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What Is The Best “Old School” Trail Race

March 9, 2014 in Article

The Trail Runner Blog Symposium is ripe for debate this month  - I figured I would chime in for my ultimate “Old School” trail race. I know for one, that each of the #TrailsRoc board members who have access to this page will likely have a different answer – That is part of what is so great about our sport, the fact that there are so many amazing races – and even many that qualify as Old School. This race is literally the oldest trail race in North America and still requires mail in registration. Think about that for a second – We live squarely in the height of the internet era and the online world and yet registration is done first come, first served via paper mail in registration. None of this lottery, none of this “hope your internet connection is fast and working” the minute registration opens. Just
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WINTER TIPS, TRICKS & GEAR FAVES

January 29, 2014 in Article, Gear

NOTE: This content originally appeared on Ben’s site NYOutside.com Yup, it’s cold out. We know. Get over it. This is Upstate New York after all; our cities get more snowfall than any others in the United States. Cold and snow doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside! With the right gear, the right friends and the right knowledge, winter can be one of the best seasons of the year! It’s uniquely beautiful, challenging, and nothing is quite as calm and peaceful as newly fallen snow deep in the woods. A short while back we asked our readers what their favorite winter tips, tricks and gear were. What do folks swear by outside in the cold temps? What advice would they offer to ensure safety outdoors in the snow? Well, y’all came through! And then some. Listed below is what you said. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, and it’s
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Short Film: The Beast of Winter

January 24, 2014 in Article, Race Recap

NOTE: This was reblogged from Ron’s blog http://ronheerkensjr.com/blog/2014/01/24/short-film-the-beast-of-winter/ In 2010, Ben Murphy began his journey. 5’9″ 220lbs, 70lbs overweight by medical definitions. Ben set about to change his life and began a journey that saw him get into running, triathlons and take on adventures most people never even think of. Just a few short years ago, Ben could barely make it thru a mile. One of the first adventures Ben did was a double traverse of the Crescent Trail, one that would take him 42 miles. At 10am, on January 18th 2014, he lined up with a group of people that were just slightly as crazy as him. With temperatures in the teens and windchill pushing into the single and negative digits, runners set off for their own journeys. Some running 50 miles, other 100. All runners would face the same course. An out and back of 25 miles (12.5
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2013–#TrailsRoc style!

December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized by Shme105

A year-and-a-half ago, when Eric told me he was going to meet some guys from “the internets” at Red Robin for beer and discussion about a trail running group, I didn’t think much of it.  I mean, other than that it was weird that he was going to a restaurant with a group of guys he’d met on the Internet who wanted to talk about running trails.  I don’t think any of us could have predicted how that one meeting would change all of our lives profoundly and positively.  At that meeting, the guys decided to start #TrailsRoc, to bring together the trail running community and promote responsible trail use in Rochester.  What started small has become bigger than any of us could’ve imagined, and we thought it would be fun to look back at 2013 and all of the amazing, fun activities we did together!! #TrailsRoc hosted numerous group runs!  We
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WTF Recaps

December 17, 2013 in Race Recap by Eric Eagan

Well the WTF came and went – but the snow stayed – We could not have asked for more perfect conditions to kick off the winter racing season. There were so many thank yous to offer – Eric offered up some of those thanks on his site Trails2Brews here. We had amazing photographers pitch in and give us some great photos to remember the event by Mike Lesher Brian VanBuren Alex Tong Did you write a post race blog about the event? We saw a few right here – Loved them all – Thanks for the kind words – If you wrote one or know of one – Give us the link so we can add it in! We love hearing what you all thought of our events – It helps us improve. “6. Nothing can compare to the beauty of trail running in the winter. I never have found
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Do trail races result in unnecessary damage to the environment?

November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized by Eric Eagan

Each month I participate in the TrailRunnerMagazine “Blogger Symposium”. We handle somewhat controversial topics and clearly reader engaging topics. This month, we have been asked to write about the impact trail racing has on the environment and specifically does it cause unnecessary damage to the environment. As a trail advocate and someone who has been involved in the actual building and maintaing of our trails I believe the answer has a 3 fold design -Yes, No, and Maybe. No: The trail being used is already designed and users are already on it. Races can, and indeed some are starting to act in much more sustainable ways. We at #TrailsRoc mark our courses with biodegradable materials. We have trail clean up and maintenance days before and after each of our races assessing what the trail was like both before and after. We offer no cups at our water stops, and our aid
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Season Ending Report

November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized by Eric Eagan

While we have 1 more race on our own schedule for this calendar year ( www.TrailsRoc.org/wtf ) but the trail running season as we know it has come to a close. Before we need to bust out the snowshoes and cross country skis again, we decided to have a nice little celebration to recap our first Trail Runner of the Year Series. Medved was gracious enough to offer us a place to host our end of the year celebration as well as supply us with some great prizes for series runners. The support offered us by Medved this year has been amazing and we wanted to thank them for all they did this year with us. We had 8 (technically 9) races in our series this year – Runners would be scored on their top 4 results. In the end, Phil Nesbit and Heather McLendon came away with the series
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Volunteer

