SATURDAY MUDDY SHOES TRAIL RUN INFO

Yo, Forest Joggers!

Saturday is right around the corner. Time to start thinking about hitting the trails for a Muddy Shoes trail run. The colder snot-rocket-inducing temps of Winter are gone, and we still have time to enjoy the mild weather of Spring before the infamous DMV heat and humidity step in. So, I ask you, why would you choose to sleep-in instead of pounding dirt with some other bad-ass and slightly odiferous trail buds? BTW, while our hygiene is questionable our friendliness and charm are a sure thing! Come see for yourself!

This week we will venture out on some awesome trails in Central MoCo. We’ll be re-visiting the site of this year’s Muddy Shoes Farm Park Challenge to start off but we’ll end up running all the way out past the Ag Farm on the Upper Rock Creek trail and pick up the North Branch trail (I call it the Olney Trail) that will take you out towards Bowie Mill Road. This is an out-and-back course but there are a lot of very cool side trails you can take off the Olney Trail (Marked with Red and Yellow blazes) or add on back at the Ag Farm with the trails there. Weather might be moist but very runnable. Still no high temps or humidity so take advantage while you can!

As usual, announcements then the details:

  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10-year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occasion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Save the Date! July 27th! The Annual Muddy Shoes Summer Phat Ass on the trails of Seneca Lake! More details to come! Stay tuned!
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, run details:

Location: Agricultural Farm Park and Olney Trail

Address:  18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 18 May 2024

Time: 0730

Course: Out-and-back on the following trails, in order – Percheron, Carson Farm, Upper Rock Creek and North Branch (aka Olney Trail). Many options for side trails and add on miles.

Caltopo: This is the whole route, no sides. https://caltopo.com/m/30FM0

This shows just the Olney section with some of the side trails https://caltopo.com/m/1J8N0

Distance: Just over 10 miles round trip (feel free to do shorter or longer)

Pace: Slow, fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

TUESDAY TRAILS AT NEEDWOOD & OUTTA THE WAY CAFÉ!

Hey Forest Joggers,

It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month – Outta The Way Café night! Oh…but first we have to do that running thing. Darn, I was hoping to go straight there for a chow-down but we do have to run first. Gotta earn that burger! That’s how it works.

So, first, announcements then run details:

  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10-year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occassion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Save the Date! July 27th! The Annual Muddy Shoes Summer Phat Ass on the trails of Seneca Lake! More details to come! Stay tuned!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Lake Needwood (Hiker/Biker Trail parking Lot)

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 14 May2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Counter-Clockwise. Blue Jay Loop and Beaver Tale then back down other side across dam.

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/QSLA5

Distance: 6-ish miles with warm-up (feel free to do shorter or longer)

Pace: Slow, Fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Outta The Way Café Address: 17503 Redland Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

Menu: https://www.outta.com/printable-menu

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

SATURDAY TRAILS with MUDDY SHOES

Hey there, Forest Joggers!

Time to start looking towards the weekend. This your “Me” time. You get to do what YOU want. Not what the boss says. It’s ‘Trail Time with Muddy Shoes’! Tell your friends, family, pets, etc. that they are not at the top of the “Priority’ Totem pole. You’ve got to hit the trails, then you’ll see if you can squeeze them in. Its all about adjusting priorities. See me if you need the ‘Priority ‘ talk. I’ll set you straight.

Anyway, I digress. This weekend we hit the trails of MoCo. We’ll be heading down county to hit the Lower Greenway and Seneca Bluffs Trails for a nice little loopty-loop. You can also do a shorter out-and-back if that suits your fancy. Either way we’ll be on some really nice single-track. Weather will be nice, maybe a touch chilly at the start. We’ll be begging for weather like this come August, so take advantage of it now.

OK first announcements, then the details:

  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10-year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occassion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Save the Date! July 27th! The Annual Muddy Shoes Summer Phat Ass on the trails of Seneca Lake! More details to come! Stay tuned!
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Now for the details for Saturday:

Location: Lower Greenway/Seneca Bluff Loop

Address: 15801-16099 Seneca Rd, Poolesville, MD. 20837

Date: 11 May 2024

Time: 0730

Course: Up Greenway to Rt.28. Up Rt.28 on shoulder to Seneca Bluffs Trail and back down to the start.

