An overcast day in the low 50 degree range greeted the early morning crew at Muscoot Farm. The past week’s rain and wind storm drew many leaves off the trees and fluffed them up on the trails. The weather and conditions were perfect for a run on the trails of Muscoot Farm.
721 runners crossed the finish line between the three races.The combined kids races had just over 300 finishers for the day.
Eamonn Sullivan repeated as the men’s overall winner with a time of 31:28. Newcomer Betsy Eickelberg won the women’s overall race with a time of 36:06.
Past winner and Trail Mix Series champion Luis Francisco was second overall in the men’s race at 32:27. Asa Friedrich was third with a time of 33:34.
Past women’s winner and Trail Mix Series champion Lindsey Felling was second in the women’s race with a time of 37:36. Kelsey Crawford was third overall with a time of 41:14.
Kids Run the Farm
Abigail Nager of Katonah repeated as champ of the overall girls 2k race with a time of 7:37. This was Abigail’s THIRD Kids Run the Farm overall win, having won last year and also in 2014 when she was 6 years old winning the 1k race outright and setting a course record that stands to this day.
Ayla Goore repeated as winner of the girls 1k with a time of 5:09. This is 11 seconds faster than her 2018 race and marks the only time a runner has won back-to-back 1k races at Run the Farm.
This year two course records fell — both of them to a Farrell boy in the first kids race (7-12 year old division).
The first one to go was the boys 10 year old record which was captured by 9-time Kids Race runner Cal Farrell. Cal has been Running The Farm since he was 2 years old — and he has raced every year since then. He crushed it with a 7:03 finish, topping the prior record held since 2015 by then 10-year old Eamonn Sullivan (now 16 and this year’s 5 mile race winner) who had a previous record of 7:19 at 10 years old.
Cal’s younger brother Owen Farrell swiped the 8 year old boys record this past Sunday from Sam Griff who held the M8 record for five years. Owen did it in a time of 7:39, edging out Sam’s record by 10 seconds.
The overall 5 mile race records stood this past Sunday. Gerry Sullivan’s 2010 dominant inaugural race performance remains the gold standard for Run The Farm 5 milers to strive towards at 30:48.
Kerri Lyons‘ 2014 performance stands the test of time at 34:53. The 2019 winner Betsy Eickelberg has come closest of anyone (36:06).
We want to thank our gracious hosts at Muscoot Farm, especially Brenda, Jonathon, Brad, Joan, Mary and everyone who helped out at the farm to get it ready for our Tenth annual event.
There is no other place like Muscoot Farm. It is one of the beauties of the Westchester County Parks system. Muscoot is unique in its purpose and mission in New York State and possibly the country. The authentic 1890s-era historical working farm has enriched the lives and education of generations of kids. Many local parents fondly remember going to Muscoot Farm when growing up in the area — and it is fantastic to be able to take our kids to the farm as well.
Thank you to all of the race volunteers who come out and help with the pre-run (aka Cobweb Crew), registration, setup, timing, handing out farm bucks and medals, distributing bagels, patching up injuries, making sure runners turn onto the correct trail, setting the course, sweeping the course, and cleaning up so other park visitors enjoy the same experience we all had.
We also had a team of volunteer photographers (Sawyer, Michelle, Ciorsdan, Rob, Michael, Jasper, Ingrid, Lee, Gene, and Mike) out there who took photos of you all (and your kids) on Sunday morning! Check all of their photos here.
The Farm, The Music, The People
Our Musical Guests
For post-race entertainment we welcomed back The Leathermen bluegrass band. John and the group have been long time guests of both the Leatherman’s Loop and Run The Farm. They always draw an appreciative crowd.
The 2019 Trail Mix Trail Series has nearly 100 runners who are eligible to finish the series continuing from Leatherman’s Loop (April), A Mild Sprain (May), Where The Pavement Ends (Sept) the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack (Sept), and Paine to Pain (Oct). Trail Mix Results to date can be found here. These have been updated with Run The Farm results.
One thing we can tell you for sure about the Trail Mix Finale: The results are up in the air for men’s race. The women’s race top spot is locked up by Lindsey Felling (congrats!) — but the age categories are undecided.
The FINAL race in the 2019 Trail Mix Series is the Raven Rocks Run on November 10th, 2019 at 9am at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. The course starts and ends in the same spot as the Leatherman’s Loop, but heads into the high hills of the Rez. Sign up now for this challenging capstone for the 2019 Trail Mix Series.
When we redeemed the farm bucks for real $ at the end of the day the Run The Farm “Farm Bucks Top 5 Vendor” Champs of 2019 were 1.) Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, 2.) Pickle Licious, 3.) Meredith’s Bread, 4.) Kookie Kueen, and 5.) Hudson Milk Company.
The Farmer’s Market vendors always love having the runners there — and loved the energy on Sunday!
The Muscoot Farmer’s Market continues through November 24, 2019. After then, most of the vendors move to indoor farmer’s markets. Then they will return to Muscoot in early May 2020.
We have many many volunteers who make this race a reality. Without them the race simply doesn’t happen. We invite you to check the volunteers page and if you know any of them say thanks ;)
Special thanks to the Westchester County Police for keeping runners and families safe when crossing the busy Route 100. Thanks to Gary Cohn who has been bringing the scouts to Run The Farm to act as course marshals and help with handing out medals and farm bucks since the race began in 2010.
An extra special thank you goes out to Mike Goldberg, Somers VFD Captain and the Somers VFD EMS crew for coming out and supporting the race and runners. The Somers EMS crew has been with for all 10 years of Run The Farm. They are always helping and assisting all comers. Sunday was thankfully a light day for the EMTs — and we always send good healing vibes out to injured runners!
Lastly we want to thank the runners and families who came out to participate in this tradition. We are blessed to be able to celebrate such a great event with all of you.
PS: Please let us know your stories from your day. We appreciate your feedback and consider it a gift from the runners and families to help us improve the experience for everyone.