Down and Most Definitely Dirty in Danby

Thank you everyone who came out to Danby this past Saturday to stomp through the swamp and then crush your quads on some big descents. The forest had the sloppiest race day trails it’s had in years. It appears the crummy forecast didn’t scare everyone away. On the contrary, we had way more registrants than I expected and 141 total runners starting — 90 in the 10K and 51 in the 20K. We had a handful of first time trail runners and a bunch more new to the race. To all of you, I can (almost) promise the course will feel so much easier if you come back next year!

20K Webscorer Results

10K Webscorer Results

The FLRC Pebblehead, Stonehead, and Boulderhead winners and ranking will be announced shorty.If you have any pictures you’d like to share, tag us on Facebook @FingerLakesRunnersClub or on Twitter and Instagram @FLRCithaca.

Posted by Finger Lakes Runners Club on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Several speedsters took home potable prizes for overall and age-group wins. Oliver Rapp and Greta Seive won the 10K race in 50:54 and 55:23, respectively. Also impressive was our youngest runner, 10-year-old Jack Barton, finishing in just over an hour.

Fresh off a dominating course record run at The Monster Marathon, Yvette De Boer was our women’s winner in 2:02:15. On the men’s side, Dan Timmerman was victorious in 1:32:36. Only a few minutes later, Xavier Salvador edged out Eric Sambolec in a downhill spring by one second, taking second place. The Cornell Running Club continued its trend, upping the competition at FLRC races this year. Rapp and Salvador both ran strongly while representing CRC.

This was my first go at directing a race, and overall I was pleased with how smoothly things seemed to go. I never could have done this alone, and want to thank the following people for their time and their help: Kathy, Dave, and Andrew Putnam, and  Anne Shakespeare all came out early to help me set up the aid stations, signs, and starting area; Steve Shaum and Nancy Kleinrock took care of bib pickup and race day registration, arriving early to help out before they both ran the race; Mickie Sanders-Jauquet and Allie Jauquet also helped with registration, along with t-shirt sales and timing, and on top of that they stuck around to help clean up; Gary McCheyne helped out with all the equipment and without him I would have been totally lost figuring out all the little needs needed to put on the race. Gary was also a course marshal at the first turn off the road; Aaron Proujansky directed runners at one of the road crossings; Sheena Heise and Ashley Gresock handled the Mile 3 / Mile 10 aid station in the middle of the woods; Amelia Kaufman and Zoe Freer-Hessler directed runners and took care of the Mile 6 aid station near the finish; My wife Hayley Kresock helped out at the finish and with cleanup, helped me keep my sanity throughout, and most importantly, arrived on time with the beer; Gerrit Van Loon swept the whole course after completing the 10K, then stuck around to help clean things up and load the van; Adam Engst led the timing crew and helped with cleanup, and over the past two weeks was able to answer a barrage of question I had about race details; Captain Michael Salter and his Wilderness Search and Rescue crew kept track of runners and made sure everyone stayed safe and accounted for. Lastly, Andy Jordan wasn’t present, but as the previous Race Director he ensured a smooth transition and made things pretty easy for me.

It was great to see a ton of familiar faces out there and a bunch more new ones. I hope to see all of you on the trails again. Our off-roading resumes at the Thom B Trail Runs in May 2019. Next up is the Turkey Trot Prediction Run on — you guessed it — Thanksgiving morning. Then, stay tuned for the Winter Track Series and Winter Chill 5k series in January.

Happy trails!

Pete Kresock

Race Director, Danby Down & Dirty

Strong Individual Performances in PGXC Race #2

The second Pete Glavin Cross Country Series race of 2018 took place in extremely wet and soggy conditions in Akron Falls this past Sunday. We had a smaller turnout due to the lengthy drive, so we didn’t win any age groups, but we still managed some good individual performances. Full results are available here.

The High Noon Masters team eked out a second place finish in front of the host Checkers club from Buffalo. High Noon was led by strong runs from Brian Lazzaro, Adam Engst, Alex Colvin, Tom Mullins, and Bob Swizdor (who won his age group in the Danby Down & Dirty trail race the day before). If we’d had Eric Sambolec near the top of the masters pack like in the first race, we might even have beaten GVH. The High Noon Open and Super Vets teams both placed fourth.

