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

MUDDY SHOES SATURDAY TRAIL RUNS START THIS WEEK!

Happy Spring, Trail Joggers, Mud Slappers, Winter Trail Peeps and other assorted Root-Kickin’, Rock-Lickin’ Miscreants! (That should cover almost everybody!)

Welcome to Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Runs! BTW, this is the start of our 10th year doing this! Can ya believe it?! MUDDY SHOES IS TEN YEARS OLD!! What started as a small group of trailies with a jug of water and a bag of chips somewhere at a trailhead has blossomed into a vibrant and flourishing trail community here in MoCo! We’ll have some celebrations throughout the year including…drum roll, please…10 Year Anniversary Muddy Shoes T-shirts! Woot! Woot! Stay tuned! But I digress…back to this Saturday’s run!

OK, so, a brief re-hash: Every Saturday morning from now until December, we will have an organized and supported trail run. We’ll visit a different trail venue each week. Distances will vary but usually they will be 8-12-ish miles long with shorter and longer options. There will be water available on the course and an aid station set up back at the trailhead with liquid and solid refreshments (Ahhhh, those ice-cold mini-Cokes and Dill Pickle Potato Chips!). All abilities welcome! While the runs are free, $donations$ are readily and greedily accepted (No Bitcoin,please)! That’s how we keep this thing going.

Now, for this Saturday’s pre-eclipse jaunt in the forest we go back to a Muddy Shoes tradition to kick things off: The Annual Eagle-Spotting run at the Meadowside Nature Center. It’s a crowd favorite (go read the Yelp reviews…kidding. There aren’t any!) But, nonetheless, it’s a pretty darn good time. In a nutshell, we stay together as a group the first ~1.5 miles as we take a small tour of some local points of interest in the park including the Study Pond, the Pioneer Homestead, the Valient Covered Bridge, the Lost Cemetery and finishing up with a visit to see the Bald Eagles on their nest (if we’re lucky). Then folks can take off at their own pace and complete the rest of the run. Hang around afterwards for the post-run mingle – you never know what you might learn.

OK, Class, here are the details:

Location: Meadowside Nature Center

Address: 5100 Meadowside Ln, Rockville, MD 20855. Go all the way to the back parking lot.

Date: 06 April 2024

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/1CBPL

Distance: About 12.75 miles. You can turn around anytime to shorten it up. One creek crossing.

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

Vibe: C-H-I-L-L. 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, Trail Pilgrims!

Welcome to the first muddy trail run of April! And we do have April showers around the area. Good news about that is not only does the rain knock down the pollen but it gives us some glorious mud to run through! I mean, we are called ‘Muddy Shoes’, right? Time to come out and prove it!

This will be our next-to-last run at Redland before we move locations. Staying light enough now that we don’t need head lamps. Umbrellas will be optional.

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/
  • Hey, did I mention that this March is 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. T-shirts maybe?!
  • Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 as we get closer to the date.
  • 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: 02 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

TRAIL TUESDAY AT REDLAND

Howdy, Trail Joggers!

I hope Spring finds you well. I know it’s making the trails come alive. And ya gotta love that pollen! Good thing we went through snot rocket training so ya’ll can clear your nostrils without breaking your pace! But the landscape is starting to come alive and we are heading in to nicer weather. No reason to NOT be out there with us in the Forests of Redland. No, family and work do not count as reasons to not be here. They are reasons TO be out here. If anyone needs to have a running vs. family/job priority talk, I’m available to set you straight. Let me know. I can be very convincing!

However, first, we must go forest jogging today!

As usual, announcements, then details:

  • Hey, did I mention that this March is 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. T-shirts maybe?!
  • 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/
  • Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 as we get closer to the date.
  • 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: 26 March 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

TUESDAY TRAILS AT REDLANDS

Hey Tuesday Trail Dogs,

Welcome to another Tuesday evening on the trails. The days are definitely getting longer as Spring approaches. We are at the point where we don’t need a head lamp anymore. Mother Nature is still throwing us a bit of a last gasp chill but enjoy it cuz I know around late July we will be wishing for a night like tonight.

Well, with the extended daylight we might soon move the Tuesday runs back to our Summer venue, Lake Needwood. But for now, we’ll enjoy traipsing through the Forests of Derwood to get our miles in.

So, announcements then details:

  • 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/
  • Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 as we get closer to the date.
  • 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: 19 March 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 SPRING/SUMMER 2024

Hey, Root Kickers, Trail Slappers, and Forest Jogging Enthusiasts,

Just wanted to interrupt your Sunday with some Springtime Muddy Shoes announcements. Winter is rapidly fading away and it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming Muddy Shoes Trail season. So, let’s go over what’s coming up. Sit back and relax, and read on.

