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Cayuga 50 Miles 2014

June 1, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT

Welcome to the Cayuga Trails 50, presented by the Finger Lakes Running Company and Cayuga Medical Center, and host to the USATF 50 Mile Trail National Championship in 2014. Offered is a beautiful and challenging course staged in one of the finest small cities in the country. You’ll run in and out of gorges, pass numerous waterfalls, negotiate creek crossings, and climb/descend roughly 10,000 feet over variable terrain.


North Pavilion
Lower Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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The Course: roughly 47 miles trail, 3 miles (mostly gravel and Park) road

Section 1 & 7: North Shelter to Old Mill
Distance: 3.1 Miles
Elevation Change: +920′, -490′ = +470′
Terrain: Mostly ascending on triple-track trail (dirt & broken asphalt).
Directions: From start proceed 0.4 mile, turn right to loop back along shoulder of park road and, at 0.6 miles carefully/minding traffic, cross park road to old park service road. Proceed uphill, through gate at .8 miles and turn left up grassy old utility road. At 1.0 miles merge with Gorge Trail. Remain on Gorge Trail for next 2.0 miles, emerging above Lucifer Falls, to Aid Station at the Pavilion just shy of the Old Mill.

Section 2 & 8: Old Mill to Underpass
Distance: 3.8 Miles
Elevation Change: +388′, -870′ = -483′
Terrain: Brief gradual ascent followed by long downhill, ½ mile gravel road, 3.3 miles singletrack.
Directions: Proceed along sidewalk next to Old Mill parking lot. At 3.2 miles make sharp left up old stairs immediately after/next to the Old Mill. At 3.5 miles emerge at old Civilian Conservation Corp site/intersection (grassy utility road in appearance). Cross over the grassy utility road, tracing upstream to Fishkill Creek Crossing at 3.6 miles. At 3.7 miles make hard/sharp right and emerge on dirt road at 3.8. Take a left and run uphill, making first left onto Thomas Rd (also dirt/gravel) at 3.9 miles (the high point re: elevation of this section). At 4.2 miles pass around gate and follow old dirt utility road to “T” intersection at 4.4 miles. Make a right, running very briefly on upper Rim Trail. Take first right on Blue Blaze connector to Finger Lakes Trail. Make left turn on White Blazed Finger Lakes Trail around 4.5 miles. After a brief steep ascent and relatively flat stretch, begin descending to base of Treman State Park, emerging at bottom to cross paved park service road (campsites to left) at 6.9 miles. Remain on trail to pass underneath Rt 13/34/96 bridge and emerge at Underpass Aid Station at 7.0 miles.

Sections 3 & 9: Underpass to Buttermilk
Distance: 5.5 Miles
Elevation Change: +1066′, -1091′ = -25′
Terrain: Creek crossing, short flat, short very steep up, gradual up/down, steep down to Buttermilk AS, 3.5 miles mostly singletrack, 1 mile park pavement, 1 mile tripletrack trail.
Directions: Leave AS passing through field, emerging at Railroad Tracks at 7.2 miles. (This is an active freight railroad with an unpredictable schedule, please do not cross tracks if train is anywhere in site. Please DO NOT cross creek on trestle as neither the event nor trail organization have permission to do so!) Cross over tracks, being careful on loose stone to descend to creek. Wade through water, follow singletrack around field perimeter, crossing a mostly dry creekbed around 7.5 miles. Ascend opposite bank and run to right along creek. At 7.6 miles veer right at “Y” and proceed up Very Steep Blue-Blazed Finger Lakes Trail spur. (Please Note: Runners MUST be no more than two abreast while ascending and MUST use switchbacks. NO SKYRUNNING straight lines as this area is trying to be returned from a very aggressively eroded state.) At 7.9 miles re-merge with White Blazed Finger Lakes Trail. Continue uphill and at 8.1 miles emerge at Jersey Hill Rd. Veer right and then quick left to return to white blazed Finger Lakes Trail. At 8.5 miles drop to your left to cross a creek (if you hit the Pipeline you’ve gone too far), and ascend through the woods on Orange-Blazed trail, emerging in a field and hitting King Rd at 8.9 miles. Make a right on King Rd and left at 9.0 miles. Follow Orange Blazes underneath powerlines to emerge at base of Yaple Rd at 9.9 miles. Make a right on Yaple, immediate left on Comfort Rd, and another immediate left past gate into upper Buttermilk State Park. At 10 miles make a sharp left onto a gravel path, cross a small stone bridge and creek and remain on mostly singletrack to emerge at base of old Lake Treman. After short steep broken paved descent emerge at parking lot w/ restrooms to your left at 10.9 miles. Follow Park Service Road (paved) 0.8 miles to King Rd. crossing. At 11.7 miles cross King Rd and descend on progressively steeper Rim Trail emerging at Aid Station at base of Buttermilk Falls at 12.5 miles.

