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The Rochester Orienteering Club hosts their annual trail run on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at Mendon Ponds Park.  The trail run offers participants 5K, 10K, 20K, and 50K race length options.

Last year’s trail run drew 200 participants, participation in this year’s event is limited to 300.

The 50K trail run is part of the USATF Niagara Association’s Ultra Series. The 20K and 50K trail runs are the last in the 2013 TrailsRoc Trail Runner of the Year Series.

The trail run begins at 8:00 am for those in the 50k event, 9:30 am for all other distances.

Trail run costs vary by distance and date of entry – $15-$35, please consult the web site for details and pre-registration.

About the Rochester Orienteering Club:
The Rochester Orienteering Club is a not for profit that organizes orienteering events in the Greater Rochester, N.Y., Region.  It holds two events per month during the spring, summer, and fall, and organizes several ski-orienteering events each winter. For more information: http://roc.us.orienteering.org

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Trail Run the Adirondacks

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by Denis Slattery / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, link to original post

Runners and cyclists are butting heads over a plan to pave a 1.5-mile stretch of trail in Van Cortlandt Park. The NYC city’s plan to pave the Putnam Trail, a scraggly dirt path that runs through the center of the park, has been a source of controversy since the project was announced in 2011.

Even as the $2.4 million restoration awaits approval by the state Department of Conservation, the debate over the use of asphalt to pave the trail — and make it accessible to bikers as well as the handicapped — continues to rage. “There is such precious little green space in the city and we are trying our darnedest to prevent them from using asphalt,” said Will Sanchez, an avid runner and member of the Save the Putnam Trail campaign.

Opponents insist the trail, a former railroad line, is unsuitable for pavement because it runs through a wetland.Save the Putnam Trail members have argued that a thorough environmental assessment needs to be conducted, and they insist stone dust would be preferable to asphalt.

A city landscape architect countered that suggestion at a Community Board 8 Parks Committee meeting last week, saying that using stone dust would require more excavation and exact a heavier toll on the environment.

On the other side of the path, supporters of the pavement plan say that asphalt would open the trail to cyclists and the disabled, and link up to existing bike trails in Westchester County. “Paving the trail is not going to cause the level of environmental damage that opponents are claiming. It’s not going through areas where the railroad hasn’t already been,” argued Rich Conroy of Bike New York, a cycling-geared nonprofit.

“The path could have a lasting environmental impact if we see the trend of people commuting by bicycle continue to grow,” he said.

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by Sue Freeman

IMG_3958I’ve owned Tevas for years – you know, the versatile sandals that work well for kayaking and short summer day hikes. In fact, I wear them so much that I go through several pairs each year.Teva Sandals

So, when Teva introduced their expansion onto dry land with the TevaSphere hiking boots, I was intrigued. They bill it as having a modular pod-based arch support and a spherical heel. I wanted to know what that meant to me – in terms of hiking comfort.

The pod-based arch support looked good to me. I have always had to add arch supports to my boots. And, my ankles have a propensity to turn, resulting in far too many sprained ankles. So the wideness under the arch looked like it might give my weak ankles some added stability without adding height to the boot. Another problem I face with boots is that my feet get hot and then my toes blister. By keeping the boot low I can keep foot heat to a minimum.

The spherical heel was supposed to offer a natural stride. Time to hit the trail…..

trail walkingThe first thing I noticed was the lightness. The TevaSheres felt lighter on my feet than typical sneakers and certainly lighter than most hiking boots. The lightness and the rounded heal meant that my steps glided along – a very smooth, effortless stride.

I’ve tried other lightweight hiking boots that offered the same supple comfort when you slip them on, but they lacked any lateral support and exacerbated my weak ankle problem. TevaSpheres cure this problem with the “pod” under the arch area. The wideness in the middle gives the boot stability, so as I glided along my feet were supported from lateral movement – a pleasant experience.

bay viewingInside, the ample arch support and cushioned foot bed kept my foot aligned without additional orthotic inserts. The cloth and mesh sides let my feet breathe.

The TevaShere boots I have are the TevaShere Trail. These are designed for women and are not waterproof – two attributes I very much appreciate. TevaSpehres also come in two other models. The TevaSphere Speed is for men and women and offers quick-dry materials. The TevaSphere Trail eVent is for men and women and offers a breathable waterproof membrane and added protection such as a toe bumper. I’d probably opt for this model if I was preparing for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. But for this day-hikes and short backpacking trips I do now, the TevaShere Trails will suit me just fine.

Years ago Teva changed the market with their sandals. They’re on track to do it again with their TevaSphere boots.

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NightRunner LED shoe headlights for runners.

NightRunner LED shoe headlights for runners.

With the development of their innovative Night Runner™ product, Doug Storer and his fiancé Renata, both avid runners, are on a mission to make pre-dawn and post-dusk running (on sidewalks, roads or trails) safer for the overwhelming percentage of runners who run during those times of day.  The couple has launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding to help continue their mission to bring the Night Runner™ to market. The Kickstarter campaign can be accessed via the following link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1690988499/night-runner-led-shoe-lights

The Kickstarter campaign has a modest goal of securing $38k by June 10th 2013 to help fund the development of additional prototypes and the initial tooling process for manufacturing the finished product. The couple is calling on the running community to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to help make the product a reality. As is standard with all Kickstarter campaigns, contributors receive a “thank you” ranging from Night Runner branded sport phone holders to tech shirts to the product itself (for contributors at the $50+ level).

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By: ABC15.com, link to original post & video

There is a new app that can help keep you safe while hiking.
The app is called, “Bugle” and was created by a Seattle-based company.

How it works:
Before heading out to go jogging or hiking, enter your activity details, such as where you’re hiking, into the app.
Select the emergency contacts that you would want to be notified in case of an emergency.
Select a time that you should be completed with your hike, jog or bike ride.
Check back in to the app at the completion of your activity and on time.

If you do not check back in on time, the app sends an alert to your emergency contacts. All the information is store in the cloud. That means that even if you lose your phone or drop your phone, a distress call will go out when you surpass your check in time. Even if you can’t call for help yourself, someone will.

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By NED CAMPBELL,  Observer-Dispatch,link to original post

The Oneida Common Council Tuesday night gave its approval to connect the city’s rail trails.

The vote was unanimous to support the Oneida Improvement Committee’s Rail Trail project, which will connect trails that already exist in the form of abandoned railroad beds into a cohesive 10.75-mile recreational path for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

The council authorized acting Mayor Max Smith to file a state Department of Transportation Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program grant application.

The city is seeking just under $700,000 in STEP funding and would have to match 20 percent of that. The estimated $144,420 in matching funds would be covered by in-kind services, committee President Joe Magliocca said. “It is fully the intention of everyone involved in putting this grant together to make sure there are no new tax dollars going to this,” he said.

Almost $10,000 would be accounted for by volunteer hours, according to the grant application that was prepared by the Madison County Planning Department. An $8,500 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation also would go toward matching the funds.

The scope of the project changed when the county Planning Department learned of the STEP grant about three weeks ago, senior planner Jamie Hart said.

If awarded, the grant would allow the city to fund a variety of improvements to parks located along the trail. Those would include upgraded bathrooms at Allen Park and Carinci Park, a new bathroom and a revitalized stream bank at Maxwell Field, the second and third phases of a new playground at Allen Park and an accessible fishing platform for the creek on Hubbard Place.

The funds also would go toward installing such trail amenities as trail head signs, benches, picnic tables and bike racks as well as historical kiosks emphasizing the city’s rich railroad past.

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