Eric and Sheila, serving as President and Co-Founder of #TrailsRoc (Eric) and Secretary/Treasurer (Sheila), as well as owners of Trail Methods, have a long and proven track record of commitment to responsible and sustainable trail use.
With every race we have operated under the #TrailsRoc name or the Trail Methods name we have left the trail in better condition after the race than it was prior.
How do we do this?
Responsible Cap (150)- Every race we have ever operated has limited entrants below what is put in place by current land managers. We believe that the trails, while a wonderful home for race experiences are also used year round and our race should have in place the same “Leave No Trace” use that we would expect from any other user.
A responsible cap limits footprint on the trails – Eliminates the slim chance of liter occurring from our runners – Actually drives interest to the trail as folks who are not in the race want to know what it is all about and will make a visit to see the trail.
For this reason our cap is at 150 runners – This is 300 feet. More than that is simply not responsible.
Trail Work days – Before and after every race. We know even with a responsible cap there is a chance a section here or there may show wear and tear. We are on the trail before, and after the event to ensure that everything is in tip top shape both before and after our race. We will ensure the trail is sustainable and usable for years to come.
We believe EVERY organization that hosts a race on ANY trail should do the same.
All of our trail work days are in cooperation with any existing trail maintenance crews.
Runner Education – Not everyone who loves to run with us is aware of the work that goes into building and maintaining trails. Not everyone who runs with us is aware there is proper etiquette for running on trails (staying on trail, going through mud not around, etc).
We educate every runner about these points and are confident this process has produced more savvy, knowledgeable, and sustainable minded trail users.
Donations to those who help build/maintain Trails – We know that our local trails did not build themselves and will not maintain themselves. We also know our trail work days help, but we can do more. After each race we make a donation to the organization(s) that help build and maintain trails where we run.
Crescent Trail Association – Host of the 0SPF Trail 1/2 Marathon (mid race through turn around). We have provided labor hours as well as multiple cash donations to the CTA to assist them in reaching their goals
Victor Hiking Trails – Host of the 0SPF Trail 1/2 Marathon – Start and finish area and connection to the CTA – We have helped the VHT plan and build a connector trail so the Crescent Trail and the Seneca Trail now meet up for a long continuous trail. We have supported with both labor and cash donations to VHT
GROC and the Town Of Victor Recreation Department – Dryer Road Park is the home of Ready – Set -Glow! We have supported GROC and the Town On Victor in what they call “unprecedented ways” with both financial and manual labor hours – Leaf blowing 5 miles of single track every fall within the park
Monroe County Parks Department – Home to 2 #TrailsRoc races – We have also “adopted” 2 parks, Black Creek and Durand Eastman. In both locations we host 5 minimum trail days every year. We have created miles of new single track as well as maintaining and cleaning existing trail.
Town Of Webster Recreation Department – Home of a Trail Methods winter fat bike race. We maintain and clean the small single track sections of the park to ensure a safe and clean experience for hikers in the park.