Past Events

Past Events are listed below.

FOP 3rd annual Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk - May 27th

Well it’s official; the 3rd Annual Run in the Park is in the books.  Saturday May 27th was the day which turned out to be a pleasant sunny day.  Leading up to race day there had been plenty of days of rain which has been our spring trend this year.  The rain and lack of sun made for some muddy slippery conditions which made the terrain a bit more challenging.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day to be out enjoying the park and miles of trail.

This year we had an increase in participation from last year with 38 running or walking the 5k and 53 running or walking the 10k.  The annual run in the park is a great event for FOP and the community because it has appeal to many.  Age range this year was from 9 – 72 with both young and old being some of the top competitors if not the top finishers.  Of note was Kaylee Lougee and her impressive first place female finisher for the 5k and only 10 years old.  Well done Kaylee!

Race Winners:

5K Men:  Jerry McDougle 25:41, Robert Coufal
26:11, Lexter Humphreys 30:56

5K Women:  Kaylee Lougee 30:59, Liz Francese
31:11, Jane Lescynski 31:48

10K Men:  Brett Russell 50:21, Joseph Sumner
50:38, Michael Heiden 51:56

10K
Women: 
Rachael Colbath 58:50,
Marguerite Lacroix 1:02:11, Kim Cotter 1:05:19

Full results can be found at
http://results.active.com/events/3rd-annual-friends-of-Pisgah-5k-10k-tra... Also be sure to check out the Friends of Pisgah Facebook page www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/?ref=bookmarks.

FOP is greatly indebted to all the volunteers and supporters
who provided hours of work and financial aid/food for the Race.  Volunteers included the organizing committee, parking, registration, water station and numerous course marshals. 

Thank you Friends thank you to everyone who came out on a
busy Memorial Weekend to support the Friends of Pisgah and enjoyed the day with us at the race.  As always the proceeds
will go directly into Pisgah Sate Park improvements.  We hope to see you again next year and be sure to invite your friends for even more fun.

Abe Howe

FOP Race Director

Photos by Meghan DeTore can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/FriendsOfPisgah/photos/?tab=album&album_id=83206397-0277685

Photos by John Herrick can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/FriendsOfPisgah/photos/?tab=album&album_id=832067216944027


2017 FOP Race Donators

Brattleboro:

Burrows Specialized Sports

Marina

Top of the Hill Grill

Sam’s 

The Shoe Tree 


Chesterfield

Chesterfield Tire


Concord

DRED


Dublin

Good Digs, LLC

Pump Man Arthur H. Susmann


Harrisville

Harrisville Designs

T&H Construction


Hinsdale

Echo Farms

Granite State Productions

Main Street Market


Keene

C & S Wholesale Grocers

Home Depot

Counter Tech

Keene Monument Company, Inc.

Hamshaw Lumber

Ted’s Shoe and Sport

Savings Bank of Walpole

Brentwood Golf Course

Keene Country Club

Dick’s

Downtown Fitness

JimEddie’s Restaurant

Monadnock Food Coop

Option One

Prime Roast

Wal-Mart

Pam at Studio H Hair Salon

FW Webb


Marlborough

David O’Neil Construction, LLC

Fraziers Garage


Nelson

Tolman Builders LLC


Putney

West Hill Shop


Swanzey

Beth & Gary Phippard


Troy

Troy Power Sports


Winchester 

Gary’s Power Equipment

Trader John's Gun Shop

May 13th Park Workday

The Friends of Pisgah met at the Horseshoe Road Trailhead in Chesterfield Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am to work on the upcoming 10K race loop (mostly Reservoir, North Ponds and Lily Pond Trails). Numerous trees and branches across the trails were removed and paths opened for water to drain off the trails.

We broke up into 3 groups.  Doug Favreau, Iva Woods and Sherisa Sterling cleared the northern section of South Woods Trail, the Habitat Trail and Lily Pond Trail.  Jon Knickerbocker, John Herrick and Park Manager Whip Newell cut tree on the south end of Lily Pond Trail.  Matt Edson, Jack Kondos and John Hudachek cleaned the Reservoir Trail down to North Ponds Trail. The intersection of North Ponds Trail and the Reservoir Trail was cleared and new signs made by Whip installed.  Much pooled water was drained.

The black flies were fierce at the trailhead, but diminished in the park interior.  We were all done and on our way home by 2:30.

