The Trail Mix

Westchester/Fairfield Trail Race Series

September 25, 2016
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Standings Update – 4 down, 2 to go!

FOUR of the six Trail Mix Series races are complete for 2016. The updated 2016 Trail Mix Standings are online now (Women’s | Men’s). Each column is sortable and the categories and runner names are searchable.

Over 150 runners are “in the running” for completing the Trail Mix in 2016 — 52 different women and 112 different men have participated in at least two of the first four Trail Mix Series events so far in 2016!

DSC_0469-1Some leaders are beginning to emerge – for the women’s series, Chelsea Ellis is in the lead after winning two of her three races. Jennifer Morello has come on strong in the last two races with a second place finish at Pavement Ends and a first place finish at Sarah Bishop. Lindsey Obrig is a close third. Teren Block is the highest series competitor who has run all four races in 2016.

For the men’s series, Nicholas Roosa has won the last two races and vaulted into first overall with a perfect 100 average. Victor Da Costa Mendoza is second with a win in A Mild Sprain and a high finish in the Loop. They haven’t met head to head yet and it may come down to the last two races if they do. Luis Francisco, winner of the 2015 Leatherman’s Loop, is a close 3rd. Virgil Bretz is fourth and has run in every race in the 2016 series.

Any runners with four races completed have qualified for their automatic Leatherman’s Loop 2017 Lottery selection. Runners with three races complete need to finish either Run The Farm or Raven Rocks to qualify. Any runner with two Trail Mix races needs to finish both Run The Farm and Raven Rocks to qualify for the Trail Mix Series 2016.

The two remaining races in the 2016 Trail Mix Series are:

Both races are open for registration – sign up now using the links above.

More detail and links: If you ran in any TWO of the following races: the Leatherman’s Loop, A Mild SprainWhere the Pavement Ends, or the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack, then you are listed in the Trail Mix 2016 standings. If you did not run two of these four races unfortunately you can’t complete the Trail Mix Series for 2016 — but you can still register for the remaining races linked above. If you ran in two or more of the races and you are NOT listed, please get in touch so we can address the issue.

Come on out – We’d love to see you on the trails and in the Mix!

September 22, 2016
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Standings Update – 3 of 6 Races Complete!

Three of the six Trail Mix Series races are complete for 2016. Three more remain – including the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack this Sunday 9/25.

The updated 2016 Trail Mix Standings are online now (Women’s | Men’s) Each column is sortable and the categories and runner names are searchable.

Remaining races in the 2016 Trail Mix Series are:

These races are ALL open for registration – sign up now using the links above.
Nearly 1,700 runners — 612 different women and 1,066 different men have participated in at least one of the first two Trail Mix Series events so far in 2016!

DSC_0469-1This is our 3rd Trail Mix series and we’re hoping to bring it to as many runners as possible!

If you ran in either the Leatherman’s Loop, A Mild Sprain, or Where the Pavement Ends then you are listed in the Trail Mix 2016 standings. If you did not run one of these 3 races unfortunately you can’t complete the Trail Mix Series for 2016 — but you can still register for the remaining races!

The benefits are multiple — even if you aren’t in the running to take your age category or the series: You get to hang out and race with some super (and modest) people. You get to visit and explore beautiful locations around Westchester and Fairfield Counties. And through trail racing you can connect back to nature in a way that road racing can’t match.

And if those reasons weren’t enough, there’s one more bonus: If you complete the series in 2016, you will get an automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery in January 2017 for the April 2017 Loop.

If you see a problem in the results or standings, please let us know ASAP. The most common problems are name differences between races (e.g. Liz and Elizabeth, Jim and James, etc.) Considering over 1,600 different runners are being tracked at this point it is not possible for us to automatically match names in the standings database with these minor differences (we need to fix them by hand). It will help immensely if you pick a “race name” and stick to it for the series races when you register. Your race series volunteers appreciate the help! 😉 If you have already registered using a different name, we can change it if you let us know.

Come on out – We’d love to see you on the trails and in the Mix!

August 22, 2016
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Sarah Bishop Bushwhack – Trail Mix Race #4!

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is in September.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is in September.

The fourth race of the 2016 Trail Mix Trail Series is getting ready to go on September 25th, 2016.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a 10k race held at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. This year marks the 4th year of the race. Race directors Lee Willett, Barry Fagan, and Mark Vincent are gearing up for the big day.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a unique and challenging trail race. Easily drivable from New York City, the course traverses through the park’s 1000 acres of scenic woodlands, beautiful vistas, and around the lakes that give the park its name.

Its 6+ miles of hilly terrain will challenge new and veteran trail runners alike. For those looking for a more modest challenge, Sarah’s Scramble, a 1.5 mile run/walk is available as well.

