The 36th Annual Skunk Cabbage Classic
10K & Half-Marathon Road Races
10:00am Sunday April 09
Barton Hall, Cornell University | FLRC | 10K and Half-Marathon
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This year marks the 36th consecutive running of one of Ithaca’s oldest and largest road races, with your choice between USATF-certified 10K and half-marathon distances. Join 1,000 other runners along Ellis Hollow’s scenic countryside as the skunk cabbages start to emerge in early spring!

You can register the day before the race and/or pick up your bib and shirt on Saturday, April 8th, from 11 AM–5 PM at Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company on the Ithaca Commons.


The races start and finish at Barton Hall at Cornell University. Refreshments will be provided inside Barton after the race. Use a mapping service or GPS to find Barton Hall at Cornell University. Free parking is available in the Kite Hill lot at Schoellkopf Field, the parking garage across from Teagle Hall, and adjacent lots as noted on signs.


  • The half-marathon starts at 10:00 AM on Campus Road, just outside Barton Hall.
  • The 10K starts at 10:15 AM on Garden Avenue in front of Barton Hall.
  • Day-of-race registration and bib pickup is between 8:00 AM and 9:45 AM.
  • Please arrive early and allow yourself sufficient time to park and pick up your bib.


Online registration is encouraged! You may also download the registration form. Fill out the entry form, sign the waiver, and mail it with the correct fees (payable to “FLRC”.) Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017.

If you expect to take over 3.5 hours to complete the half-marathon, please contact race director Alex at


  • Pre-registration is $20 for either distance until January 15, then increases to $35 between January 15 and 12 PM on April 6.
  • FLRC members may deduct $2, but only when pre-registering.
  • Runners 18 and under may pre-register for the 10K for free until 12 PM on April 6.
  • Race weekend registration costs $50 for everyone after 12 PM on April 6. No discounts!
  • T-shirts are available only through online registration and are guaranteed only for the first 250 requests. The shirts (pictured in the sidebar to the right) are Zorel tech fabric in gender-specific styles.


Both courses are USATF distance-certified. It is the runner’s responsibility to know the course!

The Half-Marathon is a lollipop loop with four water stops. Start on Campus Road just outside Barton Hall and head east up campus past the Veterinary School and animal hospitals. You’ll see livestock and research barns as you run south down Game Farm Road and then follow a mostly eastward route for the first half of the course. On Ellis Hollow Road you’ll maneuver some rolling hills, especially around the halfway point where the famed skunk cabbage can be seen and smelled. With the exception of a brief incline on Turkey Hill Road—around mile 10—the rest of the route is fast and flat. Over the final few miles, you’ll run back through campus, past the Dairy Bar and the Wilson Synchrotron on one side, and Cornell Plantations on the other. Finally, enjoy a fast downhill to the finish on Garden Avenue. Download the half-marathon course map (PDF.)

The 10K is an out-and-back on a mostly flat, fast course, with two water stops. Start on Garden Avenue in front of Barton Hall and follow the same course as the half-marathon, out Game Farm Road to Stevenson. At the 5K mark on Stevenson Road, you’ll be turned around by volunteers at a community-sponsored water. From here, reverse your course back to the Cornell campus. Re-enter campus on Tower Road, then head toward the Clock Tower, past the Dairy Bar and the Wilson Synchrotron on one side, and Cornell Plantations on the other. Finally, enjoy a fast downhill to the finish on Garden Avenue. Download the 10K course map (PDF.)


  • Restrooms are available in Barton Hall.
  • 10K and half-marathon runners will have different colored bibs.
  • There will be a lead biker for each race.
  • The half-marathon course runs against traffic from Dodge Road until the right turn onto Game Farm.
  • Results will be posted in Barton Hall at the event, and will be available on the RunSignUp and FLRC web sites soon after the race. The race is chip-timed by Leone Timing.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Alex Kleinerman at


Be aware that both courses include state and county highways that are open to traffic! Course marshals will assist you in crossing, but all runners need to be alert and aware of traffic. No headphones allowed.


Each of the first 550 half-marathon finishers will receive an all-new custom finisher’s medal.
The awards ceremony takes place soon after each race ends, with male and female awards in the following categories:

  • Top three overall open, top two overall masters (40–49), and first overall vets (50+.)
  • Top three in each of these age groups: 1–14, 15–19, 20–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, and 70+.
  • Note: There is no duplication of awards.


  • If you expect to take over 3.5 hours to complete the half-marathon, please contact the race director!
  • Absolutely no refunds, deferrals, or athlete transfers will be allowed.
  • No headphones, jogging strollers, or dogs! These make the race dangerous for everyone.
  • The race directors reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason.
  • This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and the Cornell Running Club, and is insured by the Road Runners Club of America.


Half-Marathon: Bennie McIntosh 1:08:38 (1987), Ellie Pell 1:20:37 (2016.)
10K: Tom Boone 30:33 (1987), Tamara Sayre 35:36 (1989.)
Masters Half-Marathon: Marty Muchow 1:13:53 (1985), Winnie Ngan 1:25:55 (2001.)
Masters 10K: Tim Otis 33:20 (1995), Sarah Kramer 38:14 (2005.)