share, I’m listening to Valone’s siren song: “C’mon, you can do an ultra; or at least a full. Here’s some good ones…”. Then I remember how much my road fulls hurt. “Ouch. That was really hard. I’ll never go that far again.”




Colonels corner

There is a thin line between “I can’t” and “I can.” This past year, more than any other year, I’ve seen some amazing accomplishments. I’ve seen friends finish races they never believed they could. I’ve seen people who started the year never running more ten miles finish 50k distances. I’ve witnessed my own wife, a self professed “non runner finish an ultra. The common thread in all these stories is that somebody decided, at some point in their journey, that they could. Realizing that with every step, they were in fact stronger than they thought. That every day is just another chance to turn it all around. I know because long ago this happened to me. Now I see it all around me and it reaffirms that this is where we need to be. Together. It can be like this always. See you on the Trails

  • Michael



September/October Newsletter 2016

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Fall is finally here and this is my favorite season. The perfection of a crisp fall run in Western NY can’t be matched. We are lucky enough to live in one of the most stunning places in the world when it comes to fall foliage I suggest you take advantage of it. My go to place is Durand – Eastman park. The trails are still clear of soon to be falling leaves but the views you get are some of the best in the area.

Durand lake in Durand Eastman Park

The other reason I love the fall so much is all that #TrailsRoc offers the community this time of year. Ready Set Glow is our fall race and is always one of the most anticipated events of the year. 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. Please register here and consider buying our race shirt! is open now get in before you can’t.

October is a chance for us to give back as well. We will begin accepting applications for the #TrailsRoc Sponsorship on October 1st – Last year we gave away $2,000.00 worth of sponsorship awards. Anyone can apply to run a race of their choosing with our support. From a 5k to a 100 miler to your next solo adventure, we would love to hear about it. Fill in an application and we will see what we can do.

The TROY series is winding down with 2 more events (sign up now) and then the TROY Party will be held at Medved on November 12th starting at 6:30pm. We will name our TROY Champions as well as name our Trail Steward of the year. Come on out for snacks, food, drinks, and more!

Until then – We will see you on the trails!

Eric and the #Trailsroc Crew


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.

SAS – Slow and Steady – These runs are on weekends and are for those who are just learning to run. We go, as the name says, Slow and Steady. Check the website for times and updates as these may be on weeknights

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!).


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

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 with GPX or comments.


September/October Runner Spotlight


Tom Reding

Tom has been a very welcome face in the trail community in the last few years. He has completed some of the areas most difficult trail races in the Muddy Sneaker 20k and ultras like Can Lake 50 miler and continues to work toward some pretty amazing goals. Here Tom shares a little about himself and what the community means to him.

I was never athletic and short stints in basketball and baseball each ended after only one season. In short, I was typically overweight and inactive throughout my life. My running experience consisted of attempting to run with my sister, who ran track and cross country, and running the 1-1/2 mile run required every year in high school. I went out too fast and determined that this is not for me. By the time I was married with two kids, I was obese. Add to that bodily damage done by a lot of partying and bad habits in my young adult years. I had some minor issues with my knees and would be out of breath merely running to grab the phone at home.

After taking our Border Collie for 3 mile walks for a couple of years I began to grow tired of the routine. I have no clue where the idea of running started but part of the plan was to cut the walking time in half. Little did I realize back then I would eventually spend much more time running then I ever did walking. I began my running journey in 2006.

I looked online and saw a simple plan to use a run/walk program. This plan basically started off with a minute of running followed by a minute of walking. I progressed through the program, then spent the next year or so doing nothing more than running 3 miles 3 times a week on the Canal between Clover Street and South Clinton. In winter I did the same on a treadmill at the JCC. With healthier eating and portion control, I also managed to drop about 30 pounds.

After talking to a few people I began exploring the spur trails off of the canal in the village of Pittsford, behind MCC, and near Genesee Valley Park. This required me to increase my mileage. I soon discovered that I really enjoy going out for a couple of hours and zoning out while I run. I eventually managed a couple of road marathons.

