P2P “Preview” – 2020

NewRo Runners, the group that organizes the Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon, will host a “preview” run of the course on October 4th at 9 am. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can start promptly.

While there is no race this year due to the pandemic for the reasons I discussed over the summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t do a fun run. (But we don’t start at the P2P start line — read this whole message!)

We usually get 50-75 people doing this and I usually have about 10 trail leaders since there are no flags on the course.  If you know the course and can lead, please email me privately.

Rules for 2020!!!

Bring a mask!!!  First, you will need it for the start area when people congregate.

Second, while many will lower it while running, I fully expect everyone to pull it up when passing civilians (or each other) out on the trail. The trails are narrow, and we are breathing hard, and forcing others to breathe our air is not just potentially dangerous, but rude.

Distancing between groups of runners will happen naturally as the speedier runners take flight. Within your group, please don’t run in each other’s slip streams. Leaders will pause at major junctions so others in their groups can catch up. This is a guided running tour, not a race.

We will have multiple groups – which we coyly designate as fast, medium and slow, because tall, grande and venti didn’t seem right.  The groupings will generally (and very loosely) be:

  • Fastest – Was training for 3:30 marathon or faster (or 1:40 ½-marathon)
  • Medium – Was training for 3:30 – 4:15 marathon (or 1:40 – 2:10  ½-marathon)
  • Slower – Was training for 4:15-5:00 hour marathon (All runners should be capable of running a 2:30 half marathon on the street – please, no walkers.)

There are no fees, no services, and you don’t have to be a member of NewRo Runners to join us. We do this once a year as one of our always-changing weekly  group runs and invite others to join us so we can show you our playground.

Just send me an email, tweet (@PaineToPain), Instagram (@PaineToPain) or mention on our Facebook page, so that I have a sense of how big our crowd will be, and let me know which group you think you might run with. You can always change groups on the spot, or mid-run if you don’t like the itsy-bitsy, tiger-striped shorts of the guy in front of you.

Important!!  We do not meet at the starting line for P2P! We start, instead, at the trailhead for the Leatherstocking Trail. This is at the corner of Pinebrook Boulevard and Hillside Crescent in New Rochelle. (See map) There is parking available on Hillside Crescent.

There is one water fountain along the way, inside the Saxon Woods Golf Club, which has bathrooms as well, and is at the 6.8-ish-mile mark.

Your options are:

  • 5.6 miles — Out and back on the Leatherstocking trail, which is marked. (Also some of the more challenging terrain of the race.)
  • 10 miles — Stay with the group until we head down the Hutchinson River Trail (after passing the golf course) and then bail out at Pinebrook Boulevard.  This is the same street we started on, but two miles to the north. Then run two miles on Pinebrook (going left) back to the start. There are no turns to make after leaving the group.
  • 13+  —The full monty. As an extra bonus, instead of running the Broadview hill at the start of the race, you get to run it at the end when you are tired.

Please let me know if you will be able to join us.

P2P 2020 – Canceled

I’ve been trying since March to create a Paine to Pain race plan. But three problems keep slamming me upside the head:

    1. Hundreds of runners (if they show up) running single track in each other’s slipstreams, not for a few seconds but for minutes at a time. And I can’t stretch the start out over a couple of hours because I need to deal with road closures.
    2. The #PortaPottyProblem — hundreds of runners dashing into those stifling little boxes in the 20 minutes before gunshot. Do you want to breathe that air?
    3. And no matter what I plan, the whole thing could go kablooie the week before the race due to a rising infection rate, leaving us stuck with a lot of your money already spent.

So I’m finally throwing in the towel.

For the 380 people who registered at the stupid-cheap $35 price right after last year’s race we offer three options since we haven’t spent any money yet:

    • Refund
    • Deferral until 2021 (likely date, October 10)
    • Donate the $35

I’ll try not to guilt you into the donation, but will mention that NewRo Runners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and this past few months we donated $10,000 to help feed front line workers (and raised an additional $25,000) and spent thousands more creating 3,000 masks for free distribution to the community.

I’m just sayin’.

Choose one of the three options by going to your profile on RunSignUp and selecting Paine to Pain from your list of upcoming events, then clicking on manage registration.

A couple folks asked about a virtual Paine to Pain, but I confess that such spirit doesn’t move me.  Half the fun is the camaraderie of the shared experience before, during and after the race. As to the other half of the experience, the actual race, well the course is entirely open (with the potential exception of the finish line on the track) so you really don’t need me to run it. Try not to get lost. Fife and drum music optional on your e-device.

