6:00AM - Breakfast for volunteers and campers
7:00AM - Packet pickup and same day registration open @ Watkins Lodge
8:45AM - Packet pickup and same day registration closes
9:00AM - Start of the Half Marathon
10:00AM - Start of the 5 Mile
~11:00AM - Post-race snacks and drinks available @ Watkins Lodge
~12:00PM - Awards and post race meal @ Watkins Lodge
We have a pretty flexible set of policies. All reasonable requests will be considered.
This year we're simplifying things with a single price for both races: $40
No price increases. Same-day registration available.
We will provide withdrawal refunds at any time before Friday, September 6 at 11:59PM ET. Refunds will only be for the race entrance fee and will not include the UltraSignup administration fee.
We will provide registration deferrals at any time before Friday, September 13 at 11:59PM ET. Deferrals will only be valid for entry to next year's event.
Athletes will be able to switch distances at any time. Just show up at the start time of your choice.
Location & Parking
Race HQ is at Watkins Lodge in Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill. There is a parking lot next to Wilson Lodge, but this is reserved for race staff and volunteers. Driving past the Lodges, there is a one-way, counter-clockwise loop for accessing a baseball field and several pavilions. We have reserved these pavilions for event parking. We will be directing traffic on the day of the races, so keep an eye out for our volunteers. We would like to fill in spaces starting at the end of the loop, so keep driving forward on the loop until directed.
Please do not park on the race course or on the main park road. Please do not park in the small lots by the jump off, as these are reserved for other visitors to the park. Note that the main park road is one-way, counter-clockwise, so be careful when leaving the park.
The Half Marathon course will consist of a full 13.1 miles of one-way running with no two-way traffic. You can expect to enjoy some amazing wooded trails that you might not have experienced before. The course consists of a high percentage of rolling tree-covered single-track located mostly around the summit of Gannett Hill, the highest point in Ontario County. You will run on nearly every trail within Ontario County Park, as well as a few trail surprises. There will be rocks, roots, wooden bridges, and some awe-inspiring views.
Between miles 4-7 the course will run through privately-owned land. First it will follow the Finger Lakes Trail (orange blazed trail) through privately-owned property, restricted by Finger Lakes Trail Use Guidelines. The course will then shoot down the shoulder of W Hollow Rd / County Rd 33 until it reaches the Gell Center property. We are able to use the Gell Center trails due to the generosity of Writers & Books. Please do not trespass on their property before race day and respect their property during the race.
The 5 mile course starts just like the Half Marathon, but runners will turn a different direction at Aid Station 1 (approximately mile 3). The course stays completely within Ontario County Park and stays on trails with relatively little elevation change.
Three fully-stocked aid stations, every 3-4 miles along the course, with water, Skratch Labs electrolyte drinks, GU gels, and snacks. We strongly encourage half marathon runners to bring their own hydration packs, especially if the weather is warm. We encourage everyone to bring their own drinking vessel of choice, as the number of cups at aid stations will be limited.
We will entertain requests for transporting personal drop bags to aid stations, in particular to stations 1 and 3. Let us know if you are interested in this option when you check in.
Detailed Course Setting Directions & Maps
Post-Race Meal & Awards
Participants will receive a generous post-race meal in Watkins Lodge. While enjoying your meal, we will present merchandise awards provided by our sponsors. Awards will be presented to:
Overall Female Half Marathon
Overall Male Half Marathon
Overall Female 5 Mile
Overall Male 5 Mile
After these athletes select their prizes, anything remaining will be awarded randomly from the pool of people who are nice to the Race Director and are present at the awards ceremony.
"Ontario County Trail Marathon"
Last year we scheduled our race the day before the Unlimited Breadsticks Trail Half Marathon and were somehow able to trick some hearty souls into doing both races. Even though the races are different weekends this year, we're still going to recognize those who want to complete the "Ontario County Trail Marathon". No discount this year, but we'll have some special award.