On the women’s side, the FLRC Vets and Super Vets both took third, with the Vets team just two points behind GVH. Sandy Gregorich, Lorrie Tily, and Tonya Engst all ran well. With Katie Stettler and Nancy Kleinrock they would have taken second easily, but the Checkers Vets team may be too fast to catch.

Individually, we still took home five awards, just one less than in the first race. The men’s and women’s races were both 6k in length. Adam Pacheck was second overall in the Men’s Open race in 19:26. Adam Engst won the Vets category with Alex Colvin just 10 seconds behind in second place. David Keifer was second in the Ultra Vets category on the men’s side, and for the women, Deb Bliss won the Ultra Vets race.

The next race is October 21 at Mendon Ponds Park near Rochester, followed by our hometown race at Taughannock Falls State Park on November 4.

Monster Marathon & Half Marathon Results

Thanks to all the runners that came out for the Monster Marathon and Half this past weekend! This year’s race was a lot cooler than the past few years when it was run in mid-August. 85 runners finished the half marathon. Another 20 gutted it out for a second lap, where the hills get steeper and the miles stretch out longer. We had at least one runner complete her first trail race and her first half marathon.

Hats off to Yvette De Boer who demolished the marathon distance course record. Her winning time of 3:06:50 was almost 24 minutes faster than the previous overall record. (What’s more, the 2018 course was about 0.4 miles longer than the last few years. She also owns the half marathon CR on the old course in Virgil.) Yvette shocked everyone by finishing her first out and back before all of the men had started the half marathon, and looked just as smooth cruising along on her second loop. Nancy Kleinrock was second overall in 3:36:38, after marking part of the course the night before. Ed Housel was third overall and the first man in 3:47:06. Hot on Ed’s tail was Paul Jensen, who ran the fastest non-handicapped marathon with a gun time of 3:51:45. (Paul also finished fifth overall in the Ithaca 5&10 10k only a week earlier!) Rounding out the top five and the awards was Shawn Spriggs in 4:10:40.

In the single out-and-back half marathon, Daniel Seigers held on for the win in 1:33:04, with Amelia Kaufman close behind in 1:36:47. Anna Gannett, James King, and Gerrit Van Loon finished close together in third through fifth. After finishing mere seconds ahead of perennial Stonehead contender Bill King, Gerrit then went out for another full loop to sweep the course, thus completing a marathon for the day.

Full results

Elsewhere, the mysterious and menacing forest monster is said to have migrated down from Virgil and was spotted somewhere near the Rock Pile aid station, motivating many to hightail it down the steep and rocky Red Pine Trail.

First time Race Director Daniel Longaker did an outstanding job taking the race over from Karen and Tim Ingall, who decided to step down after many years at the helm. We appreciate all the support from the running community and the amazing volunteer crew. Daniel thanks the following for their volunteer efforts:

Gary McCheyne was instrumental in helping to navigate the ins-outs of obtaining and transporting all the equipment required to put on the race. Pete Kresock and Nancy Kleinrock marked the course Friday night and then ran the marathon on Saturday morning. Bob Talda set up the timing clock at 6:30 AM and the timing crew of Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Melissa Kuo, and Dave Kania all assisted with timing for the remainder of the day. Previous long-time race directors Karen and Tim Ingall, along with their young son Eamon, set up the start/finish aid station, just in time for Yvette’s arrival at the marathon halfway point. Gerrit Van Loon swept the course after finishing fifth in the half marathon. Thanks to Steve Vanek for an early morning coffee pickup and to Brenda Michaud and Rich Heffron, who joined Steve at the bib pickup table. Special thanks to Dean Russo (Rock Pile) and Makoto Endo (Lean-To) who each single-handedly managed an aid station for the duration of the race!  And finally, thank you to the Forest Monster, who did not maul or eat any runners.

Congrats to everyone who finished! We hope many of you register for the Danby Down and Dirty 10K/20K Trail Race coming up on October 6. The Down and Dirty is FLRC’s final trail race of the year and the last in the 2018 Trail Circuit.