Come to Mountain Lakes Park and Run — We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


run-the-farm_veggies-cp-small-150-webclipThe fifth race in the series is called Run The Farm and will be held on 10/23/16 at Muscoot Farm in Katonah/Somers NY. More information on that race closer to the date.

August 7, 2016
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Standings Update – 2 Races Down, 4 to Go!

Remaining races in the 2016 Trail Mix Series are:

All of these races are open for registration – sign up now using the links above.

OverDSC_0469-1 1,600 runners — 588 different women and 1,025 different men have participated in at least one of the first two Trail Mix Series events in 2016!

If you ran in either the Leatherman’s Loop or A Mild Sprain (or both) then you are listed in the Trail Mix 2016 standings.

This is our 3rd Trail Mix series and we’re hoping to bring it to as many runners as possible!

The good news is even if you haven’t run in your first 2016 Trail Mix Series race yet, you can still complete the series and possibly win your age category or the whole thing – BUT you must enter all 4 fall trail races in the series to complete it for 2016 if you did not run the Loop or A Mild Sprain in the spring.

The benefits are multiple — even if you aren’t in the running to take your age category or the series.

You get to hang out and race with some super (and modest) people. You get to visit and explore beautiful locations around Westchester and Fairfield Counties. And through trail racing you can connect back to nature in a way that road racing can’t match.

And as if this weren’t enough, there’s one more bonus: If you complete the series in 2016, you will get an automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery in January 2017 for the April 2017 Loop.

If you see a problem in the results or standings, please let us know ASAP. The most common problems are name differences between races (e.g. Liz and Elizabeth, Jim and James, etc.) Considering over 1,600 different runners are being tracked at this point it is not possible for us to automatically match names in the standings database with these minor differences (we need to fix them by hand). It will help immensely if you pick a “race name” and stick to it for the series races when you register. Your race series volunteers appreciate the help! 😉 If you have already registered using a different name, we can change it if you let us know.

Come on out – We’d love to see you on the trails and in the Mix!

May 25, 2016
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Where The Pavement Ends – Trail Mix Race #3!

Where the Pavement Ends is in September.

Where the Pavement Ends is in September.

The third race of the 2016 Trail Mix Trail Series is set to go on September 18th, 2016.

Where The Pavement Ends” is held at Lake Windwing in Ridgefield CT. This year marks the 5th year of the race at the Ridgefield location. Race director Geoffrey Morris is getting ready for a big crowd.

Where the Pavement Ends is a fun and challenging trail race: fun for the everyday runner who can experience the beauty of these beautiful trails and challenging for the competitive trail runner who can match up against the best racers in the northeast.

It’s 4-plus miles of sometimes narrow and hilly terrain. All of the muscles that never get any work from all of that road running will definitely be used on this course.  It is a great mix of fire road, single track, flats, hills, and one fast downhill section right towards the end.

Come to Lake Windwing and Run! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is in September.

The fourth race in the series is called the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack and will be held on 9/25/16 at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. More information on that race closer to the date.

May 23, 2016
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A Mild Sprain Race Results and Photos

Nearly 400 runners came out for “A Mild Sprain” the 2nd race in the Trail Mix Series on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016. Congratulations to Race Directors David Vogel and Brant Brooks!

Results are here: http://www.amildsprain.org/about-the-race/past-events/race-results-2016/

And Race Day Photos are here: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/OtherEvents/2016/A-Mild-Sprain-Alan-Wegener/ and here: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/OtherEvents/2016/A-Mild-Sprain-2016-Rob-Cummings/

Where the Pavement Ends is in September.

Next race (3rd of 6) in the Trail Mix Series is “Where The Pavement Ends” on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. It is a 4.5 mile trail race in Ridgefield, CT.

Small photo selection below:

April 25, 2016
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A Mild Sprain Trail Race Up Next!

amildsprain-Footprintlogo2016-transparentThe second race of the 2016 Trail Mix Trail Series is set to go on May 22nd.

A Mild Sprain is held at Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers, NY. This year marks the 5th year of the race. Race directors David Vogel and Brant Brooks are gearing up for a big crowd and record fundraising for JDRF, the charity that the race raises money for.

Come to Sprain Ridge Park and Run! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

The third race in the series is called “Where The Pavement Ends” and is held in 9/20/16 at Lake Windwing in Ridgefield CT. More information on that race closer to the date.

April 2, 2016
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Leatherman’s Loop in 3 Weeks!

leathermans-loop-trail-race-running-man-logo-tan-350x350The first race in the 2016 Trail Mix Trail Series is three weeks away!

The Leatherman’s Loop is a 10k trail race at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. This year marks the 30th consecutive year of the Loop. The race organizers are in race mode taking care of all of the details before the race.

