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Eric Eagan October 08, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 5

Building a Trail Town from Scratch - Page 6

Putting the Trails to Use

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Racers enjoying their trails. Photo courtesy of #TrailsRoc.

Your trail is built! It is a beautiful space to enjoy the outdoors, so what happens when someone comes along and wants to run a race on your new system?

Mort Nace, General Manager of Medved Running and Walking in Rochester, and one of the local pioneers of trail racing knows all of the ins and outs. "First things first,” he says. "You have to know what your impact on the trail will be and what your clean-up plan is.”

Every system has a different policy on use for trails. You need to know if that trail is a private system, or a municipality system. Either way, be sure to go through the proper channels for approval. Initially, it may seem like a lot of work—but save yourself time and energy by heeding Nace’s advice: “Make sure there are no surprises on race day and this means planning like crazy.”

There will be hard work, especially during the start-up days, but the rewards will come when you are finally the one posting pictures of sun-spackled singletrack in your neighborhood—and knowing you made it all happen.

 

Eric Eagan, Co-Founder of #TrailsRoc, is an avid trail runner living in Greece, NY. When Eric is not running, he is hiking the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes Trail, snowshoeing the trails and hills of Western NY or canoeing the waterways of New York State.


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