Ithaca 5&10 Wrap-Up

Well,…another Ithaca 5&10 is in the books. Could we have asked for a nicer day? Okay, well maybe a few degrees cooler. Pre-registration was up from last year, and we had over 200 runners in the 5k and 10k combined. The amazing thing is the crazy number of kids and parents that ran the fun run mile. Thank you Yvette and Linnie for making that all happen!

After spending the summer running trails, Ellie Pell stepped back onto the road to take the women’s 5k win in 19:15. For the men, Miles Rouches of Cornell Running Club led four runners to sub-17-minute finishes, coming out on top in 16:24. But wait, Cornell Running Club wasn’t done yet. In the two-loop 10k CRC women swept the podium, led by Claire Jones’ 42:03. Aaron Nobles took the men’s win in 34:11, with CRC’s Xavier Salvador finishing 11 seconds back for second place. In all, CRC had over 25 runners between both distances and came prepared to throw down!

With a weekend off from the Pete Glavin X-C series, several members of the High Noon AC and FLRC teams took age-group wins while keeping their legs fresh between meets.

2018 Ithaca 5&10 Results

Thank you Mickie and Amy for jumping in to help out on Saturday. Of course the two of them cut up some mean eats Sunday for the runners and helpers. Thank you Ally for manning the clothing sales — she’s a real pro! Thanks to Pete for helping Gary put out 119 “No Parking” signs along the route; Zsofia, Steve, and Nora for assisting with packet pick-up on Saturday at FLRTC; Brenda, Shelly, KC, and Emily for all the set-up and pre-race work. John and Dan for setting up the course (we heard nothing but good things about it… no one went off course or got lost this time!); Pat, Charlie, Sheila, and Alan for being the critical and special course marshals; Aaron, John, and Bill for taking down the course and packing it all up; Officer Jordan and the Ithaca Fire Police for working the busy intersections. A huge thanks to all the Ithaca College and Cornell students that came down and helped course marshal. There’s been lots of accolades from many runners. Thank You!

That wraps up our 2018 road race season. We’ve got two more trail races to go – The Monster Marathon & Half on September 22, and the Danby Down & Dirty 10k/20k on October 6. (Registration for Danby is still open.) We’re also fielding men’s and women’s teams for the Pete Glavin Cross-Country Series, and it’s not too late to join. Lastly, tradition continues with our non-competitive Turkey Trot Prediction Run on Thanksgiving morning.

5k winners Miles Rouches & Ellie Pell

10k winners Aaron Nobles & Claire Jones


August Track Meet: Cool, windy, rainy, and fast!

FLRC’s 2018 track season is in the books! On a dark and windy (and a little rainy) night, 117 runners from 1 to 71 heated up Lansing High School’s track. And no, we’re not making up any of that numerical nicety, although 1-year-old Willow Donovan did get a lift from her father for the middle section of the 100m, and 71-year-old David Keifer is a regular at our meets as both a runner and a volunteer. Full results are now available.

The 5000m proved surprisingly exciting. Not because of the times, with the Groton speedster Scott Weeks winning it in 16:09, but because Dave Cook started well back in fourth and worked his way up until they were neck-in-neck in the final lap. Weeks tapped his vaunted 800m speed in that final lap and managed to pull out the win by 1 second. Mary Bushallow was the only female entrant, taking the win in 23:16.

Weeks and Cook are both frequent entrants in our meets, but the sprints brought a newcomer, Ching Yu Chang, a veterinary student from Taiwan on a 2-month internship in Ithaca. He won the 100m in 11.39, nipping Kobe Oates in 11.50. On the women’s side, Anna Lowe of Team PREFO ran a strong 14.90 for the win, well ahead of Lansing Lightning’s Annoura Stewart in 16.48

Chang then came back in the 400 and won that too, running 54.03 to Devine Fenner’s 55.50. Lowe and Stewart recapped their 100m races too, with Lowe winning the women’s title in 1:15.6 and Stewart close behind in 1:18.5.