Sections 4 & 10 Buttermilk to Underpass
Distance: 5.7 Miles
Elevation Change: +1158′, -1132′ = +25′
Terrain: Steep uphill on Gorge Trail, rolling singletrack with steep descent through Lick Brook along spine of gorge before re-crossing creek prior to Underpass AS, all double or singletrack trail.
Directions: Cross catwalk at base of Buttermilk Falls and ascend 0.9 miles on Gorge Trail. Emerge at King Rd making a right followed by a quick left, beginning along Bear Trail at 13.2 miles. Emerge from Bear Trail at 13.9 miles, keeping right to skirt the perimeter of a grassy field. At 14.1 miles merge w/ out-back stretch that will take you past old Lake Treman, crossing meeting Comfort Rd., taking a right and quick left on Yaple Rd at 15.1 miles. Make a right on King Rd. followed by quick left back onto trail and follow through woods, across the creek, and to the right to return to Jersey Hill Rd Crossing at top of Lick Brook Preserve at 16.8 miles. At 17.0 miles be sure to stay to right at “Y” (out portion of course coming at you), following White Blazed Finger Lakes Trail down steep spine of gorge, emerging at base of Blue Spur that you prior ascended. Run along field perimeter, re-cross creek and railroad tracks and arrive again at Underpass Aid Station at 18.2 miles.

Sections 5 & 11: Underpass to Old Mill
Distance: 3.8 Miles
Elevation Change: +835′, -370′ = +465′
Terrain: Ascending on singletrack trail for 2.8M, gravel road flat/descent 0.7M, trail 0.3M.
Directions: Pass beneath bridge, cross Park Road at 18.3 miles and ascend on singletrack Finger Lakes Trail to Blue Blazed spur/connector to Rim Trail at 20.7 miles. Merge w/ left onto upper Rim Trail and quickly make a left at 20.8 miles to old utility road. Pass around gate at 21.0 miles to merge w/ Thomas Rd, turn right onto gravel road at 21.2 miles, and at bottom of hill make a right back onto trail, passing through boulders. Make a sharp left to remain on trail (if you hit the bridge that at some point is going to collapse into the water, which is why we aren’t using it, you’ve gone to far). Recross Fishkill Creek, pass across old CCC site intersection, emerging next to the Old Mill at 21.9 miles. Follow sidewalk to Old Mill pavilion/Aid Station at 22 miles.

Sections 6 and 12: Old Mill AS to North Shelter
Distance: 3.1 Miles
Elevation Change: +470′, -920′ = -450′
Terrain: 2.5 mile mostly descending on tripletrack Gorge Trail, 0.1 utility road, 0.5 miles grass to turnaround point.
Directions: Leave Old Mill AS by crossing over stone arch bridge and making a left onto pedestrian path. Descend on Gorge Trail to base of Lucifer Falls. Stay straight and continue mostly descending on Gorge Trail. At 23.9 miles take left cut to grassy utility road and follow to base emerging in front of the McCutcheon’s gorgeous home at 24.4 miles. Take a right, pass around the gate, descend on old utility road, cross main Park Road, heading right in the grass along the shoulder before final left turn to continue along grass back to turnaround point or finish at North Shelter. Repeat if at AS, relax if finished. You’re awesome!

Aid Stations

The event is well aided w/ stations averaging approximately 4 miles apart. Every Aid Station will have GU Brew, GU Gel/Roctane, water, soda, pretzels, and typical fare that might include fruit, sandwiches, potatoes, candy, etc… in addition to duct tape and a basic medical kit. If you require specific dietary items, i.e. gluten-free, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate. The event will not provide medical items such as Ibuprofen. Medical supervision will not be present at Aid Stations. Entrants in registering acknowledge adequate foresight of event requirements and risks paired with their associated fitness and health considerations, and the responsibility to plan and drop gear as needed at aid stations.

