The 37th Annual Skunk Cabbage Classic
10K & Half-Marathon Road Races
10:00am Sunday April 08
Barton Hall, Cornell University | FLRC | 10K and Half-Marathon

ABOUT

This year marks the 37th 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 7, from 11 AM–5 PM at Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company on the Ithaca Commons.

We’re proud to announce that starting this year, both distances will be RRCA New York State Championship races!

WHERE

The races start and finish at Barton Hall at Cornell University. Refreshments will be provided inside Barton after the race. 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.

WHEN

  • 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.

REGISTRATION

Online registration is not yet available. Early-bird registration opens December 1.

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, 2018.

If you expect to take over 3.5 hours to complete the half-marathon, please contact race director Alex at ak235@cornell.edu.

FEES

Half marathon

  • Early-bird registration: $20, December 1st – 31st, 2017 (FLRC members may deduct $2.)
  • Regular Registration: $40 from Jan 1-April 4, 2018. All paper entries must be postmarked by March 31.
  • Race Weekend: $60 until 9:45 a.m. race day.

10K

  • Early-bird registration: $20, December 1st – 31st, 2017 (FLRC members may deduct $2.)
  • Regular Registration: $30 from Jan 1-April 4, 2018. All paper entries must be postmarked by March 31.
  • 18 and Under: 10K is FREE if registered by April 4, 2018.
  • Race weekend: $40 until 9:45 a.m. race day.

Race shirts

  • T-shirts are available ($15) only through online registration and are guaranteed only for the first 250 requests.
  • Photo coming soon!

COURSE

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 Botanic Gardens 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 the community-sponsored water stop. 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 Botanic Gardens on the other. Finally, enjoy a fast downhill to the finish on Garden Avenue. Download the 10K course map (PDF.)

NOTES

  • 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 the FLRC website soon after the race. The race is timed by Leone Timing.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Alex Kleinerman at ak235@cornell.edu.

WARNINGS

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.

AWARDS

The first 600 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.
  • There will be additional awards from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA,) as both distances are state championship races. Details TBA.

POLICIES

  • If you expect to take over 3.5 hours to complete the half-marathon, please contact the race director! ak235@cornell.edu
  • 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.

RECORDS

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.)