The FLRC Challenge is the Ithaca area’s open-course virtual running initiative for 2021. It sends local runners to 10 area courses, split evenly between road and trail, and with distances ranging from 1 mile to the half marathon. Your mission is to run, walk, or hike as many courses as you can in 2021. Register today and complete them all to win the coveted FLRC Challenge medal!
To increase the challenge, we have individual and team competitions for the speedy, the consistent, and the deliberate. The twist is that you can run each course as many times as you want. Individuals compete for over 200 cash prizes based on fastest times (overall and age group), best average times, and most efforts for each course. 10-year age group teams go up against other generations for bragging rights based on age-graded times and most efforts. Check your individual and team standings after every run on our dynamic online leaderboard.
We designed the FLRC Challenge to include people of all abilities, and we’ve partnered with the Ithaca Youth Bureau on the FLRC Kids Challenge. It helps parents encourage their kids to run the shorter courses in a low-key, fun way that’s age-appropriate. Last but far from least, all profits from the FLRC Challenge will support local running programs in the Finger Lakes.
For ultramarathoners, we have a unique test of your grit, determination, and sanity: the FLRC 100K Ultra Challenge. Run all 10 courses in one 24-hour day and you’ll win not only an FLRC Challenge medal and the awe of the community, but also a 12×12-inch FLRC Challenge course sign, personalized to commemorate your achievement. Plan carefully and make sure you’re aware of the additional Ultra Challenge requirements.
Registration for the year-long, 10-course series costs $70, and there is a $20 discount for FLRC members, dropping the price to $50. (Join or renew today!) You can register for the FLRC Challenge at any time during the year, but you can submit results only for runs made after your registration. Note that you must set up a free account with Webscorer as part of the online registration process to be able to use the timing app and submit your results.