Paine to PainEach year, the Paine-to-Pain half-marathon attracts hundreds of runners to our city.  And with good reason – it’s a terrific race, covering the outer loop of the Colonial Greenway, with trails winding through parks, woods, and historic neighborhoods.

The starting gun for the seventh annual Paine-to-Pain is this Sunday, September 21st at 9:00am, by Thomas Paine Cottage on Broadview and North Avenue.  There’s still time to register.

And this year, there’s a special addition for young runners – the Paine to Pain Youth Mile, sponsored by New Ro Runners and the Tailwind Track Club.  There will be pace groups available for 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30 & 8:00 minute miles.  The Youth Mile kicks off on Sunday, too, at 9:30am at New Rochelle High School.  For more information, call Richard Alter at 914-419-9272.

If you’re like me and a half-marathon is beyond your abilities, you should still find time to hike and explore the Colonial Greenway.  It’s one of the nicest walks in southern Westchester.  I was part of the committee that created this trail system a few years ago, and it’s really gratifying to see it get such good use.