2014 Run for the Woods
The Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s “Run for the Trails” trail running races were held at Sessions Woods in Burlington on Saturday September 6th. The event consisted of two distances, a 5k and a 10k. Both courses utilized the gravel paths that make up much of the Sessions Woods trail system with the 10k course including a large section of Blue blazed single track.
Most runners in the 10k distance found the course more challenging than expected which is considered a good thing in the world of trail running. “It was pretty perfect” said the men’s overall winner Sean Greaney of Willington, “it was a mixture of easy rolling gravel roads, nice buffed out single track and gnarly sections where you have to use your hands.” Over-all women’s winner Deb Livingston added “you were either climbing or descending, there wasn’t much flat at all.”
Prior to race day over 100 entrants had pre-registered for the event and organizers had prepared for a huge turn-out by setting up off-site overflow parking at Lewis Mills High School with a shuttle bus running between the two sites. However Saturday morning’s stifling humidity levels seemed to discourage the usual day-of registration surge and the event remained small and low-key.
Proceeds from Run for the Trails are used by the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association for their ongoing work protecting and enhancing Connecticut’s land and hiking trail systems. Race organizers Kara Murphy and Jim Little assembled an impressive collection of sponsor donated prizes including engraved winner’s plaques, tickets to the Connecticut Folk Festival, $100.00 EMS gift certificates, gift certificates for Lyman’s orchards pies, swag bags from Fleet Feet, t-shirts, hats, etc. However the most coveted prizes were the hand carved walking sticks donated by the Connecticut Wood Carvers Association which were given to the overall men’s and women’s winners of each race.
The Run for the Trails is part of the Connecticut Blue Blazed Trail Running Series. For more information on this series click here: http://www.ctwoodlands.org/TrailRunning
For results click here: https://register.aratrace.com/results/default.aspx?event=26467&r=8796
For another take on this event check out Scott Livingston's Blog post here: http://scottlivingston.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/2014-run-for-the-woods-trail-race/