I’m extremely pleased to announce that I’ve opened not one, not two, but three more FLRC Challenge courses! That brings us to nine of ten, and after @gplwoo’s report this morning, it sounds like I can open the final Frolic course this weekend.
One note: These are true trail courses (windy, twisty, and with turns), and while anyone who has run FLRC races on them should be able to find their way, I strongly recommend anyone who has not run them before go with a friend who has or make sure you can use the RunGo directions linked on the course pages beforehand. At a bare minimum, make sure you have a cell phone with you, though service is often spotty on far-flung trails.
The 6-mile Danby Down & Dirty course start/finish is at the trail sign just before the parking area, making the course a bit shorter than the traditional Danby Down & Dirty course. You’ll run down Michigan Hollow Road, turn right into the trails, and follow the normal one-loop course of the traditional Danby Down & Dirty course. When you get back to Michigan Hollow Road, you’re done—you do not need to cross the road for the traditional little loop at the end.
The course starts at the parking area on Michigan Hollow Road, just before the intersection with Smiley Road.
The 5.4-mile Tortoise & Hare course at Buttermilk State Park starts on the path next to the bridge from the main Buttermilk parking lot. It then heads back through the parking lot, up the hill, and around Treman Lake before returning on the same course.
There is paid parking within the park, or you can park at one of the businesses slightly closer to Ithaca on the south side of Elmira Road and jog over to the park.
For the 8.5-mile Thom B. course, you can run either direction, of course, but we recommend heading down the road to the traditional start of the Thom B. trail race, continuing on up the hill and then turning left onto the trails like normal. Toward the end of the traditional Thom B. course, you’ll continue on the trails to the parking lot instead of turning right to the usual finish.
This course starts at the kiosk on the trail just off the Hammond Hill parking lot, where there is generally plenty of parking.
Any questions, just ask, and have a great time on the trails!