Brookton Hill & Dale Star Posts

Use this topic for posts to collect “Community Stars” for the Brookton Hill & Dale course.

Here’s how it works.

  • Click the “Post Using This Template” button below to create a new post with Story and Shop Local headings and boilerplate text.
  • Replace the boilerplate text with your report for one or both sections. If you’re collecting only one star, delete the other heading and text. The headers are key—don’t change them.
  • You can collect a maximum of 1 point per course per day for each of the two sections.
  • Your post must be on the same calendar day as your run as entered in Webscorer.

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To pick up a community star, replace this text with something like a write-up of how your run went, a photo you took on the run, or a link to your Strava track. If you only want to share how you supported a local business, delete this Story header and text.

Shop Local

For another community star, if you got breakfast or a snack, or supported some other local business associated with your run, replace this text with the details about what and where! If you only want to share your story, delete this Shop Local header and text.

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First challenge run of the season with Amanda. Beautiful views but two distinct climates (similar to back part of Skunk) — started quite warm then hit some hard chilly wind on the back end. Saw Molly about to start as we were finishing.

Tried to shop local, but it was sadly closed.

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My 2nd Challenge course is in the books. When I parked at Brookton’s Market I was immediately greeted by this friendly guy.

I ran at a moderately hard effort and included 8 strides during mile 8 on White Church Road (Strava).

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After the run I picked up some sandwiches for my wife and I. We are happy to report that both the Pig in the Orchard and the Brookton’s Club were delicious.

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While the temps weren’t high, there was no cloud coverage and the sun was hot. Should have done this earlier in the morning - hardly any tree coverage. Saw a woodchuck and a kingfisher.

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Had a bar of chocolate and a BLT from the Market. Both were delicious.

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A lovely run, very sunny but cool so I didn’t overheat. A fast pace for me at 9:11 thanks to Caitlin running with me. I like running out in the countryside

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It was fun buying some snacks at the Brookton’s Market. I wanted to support them and thank them for supporting the FLRC Challenge. And we needed a tomato for dinner too.

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Beautiful morning for a run. We appreciated the beautiful scenery, the sunshine and the sure footing. Also enjoyed running some place new. Didn’t appreciate the speeding cars on the first part of the course…guess I am becoming more of a trail runner…

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I’d never been in Brookton’s Market before. Cute little place with some nice local crafts. Bought a tomato for tonight’s dinner. Jamie bought some snack treats. Nice to support them since they are letting us park and put up the challenge sign in their parking lot. Thank you!

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Perfect conditions for a Challenge run this morning!

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It was a beautiful morning for this course, and a bit humid, but I started just before 7 a.m. and it was nice and cool at the start. I have biked these roads before but have never run them, so it was nice to see them from a much slower perspective! My body doesn’t love long stretches of pavement any more so I ran on the shoulder as much as I could. White Church was just about perfect with a soft, even shoulder, and it almost entirely in the shade. I loved the feeling of accomplishment running back into Brookton’s parking lot knowing I finished the Challenge. Thanks @adamengst for getting us all out there again and exploring local roads and trails!

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This was my second longest run in 7 years (the longest being Pseudo Skunk in July) so I wasn’t expecting much, nor was I planning on having a fun time being on the road for 10+ miles, but it felt surprisingly good, all things considered – I’m clearly in way better shape than I was last year…funny how actually consistently training will do that!

I timed it perfectly between the 2 bouts of rain this morning: cool air and dry pavement, but super humid the whole time. On the way to drop off my portable aid station at the FLT on Ridgeway (good spot, almost exactly 1/2 way, with a nice bench to contemplate giving up on), I saw @lizhartman running up Coddington – she waved, but not sure if it was because she recognized The Little Yaris That Could, or just because I didn’t barrel by right next to her at 60mph the way so many others did to me.

We used to run here all the time with ICXC (I bet @esambo remembers) starting at the bottom of White Church and going all the way up, through Brooktondale to Banks Rd. There was another one starting in Wilseyville and taking the FLT/NCT all the way to Caroline Depot, but that looks pretty flooded out these days. Graduating in 2007 means it’s been 15 years since I last ran here. Great vistas, I just wish there were less “Let’s Go Brandon” banners – takes a special type of person to put that up in your yard.

Probably the only time I’ll run this one, but glad it wasn’t nearly as painful as Pseudo Skunk last year – though the hill on Lounsbery/Landon at 9 miles is just cruel!

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It’s good to get those longer courses checked off - nice work! I’m looking forward to hearing your Treman FLT / Lick Brook update when you decide to do that one.

I run so often on Coddington that I think almost all of the regular drivers know me. I wave at everyone and I’ve found that since I started doing that, almost everyone gives me space or slows down. Many of the drivers are now waving hello at me before I start waving at them. I even saw a guy at Hammond Hill on the Long Loomis Course out hiking with his dog who recognized me from running on Coddington!

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I grabbed the 52 bus by Bradfield Hall on Tower Road at 2:30-ish and got dropped off across from Brookton’s Market around 2:50.

Side note: That stop actually is perfect for getting to Jim Schug and Dryden Rail Trail via the 43, Lansing Trail via the 37 and you can hit the Cornell Track and Beebe runs on foot as well. Plus, you’re right by the red tail hawk nest on top of a field hockey light post.

I had enough time to do a work call, see a large one year old Rhodesian ridgeback dog and then set off for the run. For some reason the course seemed to have a faint toasted bagel smell so maybe I absorbed the essence of one of the cafe’s picnic tables. Nice to see horses and a distant cow on the run. Tempted to ride one of the horses back but didn’t do so.

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I got back to Brookton’s in time to grab a Bruce Cost’s ginger beer (solid, non-alcoholic soda) and then catch the 5 PM 52 bus to town where I enjoyed listening to G. Love and Special Sauce’s “The Hustle” album, appropriately named for a post-run relaxing ride.