FLRC Challenge kickoff group run at Cornell Botanic Gardens Saturday 4/16 at 8:30 AM

The next Saturday FLRC group run will kick off the 2022 FLRC Challenge on this Saturday, April 16th, showing off the new Cornell Botanic Gardens Beebe Lake course! The 4.0-mile route encompasses most of last year’s Cornell Botanic Gardens course through the scenic F. R. Newman Arboretum and extends through the Wildflower Garden and around Beebe Lake. We’ll meet by the west entrance (“Start” on the map below) at 8:30 AM and start running at 8:45 AM. There’s some parking at the start, plus a variety of other spots around the Arboretum that allow for a little warm up jog.

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Please vote in the poll below so others can get a sense of who else will be running their pace. We always have a wide range of runners, so you’ll generally find someone to run with.

Pace Poll
  • Sub-8:00-minute pace
  • 8:00-9:00-minute pace
  • 9:00-10:00-minute pace
  • 10:00-11:00-minute pace
  • 11:00-12:00-minute pace
  • 12:00-13:00-minute pace
  • 13:00-minute+ pace

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Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, ability, pace, or anything else. This is a free activity; neither club membership nor registration for the FLRC Challenge is required. If you are not registered for the FLRC Challenge, you must sign the group run waiver. You only need to sign the waiver once for all 2022 group runs, so if you’ve already done so, you’re all set! (Check Webscorer to verify that you signed.)

There will be post-run snacks available so please stick around after for socializing and a delicious breakfast.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering as a greeter/host for similar group runs, contact FLRC Group Run director Heather Cobb (cobb.heather.m@gmail.com). See you Saturday!

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Are there rungo directions ready yet? I was hoping to run it relatively fast (7:15 pace?) on Saturday and am not familiar with the part outside of the arboretum course from 2021 (and also not great with memorizing directions :rofl:)

@lizhartman: @adamengst said he hopes to build RunGo directions after he installs the sign and runs the course on Thursday. He’ll post them if he does.

If all is needed is a GPX file to upload to RunGo and Adam cannot run the course, I can build the course in MapMyRun and export the GPX file for upload.

ETA: I think this is how it works, but I could be wrong. It’s what I’ve gathered from eavesdropping on conversations.

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I wasn’t able to run the course today, but I’ve constructed a set of RunGo directions from a GPX track from On The Go Map. They should work, but I can’t guarantee anything, since I haven’t tested them.

I will say that this may not be the time to try for 7:15 pace—even with the RunGo directions, you’re going to be navigating whenever you hit intersections. Normally, I’d be happy to run with you at that pace, but I want to stay more with the group to help people through the more complicated bits.

I’ll be running to and from as part of my long day this week, so aiming to arrive right at 8:45, given the cold rainy forecast.


The rain held off just long enough for us to get the first course done!