The mile was the marquee event of the night, with twice as many entrants as any other race. Unsurprising, perhaps since it was the final chance for runners to get their fourth mile in the MITHACAL MILE SERIES. In fact, the title in the 20-29 division was being contested in this race, since both Adam Pacheck and Mik Kern needed one more race, and Adam was leading by only a couple of seconds. Kern knew this was his only chance, but after the first lap or so, it was clear that Pacheck had the win in sight. The stiff breeze slowed the times, so Pacheck ran a bit slower than last month to break the tape in 4:36, with Kern gamely coming through in 4:45. The ever-versatile Dave Cook, despite not figuring in the race early on, came on hard to run 4:52. For the women, 16-year-old Catie Eisenhut of Lansing Lightning ran a strong 5:26 for the win, with Megan Luckner second in 5:31. Two other Lansing Lightning runners broke 6:00, so look for the Lansing girls to have a strong cross-country team this year.

We’d like to say more about the 4x200m relay but the rain clouds were so heavy that the ever-advancing darkness made the heats almost impossible to see—we were starting to worry about collisions during the handoffs. That said, our headlamp-equipped volunteers determined that the irrepressible Ching Yu Chang anchored an ad hoc winning team in 1:50.

Speaking of our volunteers, they once again did a fabulous job in challenging conditions that forced us to separate the registration and results table from the finish line. Josh Brockner is coming into his own as head timer now that Scott Wehrwein has moved on; Bruce Roebal continues to be a great starter; Jullien Flynn has become a wizard with entries, seeding, and results; Becca Lovenheim worked wonders with heat management as clerk-of-course with help from Carl Franck; Adam Pacheck did a good job in taking over recording finishers from recently departed Julie Quinn; Truck Rossiter handled backup timing with aplomb, Ally Salce provided lap counting and bell ringing services; Tonya Engst and David Keifer managed registration for individuals and teams; Tom Rishel floated quietly to wherever he was needed; and Anne Shakespeare and Ruth Sproul and Scott Dawson pitched on lane timing and other jobs as needed so other volunteers could race.

That’s it for 2018, and we’ll see you in January 2019 in Barton for the indoor season! As always, if you have any suggestions for how we can improve our meets, let me know. We’re constantly tweaking and adjusting as our meets attract more and younger runners while trying to make sure they’re as enjoyable as ever for long-time participants.

Joining the Cross-Country Team for Fall 2018

September is just around the corner, and it’s time to sign up for fall cross-country races!

Cross-country is a team sport, and runs typically take place on mowed fields and easy trails. Generally speaking, scoring is based on each team member’s place in the race, so unlike most running races, there is a strong team component.

The FLRC team competes in the five-race Pete Glavin Upstate New York Cross-Country Series (PGXC). Most PGXC teams are co-ed, but men in the Ithaca area run on the High Noon team, while women run on the FLRC team. The two teams carpool together and hang out together at races, much like one co-ed team. In 2018, our teams will join forces to compete in the new PGXC Club Cup competition.

For the first time this year, men and women will run the same distances: 5K for the first race, 6K for the next three races, and 8K for the final race. You can run in all the races, some of the races, or just one.

Races take place in the broad Ithaca/Syracuse/Rochester/Buffalo area, and our home meet this year is at Taughannock State Park (don’t panic, the course is completely flat!). We typically carpool to races, and carpooling can be a great way to get to know your fellow teammates!

Each race costs $20, or you can register for the five-race series for $70 and get a hat.

Dates and details, and a signup link, are here.

2017 team wins beer

We know who’s bringing the beer to the end-of-season party! Julie Barclay, Lorrie Tiley, Jen Spano, Tonya Engst, and Amy Dawson have big smiles after their team win in the 2017 Syracuse race.

Annual Picnic at Upper Buttermilk State Park on August 25th from 4–7 PM

The FLRC annual picnic will take place on August 25th, 2018, from 4–7 PM at the Upper Buttermilk State Park pavilion. All members are welcome at this fun picnic, where we’ll have food from Jacob Marnell of Fitnell Foods Catering and beer from Hopshire Farm & Brewery, as well as other beverages and cake.