Note: The Loop Lottery is finished and the race is full.

One way to guarantee Leatherman’s Loop entry is to complete the Trail Mix Series the year before. Any runner who runs in 4 or more Trail Mix races is eligible for automatic selection when they enter the Loop Lottery.

A few weeks after the Loop is the second race in the series: A Mild Sprain on 5/22. More on that race when the Loop concludes!

December 16, 2015
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Trail Mix 2016

Dear Trail Runners:

We are bringing back the Trail Mix Trail Series for a third year in 2016!

Runners can compete in the series by completing at least 4 of the 6 races in the series. The best four count towards the point totals for the series if runners complete five or six of the series races.

Trail Mix Series points are calculated as described on this page.

Runners who complete the 2016 series are eligible for automatic selection in the 2017 Leatherman’s Loop Lottery. (Runners who completed the 2015 series are eligible for automatic selection in the 2016 Loop Lottery!)

The races in the Trail Mix 2016 are, in chronological order:

All of the Trail Mix series races are on Sunday mornings.

Hope this helps you plan your 2016 race calendar and you can join us and run in the series.

….David, Brant, Lee, Barry, Mark, Geoff, Rob, and Tony (the Trail Mix race directors)

*if you are a past Trail Mix participant, contact the Loop race directors for possible late entry consideration. Mention “Past Trail Mix participant” in the subject of your contact form and plead your case.

November 18, 2015
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Trail Mix Final Results

Women’s StandingsMen’s Standings

We wrapped up the 2015 Trail Mix Series with the inaugural running of the Raven Rocks Run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation this past Sunday morning.

Note – ALL runners who completed the 2015 Trail Mix Series by running at least four of the six races in the series are eligible for automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery as long as they enter the Loop Lottery in January 2016. There are 66 runners who qualify for the automatic selection. See links to Men’s and Women’s standings links above for listing of these runners.

Series Leaderboard

Tiffany Carson on the Gazebo Hill at Run The Farm (photo by Dave Mann)

Tiffany Carson on the Gazebo Hill at Run The Farm (photo by Dave Mann)

For the Women’s Trail Mix SeriesTiffany Carson took home the overall women’s series. Rachel Massa had a strong finish at Raven Rocks placing 2nd overall and locking her into the 2nd overall position and the F30 age category win.

Tracy Lawrence-Black used her 3rd place finish at Raven Rocks to vault into 3rd place overall and secure the F50 age category win. Teren Block had a strong showing at Raven Rocks as well to just edge out Lindsey Obrig from the F40 age category win.

The other women competitors in the 13U, the Juniors (14-19), and the F60 category did not run enough 2015 races to qualify for Trail Mix scoring.

Gerry Sullivan in the home stretch (Photo by Tom Casper)

Gerry Sullivan in the home stretch (Photo by Tom Casper)

For the Men’s Trail Mix Series, Gerry Sullivan ran in all six Trail Mix races and had locked up the overall Trail Mix #1 spot by the 5th race. For Raven Rocks he ran with his son Eamonn Sullivan, placing 11th and 12th. Eamonn secured his 13U category win finishing 5th in the Men’s Trail Mix standings.

Michael Diblasi was second overall in the Trail Mix, securing the M20 age category win.

In the closest age category division in the series, Virgil Bretz edged out Charles Glass by enough points in the final race of the season to take the M40 category.

Matthew Potenza won the M30 category with a comfortable margin over Luke Albrecht.

Longtime Loop runner Bill Bradsell took the M50 category while James McGough took the M60 category. Longtime Loop race director and runner Tony Godino ran away with the M70 category and sealed the deal with a strong finish at Raven Rocks.

Some final highlights:

  • Jerre Skeats, Judi DeMuro, and Mary Ann Cox completed all SIX 2015 Trail Mix Series races to date.
  • Eleven men competed in all SIX of the 2015 Trail Mix Series races: Gerry Sullivan, Charles Glass, Todd Henrich, Eamonn Sullivan, Lee Willett, Charles Vaccaro, Alan Wegener, Jeff Thompson, James McGough, Eric Foxhall, and Chris Cassone.
  • 66 Runners finished the 2015 Trail Mix. This compares favorably to the 25 who completed the 2014-2015 inaugural series.
  • Nearly 2,000 different runners competed in at least one race in the 2015 Trail Mix Series.

 

  • Last but not least: FOUR runners have run in EVERY SINGLE TRAIL MIX RACE SINCE 2014! – That’s 9 for 9! Congrats to Jerre Skeats, Charles Glass, Charlie Vaccaro, and Eric Foxhall! When we establish a Trail Mix Hall of Fame your names will be on the first ballot!

Congratulations on a series well run – and savor that automatic selection in the Loop Lottery as you enter it in January 2016!