Caltopo: Not available

Distance: 12-ish miles

Pace: Slow, Fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

TRAIL TUESDAY AT NEEDWOOD

Hey Trail Heads,

I’m AWOL this Tuesday. You’re all grown ups (at least on paper!) so I trust you all know what to do this evening…run your butts off, keep your eyes on the trail and make sure everyone gets back safely. That’s not so hard!

While I have your attention, many, many congrats to all the bad ass trail dogs that came out and ran the Farm Park Challenge this past Saturday. The rain added another level of challenge but, man oh man, were there some tough cookies out there! Also, many, many kudos to all the volunteers for coming out to support. It was a great event!

OK, now for announcements then details:

  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10-year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occassion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Save the Date! July 27th! The Annual Muddy Shoes Summer Phat Ass on the trails of Seneca Lake! More details to come! Stay tuned!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Lake Needwood (Hiker/Biker Trail parking Lot)

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 7 May2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Clockwise. Parilla Path, Beaver Tale Trail and back with hill repeats on Potty Hill

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/0NFMC

Distance: 5.7-ish miles with warm-up (feel free to do shorter or longer)

Pace: Slow, Fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

TUESDAY TRAILS AT NEEDWOOD!

Hey Tuesday Trail Dogs,

Alrighty, Tuesday is here, and we are headed back to Lake Needwood (don’t forget, we switched locations!). This week we will hit the Blue Jay Loop and the infamous Troll Trail. I don’t know why it’s infamous, but it sounds more exciting when I use that adjective. None the less, we’ll be hittin’ it this evening, infamous or not. But, first, as usual, announcements, then details.

  • HEY!!!! Registration is open for the Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occasion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Lake Needwood (Hiker/Biker Trail parking Lot)

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 30 April 2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Counter-Clockwise. Up East side of lake and over to Blue Jay Loop then up Mudcat Trail to Needwood Road, cross over lake on road then at the far side, cross the road head out and back on Troll Trail then down West Side Trail with a stop at Adie’s Hill for repeats then back down, cross dam and you’re back at the lot.

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/FFJUP

Distance: 6.7-ish miles with warm-up (feel free to do shorter or longer)

Pace: Slow, Fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

***ATTENTION–TUESDSAY TRAILS MOVE TO NEEDWOOD TONIGHT

Needwood! Needwood! Needwood! Not a question (and I’m not going there!) but a lake…and our new Tuesday night trail run venue. Yup, time to move back to our Summer quarters until the light fades again in the Fall. But that’s waaaaay down the road.

So, for the unfamiliar the Tuesday Needwood runs are slightly longer than Redland but we get more trail variety. We also get everyone’s favorite activity – Hill Repeats <crowd roars>! Yeah, I knew you’d like that.

OK, so as usual announcements, then details:

  • HEY!!!! Registration is open for the 14th Annual Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occasion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program left off. Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Lake Needwood (Hiker/Biker Trail parking Lot)

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 23 April 2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Clockwise. Go across dam, then left up Parilla Path, loop back down to Westside Trail, go left,  then out to Needwood Road. Cross over lake and do out-and-back on Beaver Tale Trail (aka Upper Rock Creek trail). Then head back into Park and pick up Mudcat Trail on your right. At the intersection with Needwood Trail go right and come down East side of lake and back to parking lot. Repeats on Potty Hill. Voila! You’re done!

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/0NFMC

Distance: 5.75-ish miles with warm-up (feel free to do shorter or longer)

Pace: Slow, Fast and In-between; all are welcome!

Vibe: Chill

Hope to C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

MUDDY SHOES SATURDAY TRAIL RUN – RIFFLEFORD ROAD (Or is it Riffle Ford – 2 words?)

Hey Trail Joggers,

Ready for a Saturday Trail run with Muddy Shoes? Betcha can’t wait cuz they are soooo much fun! Weather will be fine so nothing to worry about there. We’ll be doing a loopty-loop course starting at Riffle Ford Road and heading South on the Greenway to Black Rock Mill and then back up the other side of the creek on the Seneca Ridge Trail to the start. Hopefully the three amigos (if you know, you know) will be there getting ready for Cinco de Mayo!

BTW, did you know that Saturday is National 420 Day? There will be a Muddy Shoes bong next to the water jugs at the turn around! (No…not really!) And I dare you to try the Gummy Bears on the snack table!

As usual, first announcements then details:

  • HEY!!!! Registration is open for the 14th Annual Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10-year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occasion, we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program left off. Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Seneca Greenway Trail- at Riffleford Road

Address: 16864 Riffle Ford Road, Darnestown, MD 20878

Date: 20 April 2024 (Yes, 420 Day)

Time: 0730

Course: From Riffleford, down the Greenway to Black Rock Mill. Back up on Seneca Ridge

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/6GVD3

Distance: About 10.75 miles

Pace: You pick. We have all paces, including walkers.

