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 the event with 6 aid stations, a catered spread of food and beverage post-race with a band tor relax to, and a finishers bottle, medal of sorts, and cozy SS Tee that you'll hopefully want to wear every day. Additional schwag will be a-la-cart style. A bus ticket from downtown Ithaca can be purchased for those needing a ride to the start. Entrants are permitted to get friends/family to drop them off at the start (note: entrant / spectator vehicles will not be permitted to park at the start - it will be drop-off only). Hopefully we'll luck out with another beautiful weekend in a pretty great part of the world. Join us. And bring a friend.