I remember telling Ben Murphy back in 2012 that I did not think I could run trails because I am not Agile enough. At the time my idea of trails was the rocky traverses that are typical of an Adirondack High Peak hike. About a year later,  I had run one too many times on the canal. It was time to try something different. I started exploring the Crescent trail and Mendon Ponds. In 2014 I signed up for my first 0SPF and Mendon Mauler.

I also blame Ben Murphy for my entry into ultras. He signed up for the CanLake 50 miler in early 2014. The course looked beautiful, so I signed up for the 50k shortly after. By now I was running all of my long runs on trails to get some shade in the hot weather and get some hill sin my training.  I enjoyed the CanLake 50k so much I signed up for the 50 mile the next year.

My first trail ultra was the Mendon 50k in the fall of 2015.  It was there I had my first DNF due to IT band issues that could have easily been taken care of earlier in the year. Live and learn I guess. Palmers Pond, a fat ass 50k, is the only trail ultra I have completed so far. (I highly recommend it for building mental toughness.) My other four ultras were on pavement. I intend to eventually complete more on trails as I gain more experience with elevation.

There are obviously a few things I need to work on with my running. Right now I struggle with getting on trails and getting in some elevation during the week due to work and home. I also tend to not keep up with any type of intervals or hill repeats. Yet I do fine with keeping up with my long runs. It is just where I am right now.

Running seems to solve a lot of issues. I used to get frequent back aches, suffer from mild depression, and had a general lack of energy. These issues are virtually non-existent today and I generally have a better outlook on life. I like to say that running takes the edge off of day-to-day stresses of life.

I have met a lot of people and have learned a lot from everyone. I feel really lucky to live in an area that has a lot of trails and an organization like TrailsRoc.


-The Colonels Corner

Reading Tom’s story above, and listening to countless others this past year, has allowed me to reflect a little on my own story. How I went from unhealthy and reclusive, to embracing this community and reaching heights I never thought possible. Since I became a part of #Trailsroc officially last year, I feel even more connected to the people that comprise this unique and supportive group. Here’s to another year of racing, running, friendship, and more importantly, supporting each other as we achieve things beyond our imaginations. Thank you




June / July 2016 Newsletter

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The so called “experts” told us we would have a steamy hot summer and fall this year and it seems they may be on to something (sure, now they get it right). With that comes a reminder to be sure to plan for your runs so you don’t run out of fluids. At best running out of water makes your run a miserable experience that no one wants to repeat. At worst it becomes a very dangerous medical situation. We are simply asking that you plan, carry water, and look out for each other on the trails especially during races when we push ourselves to our limits.

I write this waiting for a plane to depart for Ireland where Sheila and I will be racing mountains, climbing the highest peak in Ireland, having a few too many celebratory drinks and in general adventuring in parts unknown. This got me to thinking about adventures, races, and the challenges we all put ourselves through as trail runners and I wanted to take a minute to throw a bit of caution your way.

Our waiver states “trail running is inherently dangerous.” This has become somewhat of a catch all joke on our group runs, but the fact of the matter is that it is true. Many of you have begun to step up to the ultra distances for racing, many others are joining Ben in his love for mountain running, and still more are taking on challenges that only they know about. What we ask of you is to know what you are getting yourself in to. Do not push to far for that facebook or blog post. Don’t stand to close to the edge to grab that selfie. Know your limits, and by all means push them, but don’t get yourself in a situation that you cannot get yourself out of.

Time on the trails and in the mountains is a time to enjoy nature, find out who you are and then come home a different person than when you went out. It’s not a time for panic or learning on the fly. The trails and mountains will always be there for you. Gain experience with your adventures, not rescue operations.

We offer group runs every week and many of the folks at these runs are experiences ultra and mountain athletes but they all have one thing in common. We started on trails, learned how to go long or high, and then moved up.

In the end all I really ask is that you enjoy the trails and make sure you will be able to come back and visit them again!


Eric and the #Trailsroc Crew




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.

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. Check the website for times and updates.

If you are new to group runs we have some group run etiquette pointers below for you.

