2017 Goodwin Forest Trail Run & Trails Day

Trails Day Weekend is always one of my favorites. Thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, and hundreds of volunteers, our state has one of the best Trails Day’s in the country. More than 235 events were planned for this weekend. IMG_5936

One of those was hosted by Debbie and several of her colleagues from the Bolton Land Trust and BikeWalk Bolton. The Kids’ Bike and Hike on the Hop River State Park Linear Trail attracted 18 kids and 21 adults. We biked from Bolton Notch on the rail trail to a parcel of land owned by the state, and then hiked to retrieve a “treasure.”

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Happening at the same time, was another BikeWalk Bolton event called the “Ride Rolling Museum.” More than 70 cyclists rode from Bolton Notch to Andover and back, exploring the history of the old rail line. It was great to see so many people enjoying the Hop River Trails, which is a true gem, right out our front door.

 

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Today, Debbie, our son Shepard, and I went to Goodwin State Forest for the 4th Goodwin Forest Trail Runs hosted by the Friends of Goodwin Forest. The Shenipsit Striders had a strong turnout for this Trails Day Weekend event that consisted of a 30K long course and 10K short course race on the rocky, “rooty,” and picturesque trails of this eastern Connecticut forest.

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Last year, Debbie ran the 30K and our son ran the 10K, but I just watched. This year, we all ran the 10K while our daughter was at a soccer tournament. We opted for the shorter race so that we could catch one of her matches afterwards. Afternoon rain was forecast, but the morning was beautiful, with sunshine, blue sky, and white puffy clouds.

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Debbie and our Shep each won their age groups and got a nice goodie bag filled with cookies and other prizes. Debbie also score a bottle of maple syrup for being the first woman to reach Governor’s Island in the middle of Pine Acres Lake.

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We had to leave before the 30K runners finished, so I’ll be interested to hear how it went for them. The Friends of Goodwin Forest volunteers had a nice post-race spread. Like I said, this was another great Trails Day event. The race was also part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The series continues with the Nipmuck South Trail Race next Sunday.

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