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Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
About This Activity
Gorges Half Marathon, presented by the Cayuga Health System and Medical Center, brings you a taste of gorges Ithaca. The new course will make use of the recently completed Black Diamond Trail, and will offer a fantastically fast and scenic half course.
Upping the adventure value, the course use a point to point format, running from the town of Ulysses and ending just shy of the Ithaca Commons. Runners will have a gently rolling opening road mile with the Cayuga Lake valley to one side. From there the course runs downhill over a road half mile before accessing the Black Diamond Trail. From there entrants will be treated to 4.5 miles of a gentle downhill grade over hard-packed cinder, passing numerous waterfalls along the way. After leaving the BDT runners will run point to point along the Cayuga Lake Waterfront Trail, before exiting for a final mile and half through Ithaca's Fall Creek neighborhood.
Each runner will receive 6 aid stations on course, a catered spread of food and beverage post-race with a band to relax to, and a finisher's waterbottle, medal of sorts, and cozy SS Tee that you'll hopefully want to wear every day. Complimentary Bus Shuttle from the Ithaca Commons to the Start Line & Bag Check for all runners is included in the Race Entry Fee. (If other arrangements need to be made, athletes will be informed of the required drop-off location and time. There will be NO PARKING anywhere at the start). Hopefully we'll luck out with another beautiful weekend in a pretty great part of the world. Join us. And bring a friend.
We'll be hiring buses to transport runners from the Ithaca Commons to the start on race morning. Entrants will be permitted to be dropped off by friends/family, but note that it will be drop-off only, NO PARKING for entrants at the start.