September 25, 2013 in Article by Eric Eagan

This past weekend the #TrailsRoc crew spent some time down in Virgil, NY manning the “Gravel Pit” Aid station at the Virgil Crest Ultras. The VCU offers a 50k, 50 mile, 100 mile, and 100 mile relay on challenging terrain with a great race director and fun support staff. We spent 15 hours manning the station. As the hours wore on, we seemed to gain energy. It rained, we smiled. It was cold we stayed warm. It was a long day, we acted like it wasn’t. Why? Because as runners, we know the value in a solid support staff. We know that at mile 46 in the rain, the cold, the wind, the mud, it is vital to have people cheering, yelling, and offering you anything you need. We know that there is almost no way that an event can be run like this without volunteers. More than this though,
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Are the trails too crowded? What do you think.

September 4, 2013 in Article, Trails by Eric Eagan

This is an opinion piece – It is not meant to speak for all members of#TrailsRoc – Leave us a comment – let us know what you think – let’s start the discussion. The Blog Symposium topic in September for TrailRunner Magazine brings up a conversation that we just spent considerable time here at #TrailsRoc discussing. The Rochester Area Trail and Ultra Runner connect group hosted by #TrailsRoc had this exact same conversation last week when a member posted the following question: Question. Given the debacle for the mid-back packers at Leadville (aid stations running out of food and water) and recent overcrowding and course markings incidents locally… has trail running gotten too big for it’s own good? We had every response from “absolutely not the sport needs to grow” to “absolutely there are too many people on the trails over crowding them and acting in a way that is not sustainable“. We also
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Are we too focused on Ultras?

July 30, 2013 in Article by Eric Eagan

Each month I participate in the TrailRunner Magazine Blogger Symposium – This months question hit home for me instantly. Is there too much emphasis in the (trail-running) media on ultra distances? I opened up the September 2013 issue of TrailRunner magazine to take a look – After all – They are the ones posing this question.  There were your traditional pages – Then there were the “coverage” or the “feature stories” as I call them, You know, the long ones. –  Let’s take a look at how this month shakes out In The Company Of Strangers – Ultra (and friendship) but ultra Entrepreneurial Endevavors -Not Ultra Making tracks – Ultra Masters Class – Ultra Unlugged – Not Ultra Trail Towns – Not Ultra Venga! Venga! Ultra Skirting Tradition – Not Ultra Ask The Coach – A mix Crank Up The Cadece – Not Nutrition – Mixed, photo used from an Ultra Race
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Trail Runner of the Year Series Mid Point

July 23, 2013 in Article by Eric Eagan

With the conclusion of the 0 SPF – We are now half way through the Trail Runner of the Year series. 4 amazing races in the books and 4 amazing races yet to come. www.TrailsRoc.org/troy for results and future races! Are you paying attention to the standings? Are you holding your own? Things will start to get interesting once we start taking “best scores” from here on out. You have 4 more chances to lay down a really quality race – Or if you like, to just plug along and see where you wind up. Loris Natural Foods is sponsoring us, so do yourself a favor swing by them and pick up some natural, non processed food to fuel these trail runs! Also mark your calendars for the end of the year celebration at Medved on November 10th at 5pm – Beer – Food – Prizes – and reliving 8
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The most awesome person I have met through trail running?

June 7, 2013 in Article by Eric Eagan

The Trail Runner Blog Symposium June Topic: Tell about someone awesome you’ve met through trail running Every month I (Eric, aka Ber Beer Bear) write in the TrailRunnerMag Blog Symposium they have some pretty fun and sometimes controversial topics –We are   backing it down a notch this month by being able to write about a more friendly topic. Whenever anyone asks me about trail running – the very first thing I point out every single time is the community – and the friendship. I do not initially point out the benefits of avoiding roads -It’s not becoming more aware of nature – not about getting dirty- not about any of the other amazing benefits of trail running. – I talk about the community. I talk about waiting for each other at trail junctions so people don’t take the wrong trail. I talk about sharing s-caps with someone during a race so they
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Enjoy “National Trails Day” With A New Trail

May 31, 2013 in Trail News, Trails by Eric Eagan

Many of us love and train on the Crescent Trail – Many of us love and train on the Victor Hiking Trails Seneca Trail.  It’s too bad there is no way to connect the two systems with a nifty little line of single track – Well – There WAS no way to do that – There is now. A long term vision with collaboration from the Victor Hiking Trails and the Crescent Trail Association with help and input from #TrailsRoc has allowed for a completed  connector piece of the Seneca Trail. The construction began with the fine folks from the VHT in early May and ended with a trail clean up day organized by #TrailsRoc in which we picked up 14 bags of trash. Please see the maps and images and video and enjoy the new trail!   The new extension begins at The North Face in Victor and heads
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