Salisbury resident Paul Cyr trains at Maudslay several times a week, and has become a regular at the Maudslay Cross-Country Series. He says he uses the Thursday night series to fulfill his speed work requirement each week.
“This is a way to get in my speed training for running races and triathlons,” Cyr said. “This is the most beautiful area to run around. It’s where I do most of my training runs, but when I come on my own, I’m not giving 100 percent like I would with other people. I seem to be getting faster every week.”
The appeal of the state park seems to be the consistent draw among runners. Tommasi said he lived in Newburyport “for many years” before moving to Windham, and he brings his family back to his former hometown whenever he can, for events like Haunted Places around Halloween.
“I used to mountain bike through the park,” Tommasi said. “Now, we have a chance to do cross-country here. I talk to my son about running on roads and trails, and he loves running through the woods.”