We are pleased to announce the 6th annual running of the Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon.
This race is run on the Colonial Greenway, a wooded trail through New Rochelle,
Mamaroneck, Eastchester and Scarsdale. Only a very small portion of the race is
Approximately 12 of the 13.1 miles are run on dirt (and rocks, roots, and other foresty things).
•Overview: You should expect your time to be about one minute per mile slower than
a road race.
The first half is more technically challenging than the second half and will slow you
down more than a minute/mile.Staging area –> Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle. Check this map for parking. Do not park in our staging area or on the course! There is easy taxi drop-off (corner of North and Broadview). You will find porto-potties, number pick-up, water and baggage check all next to the actual start line. The race starts in multiple waves to avoid trail congestion.0.0 – 0.75 –> The race begins with a charge up Broadview Avenue, with a 1/2 mileclimb at a 3.6% grade (almost 100 feet in elevation). This hill will spread out each wave before the first trail is entered.0.75 –> 3.6 Our first wooded area is the Leatherstocking Trail, the most technicallychallenging part of the course. This is a 2.8 mile linear park that is often rocky and hilly.This trail brings us past Larchmont and into Mamaroneck. There are a number of wooden catwalks, some old and some new, but all of which are slippery when wet. Single file onlyon the catwalks and stay in the center, as running on the sides of them could jar loose a board and create a hazard.
3.6 – 4.0 –> A short, steep uphill road (8% grade) connection (Rockridge Rd. –>Deerfield Lane) will bring runners to Old White Plains Road and a small entrance to Saxon Woods. The first water/aid stop is on this hill.4.0 – 6.0 –> After a twisty 1/4 mile section of single track built in 2005, we hit the main Saxon Woods trail and go right. (This is a deviation from the blue-star blazed Colonial Trail.) The P2P trail loops around the southern part of Saxon Woods, over a stream, through an area of boulders, and past a lake. We head north, parallel to MamaroneckAvenue, along the park’s eastern border, across a driveway to the park’s camp ground and through a tunnel under the Hutchinson River Parkway. The Hutch bisects the park,dividing it into southern and northern halves.6.0 – 7.5 –> The tunnel under the Hutch brings us to the northern section of the park.We skirt the Saxon Woods pool area (a prime spot for spectators due to easy access),enter Scarsdale, and then head west into the heart of this section of park. The 150-foot hill over rocky terrain is challenging. We exit the park by taking the trail next to the 18th fairway of the golf course and hit the second water/aid stop by the golf club house on Mamaroneck Road.7.5 – 10.5 –> The race rejoins the blue-blazed Colonial Trail and heads west on the Hutchinson River Trail (our third park, an old bridle trail in the woods next to the southbound Hutch) through Scarsdale. There is a stream crossing with stepping stones.10.5 – 11.5 –> We cross an entrance/exit ramp for the Hutch as we enter Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester. Our track will take us on a wide, dirt road running in the woods next to California Road. The third water stop is near the 11 mile mark, near the Twin Lakes stables.
Leatherstocking Trail, mile 2-ish.
Photo courtesy of Sport-Memories.
11.5 – 12.5 –> After passing through a second tunnel under the Hutch, at the Eastchester/New Rochelle border, we emerge into Nature Study Woods, our fifth and final park. Much of this area was a former right of way for the New York,
Saxon Woods @ mile 6-ish.
Westchester and Boston Railway. Some artifacts still exist in the woods. It’s a popular running spot for nearby Iona College and New Rochelle High School students.12.5 – 13.1–> We exit the woods at Webster Avenue and Flandreau Road. The race finishes with a 1/4 mile run down Flandreau Avenue, entry into thefootball stadium at New Rochelle High School (McKenna Field), and a 3/4 lap spin on the track.Recovery/Awards — Relax on the football field, eat food, have a smoothie, cheer on other runners, use locker rooms for toilets/showers, get post-race massage, reclaim baggage, watch children race around, visit sponsors and hang out for the awards ceremony.
These are the elevation changes:• • •
• Half Marathon Course Map
If you are coming up by train from NYC (or by bus into New Rochelle’s bus depot), getting
to the start of the race on time is easy. The start is just 1.5 miles north of the train station
and bus depot. This is also the Amtrak station.
By Train: Take the 7:37 Metro North train out of Grand Central (New Haven line) to New
Rochelle, which will arrive at 8:08. From there you can catch a taxi to the start for about $7.
(Destination: North Avenue and Broadview) Look for other runners to share a cab with, as
we always have a healthy contingent from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens coming in by
To find the taxi stands at the station: Go up the stairs to the bridge in the middle of the
platform. One taxi stand will be to your left. You can find a second one if you cross the
bridge, go down the stairs and through the station house.
The awards ceremony should start around 11:45. Return trains are at 11:33, 12:33, and
1:33Taxi services to get back to the station:
Union Taxi (914) 576-1600
Red Fox Taxi (914) 636-6006
United Taxi Company (914) 632-6888
Green Team (914) 576-1200
By Bus: Buses use the same depot as the train station, so getting to/from the station/race
is the same. Schedules are too varied to put here, of course, as they depend on where
you are coming from.
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