Monster Marathon and Half Marathon
8:00am Saturday September 22
Robert H. Treman State Park | FLRC | Marathon and half-marathon

ABOUT

The Monster runs along the Finger Lakes Trail and various state park trails, offering views of some of the most beautiful gorges in Ithaca, NY. The course consists of two identical out-and-backs of 13.1 miles each, starting at the North Shelter at Robert H. Treman State Park and traversing mostly singletrack trails. Don’t let the fact that the race starts in a park fool you—the course includes its fair share of roots, rocks, steps, briars, steep climbs, and quad-pounding descents.

The Monster Marathon and Half-Marathon feature age/sex-based early starts. Men under age 38 start with the race clock, but women and men 38 and older head off early, with the individual handicaps determined by the World Masters Athletics Age-Graded Tables. The win could come down to a kick to the finish between a 65-year-old grandmother (101-minute head start) and her 40-year-old son (4-minute head start.)

Both distances are part of the FLRC Trail Circuit, and results are included in the annual Pebblehead/Stonehead/Boulderhead rankings.

WHERE

The North Shelter—the first pavilion (near the playground) at Robert H. Treman Park, 105 Enfield Falls Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Be prepared to pay an $8 vehicle entrance fee to the park, unless you have a State Parks Empire Pass.

WHEN

Both races have age/sex-staggered head starts; please arrive at least 15 minutes before your start time. The race clock starts at 8 AM for the marathon and 9 AM for the half-marathon.

You can look up your handicap and start time in the tables below.

REGISTRATION

Online pre-registration (coming soon) is required; there is no day-of-race registration.

FEES

  • $40 for the marathon, $30 for the half-marathon. Registration includes lunch at the finish for all runners.
  • Runners 18 and under pay $20 for the marathon, $15 for the half-marathon.
  • FLRC members may deduct $5 from any of these fees.

NOTES

  • Restrooms, showers, and swimming are available at Robert H. Treman Park. The swimming hole is about a quarter-mile walk from the finish line.
  • Coffee and breakfast items will be available before the race.
  • Well-stocked aid stations are located 3–4 miles apart on the course.
  • Lunch provided at the finish for all runners; family and spectators may purchase a meal for $20.
  • Results will be made available shortly after the race via Webscorer. Visit the FLRC website for full results later.
  • This race is part of the Finger Lakes Trail Circuit, for all you Pebbleheads, Stoneheads, and Boulderheads.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Dan Longaker (dlongaker@gmail.com).

AWARDS

The award ceremony takes place shortly after the race, with awards in the following categories:

  • First overall male and female
  • First in each of these age groups, male and female:

1–10, 11–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, and 70+

RECORDS

Handicap records on the current course, at Robert Treman State Park:

Marathon: Jed Sheckler 3:30:34 (2015) and Sarah Nadeau 3:48:29 (2015)

Half-Marathon: Boris Dzikovski 1:32:09 (2015) and Nora McIver-Sheridan 1:32:19 (2015)

Handicap records on the old course, in Kennedy State Forest, Virgil, NY:

Marathon: Gary Burdick 3:27:00 (1998) and Becky Harman 3:30:51 (2003)

Half-Marathon:Alan Evans 1:33:23 (2008) and Yvette de Boer 1:30:20 (2012)

WARNINGS

  • Those running the full marathon must be trained for ultra-marathon effort!
  • Look for trail markers or you could end up off course! As with all trail runs, it’s on you to pay attention.
  • Unlike road races, the footing is not level. It is uneven and can be dangerous. A fall or injury is possible.
  • Insect bites, mud, treacherous footing, forest monsters, and vehicles at road crossings are all possible hazards.
  • Heat could be a problem this time of year. If so, carry fluids and watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion!

POLICIES

  • Full marathoners finishing the first out-and-back after 11 AM will not be allowed to continue!
  • No dogs, headphones, or jogging strollers. These make the race dangerous for everyone.
  • The race directors reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, even if the race is canceled because of an act of nature or mankind.
  • This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and insured by the Road Runners Club of America.

COURSE MAP

AGE-GRADED STARTS

You can download the age-graded start times as a PDF, or check out the tables below.

Half-Marathon Start Times — Men

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
79548:06
78528:08
77498:11
76478:13
75458:15
74438:17
73418:19
72398:21
71378:23
70358:25
69348:26
68328:28
67318:29
66298:31
65288:32
64268:34
63258:35
62248:36
61238:37
60218:39
59208:40
58198:41
57188:42
56178:43
55168:44
54158:45
53148:46
52138:47
51128:48
50118:49
49108:50
4898:51
4788:52
4678:53
4578:53
4468:54
4358:55
4248:56
4138:57
4038:57
3928:58
3818:59
<=3709:00

Half-Marathon Start Times — Women

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
79847:36
78807:40
77777:43
76747:46
75717:49
74687:52
73657:55
72637:57
71608:00
70588:02
69568:04
68548:06
67528:08
66508:10
65488:12
64468:14
63448:16
62428:18
61418:19
60398:21
59388:22
58368:24
57358:25
56338:27
55328:28
54318:29
53298:31
52288:32
51278:33
50268:34
49248:36
48238:37
47228:38
46218:39
45208:40
44198:41
43188:42
42178:43
41168:44
40158:45
39148:46
38138:47
37128:48
<=36118:49

Full Marathon Start Times — Men

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
791186:02
781136:07
771086:12
761036:17
75986:22
74936:27
73896:31
7285 6:35
71816:39
70776:43
69736:47
68706:50
67666:54
66636:57
65607:00
64577:03
63547:06
62517:09
61487:12
60457:15
59437:17
58407:20
57387:22
56367:24
55337:27
54317:29
53297:31
52277:33
51257:35
50227:38
49207:40
48187:42
47177:43
46157:45
45137:47
44117:49
4397:51
4277:53
4167:54
4047:56
3927:58
3817:59
<=3708:00

Full Marathon Start Times — Women

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
791795:01
781725:08
771655:15
761585:22
751515:29
741455:35
731405:40
721345:46
711295:51
701235:57
691196:01
681146:06
671106:10
661056:15
651016:19
64976:23
63936:27
62906:30
61866:34
60826:38
59796:41
58766:44
57736:47
56706:50
55666:54
54646:56
53616:59
52587:02
51557:05
50537:07
49507:10
48477:13
47457:15
46437:17
45407:20
44387:22
43367:24
42337:27
41317:29
40297:31
39277:33
38257:35
37237:37
<=36227:38