This 8.5-mile course starts at the kiosk on the trail just off the Hammond Hill parking lot, where there is generally plenty of parking.
You can run either direction, of course, but we recommend heading down the road to the traditional start of the Thom B. trail race, continuing on up the hill and then turning left onto the trails like normal. Toward the end of the traditional Thom B. course, you’ll continue on the trails to the parking lot instead of turning right to the usual finish. Scan the FLRC Challenge sign for both the start and the finish.
Turn-by-turn RunGo voice directions are available; you can view them online and download them to the RunGo app on your smartphone (iOS or Android) or Apple Watch. If you’re not familiar with the Hammond Hill trails, we strongly recommend that you run with a friend who knows them or use the RunGo directions. Let us know if there are issues with the directions.
For navigational backup, you could also download the Hammond Hill State Forest PDF map to your phone, and pre-load the Ithaca Trails page for Hammond Hill State Forest, since your phone browser should be able to show you both the trail map and your location on it. The AllTrails app also has trail maps for the Hammond Hill State Forest. And here is a straight GPX track if that’s helpful.