Admission is free, but please RSVP here so that we’ll have enough food and drink for all.

Special events include a volunteer prize raffle and the awards ceremony for the MITHACAL MILE SERIES. As for the raffle, we have some great prizes from local shops, and the more you volunteered, the more chances you’ll have to win! The MITHACAL MILE SERIES encourages and celebrates the efforts of local runners of all ages to race the mile, and it’s based on mile races that have occurred throughout 2018 at FLRC track meets.

We’ll also have games for kids.

The menu:

  • Pulled-pork tacos
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Vegan smoked eggplant & mushroom scramble
  • Smoked mac & cheese
  • Vegan coleslaw
  • Vegan salsa

Carpooling, cycling, and running are encouraged as transportation modes; Buttermilk charges $8 per car unless you have an Empire Pass.

Directions: Take Route 96B south from Ithaca, past Ithaca College, to West King Road. Turn right on West King Road, and follow signs to the upper entrance, which is immediately before the bridge over Buttermilk Creek. The pavilion is shortly after the parking booth.

We could use a few more volunteers at the picnic, so if you’d like to help out, please contact Shelly Marino at

Bring your smile!


Trail Circuit Mid-Year Standings

With a number of trail races in the can this year, we’ve started calculating the Stonehead and Pebblehead rankings for the 2018 Finger Lakes Trail Circuit. Kudos to Adam Engst for compiling the rankings, taking over the task from Karen Ingall. Karen had recorded these stats for many years and has now passed on the torch.

For those who aren’t aware, FLRC has three awards at the Annual Meeting in the winter for the previous year’s winners of the Stonehead, Pebblehead, and Boulderhead competitions. With Stonehead and Pebblehead, you get up to 100 points per trail race, based on the percentage of your time versus the winner of the race. So the winner gets 100 points, the second place person usually gets somewhere in the high 90s, and so on. The Stonehead competition takes all the races in the Trail Circuit into account, whereas the Pebblehead competition only looks at your top three races. 


Stonehead rankings

Pebblehead rankings

Note that Webscorer has no way of recognizing duplicate names. If you ended up with slightly different name formats in different races, let us know so we can normalize the data.

The Boulderhead competition is a bit different. It’s based on cumulative miles for Trail Circuit races, so if you run the Monster Marathon, you’ll get twice as many distance points as running the Monster Half Marathon, for instance. Boulder rankings will be available soon. More info on the series can be found here and here.

As of July 18, there are three races remaining in the 2018 series: Lucifer’s Crossing 6.66 Mile on August 18, The Monster Marathon and Half Marathon on September 22, and the Danby Down & Dirty 10K and 20K on October 6. The Forge the Gorgeous 3.5- and 7-miler is cancelled this year do to a closure in Gorge Trail at Fillmore Glen State Park.

July Track Meet: Blazing Times and Tons of Kid Heats

FLRC’s July track meet is in the books, once again showcasing some of the area’s fastest runners and introducing lots of youngsters to running, thanks to the Ithaca Youth Bureau, Lansing Lightning, Auburn Pulsars, and Team PREFO clubs. We had 133 finishers total, nearly 40 percent of whom were under age 10.

The meet led off with the 3000m, which Joshua Derrick took out hard and won handily in 8:59, outpacing Dave Cook’s 9:34. 46-year-old Mary Bushallow won for the women in 13:33.

More exciting was the 200m, with the early heats suffering some timing chaos as the “littles,” as they came to be called, had trouble staying in their lanes. In the last of 15 heats, though, Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars ran a 23.67, outleaning Christopher Simmons, who came through in 23.84, Isaiah Smith, in 24.45. For the women, 19-year-old Maddie Schattinger had no significant competition, winning in 32.77, well ahead of 11-year-old Elena Ruffer’s 34.97.

In the mile, 21-year-old Andrew Davis went out fast but couldn’t hold off Cornell grad student Adam Pacheck, who took time out from volunteering at the meet to run an impressive 4:28, just 4 seconds off his PR, followed by Davis’s 4:42. In his second race of the night, Joshua Derrick was third in 4:48. Also notable were some fast times from High Noon runners Mike Stewart (5:17), Alex Colvin (5:18), and Scott Dawson (5:21). For the women, 52-year-old Michelle Rohl showed the kids how it’s done, looking super smooth while running a 5:45 for the win. She reportedly has the 5th fastest 800m time in the country this year for her age group. 12-year-old Elizabeth Baroody of the Auburn Pulsars was second in 6:12.

