The Paine to Pain Trail Half-Marathon starts this Sunday, October 4th, at Paine Cottage in New Rochelle. Paine to Pain – the longest trail race in Westchester County – made its debut last September when the Colonial Greenway was dedicated. The marathon covers a good portion of the Greenway, a massive figure-8 with over 20 miles of trails, incorporating many Westchester communities that nestle Long Island Sound.
Hosted by the local Sound Shore Runners and Multisport Club, the 13.1 mile race starts with a gunshot from a colonial musket at 9 am from the Thomas Pain historical site off North Avenue. The course proceeds up the Leatherstocking Trail past Larchmont into Mamaroneck, runs through Saxon Woods, and returns down the Hutchinson River Trail through Scarsdale and Eastchester before finishing on the New Rochelle High School track. The finish line is across the street from the start. Approximately 12 of the 13.1 miles are on dirt paths and in the woodlands.
Last year’s race received strong positive feedback from both runners and local officials, leading organizers to make this an annual affair. The race quickly grew from 50 runners last year to 200 pre-registered this year. Runners will descend on the course from throughout the tri-state area. (See: Fifty Runners Complete 13.1 Miles of Paine to Pain Classic.)
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who held the finisher’s tape for the men last year and will again this year, said, “Pain to Paine is fast becoming one of the New York area’s best – and most distinctive – racing traditions. We are delighted to host a spirited competition that brings together so many outstanding runners, and we are delighted also to show off the beautiful parks and trails of the Colonial Greenway.”
Mamaroneck Town Councilwoman Nancy Seligson, who held the finisher’s tape for the women last year and will again this year, said, “I’m thrilled to have the Second Annual Paine to Pain on the Colonial Greenway trail. The race highlights how unique the trail is and brings runners from all over to experience it. We’re proud to have the Colonial Greenway in our community.”
Last year’s winner for the women’s division, Deirdre Coupe Hopkins (Greenwich, CT), who is returning to defend her crown, said, “What an adventure! I grew up in Westchester so it was a blast to come back and run in familiar places – including my childhood friend’s backyard! Terrific support along the course and the track finish was very cool.”
Men’s division winner Gerry Sullivan (White Plains, NY) is also returning, and was no less exuberant, saying, “The best part of the Paine to Pain is the trail itself. Being able to race through 13 plus miles of woods while never leaving Westchester is awesome. The fact that more people don’t know about this gift of the trail is a crime. Finishing on the track is awesome too. Feels like we’re having our own little Olympics out there.”
Given the unique nature of the race, and the lack of any comparative event in the New York metropolitan region, organizers see this as a signature sporting event for the region in the years to come. The race has already attracted strong and private and government supporters that have co-sponsored the race.
Sponsors of the race include:
- City of New Rochelle
- Town of Mamaroneck
- Village of Scarsdale County of Westchester (Parks and Recreation)
- Sound Shore Runners and Multisport Club
- The Turkewitz Law Firm (NYC)
- Westchester Road Runner (White Plains)
- Breaking the Tape Productions, LLC (Harrison)
- JanMar Trophies (New Rochelle)
- Café Mozart (Mamaroneck)
- Robeks Smoothies (New Rochelle)
- Weichert, Realtors, House & Home (Riverdale)
- Jessie Solorzano, Licensed Massage Therapist (Rye Brook)
Eric Turkewitz is the founder and race director for Paine to Pain.