The 40th Annual Skunk Cabbage Classic
10K & Half Marathon Road Races
10:00am Sunday April 02
Barton Hall, Cornell University | FLRC | 10K and Half Marathon


This year marks the 40th running of one of Ithaca’s oldest and largest road races, with your choice between USATF-certified 10K and half-marathon distances. Join 1,000 other runners along Ellis Hollow’s scenic countryside as the skunk cabbages emerge! This year, the race is going Skunkadelic!

We can’t promise a sunny day to match our shirt, but we’ll have announcing at the finish, festivities in the warmth of Barton Hall, personalized bibs for those who register by 3/18, free race photos, and post-race munchies.

Every finisher will receive a custom medal, and the long-sleeved, tech-fabric, Skunkadelic T-shirt is available as an add-on in both fitted (women’s) and straight (men’s) styles for $20.

If you can’t run the race, we need your help. Skunk Cabbage is a large-scale event that we couldn’t put on without help from individuals in our wonderful community. Please contact race director Adam Engst to volunteer. 

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


Our traditional half marathon and 10K courses remain the same, with the usual start and finish by Barton Hall at Cornell University. Refreshments will be provided inside Barton after the race.

There are no COVID-related restrictions this year, though anyone who wishes to wear a mask is welcome to do so.

Free parking is available in the Crescent lot at Schoellkopf Field, the parking garage across from Teagle Hall, and adjacent lots as noted on signs.

Half Marathon Course

10K Course


Bib Pickup and In-Person Registration

Bib pickup is available the day before the race, Saturday, April 1st, from 11 AM to 5 PM at Finger Lakes Running Company (700 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca—next to Purity Ice Cream).

Bib pickup is also available at Barton Hall on race morning, from 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM. If you can’t make it to the Finger Lakes Running Company the day before, please allow plenty of time to pick up your bib.

Race Times

Half Marathon: 10:00 AM
10K: 10:15 AM

Please plan to arrive early enough to allow time for parking and getting ready to run! Campus Road will be closed between Hoy Road and Wing Drive starting at 9:30, so if you arrive after then, you’ll have to park in the parking garage or along Tower Road.


Online registration through RunSignup is the default and will be open until 2:00 PM on April 1st. Leone Timing will make day-of-race online registration available, but a credit card is required—no cash or checks.

FLRC members may deduct $5 from the entry fee.


  • Early Registration: 12/1 through 12/31: $25
  • Regular Registration: 2/13 through 3/25: $35
  • Last Minute Registration: 3/26 through 4/3: $55

Half Marathon

  • Early Registration: 12/1 through 12/31: $35
  • Regular Registration: 2/13 through 3/25: $45
  • Last Minute Registration: 3/26 through 4/3: $65

If financial considerations would prevent you from entering this race, please use coupon code FLRCRUNFREE2023 during online registration before 3/26 to waive the entry fee.

Elite Entry Information

We are offering complimentary race entry if you have met any time standard shown below in a race since April 1, 2020. Equivalent times from other race distances are acceptable. Contact race director Adam Engst with your race results if you qualify for elite entry.


5K 10M 13.1M 26.2M
Open 15:30 53:45 1:11:00 2:35:00
Masters 16:45 56:45 1:15:00 2:44:00


5K 10M 13.1M 26.2M
Open 18:00 1:00:00 1:20:00 2:53:00
Masters 19:15 1:03:00 1:24:00 3:02:00



  • Restrooms are available at Barton Hall.
  • There will be a lead biker for each race.
  • The half-marathon course runs against traffic from Dodge Road until the right turn onto Game Farm Road.
  • Volunteers will be stationed roughly every two miles to provide water and Gatorade to all runners for both distances.
  • Results will be posted at the staging area during the race, and will be available on RunSignUp and on the FLRC Web site soon after the race. The race is timed by Leone Timing.
  • For remaining questions, contact race director Adam Engst at


Be aware that both courses include state and county highways that are open to traffic! Course marshals will assist you in crossing, but all runners need to be alert and aware of traffic.


All finishers in both races will receive an all-new custom finisher’s medal.

The award ceremony takes place soon after each race ends, with awards for men and women in the following categories for each race:

  • Cash prizes to the top three overall open ($200, $100, $50), first masters (40–49, $50), and first vets (50+, $50)
  • Custom framed artwork awards for the top finisher in each of these age groups: 1–14, 15–19, 20–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, and 70+.

There is a special $300 bonus for new overall course records. (If multiple runners break a previous course record, only the new course record holder will receive the bonus.)

Apart from the course record award, which by definition goes to the race winner, there is no duplication of awards. Age-group winners must be present to receive their awards or make other arrangements.


  • If you expect to take over 3 hours to complete the half-marathon, please contact the race director. The cut-off time for both races is 1:00 PM. After that, there will be no support on the course and the finish line will be closed.
  • Absolutely no refunds, deferrals, or athlete transfers will be allowed.
  • No dogs or jogging strollers! These make the race dangerous for everyone.
  • Headphones are strongly discouraged for safety and social reasons. If you wear them, you must remain aware of traffic and passing runners.
  • The race directors reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason.
  • If you need an 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 is insured by the Road Runners Club of America.


Half Marathon: Christian Thompson 1:07:36 (2014), Ellie Pell 1:20:37 (2016)
10K: Tom Boone 30:33 (1987), Tamara Sayre 35:36 (1989)

Masters Half Marathon: Kevin Collins 1:13:17 (2014), Winnie Ngan 1:25:55 (2001)
Masters 10K: Tim Otis 33:20 (1995), Sarah Kramer 38:14 (2005)