TUESDAY TRAILS AND OUTTA THE WAY CAFÉ!

Hey Forest Joggers and Root Chuckers,

Did you check the calendar? It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means it’s an Outta The Way Café night! Time for a post-run mingle and chow down at one of our favorite gathering places. Oh…almost forgot… first we have to do that run-thingamajig.

So, we will be doing something slightly different so we can get done in time for dinner. Round the lake with only the Troll Trail. This will still be almost 6 miles if you include the warm up.

This might be the last nice weather we get for a while on a Tuesday. Heat dome is a-coming. C’mon out and enjoy it while you can!

As usual, announcements then details:

  • 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 commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs are ongoing! 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 for this evening:

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

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 11 June 2024

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

Course: Slight change to normal routine – Clockwise. Over dam and up to Needwood Road staying along lake shore. At Needwood Road cross onto Troll Trail for out-and-back. Cross lake on Needwood Road and turn right back into park. Take Mudcat Trail on your right. Take next right onto Needwood Trail and return along lake shore to parking lot. Easy-peazy!

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/HP03H

Distance: 5.8-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

SATURDAY TRAIL RUN – PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK

Hey Trail Doggies,

Time for another weekend of Muddy Shoes trail bliss. We got two things going on this weekend.

First, on Saturday, we’ll venture out and hit the trails of Patuxent River State Park. This venue offers tons of parking, shade and awesome single track. As an added plus, it’s down the road a hop from Sunshine General Store where they make one of the best cheeseburgers in the whole DMV! https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2023/08/07/best-burgers-readers/

But I digress! I put a request in to Mother Nature to throw us some splendid weather. Hope she obliges cuz she was feelin’ Wizard-of-O-nasty a coupla days ago. Right?! Right now, it’s forecast to be 60 and sunny at run time with the humidity dropping drastically while we run. Details below.

The 2nd thing going on is on Sunday there will be a memorial run for a dear friend and stalwart of our local running community Kevin Ruppel who passed away this past Winter from ALS. It will be a choice of runs – one on pavement, one on trail,  followed by a celebration of Kevin’s life. Here is the link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/3371890129613093 I really hope to see you there.

OK, announcements, then Saturday run details:

  • 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 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! Great run followed by an awesome potluck post-run mingle. Muddy Shoes provides burgers, dogs and tater tots. Currently in discussion with a local MoCo brewery to supply some liquid refreshment to each thirsty participant! 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, details for this Saturday:

Location: Patuxent River State Park

Address: 23222 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833

Date: 08 June 2024

Time: 0730

Course: Loop is 3.75 miles. Recommend three loops for ~11.25

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/T007L

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

Folks, I’m beginning to think Mother Nature is going to be sending us a big bill to pay for all this nice weather she keeps sending our way. Hoping our ‘Nice Weather’ subscription doesn’t run out too soon. But we all know the heat and humidity will get here in the coming months. Simple course of action is to get out and enjoy it NOW!

Sooooo, as usual, announcements then details:

  • As many of you know, we lost Kevin Ruppel, a great friend and runner, this past Winter to ALS. There will be a KEVIN RUPPEL MEMORIAL FUN RUN on Sunday, June 9th. Please come out to run and/or share memories. https://fb.me/1X7o7IMoUlBptoX
  • 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 commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs are ongoing! 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 for this evening:

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

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 04 June 2024

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

Course: Clockwise. Over dam and up onto Parilla Path, up to Needwood Road and cross lake. At far end, go left across road  and head out and back on Beaver Tale (aka Upper Rock Creek) then back into park and down East side of lake on Mudcat and Needwood Trail. Easy-peazy!

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

SATURDAY TRAILS – ONE OLD, ONE NEW

Hey Trail Dudes and Trail Dudettes,

Got any plans for Saturday morning?

Sleeping-in is NOT a plan. It’s an excuse. And a lame one, at that!

Sittin’ around in your skivvies, scrolling on your iphone, slurpin’ a cuppa Joe? That’s unnecessary decadence that will only lead to weakness – both mental and physical.

Tying on your trail shoes, scarfing down a granola bar and hittin’ the trails with Muddy Shoes? Now that’s what I call a solid plan!

