Southbury Land Trust Opens 5K Course

The Southbury Land Trust has completed a new 5K Course which starts and ends at the Phillips Farm Preserve at 400 Sanford Road, Southbury, CT.  Runners, hikers, walkers are all welcome to come enjoy the course from dawn until dusk every day.


The 3.1 mile trek, which extends into the Lovdal Farm Preserve, traverses a number of farm fields, wooded trails and old farm roads.  The looped course features views along ridgelines, exceptionally large oak trees, the Lovdal Pond, a larch forest, grazing cattle and large hay fields.  The elevation gain is 423 feet as rolling hills and some challenging climbs are featured throughout the course.


Funding for the project came from a grant from the Southbury Community Trust Fund which is part of the Connecticut Community Foundation.  Jamie Curren, a local independent contractor, along with SLT Board Member Mike Lyons, were the architects of the course.  Once the course was defined, several volunteers assisted them in connecting existing preserve trails and building new trails. Signage and markers were added and include white blazes on trees, arrows, and mile markers every .5 miles.


SLT President Joe Ruggiero stated “We think this is the first permanent 5k off road course in Southbury. We are thrilled to be able to offer this experience to the entire community especially at a time when people are looking for a safe, healthy outdoor activity.” Southbury Land Trust Director Julie Stuart added “We are hoping that the course is used regularly by running groups, cross country teams, health clubs and families.”   


Maps and details about the course can be found on the SLT website  Hard copy maps are also available at the Phillips Farm kiosk.


The Southbury Land Trust, Inc., founded in 1978, is a private non-profit, member-supported conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of Southbury's natural resources for the enjoyment of all present and future residents. It currently holds over 800 acres in ownership trust and 1,204 acres under conservation easements.


 A group of runners from the Pomperaug High School Cross Country team tried out the new course. From left to right: Ben Koobatian, Josh Fromowitz, Michael Filippelli, Julie Stuart (Southbury Land Trust), Andrew Clark, Michael Connelly, Timothy Monahan, Joey Bevilacqua

Phillips 5K Information

Watch our 5 minute video on the creation of the 5K Course.

Click below for the course map and photos/details of the course.

Meet Joe Ruggiero SLT's New President

Joe Ruggiero was elected President of the Southbury Land Trust, taking over from Leslie Kane who is now serving as a Vice-President along with Tom Crider. Many thanks to Leslie for her strong leadership during her tenure as President.


Joe Ruggiero settled here with his wife Jennifer, and children Christina and Diana in Southbury in 1994. He is a consulting engineer by trade and predominantly writes computer software for his work but is interested in many community and civic activities. He is a member and past president of the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and is currently their treasurer. He is a very active congregant of Sacred Heart Church here in town. He joined the SLT when he and his family started to hike the area and when he became a Justice of the Peace in the year 2000, he determined to donate all of his fees derived from performing weddings to the SLT. For 16 years Joe helped to run the local bike-a-thon, the Tour-de-Tribury which raised significant funds for the local fuel bank. He later became involved as a volunteer in local government where he is currently the Chairman of the town Ethics Commission.

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Southbury Land Trust

P.O. Box 600

Southbury, CT 06488

Office Location:

68 1/2 Bennett Square

Southbury, CT 06488

T: 203-264-4441


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