To: All Who are Registered for Run The Farm
Welcome to the fifth annual Run The Farm 5 mile Trail Race on October 26, 2014!
Your race directors have made some changes to this year’s race which we hope will make it even more enjoyable for everyone on race morning.
One of the more visible changes this year is after 29 years of “old school” tear-tags for race timing, we have made the leap into the 21st century with chip timing. This will speed up the results for the all races so we can award the kids prizes and be ready with plenty of time to start the 5 mile race at 9:30am.
Below are some very important instructions regarding the race. Please take a minute to read through — it will help make the day run more smoothly!
The Muscoot Farm park staff, Westchester County police, and our volunteers will all be working to make it a great day and leave lasting memories for each of you. We are especially excited about the kids race and we already have over 250 kids registered for Kids Run The Farm! Check the KIDS RACE LOGISTICS note for parents with kids running. Reading it will help you on race morning!
Here are some tips that you can incorporate into your plan for your morning:
1) ARRIVE EARLY Please plan to arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before your race (kids races start at 8:30am, 5 miler is 9:30am). Car pool if you can. The main parking is on the east side of Route 100 across from the main park. It is in a grass field and there will be Westchester County Police Officers directing the traffic and making sure pedestrian traffic is safe when crossing the busy Route 100. DO NOT PARK BETWEEN THE ORANGE CONES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ROAD. If the field parking fills up you will be allowed to park on the wide shoulder of Route 100 beyond the cones.
2) BIB PICKUP will be inside the white barn.
3) DRIVE SLOWLY and CAREFULLY on Route 100 and in the Lot! Watch the volunteers who are directing the parking. PARK TIGHT! Plan ahead — carpool & consolidate 2 cars into one if you can.
4) LISTEN TO PRE-RACE ANNOUNCEMENTS Race Director Tony Godino will have important information about the course and safety. We will be delivering last minute course instructions before the races so please be as quiet as possible during the short pre race announcements. Danny Martin will recite a brief call and response to set the tone before the 5 mile run.
5) LISTEN FOR THE START We will have a unique start to send runners on their way…
6) IF YOU NEED TO STOP OR SLOW DOWN ON THE COURSE, pull off to the side of the trail! Especially at the beginning of the race which will be crowded. The start of the course has 0.5 mile of dirt farm roads then 0.2 mile of meadow so there should be plenty of room to pass or slow down to reach your preferred pace. After then it tightens up for the next half mile onto single track trails. There are two meadows deep in the woods where it is wider and easier to pass. There is a big hill (aka “Godino’s Grind”) at around the 3 mile spot – if you have to slow down or walk up that hill, stay to the right.
7) STAY ON COURSE IF YOU CAN’T CONTINUE. There will be “sweeps” running the course following the slower runners. Wait for the sweep runner to get to you to assess your needs. If necessary, aid can come to you on the trail.
8) RESULTS: Printed lists of finishers with time and place will be available soon after the finish at the bib pickup area and shortly after that on the website. Check it out at http://runthefarm.org/results. We plan to announce the winners of the kids races before the 5 mile race starts. We will announce the winners of the 5 mile race starting around 11:00am.
9) THANK A VOLUNTEER A tremendous amount of volunteer effort has gone into creating this new event. If you see a volunteer please say hello. This event would not be possible without their help. We also would like to thank the Somers Volunteer Fire Department for having their dedicated EMS crew standing by in case they are needed. We are also grateful for the wonderful cooperation from Sue Moga and the Muscoot Farm staff and the County of Westchester Parks, Recreation and Conservation Dept.
10) SPEND YOUR FARM BUCKS Every finisher of the 5 Mile race will be handed one $5 “Farm Bucks” bill. (The kids races will also get $2 in Farm Bucks.) These Farm Bucks can be used like real dollars (on race day) at the Muscoot Farmers Market right near the finish area of the race. Our intent is to encourage runners to check out the market. We will exchange the Farm Bucks for real money at the end of the market so the Farmers will accept the bucks as real cash.
Please remember that because of the incompatibility with the farm animals there are NO DOGS ALLOWED at Muscoot.
See you October 26th at the Farm!
Good luck and have fun,
Tony, Judy, Rob and Dave and all of the dedicated volunteers
Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions list: http://runthefarm.org/faq