John Hudachek

FOP Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk Results

Thank you to everyone who came out on a busy Memorial Weekend to
support the Friends of Pisgah and enjoy the day with us.  We had a
beautiful day with a few days of rain before that made for some slippery
trail conditions.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day
to be out enjoying the park.

We are happy to tell you that results are posted and can be found at http://results.active.com/events/3rd-annual-friends-of-pisgah-5k-10k-trail-race-walk.  

In the coming days be sure to check out the Friends of Pisgah Facebook page www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/?ref=bookmarks.for race pictures.  

We hope to see you again next year and be sure to invite your friends for even more fun.

Thank you,

Friends of Pisgah

Clifford W Struthers, Jr. Passes

Clifford W Struthers, Jr., who died on March 21, 2017, was a long time active member of the Friends of Pisgah including serving on the Council. Cliff assisted Park Manager, Norma Reppucci, in maintaining the park using his tractor to grade roads.  He also surveyed and mapped the historical sites in the park.  He will be missed.

See the attached obituary for details.

Annual Meeting - November 15th, 2016

Click here to view photos by Matt Donachie

Members In Attendance: Laura Susmann, Jack Kondos, Matt Edson, Jim Schofield, Kim Nilsen, John Herrick, Beth Phippard, Matt Donachie, Abrahm Howe, John Hudachek, Jack Kondos, John Summers, Jon Knickerbocker

President Matt Edson called tonight’s meeting to order at 7:03 pm

Pisgah Ridge Trail Reblazed

The long eastern leg of the Pisgah Ridge Trail from the Pisgah
connector junction all the way to Reservoir Road was reblazed today,
through both vistas and down to the backwaters of the reservoir. Get
lost out there now and you'll have to renounce your citizenship.

In a week or so, the western leg will be blazed from the junction all the way to the Baker Pond area.

All blazes are white. About half of them have the words PISGAH RIDGE TRAIL emblazoned on them.

Get out there. Hike long. Get skinny.

South Woods Trail Viewing Platform Completed

A crew of four completed a new viewing platform at the heron marsh just off the South Woods Trail (below where the new trail bypass cuts southeast towards the new bridge) on Sunday, August 15, 2016. The photo was taken into the sun with Matt Edson's (center) cellphone by Art Sussman. John Hudachek (right) and Kim Nilsen (left) stand with Matt. The color is quite a bit off because of the glare, but the nature of the design of the new platform should be evident.

New South Woods Bridge Completed - June 18, 2016

A whole host of volunteers turned out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday to build the new South Woods Trail bridge, open the new bypass pathway, and dismantle three old spans nearby.

Thanks to a concerted effort over six hours, the work was completed. Now the new bypass is open to the public. Temporary signs are in place directing trekkers through the new route.

This new bridge and the bypass adds to the restoration effort on the South Woods Trail that has been underway now since last summer, when a longer span was completed well to the east. There is more work to be done on the path, including the installation of a viewing platform at the edge of a heron marsh where the old bridges were located. But now the South Woods Trail is in the best condition it has been in for many years.

Kim Nilsen

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - April 16, 2016

John Herrick, Jon Knickerbocker, Sherisa Sterling, Gary Montgomery, Matt Edson and his ATV, Jack Kondos, Abe and Gabe Howe, Tom Haynes and John Hudachek met at the Horseshoe trail head in Chesterfield Saturday, April 16th to work on the trails for the upcoming May 14th Friends of Pisgah Run in the Park.

Branches and trees across Winchester Road and the Reservoir Trail were cleared.  Much of the work done involved cleaning culverts and water bars allowing water to flow off of the trails.

Everyone was back at their vehicles before 2:00.  Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - February 20, 2016

Our decision to postpone our February trail maintenance from February 13th to the 20th turned out to be a good one.  A crew of eleven, David Weisel, Abe, Gabe and Sam Howe, Matt Edson, Iva Wood, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Jim Schofield and Kim Nilsen met at 10 am at the Kilburn trail head with the goal of building a bridge on the west side of the Kilburn loop.  The day started with bright skies in the 30’s and finished at 57 F.
 
Matt Edson and John Herrick picked up the building materials from Hamshaw’s the previous Saturday.  John Herrick, his snowmobile and Kim Nilsen transported the materials down Kilburn Pond to the bank close to the bridge site the Monday before the workday.  

After hiking to the work site with tools the crew worked efficiently and had the bridge completed by 1:00 pm.  We even made a step with leftover materials.

We hiked back to the trail head and were leaving by 2:00 pm.  

Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek