Saturday, July 1, 2017
50 Mile and 50K at 6:30am
25K at 8:00am
Races consist of 50 Mile, 50K (approx. 33 miles), and 25K (approx. 16.5 miles) in the Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector, NY. All three races are part of the Finger Lakes Runners Club Trail Circuit, and results are included in the annual Pebblehead/Stonehead/Boulderhead rankings.
All three races will use the same loop course, starting and finishing at The Potomac Group Campsite located off Potomac Road within the Finger Lakes National Forest. The course is approximately a 16.5-mile loop covering single-track trail (85%), grassy pastures (5%) complete with grazing cows and cow pies, and dirt and paved roads (10%). There is about 1,290 feet of climb per loop. The 25K runners complete a single loop, the 50K runners do two loops, and the 50 milers complete three loops plus a baby loop consisting of about half a mile. 50K and 50Mile races start at 6:30am and 25K race starts at 8:00am. Runners will encounter 6 stocked aid stations on the course including the finish area – the Living Room.
LOCATION and PARKING
The Finger Lakes 50s Trail Race will start and finish from race headquarters: the Living Room Aid Station located at the Potomac Group Campground in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Potomac Group Campground is located off of Potomac Road. If you go to Google Maps and search on Potomac Group Campground Trumansburg NY, you will get a pretty accurate placement of the campground. The driveway to the campground is about a half mile north of the Picnic Area Road and Potomac Road intersection.
Parking will be available on Potomac Road only and must be limited to the west side of the road (abide by the no parking signs on the east side of Potomac Road). In addition, parking will not be permitted in the entrance or driveway to the Potomac Group Campground parking lot, nor the area designated for the “Baby Loop” 50 mile course.
Vehicles parked in “No Parking” zones will be towed at the owner’s expense … and after running all day it would really suck to find your vehicle gone!!
Parking in prohibited areas violates the terms of our permit with the Finger Lakes National Forest for use of the Forest for the event. Emergency vehicles, race vehicles, and general public use vehicles must be able to utilize the road while the race is going on.
Carpooling is highly encouraged. Due to the number of cars that will be parked along the road, you may have to park some distance from the race registration area. Please make sure that you arrive early on race day to account for this.
REGISTRATION and WAIT LIST INFO
Registration for the Finger Lakes 50s opens on January 1 at 10:00am EST on UltraSignup. The race closes out fast. The cap is 250 registrants for all three races combined (50mile, 50K and 25K). If you don’t get in initially, you can still register and be placed on the wait list (your credit card will not be charged until you are officially invited to and register for the race). The wait list will be tapped as registrants cancel – in the past couple of years, nearly everyone on the wait list has been contacted. See the wait list information below for more details.
You will be able to see a list of registrants at the Finger Lakes 50s page at UltraSignup by clicking on the “people” icon just below the header photo.
There are no deferrals of registration to a future year.
We will be holding a wait list once the race is full. First on the wait list, first off, no matter the distance (race director has discretion). As people drop off the race list in any distance, the wait list will be accessed. For example, if a 50Miler registrant cancels, it’s the next person on the wait list who gets in no matter what distance that person plans to run. This will ensure we have as close to 250 registrants on race day as possible.
If you are invited into the race from the wait list, you will receive an email invite via Ultra Signup and you will have two days to either accept or decline the invite. If you don’t respond within two days, you will be removed from the wait list and the next person on the wait list will be invited.
To get on the wait list, go to the Finger Lakes 50s page at Ultra Signup. You can view the wait list on the Ultra Signup site by going to the Finger Lakes 50s page and clicking on the coffee cup icon below the header photo.
FEES and REFUNDS
50 Mile and 50K: $90
- Tech shirt (indicate your size during online registration)
- Six fully-stocked aid stations
- Awards for overall male and female and masters male and female for each of the three races
- Age group overall male and female awards (10-year age groups)
- Finisher awards (there will also be additional swag for sale at packet pick-up – so bring some extra cash or check)
- Small breakfast before the start on race morning (usually muffins, OJ and coffee)
- BBQ lunch including (menu may change): hamburgers, pulled pork, and/or hotdogs and veggie burgers; salt potatoes, pasta salad and/or coleslaw, pickles, bread/rolls, and other food after the race. You can purchase additional meals during registration on Ultra Signup for $12.00 each.
- Camping if you so desire
- An excellent day/weekend in the woods with trail-running friends
There are no deferrals of registration to a future year.
Refund before March 1:
If you register and then need to withdraw your registration and do so by March 1, you will receive a refund of $60 if you registered for the 50K or 50Mile, and a $30 refund for the 25K.
Refunds between March 2 and May 1:
Registration cancellations between March 2 and May 1 will be given a $30 refund for the 50K and 50Mile registration, and $20 for the 25K.
NOTE: Refunds will only be for the race entrance fee; refunds will not include the Ultra Signup administration fee.
Cancellations after May 1:
No refunds will be given after May 1. If after May 1 and you decide not to run the race, please go to your Ultra Signup account to cancel or notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org so a person from the wait list can be added to the race.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017
11:00am: Camping opens at Potomac Group Campground
FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017
4:00 – 7:30pm: Packet Pick-up for all three races (25K, 50K, 50mile) at Potomac Group Campground Pavilion – THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO PICK UP YOUR PACKET!!
SATURDAY (RACE DAY), JULY 1, 2017
5:00 – 6:15am: Packet Pick-up for 50 Milers and 50K ONLY at the Pavilion – and racer check-in at the start line for all 50 Milers/50K whether you picked up your bib the day of the race or the day before
6:15am: Race instructions/announcements
6:30am: 50 Mile and 50K races start
6:45 – 7:45am: Packet Pick-up for 25K ONLY at the pavilion – and racer check-in at the start line for all 25k runners whether you picked up your bib the day of the race or the day before
7:45am: Race instructions/announcements (at start line area)
8:00am: 25K race starts
11:30am-ish: 25K award ceremony
12:00pm: Cut-off time for 50K runners – must have completed 1 loop and start your 2nd by this time (5 and one half hours) to continue on
12:30pm-ish: 50K award ceremony
2:15pm: Cut-off time for 2 loops for 50 milers – must have completed 2 loops and start your 3rd by this time (7 hours and 45 minutes) to continue on
5:00pm: Cut-off time for 50 Milers on their third loop to reach the Library Aid Station (roughly 10 miles into the loop) – must reach and leave the Library aid station by 5:00pm to continue on (10 hours and 30 minutes)
4:30pm-ish: 50 Mile award ceremony
SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017
10:30am: Potomac Group Campground closes. All campers need to depart. If you plan to continue camping in the Forest, you’ll need to move your gear to a different campsite as the Potomac Group Campground is for reservation only.
Pacers aren’t really needed for the FL50s as it’s a 3 loop course and pacers are only permitted for 50 Mile racers for the third loop and the half-mile baby loop. If you’re running the 50 Mile, you’ve done two loops already, so do you really need a pacer for the third loop? If you desire a pacer, all pacers must register. There is no fee required for pacers. However, if pacers would like to purchase any meals, you need to mail your Pacer Registration and Waiver Form with a check made out to Finger Lakes Runners Club prior to June 1. Meals are $12 each.
The form can be printed off, completed, and mailed or emailed prior to race day (if no meals are to be purchased, by June 1 if purchasing a meal) or can be completed at the time of packet pick-up at the race site.
Completed forms can be mailed to:
Finger Lakes 50s
c/o Steve Shaum
11 Sunny Slope Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Or scanned and emailed to email@example.com
- Pacers will be allowed for 50 Mile racers ONLY
- Pacers may accompany a 50 Mile racer on their third full loop (16.5 miles) and the final Baby Loop (0.5 miles) only
- Pacers must stay with the person they’re pacing at all times
- Pacers must be at least 18 years old
- Pacers cannot mule for their runner – that is, carry ANYTHING (fuel, clothing etc.) for the runner they are pacing
- A Pacer Registration and Waiver Form (links above/below) must be completed by anyone wishing to pace
- All pacers will be provided with a pacer bib which they must wear at all times on the front of their body while out on the course with their racer
Finger Lakes 50s Trail Races consist of 50 miles, 50K (approx. 33 miles), 25K (approx. 16.5 miles) in the Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector, NY. All three races are part of the Finger Lakes Runners Club Trail Circuit. The 50K and 50 mile races are scoring events for the USATF Niagara Ultra Series.
Thanks to Rusty Russell, an Ithaca area runner, he collected a pretty accurate elevation chart during a run through. The course his Garmin GPS tracked is just slightly off the distance – the actual distance is very close to 16.5 miles per loop. This elevation chart will provide a close representation of the FL50s course with an elevation gain of approximately 1,290.
All three races will use the same loop course, starting and finishing at The Potomac Group Campsite located off Potomac Road within the Finger Lakes National Forest. The course is a 16.5-mile loop covering single-track trail (85%), grassy pastures (5%) complete with grazing cows and cow pies, and dirt and paved roads (10%). There’s about 1,290 feet of climb per loop. The 25K runners complete a single loop, the 50K runners run two loops, and the 50 milers complete three loops plus a baby loop consisting of about half mile. 50 Mile and 50K races start at 6:30am and 25K race starts at 8am. Runners will encounter 6 aid stations on the course including the finish area – the Living Room (there are 5 stations, but runners will hit the South Beach aid station twice making it 6).
1 – The Morgue (about 3 miles from the start)
2 – South Beach #1 (about 1.5 miles from The Morgue)
3 – South Beach #2 (about 2.5 miles from South Beach #1)
4 – The Library (about 3 miles from South Beach #2)
5 – The Outback (about 3.5 miles from The Library)
6 – The Living Room (finish line area – about 3 miles from The Outback)
The course will be marked with signs of black arrows over a red background, and pink flagging. Follow these markings and no others. If you come to yellow “wrong way” sign, you’ve gone the wrong direction. The Finger Lakes National Forest has orange, white, and blue blazes in on trees – you need to follow the black and red arrow signs and the pink flagging. The arrow signs will only be posted where you need to make a turn – if you don’t see an arrow, don’t turn onto another trail. If you see pink flagging – follow that trail.
You’ll encounter a number of boardwalks throughout the course. These boardwalks have the nasty reputation of being very slippery – even if it hasn’t rained. Along with being slippery, some of the boardwalks have broken boards and holes – please watch your step.
About a mile after the first aid station, the Morgue Aid Station and then again after the third aid station, the second South Beach Aid Station, there is a short section where runners will be moving in both directions. Please stay to the left of the trail to allow for two-way traffic without collision.
For a complete description of the course: See detailed course description
PHOTOS and VIDEO
- Temperature During Race: If temperatures exceed 80 degrees, you’re dumb if you’re not carrying a water bottle to keep hydrated.
- Cows – Don’t Let The Cows Out! You will be running through two pastures that will have cows (and possibly a bull). These animals are naturally curious and sometimes like to follow you. You MUST close the gates behind you! DON’T LET THE COWS OUT! DO NOT ANTAGONIZE the animals; we cannot and will not be accountable for animal actions or injuries incurred resulting from bad behavior on your part.
- Horses and People on the Trails: The trails are open to the public. You may encounter other people, forest rangers, and/or horseback riders. If you come upon a horse, please announce yourself to make sure that the horse and rider know that you are approaching and walk past the horse to avoid startling the animal. Please be courteous to any non-racing individuals who are utilizing the trails. They have just as much right to be out there as you do.
- Your Health and Well-being: You are responsible for your own health and well-being; please know your abilities and take care of yourself. There may be Search & Rescue personnel throughout the course to possibly assist you. If it appears that you are becoming physically or mentally impaired during the race, race officials and/or volunteers have the right to pull you from the race and if you are asked to stop, you must comply.
- Dogs at the Race: It’s preferred to not have dogs at the race as it gets crowded, and we’ve had dogs get in fights and runners tripped by dogs in the past. If you do bring your dog, dogs are not permitted near any of the aid stations. If you go to an aid station with your dog, you must stay clear at a distance from the actual aid station so your dog doesn’t get in the way of runners and volunteers. Dogs are not permitted to run with any racer or pacer. Dogs must stay on a leash at all times with a responsible adult. For more info go to the FAQ page (second to the last question).
- Assisting Runners: Family/friends who drive around the course to see their runners MUST be aware that runners will be crossing and/or running on portions of various Forest roads – please drive slowly and cautiously. If you are at any of the aid stations to assist a runner, you need to stay clear of the actual aid station so you don’t get in the way of the volunteers assisting other runners. We have very capable and helpful volunteers at our stations. Extra people stepping in creates confusion for the volunteers who are trying to help and track the registered runners.
- No Fireworks: Fireworks are not permitted due to the National Forest permit regulations.
- Race Day Check-in: You MUST check-in before the race starts at the start line on race-day morning even if you picked up your packet the day before or the morning of the race. We must have an accurate number of runners on the course.
- Headphones/Earbuds: Wearing headphones for the first 3 miles of the race is prohibited – it can be crowded and people need to be able to communicate and hear. Wearing headphones during road sections could result in disqualification, and if using them on trail sections, keep the volume low and/or one earbud out to hear runners, horses, cows, and the rest of the natural environment. This is both for your own safety and that of others. Listen responsibly and be aware of your surroundings.
- ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING!!! Carry-in, carry-out (or throw it in a trash bag at an aid station). Those found littering will be disqualified!