Remember, FLRC is running the MITHACAL MILE SERIES and at FLRC’s Annual Picnic on August 25th, we’ll be giving age-group–based awards to those who have the fastest mile races across four of our seven meets, plus the Ithaca Festival Mile. Check your standings!

The final individual event of the night was 10 heats of the 400m, and Leon Atkins upped the excitement for the final by predicting that he’d run under 50 seconds. Alas, he came up short, sort of, recording a time of exactly 50.00 seconds for the win. Christopher Simmons was second in 53.69. Continuing the trend of older women taking the crown, 67-year-old Coreen Steinbach of the Athena Track Club won in 1:18.64, just ahead of 12-year-old Annoura Stewart of the Lansing Lightning in 1:20.19.

Huge thanks once again to our dedicated volunteers. Josh Brockner stepped in as head timer, Bruce Roebal started the races, Becca Lovenheim and Carl Franck juggled the heats as clerks-of-course, Jullien Flynn untangled our spaghetti results with help from Casey Carlstrom, Tonya Engst and David Keifer handled registration, Adam Pacheck, Ally Salce, Tom Rishel, and Sandy Gregorich managed lap counting, backup timing, result reading, and numerous other tasks. And, finally, a fond farewell to Julie Quinn, who has recorded finishers at FLRC track meets for years, but is now heading off to a new job at the University of Virginia.

Finger Lakes 50s: A Race of Ice and Fire

We really hope you’ve had a chance to cool down a little since race day. Now in the Fifties’ thirty-first year, the Finger Lakes National Forest dished out what we believe is the hottest race day on record. With temperatures reaching close to 100°F by mid-afternoon, we also doled out a record tonnage of ice. A times, our volunteers struggled to keep up with the demand for ice and ice water! If 2017 was the year of the flood, then this was the year of fire — like last year, the 50-mile finishing rate was low, but for a different reason. Many 50-mile runners opted to drop down to the two-loop 50K instead of trudging back out for another lap through the inferno. Overall, times were generally slower than usual (with one notable exception we’ll get to later), yet the three distances totaled 228 finishers out of 250 registrants.

Got any FL50s blog posts or race reports you’d like to share? Send them our way and we’ll link to it on our website and share on social media. And let’s see some photos! Use #FingerLakes50s and/or #FL50s and be sure to tag @FLRCithaca on Instagram and Twitter, find us on Facebook, and join our Strava group.

In additional to the photos on this page, visit our Facebook page for more. We didn’t have a professional photographer and tried to get as many runners as we could. Feel free to copy or share these photos however you want.

Posted by Finger Lakes Runners Club on Saturday, June 30, 2018


On the ladies’ side, Katherine Edwards traveled up from Brooklyn to represent her team The Dashing Whippets. Katherine made good on the name, dashing past the competition to take the win in 2:30:27. We always see a large Brooklyn contingent at the 50s and a handful of Brooklynites on the podiums, so this year was no different. A few minutes later the race for second was close, as Rokhsanna Sadeghi edged out Elinore Loch by just under a minute. Our top masters (40+) woman was Christine Antonini in 3:11:35.

For the men, Patrick Loftus of Washington, D.C., broke the tape first in 2:19:02. The next three guys finished close together. Second place Tyler Barker ran a 2:25:48, with John Kolh and Nery Trigueros Gonza both less than a minute back. Kohl was third overall and also the men’s masters winner.

A couple of local runners, Tommy Hayward and Brett Donaldson, trashed talked their way through the race in a friendly rivalry. Hayward won the contest, but Donaldson could  argue he was saving something in the tank as he was the only FL50s finisher to show up at our Black Diamond Group Run the next morning. Also in the 25K mix was Steve Shaum, whom you know as the FL50s’ Race Director for the past four years. This year Steve passed along the RD torch and was happy to be out running the trails.

