Who Should Sign Up for the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack?

 In From the Race Directors, Trail Updates

Thinking about giving the Sarah Bishop Bushwhack a try but wonder what kind of person signs up for a race like this? Lots of different people. The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is a challenging mix of terrain with a fair amount of elevation changes. If you’ve ever run The Leatherman’s Loop, Run the Farm, or A Mild Sprain—other trail races in Westchester—you’ll be right at home on these trails. The course starts briefly on pavement but soon enough you’ll be on the trails to Lookout Point, Bailey Mountain, and the rest of the course.

Are you coming from New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, or farther?

The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack is held at Mountain Lakes Park in Northern Westchester, New York, adjacent to the Connecticut border and crossing from North Salem to South Salem. If you’re familiar with Ridgefield, Connecticut, Katonah, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, Cross River, Somers, Mahopack, Yorktown, Bedford, and Mt. Kisco, then you know where we are. We’re an easy drive from White Plains, Yonkers, Greenwich, Stamford, Danbury, and New York City. If you’re traveling a greater distance, the county parks department offers overnight accommodations at yurts and cabins right at the park. Rent one and bring some friends—you’ll have the makings of a great time. Learn more here ››

Is this just for experts?

No, not at all. The Sarah Bishop Bushwhack 10k is for fun. I’m sure there will be some serious runners intent on claiming the winner’s jersey (one given for the fastest man and one for the fastest woman), but we’ll have all levels of runners. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate 400 runners so we anticipate the race to fill up quickly once registration is open.

What can I do after the race?

Glad you asked. There are plenty of great things to do in the area. Fall is a wonderful time to run or walk in the forest at a more leisurely pace and you could spend some time at Mountain Lakes Park, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Muscoot Farm and any of the county parks in the area. You could do some shopping in the local towns, or visit an orchard or two north of us—there’s so much to do. Plan to make a day of it.


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