2013 Traprock 50K

We raced the Traprock 50K after missing in 2012. We were at the race last year, but just to watch. This year, both Debbie and I ran. I did two and a half laps and then decided to end my day. It was the right decision to stop after 24+ miles and log it as a workout. I’ve had a crazy work schedule and it didn’t make sense to go farther when my big races are later in the year. My legs were cooked and I was hurting. I needed the miles and got some.

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Debbie was the first woman. Her time wasn’t the best, but she has had a relatively slow start to the season after taking a longer than normal winter break from training. No excuses. She was also happy to finish her first ultra of the year and earn her third “rock” award from the Traprock gang.We had a blast hanging out with our friends from the Shenipsit Striders and we saw a lot of other friends from around New England who drove to Bloomfield for this great event at Penwood State Park. I even saw some of my friends from the Hartford Extended Area Triathletes come out of hibernation to frolic on the trails.

2013_Traprock 50K 82_Debbie Livingston

Founding Race Director, Steve Nelson, and his dedicated volunteers did a great job again. They were loud and cheered constantly as we entered aid stations. They even played bongos! Special thanks to the volunteer who drove me back from the far side of the course. I waited for Debbie to come through the aid station where I stopped, before hitching my ride back to the start/finish. I was able to photography her at the last aid station with three miles to go and then again at the finish, where I was joined by my parents and our kids to cheer for her.

2013_Traprock 50K 42_David Merkt

It was colder than I would have liked, but that is how this New England spring has gone. I may have been a little underdressed, but live and learn. Two weeks ago at the Old School race, I was overdressed. It was great to run on the New England  National Scenic Trail (NET), which in Penwood is the Metacomet Trail. I invited Eric Hammerling, Executive Director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), to set up an informational table at the start/finish. I’m glad he came. Thank you to State Representative David Baram of Bloomfield for adopting Penwood State Park during the 100th anniversary year of Connecticut State Parks. He was our honorary starter.

2013_Traprock 50K 11_Rep. David Baram and Eric Hammerling

It was also nice to see Christine Woodside, the editor of CFPA’s Connecticut Woodlands and AMC’s Appalachia, two of my favorite periodicals. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is the maintainer of the NET in Massachusetts and CFPA is the maintainer in Connecticut. Congratulations to Christine, who after completing the one lap event, drove to NH to get her White Mountain 4000 Footer Club award at the annual dinner.

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The Traprock crew have been kind enough to make significant contributions to the CFPA from past race proceeds. This year’s record turnout should permit philanthropy again. We will see. As a trail user, it is important to show appreciation for the CFPA staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails, including the NET. I’ll only make two pitches and then leave it at that: if you are a trail runner who enjoys Connecticut’s trails, then you really should be a member of the CFPA. If you run all over New England, you should be a member of AMC. Please join! Disclaimer: I’m a member of CFPA’s Board of Directors, a member of AMC’s Board of Advisors (with Debbie) and have a passion for land conservation and trail access.

2013_Traprock 50K 109_Marty, Debbie, and Steve

A shout out to David Merkt of the Shenipsit Striders. This guy is so modest. He was appropriately cautious at the start, and again after lap one, when I was still with him! Then, he just kept going and smoked the course with a 4:31, good for second overall. Great job Dave! You did us proud.

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It would be great to see many of the Traprock runners come to the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races in Somers, Connecticut on 19 May. Debbie is the Race Director. It’s one of the ways that she pays back the trail community for all that it has given her.

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3 Responses to “2013 Traprock 50K”


  1. 1 Christine Woodside 14 April 2013 at 7:55 am

    At the CFPA table after my race, I enjoyed showing the runners the New England Trail map, telling them about the newest section of it, the Menuncatuck Trail in Guilford, which is completed almost all the way to Long Island Sound. In addition to editing Appalachia and Connecticut Woodlands, I’ve found a lot of joy and purpose in trail maintenance. My husband Nat Eddy and I maintain a section of the New England Trail (the Mattabesett) in MIddletown. Runners — CFPA will sponsor a trail race in Sessions Woods in September. Scott is on its board of directors.


  1. 1 2013 Hellgate | Life Adventures Trackback on 17 December 2013 at 10:18 pm
  2. 2 2014 Traprock 50K | Life Adventures Trackback on 19 April 2014 at 7:13 pm

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