What you'll get....
Entrants will get to run a beautiful course supported by amazing volunteers in addition to a finisher's item of some sort, post-race food and drink, and a post-race massage from Dale Cooper. 50 Mile entrants who register before April 30th will get a pretty great event Half Zip from Atayne, and marathoners a cozy long sleeve. (Note: no apparel schwag will be included with registrations after April 30th. Those late deciders will have the same registration fee and can purchase race schwag from Atayne's event store).
Those 50 milers in the hunt for a national title will take a shot at a race purse and selections for the US team. 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!
Donations to the Trail
$5 from every paid entry will be donated to the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Finger Lakes Trail Conference.
We'll again be a cupless event. For those who ran in '16 hopefully you still have your UltrAspire collapsible C2 cup. If you didn't, 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.
Local time: 3:29 AM