Avoid that guilt you would otherwise feel by being lazy and head out with us and slap those feet on some real dirt for some real exhilaration!

This week we will head up-county to hit one old trail and one new one (!) that we have never run as a group. We’ll head out on the Ten Mile Creek Trail and pick up the Danger Noodle Trail, which is a 3 mile loop, before heading back to the start. The route is what we call a lollipop course. Not because its sweet (it is!) but cuz of its shape. Weather should be picture perfect. Mother Nature is once again doing us a solid. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!

Announcements then details:

  • As many of you know, we lost Kevin Ruppel a great friend and runner this past Winter to ALS. There will be a KEVIN RUPPEL MEMORIAL FUN RUN to celebrate his life on Sunday, June 9th. Please come out to run and/or share memories. https://fb.me/1X7o7IMoUlBptoX
  • 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 commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save 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: Ten Mile Creek Trailhead

Address: 20401 Clarksburg Road, Boyds, MD 20841

Date: 01 June 2024

Time: 0730

Course: Ten Mile Creek to Danger Noodle Loop and back.

Caltopo: Unavailable. Might have to actually pay attention to markings!

Distance: 13+ miles (Ten Mile Creek ~5.1 miles x 2; D. Noodle 3 mile loop)

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 Mud Shuckers,

I put a call in to Mother Nature. She’s up for giving us a swell evening weather-wise but she won’t make any promises for future Tuesdays seeing how Summer is coming and she gets a lot of requests. Bottom line, take it while you can! This evening is going to be made-to-order for trail running. July will be here before you know it. C U out there!

Sooooo, as usual, announcements then details:

  • As many of you know, we lost Kevin Ruppel a great friend and runner this past Winter to ALS. There will be a KEVIN RUPPEL MEMORIAL FUN RUN on Sunday, June 9th. Please come out to run and/or share memories. https://fb.me/1X7o7IMoUlBptoX
  • 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 commemorative swag to celebrate. Stay tuned. Save your money! T-shirts are coming?!
  • Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs are ongoing! 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 for this evening:

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

Address: 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Derwood, MD 20855

Date: 28 May 2024

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

Course: Counter-Clockwise. Up East side of lake, cut over to Blue Jay Loop. Come back past Archery Range and take Needwood Trail to a right on Mudcat. Take this out to Needwood Road. Follow road across lake until end of guardrail. Cross road (carefully) and do out and back on Troll Trail. Come back down West side of lake on Westside Trail to dam. Cross dam back to parking lot. Easy-peazy!

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

SATURDAY MEMORIAL DAY TRAIL RUN

Yo, Forest Joggers!

We are heading into the first 3-day weekend of the season! Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to Summer. Pools open, schools start closing and the temps and humidity start rising. Funny thing is the trails are open all year! Everything pretty much went from dull brown to lush green in the blink of an eye. Nature is awake. Time to enjoy. And that’s just what we are going to do.

This Saturday we’ll be hitting the single track of the Seneca Greenway starting at Watkins Mill H.S. and heading South into Seneca Creek State Park (turn around at the lake). This will be roughly 12.7 miles round trip. You’ll be home in time to fire up the grill!

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! Great run followed by an awesome pot luck post-run mingle. Muddy Shoes provides burgers, dogs and tater tots. Currently in discussion with a local MoCo brewery to supply some liquid refreshment to each thirsty participant! 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: Watkins Mill H.S.

Address: 10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Date: 25 May 2024

Time: 0730

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/8KHEC (does not include last half mile)

Distance: Roughly 12.7 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

Hey Root Kickers,

Time to slap on those crusty trail shoes and hit the trails of Lake Needwood with the Muddy Shoes gang! Beautiful weather abounds for now but Summer temps are coming. Still got time to enjoy some nicer temps and get some miles in. Don’t miss it!

Announcements then details, as usual:

  • 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 are ongoing! 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: 21 May 2024

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

Course: Clockwise. Over dam, out on Parilla Path, across Lake on Needwood Road. Pick up Beaver Tale on your left for out and back. Head back into the park on road, duck into woods to your right on Mudcat Trail. Take this to Needwood Trail, go right and all the way back down East side of lake to lot. Easy-peazy!

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

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