Forge the Gorge
A "gorges" evening run at Fillmore Glen
6:00pm Thursday August 08
Fillmore Glen State Park | FLRC | 3 mile and 8 mile


The Forge the Gorge trail race offers two distances so everyone can have some off-road fun. The 8-mile course comprises two scenic, partially overlapping loops, whereas the 3-mile course peels off the long course halfway and heads straight to the finish. All runners start together near the park entrance, and both distances will count toward our Stonehead, Pebblehead, and Boulderhead standings.

The route winds along wooded trails on the north and south rims of the Fillmore Glen Gorge, with a brief stretch along a quiet park road. (Be prepared for loads of calf-burning stairs in the first and last miles!) The course highlight is where the trail drops into the gorge itself and repeatedly crosses the creek over a series of bridges. The course is well-marked and water stops are provided. If previous years are any indication, the weather may be unpredictable, but the scenery will always be gorgeous!

Be sure to stick around for the post-race pizza party!

If you’ve never run a trail race before, check out our First-Timers FAQs for Trail Races.

Many FLRC trail races take place on parts of the Finger Lakes Trail, which crosses much of New York State and is maintained by the nonprofit Finger Lakes Trail Conference. If you enjoy running on our local trails, consider supporting the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s efforts to develop and maintain the Finger Lakes Trail. Support Finger Lakes Trails


Bib pick-up is at the main pavilion at Fillmore Glen State Park—1686 Route 38, Moravia, NY 13118. Be prepared to show an Empire Pass or pay an $8 vehicle fee to park.

FLRC encourages runners to carpool to make the race more inclusive for those without cars, help fight climate change, and ease parking congestion—sign up to drive or ride.
This race is run entirely within Fillmore Glen State Park. FLRC recognizes that this park is on traditional lands of the Indigenous Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Tuscarora Nation, part of the larger Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, long before New York State existed. As you run our race, please respect the land and acknowledge this history and the Indigenous people’s relationship to it.


The 3-mile and 8-mile races start within 15 minutes of each other at 6:00 PM. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start to pick up your bib.


  • Online registration is required and is open until 2 hours before the race. 
  • $20 for registration.
  • FLRC members may deduct $5.
  • Runners 18 and under may register for free.
  • If financial considerations would prevent you from entering this race, please use coupon code FLRCRUNFREE2024 during registration to waive the entry fee.
  • There is no in-person registration at the race.



The award ceremony takes place shortly after the race, with awards in the following categories:

  • First overall male and female
  • First in each of these age groups, male and female:

1–10, 11–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, and 70+.


  • Restrooms, showers, and swimming are available at Fillmore Glen State Park. (The swimming hole, located next to the finish line, is open until 7:00 PM.)
  • Results will be available during the race via Webscorer and later via the FLRC Web site.
  • This race is part of the Finger Lakes Trail Circuit, for all you Pebbleheads, Stoneheads, and Boulderheads.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Alan Lockett (


  • Look for trail markers or you could end up off course! As with all trail runs, it’s on you to pay attention.
  • Unlike road races, the footing is not level. It is uneven and can be dangerous. A fall or injury is possible.
  • Insect bites, mud, treacherous footing, fallen logs, and vehicles at road crossings are possible hazards.
  • Heat could be a problem this time of year; if so, carry fluids and watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion!


  • No dogs, headphones, or jogging strollers. These make the race dangerous for everyone.
  • 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.
  • If you need accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, please contact the FLRC Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair at
  • This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and insured by the Road Runners Club of America.

Our race directors are committed to providing an equal race experience among genders and sexes. The Forge the Gorge Trail Race, along with all other FLRC trail races, will abide by the following standards (to the extent that they are available to men) as outlined by the Trail Sisters Web site.

The Commitment:

  • Equal podium spots
  • Equal prize money & awards
  • Women’s-specific swag & apparel
  • Menstrual products and disposal opportunity at aid stations in races of a half marathon or longer
  • Equal opportunity and space for women on the starting line

For more information on these standards, please visit