First off, many of you had a great time hitting the single-track this past Winter with the Winter Trail Program (WTP). Many thanks to all the coaches but particularly Coaches Audrey, Mike C. and K.Mike for being out there in all sorts of weather and conditions, making sure everyone was safe and happy on the trails! But with the program ending those of you who still want to slap your feet on some dirt in the woods, can come out and run with Muddy Shoes.

OK. As I was saying, here are some announcements:

  • Spring/Summer Saturday Trail Runs – With Winter Trails winding down at the end of the month Muddy Shoes will take over the Saturday runs starting April 6th and continuing on through until next December when Winter Trails starts up again. We’ll be hitting a number of trails that you might be familiar with, some maybe not so much. These runs are open to all paces and abilities. Refreshments will be provided (remember the ice cold mini-cokes and pickle chips?) We will also provide free comments and opinions on your running style, outfits and personality, mostly when you are not even around! While these runs are free, we gladly accept donations in the form of your hard-earned cash (No NFTs or bitcoin) so we can keep the runs going. 😊
  • Last year Muddy Shoes took over the Farm Park Challenge Endurance Event and Trail Marathon for its twelfth running. Kudos and salutations to the most honorable and esteemed trail poohbah, Daryl Hultquist who created this event and directed it for the first 11 years. My Race Co-Director extroadinaire Leah Kauffman and myself are already deep in the planning stages for this year’s event to be held on May 4th. Go ahead and say it, Trekkie Nerds…May the 4th be with you! Wookie that! It’s filling up fast! Don’t wait. Find out more about it and register to run or volunteer here: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=109112
  • Muddy Shoes Swag – Be cool, Fool! Well, you can only be cool wearing some Muddy Shoes swag. We got Muddy Shoes baseball caps ($15), Buffs ($10) and reusable collapsible cups ($5). Getb yours and become a fashionista on the trails!
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – throughout the year we have regular evening trail runs every Tuesday with Coach Phil (Redland M.S. in Winter; Lake Needwood in Summer) and every Thursday at Cabin John Regional Park with Coach Gretchen. Every run is announced.
  • Fat Ass Events – This refers to a type of running event, not your derriere! Fat ass runs are kind of a loosely organized trail race with no time being kept, no awards handed out, just trail running, eating, drinking and post-run mingling. We have two – One in the Summer led by Coach Mike C. and won in November the week before Stone Mill hosted by Coach Robin. Great fun!
  • Stone Mill Preview Runs – Speaking of the Stone Mill 50 miler, Muddy Shoes hosts the Stone Mill course preview runs during the month of October. We take the 50 mile course and over four weekends we hold a course preview of a different section of the course so you know what’s coming. Do all 4 runs and you will have seen the whole Stone Mill course.
  • 10 year anniversary things – Did I mention that 2024 is the 10 year anniversary of Muddy Shoes. We’ll do some things to commemorate (maybe t-shirts!). Stay tuned!

That’s all I have to tell ya for now. Keep checking back to see what fun stuff we are doing.

Cheers,

Coach Phil  

TUESDAY TRAILS AT REDLAND & OUTTA THE WAY CAFE

Hey Forest Joggers!

I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that there were snowflakes in the air and I was freezing my n*%#s off on Sunday and then today it will hit 70 degrees. That’s March in the DMV for ya. But, lo and behold, it’s also the 2nd Tuesday of this transitional month which means Outta the Way Café! Woot! Woot! Let’s get those evening trail miles in and then we can head over and grab some chow and suds. Oh, and we might yap about trail running!

Oh, congrats to all the Seneca Greenway runners. What a sloppy, soggy day it was! Way 2 go!

OK, announcements then the details:

  • 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/
  • Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 as we get closer to the date.
  • 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: 12 March 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.

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

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.

Trail Dogs, Rock Kickers and Tree Slappers! Trail Tuesday is upon us as is the month of March. Not to say that we can’t get another late season blast of Winter but it sure ain’t in the cards for today. Yes, it’s gloomy and rainy as I write this, but weather will be fine at run time. So, no excuses! Get your soon-to-be muddy butts out there and lets hit the trails!  OK, announcements then the details:

  • YOWZA!!!! 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/Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 as we get closer to the date.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: 5 March 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

TUESDAY TRAILS AT REDLAND M.S.

Howdy, Howdy, Trail Dogs,

Time for the last Tuesday trail run of February! Spring is around the corner and we are starting to feel it. Tonight will feel more like late March than February but you never can tell. There is sure to be another blast from the North at some point. Don’t put your running mitts away just yet and, more importantly, stay sharp on your snot rocket skills! They come in handy all year!

OK, announcements then the details:

  • HOOO-WEEE!!!! 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. 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 here http://farmparkchallenge.com/
  • Mark your calendars! Muddy Shoes Saturday Trail Series starts April 6th! We pick up where the Winter Trail Program leaves 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 chit-chat. Mingle with your trail besties! Keep an eye out for details as we get closer to the date.
  • 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: 27 February 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