Get ready to forge the Fillmore Glen gorge on Aug 11th

It’s time to start registering for Forge the Gorgeous! Run up, around, through, and down the gorge at Fillmore Glen State Park to forge your way through this Thursday night trail race. Start at 6 PM and steel your calves in the early miles on the North Rim Trail’s 200+ stairs. Things level out across the dam as you reach the park’s upper trails, then open your stride as you drop into the gorge itself, where you’ll bounce back and forth from edge to edge across multiple stone and wood bridges. 4-mile runners complete a single loop, while 7.75-milers run a partially overlapping second loop. Both races are part of the 2022 FLRC Trail Circuit, and we’ll have a photographer present to capture runners, volunteers, and families enjoying the scenery.

After the race, cool off in the lower park’s swimming hole, grab some food at the post-race pizza party, and watch the sun set. For an American history lesson, check out the Millard Fillmore replica birthplace cabin adjacent to the finish area and learn a little about the area where the 13th US president grew up.

The course will be well-marked and water stops will be provided. If previous years are any indication, the weather may be unpredictable, but the scenery will always be gorgeous!

We can use more volunteers! If you’re coming to cheer on a runner or are sidelined due to injury (sorry!), could you sign up for an easy and enjoyable volunteer job? Fun friends and free pizza—it’s a great way to spend a summer evening. We strongly encourage carpooling to help with parking and fight climate change—sign up here to get or give a ride!

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Is there a trail map available for this course?

There isn’t a map just yet, sorry. @alan-lockett has set a new course to deal with trail changes at the top of the gorge, so we hope to have a map available before the race.

@DamianClemons No map available yet, but here’s my Strava activity from the 2021 race. 7.2 mi Run Activity on August 12, 2021 by Pete K. on Strava The basic format was up the North Rim Trail, down the Gorge Trail, up the South Rim, back down the North Rim. I’m not exactly sure what the RD plans to do differently this year aside from adding a little distance.

Thanks Pete. That’s even better. It gives me an excellent idea of what I am getting myself into, and I also have a good feel for where my efforts fall in comparison to yours. Looks like it is either up or down with virtually no flat ground to cover.