After a week of heavy rain and gusty wind, the course had a day and a half to dry out a bit and we woke up to a perfect day for a run on the trails!
Nearly 700 runners crossed the finish line between the three races. The combined kids races had just under 300 finishers for the day.
We want to thank our gracious hosts at Muscoot Farm, especially Sue and Jonathan, and everyone who helped out at the farm to get it ready for our fifth annual event. Where else can you see an authentic 1890s-era historical working farm just an hour outside of New York City? Muscoot is truly one of the crowning jewels of the Westchester County Parks system.
We had a multitude of photographers (Ryan, Tom, Mark, Faith, Carol, Sawyer, John, Ciorsdan, Dan, and Rob) out there who volunteered their time for the morning! An outline with links to all of their photos is here.
The 5 Mile Races
Nick Roosa (32:11) of Hastings-On-Hudson finished comfortably first by just under a minute over second place finisher Gerry Sullivan (33:10). Gerry is a three time Run The Farm winner and still holds the course record, set in 2010 (30:48) and is working his way back after a few injuries. Craig Intinarelli (34:24), Keith Realander (34:28), and David Hambleton (35:14) rounded out the top five male finishers.
Kerri Lyons of Wilton CT won the women’s division in 34:53 which is a new course record, breaking the previous course record (just set last year) by almost a minute and a half. Kerri is the 2012 USA Trail Marathon Champion and she was really cruising out there on the Muscoot trails on Sunday, coming in 5th overall. Kennedy Reynolds (42:41), Alissa Nelson (43:30), Karen Haitoff (43:35), and Deborah Young (44:10) rounded out the top 5 women for 2014.
Kids Run The Farm
We had a record breaking day as many of the overall and age group records fell for the kids races.
Eamonn Sullivan (6:54) won overall in the 7-12 Year Old 2K race. Eamonn shattered the old course record of 7:13 by 19 seconds, becoming our first 2k trail runner to break 7 minutes on the course. Morgan Eigel won the girls division (8:07) over a very competitive 2K field.
Abigail Nager of Katonah NY won the 6 & under 1K race overall (5:00) and demolished the old course record by 26 seconds over the prior record of 5:26. Ronan O’Halloran of Wilton CT won the boys 6 & under 1K division (5:08).
The kids set a few new age group records as well. Katie Hulme of Chappaqua set a new 10/girls record of 8:21 in the 2K, edging out the prior 8:24 record set in 2011. Matthew Nachamkin of Cold Spring set a 7/Boys record with a 7:46 finish, beating the prior record of 8:19 set in 2011 by over 30 seconds. Sam Griff of Mt Kisco set a new 8/Boys record (7:49) by 13 seconds, beating the prior record of 8:02 set in 2011.
Of course Eamonn Sullivan (11/boys) and Abigail Nager (6/girls) set age group records with their new overall course records featured above.
The Farm, The Music, The People
Our Musical Guests
This year we welcomed the John Jay High School “Treble Makers” who are a co-ed acapella group that perform throughout the school district and region. Just this past weekend the were booked at 4 separate performances including Run The Farm.
The Treble Makers were also just accepted into an acapella competition being held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in March 2015! (and they are fundraising to offset the large cost of the trip if you’d like to help out). The student-performers you heard at the farm are some of the top performers at the school and include athletes, singers, actors, working interns, and honors students from all classes at JJHS.
For post-race entertainment we welcomed John Lawrence and the Leathermen bluegrass band on the stage. John and the group are long time guests of both the Loop and Run The Farm and provide foot-stomping music that made the day even more special
Trail Mix Update
The new Trail Mix Trail Series had 31 runners eligible to compete in the series continuing from Where The Pavement Ends and the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack. Trail Mix Results to date can be found here (will be updated shortly with Run The Farm results once final results are certified).
Keith Realander maintained his lead in the men’s overall division. Karen Haitoff also kept ahead of the pack in the women’s series. 27 runners in total have finished three of the four Trail Mix races so far — including Weena Dee who completed Run The Farm despite having her arm in a sling, maintaining her hold on the F20 category for the series.
The final race in the series is the Leatherman’s Loop. All Trail Mix runners will be selected automatically when they enter the Loop Lottery in January. Next year we are planning to expand the series — more on that in the coming months as details are still being worked out.
When we redeemed the farm bucks for real $ at the end of the day the Run The Farm “Farm Bucks Top 5” Champs of 2014 were 1.) Dutch Desserts, 2.) Hummingbird Ranch, 3.) Pickle Licious, 4.) Newgate Farms, and 5.) Fresh From Vermont. The vendors were loving the run, the runners, and the energy on Sunday!
We are sorry to say this was the last farmer’s market of the 2014 season at Muscoot — but some of these vendors attend winter markets around Westchester & Fairfield — and they will be back at Muscoot in May 2015.
Volunteers and Final Thoughts
We had many many volunteers who make this race a reality. The organizers owe a deep debt of gratitude to each and every one of them. Without them the race simply doesn’t happen.
And finally — a huge thank you to the runners and families who came out to participate in this new tradition. We are blessed to be able to celebrate such a great event with all of you.