Cut-Offs and Dropping Out
The event, per useable trail light, and park policy, will start at 06:00 and have a 15-hour cutoff at 21:00. Individual AS cutoff times have been set to ensure that entrants are moving through at or under 15 hours. No runner however, if of good physical and mental condition, and where safety is not of concern, will be cut prior to the established 13:00 (1:00 PM) cut off at mile 25.0, AS6, North Shelter. Runners may fall behind guideline cuts prior to that point but no runner checking out of AS6 after 13:00 will be permitted to continue. Individual AS Cut-Offs will be enforced beyond AS6.
If an entrant misses a cutoff they understand in registering that they will be formally pulled from the event, and receive a DNF in the results at the AS of cutoff. We will make attempts to return those entrants to the start when able but they understand that at that point they are outside of the formal supervision of the event. Event volunteers reserve the right to additionally both delay and pull entrants from the event if they feel the entrant does not appear in sound physical or mental standing. Any entrant DNF’ing due to missing cut-offs or per their decision must surrender their race number to AS personnel. Any entrant not surrendering number and informing AS of DNF status will not be permitted back in future years.

AS# AS Name Section
Run Time
Time of Day
Run Time
Time of Day
1 Old Mill 3.1 3.1 0:25 06:25 0:50 06:50
2 Underpass 3.8 6.9 0:55 06:55 1:35 07:35
3 Buttermilk 5.5 12.4 1:45 07:45 3:00 09:00
4 Underpass 5.7 18.1 2:35 08:35 4:40 10:40
5 Old Mill 3.8 21.9 3:15 09:15 5:50 11:50
6 North Shelter 3.1 25.0 3:40 09:40 7:00 13:00
7 Old Mill 3.1 28.1 4:15 10:15 8:00 14:00
8 Underpass 3.8 31.9 4:50 10:50 8:55 14:55
9 Buttermilk 5.5 37.4 5:45 11:45 10:25 16:25
10 Underpass 5.7 43.1 6:40 12:40 12:15 18:15
11 Old Mill 3.8 46.9 7:25 13:25 13:35 19:35
Finish North Shelter 3.1 50.0 7:50 13:50 15:00 21:00

Drop Bags
The event will take drop bags to all aid stations, if left by 05:30 race morning in designated areas at the North Pavilion/Start-Finish. Drop bags left after 05:30 Saturday morning will not be guaranteed transport. Drop bags should be clearly labeled with entrant’s BIB# as well as intended AS# AND AS Name. Entrants are additionally able to leave items at the North Shelter midway point.

We’ll do our best to keep them sorted and arriving in timely fashion. Entrants should understand that despite our best intentions on occasions bags may be mixed up or delayed and that they should not rely on drop bags. Drop bags will be returned at the conclusion of the event on Saturday night, or when aid stations are closed (Old Mill at 19:35, Underpass at 18:15 and Buttermilk at 16:25). Please do not inquire re: having them returned sooner.

Entrants and/or crews are permitted to retrieve drop bags from ASs at anytime but are asked to show AS volunteers entrant’s BIB# at time of pickup. Drop bags not collected by Saturday night may not be returned/may be discarded. If other arrangements are made to mail them to entrants shipping costs will be paid by the entrants.

Pacers are not allowed.

Weather for June 1, 2014
Sunrise: 05:29
Sunset: 20:42
Prior 10-Year Max Temperature: 91 F
Average Max Temperature: 77 F

Fairfield Inn & Suites Ithaca

Book anytime before April 20th, 2014.
Go to www.marriott.com/ithfi
Type in arrival and departure dates
Click special rates and awards
Choose group code and type in your codes:
CARCARA(Standard King) $189
CARCARB (Standard Queen) $189
Then your block name will come up, and just follow the on screen instructions.
You can call the hotel directly at (607) 277- 1000 and ask for the Cayuga Trail Race Rate as well.

Additional Lodging
There are a good number of hotels, B&B’s, camping and cabin options in Ithaca. Fairfield Marriott is the newest and nicest hotel in close proximity to the race and have offered us the following event rate. We’ll bring you additional listings soon and feel free to google search hotels in Ithaca in addition to Fairfield in between.



Lower Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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