FLRC Trail Circuit

The FLRC Trail Circuit offers something for everyone. Long or short, hilly or flat, gorges or lake views, spring, summer, or fall—the choice is yours! For best results, run them all, recover, and then repeat annually.

How It Works

For each race, every runner gets a score determined by dividing the winning time by their time, then multiplying by 100. So the winner gets 100 points, and everyone else gets a score under 100.

  • Pebblehead: The Pebblehead rankings are based on each runner’s top three races, and the Pebblehead awards are usually won by runners who have won or placed high in three races—Pebbleheads are our speedsters. Awards are given to the top man and woman.
  • Stonehead: For the Stonehead rankings, all qualifying races count, and scores are tallied cumulatively. The more races in the circuit you run, the more points you garner. Stoneheads may not be the fastest, but they’re our quintessential trail runners, grinding out solid race after solid race. Awards are given to the top man and woman.
  • Boulderhead: The Boulderhead rankings use a simpler scoring system—1 mile equals 1 point, regardless of finishing place. The runner—and there’s only one—who notches the most miles wins. Run the longest distance in each of our trail races and you’ll hit 150 miles.

2021 Races

Race nameMonthDistance(s)Location and other notes
Super Frosty Loomis Snowshoe RaceFebruary5K, 10KHammond Hill State Forest, Dryden NY
Thom B Trail RunsMay13K, 26K, 42KHammond Hill State Forest, Dryden NY
Lucifer's CrossingMay6.66 milesRobert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca NY
(Not sponsored by FLRC, but part of the FLRC Trail Circuit.)
Tortoise & Hare Trail RunJune10KButtermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca NY
Finger Lakes FiftiesJuly25K, 50K, 50 milesFinger Lakes National Forest, Hector NY
Forest Frolic Trail RunsJuly7K, 15KVirgil State Forest, Virgil NY
Forge the Gorgeous Trail RunAugust7 miles, 3.5 milesFillmore Glen State Park, Moravia NY
Monster Marathon & Half MarathonSeptember13.1 miles, 26.2 milesRobert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca NY
Danby Down & DirtyOctober10K, 20KDanby State Forest, Danby NY

2019 Rankings and Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 winners, who each received a custom award (a rock, of course!) engraved with their name. For the full rankings in each category, click the headings below.

Trail Circuit awards

Big thanks to Steve Supron and Michael Xiao of Rev, Ithaca’s business incubator, who put in hours of work helping us create this year’s awards on Rev’s Glowforge laser engraver.

Races that were previously included in the circuit:

  • Tanglefoot Trail Race (no results in 2019)
  • Highland Forest 1-2-3 (removed in 2017)
  • Finger Lakes Snowshoe Race (last run in 2008)
  • Empire Haven Clover Leaf 4.8 mi or 16.8 mi (last run in 2005)
  • Mountain Madness (last run in 2010)