If we get really lucky and the virus magically vanishes — which I do not expect since I’m not a magical-thinking kinda guy — I might try to organize some kind of event on the trails.  If I do, it will (necessarily) be a last minute decision, and one I would make only in conformity with the CDC and within Westchester County health guidelines.

In the meantime, please stay safe. And don’t be one of those chuckleheads who think you can wear a mask below the nose. It’s like wearing a condom on your balls.

Eric Turkewitz, Race Director
Paine to Pain Trail 1/2 Marathon
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The Turkewitz Law Firm
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NewRo Runners Covid-19 Fundraiser


Erik Reitinger, of Orchard Street Runners, crushing a 13.1 in 1:12:25 (!) on March 26th while wearing a face mask and, uhh, crop top. Reitinger finished 3rd at P2P in 2017 and 4th in 2019. Photo by Joe DiNoto.

I wish I knew when this awful movie was going to end. But I don’t.  And I don’t like being in it every day. Nobody does.

Our start and finish lines were both within the original one mile Containment Zone established here in New Rochelle back on March 10th — a lifetime ago measured in COVID-years. 

I write to you with two bits of news: One is small, one is big.

The small one:  Paine to Pain registration usually opens on Earth Day, April 22nd.  It won’t this year. I have no idea what the fall will bring.

You are likely not surprised.  We will reevaluate in a month. In the big scheme of life, this is small news. 

The bigger news: P2P has raised money over the years. In 2018 I realized that the trails were, frankly, in radically different condition than when we started. Which is to say they were great.

And that left us with $$$ to put toward local charitable purposes other than the trails. 

We now have our first charitable endeavor:  For many years we’ve had Montefiore / New Rochelle help us at our finish line. 

 And now we get to help them back. NewRo Runners, my running club that puts on this race, will buy food from local restaurants to supply overworked healthcare workers at Montefiore. 

We also hope to donate to other southern Westchester hospitals and first responders. It depends on how much we can raise.

We have set up a Donate button on our race registration page here:  Donate.  (Since NewRo Runners is a non-profit 501(c)(3) you’ll get a donation receipt for the tax man.)

In one shot, we help both the healthcare workers on the front lines and hard hit local businesses.

And for every dollar you donate, we will match it 1-for-1 up to a total of $5,000 $10,000. If you can give, please do. 

They have volunteered for us. Now it’s our turn to volunteer for them. Please donate.

— Eric Turkewitz, Race Director


Earth Day Update!

So here we are, on Earth Day. The day we always open registration!  Woo hoo!

Except, of course, that we aren’t. Because that would be stupid. I’d insert an emoji with a tear rolling down onto a facemask if I had it.

But not all the news sucks. Because so far, with your donations, we have provided over 2,000 meals to front line workers and others in need. Read on, my friends.

Last week we put up $5,000 in matching funds to buy food from local restaurants to deliver to front line workers. And we got $15,000 in donations. Wow.

Yes, we delivered doughnuts to the police! Thank you Mikey Dubs!

You guys blew our doors off with that response.

So we’re doing it again! NewRo Runners and Paine to Pain are putting up another $5,000, hoping for at least $10,000 more in donations. That means a total of 25K from you and 10K from us. [Donate here]

We received donations from about 200 people and groups. But this email is going out to about 5,000. Maybe (if you haven’t been furloughed) you can spare one race fee for the effort to help those that have helped us?

North End Tavern Delivers to Montefiore

We’ve also set it up so that you can form your own group to make donations, regardless of what type of group you are. [Form group here.]

So far we have spent about $12,000 on those meals.  Food/money has so far been delivered to:

  • Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital (provides P2P finish line medical)
  • Empress EMS (provides aid station medical)
  • New Rochelle Police Department (provides traffic protection for P2P start/finish)
  • Hope Community Services (our local food kitchen, because their client base tripled from March to April)

Participating restaurants  (some of whom have previously donated to us as P2P sponsors) include:

Food from long-time P2P sponsor AJ’s Burgers!!!

The running club is, by the way, a non-profit 501(c)(3) and you get a receipt for the tax man.

Want to know what else we’re trying? We’re looking to buy a couple thousand masks. No, not to sell. To give away. For free. Just like all the food we give away at the P2P finish line. Because that’s the way we roll run. So we may donate even more moneyfor that project.

