What you'll get....
Entrants will get to run a beautiful course supported by amazing volunteers, post-race food from Fitnell Catering, Beer from Ithaca Beer (while quantities last), post-race medal from Elevation Culture, and either a custom retro cap or arm sleeves.
Those 50 milers in the hunt for a national title will take a shot at a race purse and podium. Prizes from various sponsors (in the form of logo cards) will be scattered throughout the course in lieu of traditional age group / podium prizes. USATF members will be in the running for USATF overall and division medals. Most importantly and lasting is the hope that we'll all get to spend a pretty fun and memorable day together on the trails!
Portions of each entry will go to support the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Finger Lakes Trail Conference, and State Parks Heritage Trust for local trail and park projects.
We'll again be a cupless event. If you don't already have one, or lost in in the interim, and need one, you'll have the option to add one to your entry for $5 (cost). I realize the cupless format is a pain for some but hopefully you get the benefit.
Course general description
Cayuga Trails uses an out-back C-shape course configuration w/ a lollipop loop on the far end. The out-back configuration was chosen secondary to the FLT extending onto road and fairly unremarkable sections beyond each terminus. The result has allowed entrants to have the opportunity to see the race shaking out ahead and behind them in several points. It starts and ends in Robert H. Treman State Park where it ascends the gorge trail, passing through the Lucifer Fall's area in the upper gorge and the Finger Lakes Runner's Club's Old Mill AS, before wrapping out/connecting with/descending on the Rim Trail. Both sections are double/triple track trail which was intentionally chosen to allow the field to accommodate packs while minimizing potential impact to more sensitive surrounding single-track. Once clearing IronHeart Racing's Underpass AS runners will cross a creek and ascend single-track through and beyond the Finger Lake Land Trust's Lick Brook Gorge. From there it feeds through to Buttermilk Falls State Park where it begins the lollipop loop, traversing the upper old reservoir, merging w/ a scenic park road and descending on the old Burma Rd to Trails Roc's Buttermilk AS. From there it ascends the Buttermilk Gorge Trail on its way back to the start. Fifty milers complete two circuits, 40k'rs one.
The elevation gain is most likely somewhere around 9,000 though GPS devices have recorded as much as 11k+. It's tough to get a handle on an accurate read given the nature of the tight gorges and inaccurate signals. There are creek crossings around mile 4, 7.5, and 11.5…hit again on the return so the feet will stay wet. Get yourself some good Farm 2 Feet wool socks to stave off the swamp toes.
We realize things come up, whether injury or family plans. While we have a no-refund policy, we will roll entries into another RNR event this or next year if notified no more than 30 days out from the race. No refunds or rollovers if notified within 30 days of the event.
Local time: 8:35 PM