This race is named in memory of Thom Bugliosi, who died in 1991 at age 32 when he was the top trail runner in the area. Thom loved running trails, and although he never ran this course, we’re sure he’d like it.
The race takes place within Hammond Hill State Forest and consists of a 13K loop that is run twice for the 26K and four times for the 52K. The course utilizes both the Finger Lakes Trail and the extensive DEC trail system. The course will be marked with colored ribbons, and intersections will be indicated with orange arrows. These trails are rugged and challenging, but you’ll enjoy the flora (oaks, beech, maples, and evergreens), carefully groomed mud, and, due to the lack of leaves this time of year, nice valley views. There will be two unmanned aid stations on the course, plus the start/finish, which will also offer all runners tasty post-race snacks.
Our home base for the race is Camp Earth Connection, a natural campground and retreat center that has cabins, rustic cabins, lean-tos, and tent sites available to rent for that weekend or that evening. Visit campearthconnection.com for campsite availability. Note that Camp Earth Connection is an alcohol- and drug-free facility—that applies to both the event and any campers.
The races start and finish near Camp Earth Connection, a quarter mile down Hammond Hill Road from the public parking lot, whose address is roughly 100 Hammond Hill Road, Freeville, NY 13068. Do not follow GPS directions via Harford Road, which is not passable. Instead, make sure to come via Irish Settlement Road.
Directions from Ithaca: Take Route 13 north toward Dryden. Before entering Dryden, take a right onto Irish Settlement Road. After going through an S curve you will go up a big hill; continue a couple of miles. Take a left onto Hammond Hill Road. Soon you will come to a Y intersection; take the right fork. At the top of the hill is a parking lot on the right. Park here. The start/finish area is a quarter mile further down the road.
- The 52K race starts at 7 AM. The 13K and 26K races start together at 10 AM.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race to pick up your bib number.
- Registration will open in late February.
- Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged and is open until 6 PM the night before the race.
- The race is limited to 150 participants. No day-of-race registration available!
- 13K and 26K: $15; 52K: $35
- FLRC members may deduct $5.
- Runners 18 and under may pre-register for free.
- Look for ribbons and flags marking the trail or you’ll end up off course! As with all trail runs, it’s on you to pay attention.
- Mud, treacherous footing, fallen logs, vicious mother ruffed grouse, and vehicles at road crossings are possible hazards.
- Carry a water bottle, as it could be hot. Bring warm layers, as it could be cold. Bug spray is usually welcome.
- The Central New York Wilderness Search & Rescue crew will be on hand to help. Let’s try to ensure they’re bored.
- 26K cut-off: Runners will not be allowed to continue on the second loop of the 26K after 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- 52K cut-off: Runners must complete each loop of the 52K within 2 hours.
- Composting toilets are available at the start/finish; showers are available only for Camp Earth Connection campers.
- All human refuse and remains on the trail must be buried. Because… blech!
- Tasty post-race food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
- Results will be made available shortly after the race via Webscorer; visit the FLRC Web site 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 directors Shelly Marino (607-227-4837 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joel Cisne (607-592-8230 or email@example.com)
- No dogs, headphones, or jogging strollers are allowed. These make the race dangerous for everyone.
- Alcohol is expressly forbidden by Camp Earth Connection. Please don’t bring any.
- 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.