Two Hollows International Monster Marathon and Half Marathon
8:00am Sunday September 03
Kennedy State Forest in Virgil, NY | FLRC | Marathon and half marathon

ABOUT

Apart from the date, details about this race may change before registration opens. For now, save the date and come back later to learn more.

The Monster course runs along the Finger Lakes Trail and various state park trails while serving up views of some of the most beautiful gorges and waterfalls in Ithaca. The course consists of an out-and-back of 13.1 miles, starting at the South Shelter at Robert H. Treman State Park and traversing mostly singletrack trails. Marathoners run the course twice. Don’t let the fact that the race starts in a park fool you—the route includes its fair share of roots, rocks, rugged stairs, briars, steep climbs, and quad-pounding descents.

The Monster Marathon and Half Marathon feature age- and sex-based early starts. Men under age 38 start with the race clock, but women and men 38 and older head off earlier, with the individual handicaps determined by the World Masters Athletics Age-Graded Tables. The win could come down to a kick to the finish between a 65-year-old grandmother (101-minute head start) and her 40-year-old son (4-minute head start.)

The marathon has about 4,400 feet of elevation gain, with 2,200 feet for the half marathon. Both distances are part of the FLRC Trail Circuit, and results are included in the annual Pebblehead/Stonehead/Boulderhead rankings.

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

WHERE

The start and finish are at the South Shelter at Lower Treman (across the creek from the main parking lot, near the tent and cabin sites). The park’s address is 105 Enfield Falls Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

FLRC encourages runners to carpool to make the race more inclusive for those without cars, help fight climate change, and save on parking fees—sign up to drive or ride.

You can rent a tent or cabin campsite that’s only a short walk from the start and finish. Reserve your campsite early, as they tend to sell out fast on summertime weekends.

This race is run entirely within Robert H. Treman State Park. FLRC recognizes that this park is on traditional lands of the Indigenous Cayuga Nation, part of the larger Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Susquehannock people. 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.

 

WHEN

Both races have age/sex-staggered head starts; please arrive at least 15 minutes before your start time. The race clock starts at 8:00 AM for the marathon and 9:00 AM for the half marathon.

You can download the age-graded start times as a PDF, or check out the tables below.

Half Marathon Start Times — Men

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
79548:06
78528:08
77498:11
76478:13
75458:15
74438:17
73418:19
72398:21
71378:23
70358:25
69348:26
68328:28
67318:29
66298:31
65288:32
64268:34
63258:35
62248:36
61238:37
60218:39
59208:40
58198:41
57188:42
56178:43
55168:44
54158:45
53148:46
52138:47
51128:48
50118:49
49108:50
4898:51
4788:52
4678:53
4578:53
4468:54
4358:55
4248:56
4138:57
4038:57
3928:58
3818:59
<=3709:00

Half Marathon Start Times — Women

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
79847:36
78807:40
77777:43
76747:46
75717:49
74687:52
73657:55
72637:57
71608:00
70588:02
69568:04
68548:06
67528:08
66508:10
65488:12
64468:14
63448:16
62428:18
61418:19
60398:21
59388:22
58368:24
57358:25
56338:27
55328:28
54318:29
53298:31
52288:32
51278:33
50268:34
49248:36
48238:37
47228:38
46218:39
45208:40
44198:41
43188:42
42178:43
41168:44
40158:45
39148:46
38138:47
37128:48
<=36118:49

Full Marathon Start Times — Men

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
791186:02
781136:07
771086:12
761036:17
75986:22
74936:27
73896:31
7285 6:35
71816:39
70776:43
69736:47
68706:50
67666:54
66636:57
65607:00
64577:03
63547:06
62517:09
61487:12
60457:15
59437:17
58407:20
57387:22
56367:24
55337:27
54317:29
53297:31
52277:33
51257:35
50227:38
49207:40
48187:42
47177:43
46157:45
45137:47
44117:49
4397:51
4277:53
4167:54
4047:56
3927:58
3817:59
<=3708:00

Full Marathon Start Times — Women

AgeHandicap MinutesStart Time
791795:01
781725:08
771655:15
761585:22
751515:29
741455:35
731405:40
721345:46
711295:51
701235:57
691196:01
681146:06
671106:10
661056:15
651016:19
64976:23
63936:27
62906:30
61866:34
60826:38
59796:41
58766:44
57736:47
56706:50
55666:54
54646:56
53616:59
52587:02
51557:05
50537:07
49507:10
48477:13
47457:15
46437:17
45407:20
44387:22
43367:24
42337:27
41317:29
40297:31
39277:33
38257:35
37237:37
<=36227:38

SIGNUP

Online pre-registration is required and is open through 6 PM on the night before the race.

  • $45 for either distance.
  • 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 FLRCRUNFREE2023 during registration to waive the entry fee.
  • There is no in-person registration at the race.

NOTES

  • Restrooms and showers are available adjacent to the start/finish.
  • Coffee and breakfast items will be available at the start.
  • Well-stocked aid stations are located 3 to 4 miles apart on the course.
  • Digital photos taken by a professional sports photographer will be freely available to runners after the race.
  • Results will be available live during the race via Webscorer. Visit the FLRC Web site for full results later.
  • This race is part of the Finger Lakes Trail Circuit, for all you Pebbleheads, Stoneheads, and Boulderheads.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Nancy Kleinrock at monster@fingerlakesrunners.org.

AWARDS

The award ceremony takes place shortly after the race, with awards going to the top five runners in each distance. (Age and sex are already factored into the starting times.)

RECORDS

Handicap records, accounting for age and sex, on the current course at Robert Treman State Park:

Marathon: Yvette De Boer 3:06:45 (2019)

Half Marathon: Adam Pacheck 1:28:01 (2017)


Handicap records on the old course in Kennedy State Forest, Virgil, NY:

Marathon: Gary Burdick 3:27:00 (1998) and Becky Harman 3:30:51 (2003)

Half Marathon: Alan Evans 1:33:23 (2008) and Yvette de Boer 1:30:20 (2012)

WARNINGS

  • Running 26.2 miles on this course is difficult! Those running the full marathon should be trained for an ultramarathon effort.
  • 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, ticks, mud, treacherous footing, forest monsters, and vehicles at road crossings are all possible hazards.
  • Heat could be a problem this time of year. If so, carry fluids and watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion!

POLICIES

  • Full marathoners finishing the first out-and-back after 10:30 AM will not be allowed to continue!
  • 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 humankind.
  • If you need accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, please contact the FLRC Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair at diversity@fingerlakesrunners.org.
  • 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 Monster Marathon, 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 TrailSisters.net.

COURSE MAP

Interactive map — Click “Open in Cal Topo” for turn-by-turn course directions. To download a .gpx file of the Half Marathon course that can be loaded onto a GPS watch, open the map. Click “Export” at the top, then “Download GPX File.”