We wanted to thank everyone for making the first ever “Run The Farm” trail races by all accounts a big success.
A huge thank you goes out to the staff at Muscoot for accomodating us and getting the farm chores done way earlier than usual for the special day. Many folks did not realize that the staff had to arrive before 5am on Sunday the 24th to make sure the animal traffic on the farm roads was limited to humans!
We have an unbelievable team mixed with new and seasoned volunteers that came together and made this event not only possible, but memorable and meaningful as well. We have put together an ad hoc page dedicated to our volunteers here: http://runthefarm.org/volunteers. Take a look and thank them when you get a chance. Apologies if anyone is left out — we will correct it ASAP!
We have many many photos of the day posted at the website (http://runthefarm.org/photos) and we encourage you to have a look and find yourself and/or your kids during the day.
If anyone has photos they’d like to contribute, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d also like to extend a thank you to the Somers Volunteer Fire Department who sent an EMS team ready to help and who provided aid to a number of people during the morning. We hope everyone is doing well!
A thank you as well to the Westchester County Police for keeping drivers and runners safe on Route 100 during the busy morning.
And finally, the only person who could describe how meaningful Danny Martin is to the Leatherman Harriers events is Danny himself. He is truly one of the healers of the earth.
“Run The Farm!”
-Tony, Judy, Mike, Rob, Dave, and the rest of the Harriers
A number of people have asked about the race blessing given by Danny Martin just before the start of the race. Here it is below:
In times of uncertainty we need to ground ourselves by getting in touch with the earth:
Running is one way; eating locally is another. Together we can Run The Farm
Let’s begin this grounding process with:
A Blessing for All Earth-Healers
[Response: “Run The Farm”]
For the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms, the soil builders:
For those who clean up the messes others have made:
For those who defend trees and renew the forests:
For those who heal the grasslands and renew the streams, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants:
Blessings on those who heal the cities, who bring them to life again with community gardens and nurture them with community farms:
For all who stand against greed, who risk themselves in service of the earth:
May all the healers of the earth find their own healing
May they bring alive a great awakening:
Today may WE touch the earth and be touched by it. May we ground ourselves in these difficult times as we:
Blessed be the healers of the earth.