- NO BANDITS … anyone found running as a non-registered runner (and who is not pacing for a 50 miler) will be banned from all future Finger Lakes Runners Club events.
- Dropping From Race: If you decide to drop out of the race while you are out on the course, you MUST give the tear-tag from your number and timing chip to a volunteer or race official and make sure that race officials and the search and rescue crew know that you are dropping out. Once your tag has been removed you may not change your mind and continue in the race. When you finish the race, you must make sure that race officials have taken your number tear-tag and timing chip. If you leave the race with your tear-tag, we will think that you are still out on the course and we will be searching for you! We do not want to be out looking all night for someone who is not out on the course.
- Bib Numbers: You must wear your number on the front of you at all times and your number must be visible to the race volunteers. DO NOT FOLD OR ALTER YOUR RACE NUMBER IN ANY WAY INCLUDING REMOVING THE BOTTOM TEAR OFF SECTION (LEAVE IT ATTACHED); A DISPOSABLE TIMING DEVICE WILL BE ON THE BACK OF THE NUMBER AND FOLDING YOUR NUMBER MAY CAUSE THE DEVICE TO MALFUNCTION AND THEREFORE YOUR TIME WILL NOT BE RECORDED. It is your responsibility to make sure that your number has been recorded when you go through an area where numbers are being taken. If it is found that your number was not taken at one of these locations it will be assumed that you did not go through that area and you will not be counted in the finishing results.
- Changing Race Distances: Runners registered for the 25K race may not change race distances. All runners registered for the 50K and 50Mile races are registered for both the 50K and 50Mile races; please know your decision before you reach the Finish Line area of your second loop to know which mat you will be crossing … the FINISH mat or the LAP mat. 50 Milers must complete the 50K portion (2 loops) AND START loop #3 within 7 hours and 45 minutes if you plan to go on for the 50Mile distance; if you do not meet this cut-off, you will be counted as a 50K finisher when you do cross the finish line. If you registered for the 50K and would like to go on for the 50Mile and have met this cut-off, you may go on. 50 Milers … if you cross the LAP mat after the 50K distance and then decide not to go on for the 50 miles, you will then have to cross the FINISH mat and that will be your recorded finish time for the 50K.
- Continuing After Each Loop: Each time you come through the lap area and intend to go on for the next lap, you must do this within a reasonable period of time after going through the aid station. If you meet the cut-off time, but linger at the aid station and the cut-off time lapses, you will not be permitted to continue because you didn’t start the next loop BEFORE the cut-off time.
- Dogs at the Race: It’s preferred to not have dogs at the race as it get’s crowded, and we’ve had dogs get in fights and runners tripped by dogs in the past. If you do bring your dog, dogs are not permitted near any of the aid stations. If you go to an aid station with your dog, you must stay clear at a distance from the actual aid station so your dog doesn’t get in the way of runners and volunteers. Dogs are not permitted to run with any racer or pacer. Dogs must stay on a leash at all times with a responsible adult.
- Disqualification: Anyone who does not comply with these rules risks disqualification as well as being banned from any future Finger Lakes 50s event.
Course records for the current course (including the South Slope Loop), beginning in 2010.
|50M||Masters Male||Jack Pilla||6:54:21||2010|
|50M||Masters Female||Nancy Kleinrock||9:03:09||2012|
|50K||Masters Male||Sean Andrish||4:36:30||2011|
|50K||Masters Female||Nancy Kleinrock||5:02:23||2010|
|25K||Masters Male||James Chely||2:14:29||2012|
|25K||Masters Female||Audrey Balander||2:33:06||2010|
Course records prior to 2010, for the old course including the Searsburg Road section
|50M||Masters Male||Jack Pilla||6:55:33|
|50M||Masters Female||Barb Bellows||8:17:12|
|50K||Masters Male||Courtney Campbell||4:13:17|
|50K||Masters Female||Nancy Kleinrock||4:52:38|
|25K||Masters Male||Eric Grimm||1:47:40|
|25K||Masters Female||Linda Grossman||2:06:15|
Volunteering for the Finger Lakes 50s can be great fun. The race depends on a core of 50 to 60 volunteers to help with the race. To find out more: Volunteer at the Finger Lakes Fifties.
LODGING and RESTAURANT INFO
There are a number of options for camping, B&B, and hotels/motels in the Finger Lakes area near the Finger Lakes National Forest. There are lots of options for eats as well. Take a look here for a list of options:
The race could not happen without the support of all of our sponsors. See a complete list of the FL50s Sponsors.