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.
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.
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.
For the Women’s Trail Mix Series, Tiffany 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.
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!
The Trail Mix score sheet pages are substantially shorter — we eliminated any runner with fewer than 2 races who can’t complete the series with just 2 races remaining (Run The Farm and Raven Rocks Run). The series requires four completed races to have your totals scored.
Jerre Skeats took over the lead in the female category with her performance in the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. Mary Ann Cox (F50 leader) is second overall, Tracy Lawrence-Black is 3rd. Lindsey Obrig (F30 leader), and Teren Block round out the top 5.
Kori Krichko (F20) is coming on strong, winning the last two races overall. If she continues for the Run The Farm and Raven Rocks Run she will be hard to catch. Tiffany Carson leads the F20 category while Lamorna Coyle leads in the Juniors (14-19) category. There are no eligible runners in the Kids (13U), F60, and F70 categories.
Gerry Sullivan kept himself in first overall in the men’s division with a second place finish in Sarah Bishop. Charles Glass is 3 points behind and leading the M40 category. Todd Henrich and Eamonn Sullivan (Gerry’s son) are just a few points behind them. Eamonn leads in the 13U category. Lee Willett (M50 leader) rounds out the top 5 overall men.
Michael Diblasi leads the M20 category with Dave Lesser in control of the M30 catefgory. James McGough (M60), Charlie Stewart (MJr), and Tony Godino (M70), are all tops in their categories.
To compete in the series, you need to complete four of the six races. If you complete more than four, we only take your best four races so you can potentially eliminate your lowest point score. At this point you need to have at least two runs completed in order to compete in the series for 2015.
Runners who complete the series by completing at least 4 of 6 Trail Mix races are eligible for automatic selection in the Leatherman’s Loop 2016 Lottery in January 2016. With the Loop celebrating its 30th year, this will be a hot ticket!
We are excited to announce the Second Annual Trail Mix Trail Race Series! The first annual series is not quite finished yet — but we couldn’t wait to share the news about the 2015 series and the two new additions to the Trail Mix Series.
For 2015 we have increased from four up to six races in the series. The races are, in order:
We realize not everyone can make all six race dates due to conflicts, life, etc. We have made it so runners only have to run in four of the six trail races to compete in the series — see below and FAQ for details.
An added incentive: every runner who completes the 2015 Trail Mix Series (at least 4 of the 6 races run in 2015) will be eligible for automatic selection in the 2016 Loop Lottery.
First off the blocks: The series will begin with the Leatherman’s Loop 2015. But hey wait you ask – isn’t the Loop the last race in the 2014-15 Trail Mix Series? Why yes it is! For 2015 only, the Loop will count as both the final race in the 2014-15 series for the current Trail Mix participants and the first race in the 2015 series for everyone as we move forward.
It’s a bit of an overlap, but it’s the only way we could get the Trail Mix series on a more logical calendar year — and this transition will only happen once. If you run the 2015 Loop you are getting two Trail Mix races for the price of one! Race director Tony Godino is looking forward to kicking off the second Trail Mix series – and wrapping up the first!
The second race in the 2015 Trail Mix series will be A Mild Sprain. This is the first of the two new trail races in the Trail Mix series. This 4.25 mile (ish) race is held on the technical trails of Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers, NY. This race will be held Sunday, May 17, 2015. A Mild Sprain will be in its fourth year in 2015 and is directed by David Vogel and Brant Brooks. It is a super fundraiser for JDRF and has raised over $200,000 for that charity.
After a summer of training — especially on the trails with our Sunday Runs group — runners will be ready for the third race in the series: Where The Pavement Ends on September 20, 2015. This is a 4.25 mile race in Ridgefield, CT near Lake Windwing that will be in its 4th year in 2015. The race is directed by Geoff Morris and Evan McGerald who also direct the very popular TriRidgefield triathlon. The hills and single track are a big challenge in this demanding race.
The fourth race in the series is the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. This 10k race is in its 3rd year and will be held on September 27, 2015 at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. It is directed by Lee Willett, Mark Vincent, and Barry Fagan. The park lives up to its name with plenty of lakes and some great hills. This event also features a 1.5 mile kids race that is proving more and more popular with the younger trail runners among us.
Runners will head to Muscoot Farm in Katonah, NY for the fifth race in the series: Run The Farm. This race will be in its 6th year in 2015 and will be held on October 25, 2015 (tentative date). Race directors Tony Godino and Rob Cummings are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the farm and farmer’s market. This event also features two kids events that draw almost as many participants as the main event!
The sixth and final race in the series is a special announcement: we are excited to bring you the first running of the Raven Rocks Run 10k (formerly the Fire Tower 10k) at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation!
The Raven Rocks Run will be held on November 15, 2015. Rob Cummings will be race director of this new event. More details about the Fire Tower Run will be forthcoming. The Raven Rocks Run will focus on fundraising for the Trailside Museum’s efforts to restore the fire tower on the Blue trail at the park.
The Sunday Runs group will be leading course checks over all of the Trail Mix courses over the next 11 months. We encourage you to sign up at the SundayRuns.org website to receive updates about the run planned for each week.
There is no additional cost to compete in the series. Simply register for the races above as you normally would. We encourage you to let us know you are interested in participating in the Trail Mix Trail Series by filling out this form at the Trail Mix website. It will make tracking your results in the series much easier for us.
Every runner who finishes four or more races in the series will receive a special custom award. Age group and overall winners will receive special awards at the close of the series as well.
We are looking forward to a 2015 full of trail running and hope you are too!
….Tony, Rob, David, Brant, Geoff, Evan, Lee, Mark, Barry and all of the dedicated volunteers who make these races possible
PS: Let us know if you have any other questions about the second annual Trail Mix Trail Series (or questions about the first Trail Mix series if you are competing in that series!). We have a FAQ page set up but there may be something we have not covered there.
When Caballo Blanco gave me the name “El Co-Padre” I knew that it came with expectations and responsibilities in terms of my role as a trail race facilitator. He brilliantly matched his love of trail running with the social needs of the Tarahumara People who live in and run the Copper Canyons of Mexico. His vision for a running race which could help to ease the day to day burdens of the people he loved became a reality.
Christopher McDougall’s best seller Born To Run pulls most of the story out of a very private and very guarded Caballo. He was not exactly the person in the pages of the book. Simply put, he was better. I will always do my best to honor his memory and his ways with everything that I do related to trail running and racing.
That being said, Rob Cummings and I and a couple of other trail race organizers have come up with a plan which would link four local races together and give runners the opportunity to compete and be scored in a “Trail Mix” circuit.
If enough of you are interested and like the idea this will happen. Shortly after the last race in the circuit Rob will post full results using cumulative times and an awards banquet will follow. There will be an overall winner for male and female runners as well as winners in each age/gender category.
The kicker: Any runner who has asked to be tracked in the “Trail Mix” circuit and who registers to run in all three Fall Trail Mix races listed above will earn Guaranteed Lottery Selection for the Leatherman’s Loop in Spring 2015 to complete the series. You will still need to enter the Loop Lottery in January 2015 to register for the Loop — but you will be selected in the Loop Lottery.
If you think that this is a good plan you simply need to respond to this newsletter and say that you are interested. Questions and feedback are welcome.
I am proud to say that I founded two of the races and played a role in bringing about the other two. The Loop was part of a twelve race series in the late 1980’s and participation involved travel in four states. These races are all within a ten mile radius. My hope is that my effort to fulfill my assigned responsibilities as a trail race facilitator will be taken to a new level.