Vibe: M-e-l-l-o-w. This is not a race.

C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

FOREST JOGGING TUESDAY AND OUTTA THE WAY CAFÉ!!!

Hey Gang,

Seeing how we missed our usual and customary 2nd Tuesday of the month Outta the Way Café post-run gathering (I guess you could say it was eclipsed!), we will make it up tonight after our run. BTW, I think this will be our final Redland run before we switch venues for the season to Lake Needwood. But I’ll announce that when it happens. In the meantime, I hope to C U there this evening. Weather will be perfect!

Ok, announcements first, then details about tonight’s forest jogging activity.

  • HEY!!!! Registration is open for the 14th Annual Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. To mark the occasion we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program left off. Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Redland Middle School (Around back on right side of school)

Address: 6505 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 16 April 2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Clockwise. Upper Trail first

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/ABPQC

Distance: 5 miles with warm up, 4.3 without

Pace: You pick. We have all paces, including walkers.

Vibe: M-e-l-l-o-w. This is not a race.

C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

MUDDY SHOES SATURDAY TRAIL RUN

Attention Trail Slappers, Root Kickers, Rock Smackers and Forest Joggers!

We are heading out for our second Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Run of 2024! This week we are hitting the Seneca Greenway and Goshen Branch Trails starting up at Log House Road and heading South. This run is always a treat. The trail is beautiful! Weather will be nice and dry but quite breezy. We’ll have water out on the course and snackeroos and post-run mingling back at the parking lot as usual. Hope I C U there!

OK, announcements then details:

  • OY!!!! Registration is open for the 14th Annual Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. Things have kinda taken off since then! We’ll be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save up your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details for Saturday:

Location: Log House Road Trail Head

Address: 23521-23599 Log House Rd. Gaithersburg, MD 20882

Date: 13 April 2024

Time: 0730

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/9QUAL

Distance: 12 ½ mile out and back; go shorter or longer if you like!

Pace: You pick. We have all paces, including walkers.

Vibe: M-e-l-l-o-w. This is not a race.

C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes

TUESDAY TRAILS AT REDLAND M.S.

Howdy, Forest Joggers,

Tuesday is upon us! I am out of town (Eclipse chasing) but you can run amongst yourselves according to the directions below. Make sure as a group that everyone watches out for each other. Make sure everyone gets in safe. Make sure any new runners aren’t left alone on the trails. We will make up for Outta the Way Cafe NEXT week.

Ok, announcements first, then details about tonight’s forest jogging activity.

  • HEY YOU!!!! Registration is open for the 13th Annual Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Marathon. Mark your calendars for May 4th (go ahead and say it, you Star Wars freaks – May the 4th be with you!)! Located in the center of Montgomery County at the Agricultural Farm Park in the budding metropolis of Derwood! Pick your poison – 3 hour, 6 hour or 10 hour trail challenges or the marathon. Race day volunteers are also needed. It’s always been a great day to come run and hang out at a beautiful venue with some of your filthiest trails buds. More info on registering to run or volunteer here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Did I mention that 2024 marks the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes? Yup, ten years ago we had our first run. Can anybody guess where it was? Free Muddy Shoes sticker for the correct answer. It was on Tuesday March 25th and it was 5.02 miles long. Attendees were myself and 7 other folks See if you can guess. Anyway, we will be getting some commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs have started! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program left off. Regular Saturday runs that take us to trails and venues that you might not have seen in a larger group. We also provide after-run refreshments (remember ice cold mini-Cokes and pickle chips?) and chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details sent out each Friday.
  • We have swag! Muddy Shoes Baseball caps (a mere $15), Buffs ($10) and Reusable Cups ($5). See Coach Phil or Coach Mike (Chau)

Ok, details:

Location: Redland Middle School (Around back on right side of school)

Address: 6505 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 09 April 2024

Time: Warm Up 6 p.m. Main event 6:15

Course: Counter-Clockwise. Lower Trail first

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/ABPQC

Distance: 5 miles with warm up, 4.3 without

Pace: You pick. We have all paces, including walkers.

Vibe: M-e-l-l-o-w. This is not a race.

C U there cuz THESE TRAILS AIN’T GONNA RUN THEMSELVES!

Cheers,

Muddy Shoes