Inaugural “Paine to Pain” Race on September 28th — Volunteers Needed

Six years in the making, the Colonial Greenway, a regional hiking trail arranged in two extensive loops, is set to formally open on September 28th. The Greenway links several beautiful parks and neighborhoods in the Sound shore area. Roughly half of the trail network is within New Rochelle.

The opening celebration will feature a half-marathon race, dubbed “Paine to Pain” beginning at Paine Cottage in New Rochelle at 9:00am, with a dedication to precede at 8:45am.

Learn more about the half-marathon.

To volunteer, contact Greg Stern at or 914-834-6794. (Be sure to leave your name, email, and contact number.)

Runners will start with a charge up Broadview Avenue, site of Tom Paine’s former farm, and proceed east onto the Leatherstocking Trail past Larchmont and into Mamaroneck for almost three miles before entering Saxon Woods Park. From there the race will turn north and then west in Saxon Woods, before emerging by the Saxon Woods Golf Course Club House and heading west and southwest down the Hutchinson River Trail (Scarsdale) passing through Twin Lakes (Eastchester) and Nature Study Woods (New Rochelle). The race emerges from the woods at Webster Avenue and Flandreau Avenue, with a 1/4 mile race down Flandreau to New Rochelle High School and a finish line on the track. This finish is just across North Avenue from the start at Paine Cottage. Of the 13.1 miles of race track, approximately 12 will be run on dirt. There doesn’t exist another race like it anywhere in the New York metropolitan area.

Registration for the race is now open. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with race organization. To volunteer, please contact Greg Stern at or 914-834-6794. To find out more about the race, please log on to

Finally, the Colonial Greenway is not just for runners! Anyone interested in walking through some of Westchester’s most beautiful parks and historic neighborhoods should avail themselves of a great new recreational resource. Maps and blazes are in place at key locations, so you will never feel lost.