The Trail Mix

Westchester/Fairfield Trail Race Series

April 10, 2018
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Trail Mix 2018 Announcement

Trail Runners:

2018 is here and we have some news about the 2018 Trail Mix Series!

The 2018 Trail Mix will feature SEVEN trail races in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Yes you read right – Seven Races!

This year we have added our first new Trail Mix race in 3 years: The Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon on October 7th!

Runners have been asking us (and the Paine to Pain folks) if we could make this happen and we are so happy to have Paine to Pain as a part of the series. The race requirement to complete the series and be scored remains at four. See details below.

Date information and links to the websites are below.

Runners can compete in the series by completing at least 4 of the 7 races. The best four count towards the point totals for the series. If runners complete five, six, or seven of the series races they can drop their lowest race(s) — only counting the best 4 races. The more races you run, the better your score becomes!

Runners who complete the series get scored and are eligible for age-category recognition and are guaranteed automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery the following year when they enter the Loop Lottery.

Our best way to share information about the Trail Mix Series is when friends tell their friends about the series. If you know someone who might be interested in running in the series, please forward this note to them.

If you have any questions about the 2018 Trail Mix Series, please let us know via email.

See you on the trails!

….Tony, David, Brant, Geoffrey, Lee, Barry, Mark, Eric, Rob (The Trail Mix Race Directors)

January 8, 2018
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A Note About Leatherman’s Loop 2018 Entry for Trail Mix 2017 Finishers

To all Runners who completed the 2017 Trail Mix Series:

You are guaranteed selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery for 2018 ONLY IF YOU ENTER THE LOOP LOTTERY.

You have to register for the Loop Lottery so we know how many spots are available to the other regular entrants in the Loop Lottery.

You are guaranteed to get picked for a spot in the Loop Lottery if you are a Trail Mix series finisher — but we can’t enter your name into the Loop Lottery automatically. We need you to sign the USATF waiver and enter your credit card to pay for your entry.

If you are not sure you completed the 2017 Trail Mix Series, check here: 2017 Trail Mix Series final recap article including ALL series finisher names at bottom.

Thanks for understanding — and making our work easier 😉

December 20, 2017
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Trail Mix 2018

Dear Trail Runners:

[UPDATED to add Paine to Pain into The Mix!]

We are bringing back the Trail Mix Trail Series for a fifth year in 2018!

Runners can compete in the series by completing at least 4 of the 7 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 2018 series are eligible for automatic selection in the 2019 Leatherman’s Loop Lottery. (Runners who completed the 2017 series are eligible for automatic selection in the 2018 Loop Lottery! (as long as they enter the Loop Lottery!!)

The races in the Trail Mix 2018 are, in chronological order:

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

Hope this helps you plan your 2018 race calendar and you can join us, run in, and complete the series in 2018.

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

 

November 26, 2017
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2017 Trail Mix Final Results

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We wrapped up the 2017 Trail Mix Series with the Raven Rocks Run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Note – ALL runners who completed the 2017 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 2018. In 2017 there are 91 runners who qualify for the automatic selection in 2018. See links to Men’s and Women’s standings links above for listing of all runners eligible.

Series Wrap-Up

Kirby Mosenthal at 2017 Run The Farm. (photo by Carol Gordon)

Kirby Mosenthal won the Women’s Trail Mix Series for 2017. Kirby won two of the four races she ran in and finished second in the other two. Congratulations Kirby!

Teren Block finished second overall and first in the F50 category.

Ellie Fosnot finished third overall and won the F40 category. Kathy Jackson took fourth overall. Sydney Bieber went back to back years taking the F13 & under category.

Laura Cyran took the F30 category and sixth overall. Jerre Skeats was seventh overall and has the most Trail Mix Series races of any woman (17 completed since the start). Katie Hulme (F13) was eighth overall and the youngest female series finisher this year.

Maria Ilyukhina took the F20 category. Michele Stefanov won the F60 category. Zoe Wegener won the 14-18 year old juniors category in her first year of trail racing.

Luis Francisco in the final mile of the 2017 Raven Rocks Run. (photo by Tom Casper)

Luis Francisco won the 2017 Men’s Trail Mix Series. Luis won 2 of the 5 races in the series and came in second in the other 3 he ran in. Congratulations Luis!

Benjamin Hopkins came in second overall and won the M30 category, just 0.15 points behind Luis. Last year’s Trail Mix men’s winner Virgil Bretz came in third and took the M40 category, just 0.2 points out of second place.

Aleksei Chernov was 4th overall with Jacob Benesch just behind in 5th. John McElroy and David Hambleton came in 6th and 7th overall.

Bill Bradsell ran all six races in the 2017 series and took the M50 category for the third year in a row. Joseph Mokszycki (aka JoeMo) took the M60 category for the second year in a row. Edward Bricker won the M20 category. Rob Fryer won the M70 category. Justin Pufahl took the 14-18 year old Juniors category.

Christopher Demuth III won the M13 & under category and was the youngest finisher (9 years old) of the Trail Mix Series ever. Well done Christopher!

Some final highlights:

  • Charlie Vaccaro continued his unbroken Trail Mix streak, running in all twenty Trail Mix races since the series began in 2014.
  • Nick Ohnell ran in all six Trail Mix 2017 races as did eight other men including Bill BradsellSkylar LeePaul WoolleyPete WalshJohn WalshAlan WegenerWilliam Engelbracht, and Charles Vaccaro.
  • Teren Block was the only woman to run all six in the 2017 series.
  • 91 Runners finished the 2017 Trail Mix Series. This is slightly down from the 94 who completed the series in 2016 but is still above the 66 who finished in 2015.
  • Nearly 2,100 different runners (795 women and 1,294 men) competed in at least one race in the 2017 Trail Mix Series.
  • Jerre Skeats and Eric Foxhall have participated in 17 of the 20 Trail Mix races to date.
  • Congratulations everyone on a series well run – and enjoy that well earned automatic selection in the Loop Lottery as you enter it in January 2018!

Sign up for Trail Mix Series email updates during the year. Don’t miss race dates or signup deadlines!

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Click below to see the Complete List of Runners who completed the 2017 Trail Mix Series (and are eligible for automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop 2018 Lottery —  if they enter the Lottery! (if you are missing from the list and you ran in at least 4 of the 6 trail mix races, please Contact Us so we can update it.)
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October 30, 2017
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Five races down – One Left: Raven Rocks Run 2017!

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There are currently 29 women and 82 men who are eligible to complete the Trail Mix Series for 2017. Already 19 of those women and 36 of the men have the necessary 4 races in the series for automatic selection upon their entry into the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery 2017.

There’s one more race to go for the series: Raven Rocks Run!

Kirby Mosenthal crossing the river at Leatherman’s Loop 2017 (photo by Keith Realander) – click for larger version

Kirby Mosenthal leads the women’s 2017 series with four races complete to date for 2017. With her overall wins in A Mild Sprain and Where the Pavement Ends, she has a 0.4 point lead over second place. If Kirby finishes high up in Raven Rocks she can claim the 2017 Trail Mix women’s title. Kelsey Crawford is leading the F13 category and is a strong second in the women’s series with 3 races completed. With a strong showing at Raven Rocks, she can improve her average score and be within striking distance of an overall title. Kelsey has the F13 title locked up as long as she runs Raven Rocks.

Teren Block has a solid hold on third position and is leading the F50 category. Kathy Jackson is close behind Teren in the F50 category. Sydney Bieber (F13) is second in her category but she already has the 4 required races to complete the series. Eleanor Fosnot has the  F40 category locked up. Maria Ilyukhina leads in the F20 category with three races completed and one more needed to seal the category victory.

Laura Cyran and Samantha Schierle are neck and neck in the F30 category. A strong showing by Samantha could make up the 0.4 point difference in their standings. On the other hand, if Laura competes at Raven Rocks and does well, she could drop her lowest scoring race and her average would benefit. Zoe Wegener has sealed her victory in the F18 category. A run at Raven Rocks would be a victory lap for Zoe!

Luis Francisco crossing Splashdown at the 2017 Leatherman’s Loop (photo by Deb Burman) – click for larger view

Luis Francisco has won two of his four Trail Mix race entries in 2017A Mild Sprain and Sarah Bishop Bushwhack, and he finished second in Leatherman’s Loop and Run The Farm. Benjamin Hopkins has run in all five Trail Mix races to date. He was first overall in Where the Pavement Ends and right behind Luis in the other races. He leads the M30 category. The gap between Luis and Benjamin is a minuscule 0.15 points!

Virgil Bretz in 3rd place overall and leads the M40 category. He’s just 0.4 points behind Benjamin. Aleksei Chernov and John McElroy are 4th and 5th respectively. Bill Bradsell has the M50 category sewn up for the 3rd straight year. The same is true for Joe Mokszycki who has the M60 category in hand as long as he completes Raven Rocks.

Justin Pufahl leads the M18 category with four races under his belt. Rob Fryer has four races complete and the M70 category in hand. Jackson Bieber needs only to complete Raven Rocks Run to seal his M13 category win. Edward Bricker leads the M20 category but needs one more race to complete the series. Michael Curra is hot on his heels and already has the four races for the series. Any improvement in his point scores will drop his lowest race and elevate his standings.

Congratulations to all of the early winners – the final race, Raven Rocks Run, will be a victory lap for you! And congratulations to all of those runners who have four or more races — or will hit their goal with the next race. It is no easy feat and the rewards will be yours!

One woman (Teren Block) has completed all five of the Trail Mix races to date in 2017. Twelve men have completed all 5 races to date!

Charles Vaccaro remains the only runner to complete ALL of the Trail Mix races from 2014-present. That’s a whopping 19 races to date! Eric Foxhall has run in 17 of the 19 races to date. Jerre Skeats has 16 of the 19 completed. We appreciate and admire their commitment and dedication to trail running!

If you notice an error or an omission in the standings, please contact us at trailmixseries@gmail.com.

raven_rocks_logo-with-text-below-200wWe hope to see you all at the sixth and final race in the series on November 12th, 2017: the Raven Rocks Run.

After the 2017 Trail Mix series is complete, we continue our Sunday Runs throughout the winter and into the spring. Highlights will include the Looper Bowl and Raven Lunatic group runs as well as some night runs that will open your eyes to new trail possibilities. Sign up with Sundayruns.org to get the weekly run location emails.

And sign up with Mixed Up Trail Notes for updates on Trail Mix race activity including notification of the Leatherman’s Loop 2018 Lottery – opening in early January.

September 25, 2017
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2017 Standings Update – 4 of 6 Races Complete!

Four of the six Trail Mix Series races are complete for 2017. Two more remain – Run The Farm (10/22) and Raven Rocks Run (11/12).

The updated 2017 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 2017 Trail Mix Series are:

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

178 runners — 50 women and 128 men have participated in at least two of the first four Trail Mix Series events so far in 2017!

With 4 of the 6 races complete, we have a much better picture of the series standings.

Kirby Mosenthal is leading the Women’s 2017 Trail Mix, just a hair ahead of Kelsey Crawford and Andrea MyersChelsea Ellis and last year’s Trail Mix winner Lindsay Obrig are close behind. Teren Block is sixth overall and the only woman to have completed all four 2017 Trail Mix races. There are 50 women with 2 or more races complete in the Trail Mix 2017.

Luis Francisco is leading the Men’s 2017 Trail Mix by just over a tenth of a point. Benjamin Hopkins is right on his tail with last year’s Trail Mix winner Virgil Bretz just behind him. Alexsei Chernov is in fourth and has completed all four Trail Mix races in 2017. David Hambleton is fifth and coming on strong. Newcomer Aaron Baldwin is in the mix at 6th place. There are 128 men with 2 or more races complete in the Trail Mix 2017.

DSC_0469-1This is our 4th Trail Mix series and we’re hoping to bring it to as many runners as possible!

If you ran in at least two of the Trail Mix races: Leatherman’s Loop, A Mild SprainWhere the Pavement Ends, or Sarah Bishop then you are listed in the Trail Mix 2017 standings. If you did not run at least 2 of these 4 races unfortunately you can’t complete the Trail Mix Series for 2017 — but you can still register for the remaining races!

Runners who complete the series in 2017 will get an automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery in January 2018 for the April 2018 Loop. If you are not in the mix for 2017, sign up to get our Trail Mix email updates to remind you of the series races in 2018!

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 nearly 1,700 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!

September 19, 2017
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2017 Standings Update – 3 of 6 Races Complete!

Three of the six Trail Mix Series races are complete for 2017. Three more remain – including the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack this Sunday 9/24.

The updated 2017 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 2017 Trail Mix Series are:

These races are ALL open for registration – sign up now using the links above.
Nearly 1,700 runners — 605 different women and 1,087 different men have participated in at least one of the first three Trail Mix Series events so far in 2017!

DSC_0469-1This is our 4th 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 2017 standings. If you did not run one of these 3 races unfortunately you can’t complete the Trail Mix Series for 2017 — 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 2017, you will get an automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop Lottery in January 2018 for the April 2018 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 nearly 1,700 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!

September 19, 2017
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Remaining Three Races in 2017 Trail Mix Series

The remaining three races in the Trail Mix 2017 are, in chronological order:

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

It is too late to join in for 2017 if you haven’t run one of the first three Trail Mix Series races this year — but you can still run in any or ALL of the upcoming races! (In order to qualify for the series standings you must complete at least FOUR of the SIX races in the series.)

One bonus for completing the series is that it makes you eligible for automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop 2018 Lottery.

Hope to see you on the trails!

 

September 12, 2017
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Sarah Bishop Bushwhack – Trail Mix Race 4 of 6 for 2017!

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is in September.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is in September.

The fourth race of the 2017 Trail Mix Trail Series is getting ready to go on September 24th, 2017.

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a 10k race held at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. This year marks the 5th 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 10/22/17 at Muscoot Farm in Katonah/Somers NY. More information on that race closer to the date.