  1. Show up for group runs a few minutes early to make sure that the waiver is signed. Please be considerate of other runners, get there a few minutes early and come right over to sign the waiver. We start our runs on time so plan for this.
  2. If you are at a group run, you are not at a race or workout. We typically do not push the pace on our group runs because they are designed to be casual groups where we talk, laugh and hang out. Please do not push the pace. Stay behind the group leader and enjoy the run.
  3. Mud. First, it’s really important to go through mud, not around it. Going around widens the trail and does damage to plants on the sides of the trail. Second, if the trail is particularly muddy, stay off it. Running through too much mud can cause irreparable damage.

  4. 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!).

  5. Right of way. Trails are multi-use and it is unlikely you will be out and see no one else. Bikers should yield to hikers and runners (although you should be cautious if you see them approaching because if they don’t know this you could get hurt if you assume they are going to stop for you). Everyone yields to horses. People going uphill have the right of way. If someone needs to pass you, just politely step out of the way If you are passing someone, give the person a heads up by letting them know you are passing (and passing is typically done on the left).

  6. Be safe! For lots of safety tips, you can check our previous posts When you leave your car, don’t leave anything visible. Try not to wear headphones or if you do, keep the volume down low so you can hear people trying to pass you and be more aware of your surroundings. Run with someone or at the very least tell someone where you’ll be and what your general planned route is. If you don’t have it, downloading our app isn’t a bad idea–if you get lost on a local trail, it could help you to navigate your way out.

  7. Four legged friends. If you bring your dog to a group run, please either keep it leashed or have it on voice control. Each park has leash laws that we must follow. Be respectful of people who don’t like dogs, are allergic to them, or are even scared of them. Also please remember a bag to clean up after Fido!

O SPF: Perhaps the hardest 1/2 marathon in the region we are happy to bring back for a 4th year, the 0SPF – Registration is sold out – but the wait list is open here . This race is a fundraiser for both the Crescent Trail Association and the Victor Hiking Trails as well as the Valentown Historical Society. Join us on some of the best single track, most challenging climbs, beautiful scenery in the area as well as stepping onto the high point of Monroe County!

Mighty Mosquito Trail Relay and Ultra : In August, The Mighty Mosquito is simple really – 30 Teams of 6 runners (or a limited few solo runners) will tackle a 3 loop course with each runner running each loop once. You will run trails the entire time -You will camp with your friends -You will listen to great music -We are planning on a showing of a trail running film festival at night -You will have as much fun as you have had at any relay before -Teams are already registering so don’t get closed out!!!!!!

Registration is open at

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

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 with GPX or comments.



June / July Runner Spotlight

Barbara McCloud and Serafina Chinappi

Running an ultra is only possible with the help of family, friends and loved ones, of who I am eternally grateful for. You helped me achieve this crazy dream. I cannot imagine doing this race without my family and friends pushing me, Serafina and the help of #TrailsROC.

Training for an April race this past winter was no easy task, despite this being one of Rochester’s better winters. Trying to find hills also became another hurdle. Having races like Winter Trail Fest, groups like Tuesday Trail Trots and Slow and Steady were tremendously helpful in keeping us motivated. Being this was my first ultra, I had so many questions. (What is a drop bag? Elevation gain? Technical trail- are you speaking Greek?) 100% uncharted territory but surrounding yourself with more experienced runners, you get to learn from their struggles and successes.

The Gorge 50k was more beautiful than the film festival could ever show. Everything was green, perfect weather, waterfall after waterfall and gorgeous overlooks (the one con- they ran out of beer when we were done). At the beginning I was beating myself down (just like I did on our runs) thinking “this was impossible, we couldn’t make the cut offs, I am going so slow.” My lady cheered me up saying we were going to make it and kept me going when I was hitting these lows. Your crew and running partners are so essential and can be that beacon or spark when your light is running low. It was an unbelievable vacation to a place I never been, run an incredible race and to celebrate my 28th birthday all with the person I love. Now we are looking for a 50 miler for next year.

Thank you again #TrailsRoc peeps for cheering us on. Rochester is lucky to have you.

-Serafina and Barb




-The Colonels Corner

It’s shaping up to be a very busy, and very warm summer. Good for trail running and good for the community. We have some extremely fun events with the SPF trail half marathon and the MM 99 relay. Hopefully you will have as much fun participating in these events as much as we enjoy putting them on. There are so many choices, especially this summer, that it is very encouraging that our events are still at the front of your schedules. As always, thank you. See you very soon.