Monster Marathon and Half Marathon
8:00am Saturday September 19
Robert H. Treman State Park | FLRC | Marathon and half-marathon

ABOUT

MONSTER MARATHON RACE STATUS

FLRC has closed registration for this race until such time as we feel comfortable making a decision either to hold the race with appropriate physical distancing measures or, if that’s not feasible, to cancel the race. We plan to make a decision by August 15th at the latest. If you’d like to receive a notification of what we decided, register an account on the FLRC forum. Or just check back here.


The Monster runs along the Finger Lakes Trail and various state park trails, offering views of some of the most beautiful gorges in Ithaca, NY. The course consists of two identical out-and-backs of 13.1 miles each, starting at the South Shelter at Robert H. Treman State Park and traversing mostly singletrack trails. Don’t let the fact that the race starts in a park fool you—the course includes its fair share of roots, rocks, steps, briars, steep climbs, and quad-pounding descents.

The Monster Marathon and Half-Marathon feature age/sex-based early starts. Men under age 38 start with the race clock, but women and men 38 and older head off early, 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 gain, with 2,200 feet for the single-loop half marathon. Both distances are part of the FLRC Trail Circuit, and results are included in the annual Pebblehead/Stonehead/Boulderhead rankings.

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

Race start and finish is at the South Shelter, Lower Treman (across the creek from the main parking lot). Robert H. Treman Park, 105 Enfield Falls Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Be prepared to pay an $8 vehicle entrance fee to the park or show a State Parks Empire Pass.

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 AM for the marathon and 9 AM for the half marathon.

You can look up your handicap and start time in the tables below.

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration is required and is open online through 6 PM on September 18, the night before the race; there is no day-of-race registration. If you are unable to register online please print and return the paper entry form by September 14. (Check back soon for a .PDF of the entry form.)

FEES

  • $40 for the marathon, $30 for the half-marathon. Registration includes lunch at the finish for all runners.
  • Runners 18 and under pay $20 for the marathon, $15 for the half-marathon.
  • FLRC members may deduct $5 from any of these fees.

NOTES

  • Restrooms and showers are available adjacent to the start/finish.
  • Coffee and breakfast items will be available before the race.
  • Well stocked aid stations are located 3 to 4 miles apart on the course.
  • Lunch will be provided at the finish for all runners; additional meals for family and spectators may be purchased during registration. Extra meals are not available for purchase on race day. This policy ensures that we have enough food for all registered runners.
  • Results will be made available shortly after the race here and via Webscorer.
  • This race is part of the Finger Lakes Trail Circuit, for all you Pebbleheads, Stoneheads, and Boulderheads.
  • For remaining questions, contact Race Directors Cat Massa (c.massa93@gmail.com), Mik Kern, or Dave Kania.

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 on the current course, at Robert Treman State Park:

Marathon: Jed Sheckler 3:30:34 (2015) and Yvette De Boer 3:06:45 (2019)

Half-Marathon: Adam Pacheck 1:28:01 (2017) and Nora McIver-Sheridan 1:32:19 (2015)

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

  • Those running the full marathon must be trained for ultra-marathon 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, 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 mankind.
  • This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and insured by the Road Runners Club of America.

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.”

AGE-GRADED STARTS

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