25K Full Results

25K runners are feeling fresh as they start off down Potomac Road.


Katherine Edwards shows off her finishers mug at the 25K awards ceremony.


Laura Webber proved that masters athletes can compete with the best of them. At age 40, she took the overall win in 6:12:45. Keeping with race tradition, she took home a chainsaw-carved wooden cow for her stellar effort.

Did any of you Pebbleheads run the Tortoise & Hare this year? Then you’d recognize second place woman Emily Funk who is co-RD of Tortoise and ran a 6:18:17 50K. Our third female in the two-lapper was Denise Knight, who came all the way from Chapin, SC. Denise ran a smart race to manage the most even split (+8:21) and fastest second loop (3:15:14) of any woman on the day.

Now on to the men. We already mentioned the uncharacteristically hot and humid weekend, right? That makes Michael Heimes 50K all that more impressive. Heimes ran a 2:06:06 first loop and 2:13:14 second loop, both of which would have won the 25K race. His final time of 4:19:20 is the new 50K course record, besting Jeff Powers’ 4:20:37 from 2012. (Jeff still holds the 25K CR though.) Heimes had a pretty reasonable shot at the 50-mile record too, but we couldn’t convince him to continue for a third loop!

Iain Ridgway and Gonzalo Reviriego came in tied for second after the first loop, with Jon Boser in hot pursuit less than two minutes later. Ridgway ran a faster Loop 2 to take second place in 5:12:53. Reviriego held on to third, while Boser continued on to a 50-mile finish. The men’s masters race was close too, with Jon Wade of Hamilton, ON, taking the top spot by less than four minutes.

The 50K had many other notable performances. Lorrie Tily, former FLRC President, completed the 50K for the twentieth time. Add to that her one 50-mile finish, and that’s 21 ultra-distance finishes in the event’s 31 editions. Due to course changes over the years we’re not 100 percent sure of her total lifetime mileage at this race, but it’s somewhere around 700 miles.

Harland Bigelow’s been in the sport for over half a century, and at 71 years young he nabbed his sixth straight 50K finish. Emily Seltzer earned her first ultra finish while running the entire 33 miles with her father and brother, ensuring that Team Seltzer all finished together. (She sure picks the tough ones — her first marathon was a few years ago at the notorious Monster.) We had numerous other first-time ultra finishers, plus a handful who doubled back after running 40 miles around Letchworth State Park at Many on the Genny a week earlier.

* We recognize that some 50K and 50-mile runners missed a turn mid-way through their first loop, in some cases adding extra mileage. We remarked that turn with extra flags ASAP and apologize for any confusion and aggravation it may have caused. We appreciate that participants were largely understanding, and at the finish line feedback from runners was overwhelmingly positive. We’ll learn from that mistake and be sure to correct it going forward.

50K Results With Splits

Iain Ridgway pursuing the 50K leaders as he skirts the edge of an early cow pasture.


Early action from the chase pack at The Outback (mile 13) on Loop 1.


Harland Bigelow is all smiles amongst the daisies as he goes for his 6th straight 50K finish.


The 50-mile race was a display of guts and sheer determination. Every 50-miler knew he or she had the chance to make an early exit after two loops and walk away with a 50K finish. 23 runners persevered through three loops as the thermometer continued rising.

Alanna Moss has a pile of 50K and mountain race finishes to her name, but this was her 50-mile debut. After a rough go in the National Forest last year, she came back to take the woman’s title this time. Moss kept a steady effort over the closing miles and held off the fourth and fifth place men to take fourth overall in 9:49:24. (The two men chasing her finished only 2-3 minutes later.) At 41, she was also the women’s masters winner (and second master overall.) Rounding out the top three were Julia Plourde in 10:23:32 and Melinda Bautista in 11:14:06. In a display of smart pacing, Plourde managed to run her third loop only 4:39 slower than her second.

