Paine to Pain

Opening Gun at the Paine to Pain

About 15 years ago, a New Rochelle resident named Eric Turkewitz approached me with a great idea.  Eric pointed out that, with just a few modest connections, we could link together several of the region’s parks and open spaces to form a much larger trail network.  Eric’s idea led to the formation of an inter-municipal committee that ultimately created the Colonial Greenway.  Since then, the Colonial Greenway has been enjoyed by countless hikers, strollers, and runners – and with the Greenway’s unified mapping and blazing system, it’s easier than ever to experience southern Westchester’s beautiful woodlands.

But Eric wasn’t done.  Once the Colonial Greenway was established, he then founded a half-marathon, called the Paine to Pain.  It attracted a few dozen runners in its first year.  Now several hundred runners participate from all around the country.

The Paine to Pain – and Eric’s leadership role – were just featured in Trail Runner Magazine, a national publication.  Take a look at the article.  Learn more about the Paine to Pain.  And enjoy the Colonial Greenway.