If we can pull this off, the masks would be the non-medical type since those are needed elsewhere.

At this moment, can you think of a better way to serve a local community?

You can donate here: Donate here.

And special thanks to Sean Mosher-Smith (P2P veteran) of Echo Design Lab for creating the fundraising logo on short notice!

Eric Turkewitz,
Race Director, Paine to Pain

Stupid-Cheap Registration Opens! (Briefly!)

Murray Rosenblith celebrating the news that Stupid-Cheap has returned!!

Woo hoo!  You know what this email’s about, right?!
After a great P2P2019 (Recap here! Reviews here! Results here):

Registration has just opened for Paine to Pain 2020, with a tentative date of October 4th!

And we are once again doing it for the Stupid-Cheap ™ © ® ℗  price of $35! Yes, you read that right:

THIRTY-FIVE FRIGGEN DOLLARS!  (Yes, that’s $35!!!)

Why sell entries for $35 when it costs us $40-45 / runner to put the race on?
Two reasons:

1.         Those that register a full year in advance do so because they love the race, and that means they’ll tell their friends about it. We’re not shy about this: Word of mouth is our best marketing!!  (Have I mentioned the reviews? Yes, and I’ll do it again!)

2.         We know that the best laid plans of mice and runners often run astray, sometimes over twisting, turning trails, and that many of you won’t be able to make it.  But you want to! You really, really want to! And you’ll try!  It’s like legalized gambling! (And having goals is a huge motivation.)

This all comes with two big, fat, hairy caveats, of course:

1.      It assumes we get our permits from the various municipalities for that date; and

2.      There is, as always, a no-refund, no-exchange, no deferral policy. If folks violate our honor code and give unused bibs to friends at the last minute, there’s no reason for us to continue the program. Basically, the no-show rate is baked into our pricing and the race would lose money if we allowed it. And there would be less to devote to the trails and charities, and we’d have to raise our prices (and hire someone to track transfers. Blech.).

So. You get Stupid-Cheap in exchange for a bigger risk of no-show due to weddings, births, injuries or conflict with your not yet planned college reunion with your old bestest friends who you’ve lost contact with and just found you on Facebook and they don’t run and think this trail running thing of yours is completely nuts because you might face plant on a rock and go to the hospital and they don’t run and don’t want any part of that so why don’t you come to the reunion in Vegas with us and get drunk?

Yes! I know that was a run-on sentence!!! I’m not a schmuck!!! Just excited!!! Can’t you see all the exclamation marks!!!

Registration is open for just three days! Did you get that? (Closing Saturday at 11:59 p.m.)

Just. Three. Days.

Register Here

Every year the rush to register is like the Running  of the Brides at a bridal gown sale! (And you thought trail running was risky?)

But if you blow this Stupid-Cheap early registration we will re-open on April 22nd, Earth Day, at our usual early-bird rate of $50. Still cheap! But not Stupid-Cheap! Stupid-Cheap is a 30% discount off regular cheap!

Once again, the registration link is here. Tell your family! Tell your friends! Tell your…oh hell, I gotta get back to lawyer-work…..

And we once again thank our wonderful sponsors from this past year’s ridiculously successful race:

▪     Westchester Road Runner
▪     Montefiore New Rochelle
▪     Empress EMS
▪     NewRo Runners
▪     The Turkewitz Law Firm (NYC)
▪     Hi-Touch Executive Search
▪     Breaking the Tape Productions, LLC
▪     PennyWise Consulting
▪     Salomon

▪     Echo Designlab
▪     Pepsi
▪     Total Form Fitness

▪     Athletic Brewing Company
▪     DeCicco Family Markets
▪     Premier Sports Recovery
▪     StretchLab (Scarsdale)
▪     Ultima Replenisher
▪     Westchester Emergency Communications Association

Supporting Sponsors:
▪     AJ’s Burgers
▪     Beechmont Tavern
▪     Mikey Dubb’s Frozen Custard
▪     Orangetheory Fitness (Mamaroneck)
▪     Smoke & Spice NY Grill
▪     Texas Roadhouse

In cooperation with:
▪     City of New Rochelle
▪     Town of Mamaroneck
▪     Village of Scarsdale
▪     Westchester County Parks

Eric Turkewitz, Race Director
Real job: Attorney, The Turkewitz Law Firm