Men’s winner Dillon Shaffer came through Loop 1 trailing only 50K leader Michael Heimes. Like women’s winner Moss, he’d never raced longer than 50K before today. Shaffer ran the second fastest Loop 2 on the day — again, only Heimes’ was faster. Shaffer’s 8:25:28 won the race by over 30 minutes. John Boser hung with the 50K chase pack early on and ultimately took second in the 50-mile in 8:57:55. Boser said prior to the race that he was originally hoping for a sub 8-hour finish, but he wisely adjusted his expectations to match the weather and in the end was happy with a sub-9 and second place. Paul Italiano took the masters win and third overall to earn his cow in 9:35:53.

Elsewhere in the 50-mile: Lucas Lemanski came out from Chicago and threw down hard on the “Baby Loop” — the final half-mile around the finish area — tying for the fastest Baby Loop with winner Shaffer. Allan Co completed his first and only ultra and at the finish swore it would be his last. Odds are 20 to 1 that he’s on Ultrasignup right now looking for his next :) Vinny Cappadora won the just-created Broken Wrist Division, completing 50 miles with his forearm in a hard-shell cast. An ultrarunning veteran, this was also Cappadora’s comeback after two years away from racing due to injury.

Did anyone catch those sweet Michael Jackson dance moves on video? That was Guillermo Ayala, only minutes after a sixth place finish in the 50-mile, declaring “This is for all the volunteers!” Talk about boundless energy — Ayala just ran the steep, rocky, and rugged Manitou’s Revenge a week earlier. And yes, he showed off his MJ prowess at that race too!

50-Mile Results With Splits

Guillerno Ayala moments before notching 50M finish #6.

Thank You

Every race has tons of moving parts behind the scenes, and this race couldn’t have happened without the support of many individuals and organizations: Wilderness Search and Rescue provided a communication network that helped track runners, keep people on course, and administer medical treatment where needed. Jeff and Kathy Sikora have volunteered their services to us as WSAR crew chiefs for the past 18 years, and have decided to retire. They will surely be missed at our races!

The National Forest Service’s team of rangers helped us with trail maintenance and allowed us to hold our race on their land. Albany Running Exchange provided timing services, finish line DJ-ing, and all the corny puns and (occasionally) funny jokes that kept spectators, crews, and volunteers entertained at home base. Fittnell Farms continues to cater our event year after year and dished out all that tasty, post-race real food.

Our sponsors: Rooster Fish Brewing, for the finish line kegs and growler awards; Wegmans (Ithaca) for their generous coffee donation; NBS Nutrition for the electrolyte drink provided at all the aid station. (NBS is a new nutrition product company — if you liked their sports drink or want to try more, check out their website on how to order some.)

There are too many individuals to thank by name in this post, but we certainly didn’t forget you. We’ll give you all a big shout out and virtual high-five soon. But we do want to recognize first year Race Director Alexandra Kleinerman, who took over the helm from Steve Shaum. Alex is RD at four of Ithaca’s biggest events, including FLRC’s Skunk Cabbage Road Race, the Gorges Ithaca Half, and the Cayuga Lake Triathlon. This was her first time directing a trail or ultra race, and, along with her husband John Hohm, did a bang-up job in a large-production event. So thank you for keeping the Fifties going strong into its fourth decade.

What’s Next?

The Finger Lakes 50s is part of our annual Trail Circuit, with rankings based on performance and total mileage completed. Next on the docket is the Forest Frolic on July 14. This is a low-key, singletrack race out in Kennedy State Forest. Check out our event calendar for the rest of our Trail Circuit, including Forge the Gorgeous, The Monster Marathon & Half, and Danby Down & Dirty. We’ve also got a summer track series and plenty of road racing on tap.

As for the Fifties, registration will again open on January 1 for the 2019 race, with a waitlist to follow. So until next time, keep on moooooving and remember — “Don’t let the cows out!”

Happy trails,

Finger Lakes Runners Club

The day was hot and dry but the trails were not without mud!


Michael Heimes keeps the pace hot before the sun gets too far overhead.


Runners enjoy the valley view while crossing the 2nd of 3 open pastures.


Anyone remember these tie-dyes from a few years ago?


Pam Champlain came from Apex, NC, to enjoy the Upstate NY greenery.


A runner goes with the Jedi robe look in order to stay cool.