Register now for the Tortoise & Hare Trail Race on Sunday, July 7 at Buttermilk Falls

Looking for a great addition to the Fourth of July weekend? The Tortoise & Hare Trail Race starts with a flat loop around a meadow, exercises your uphill legs in the early miles, and then tests your mettle on a speedy downhill to the finish. The course runs roughly 6.5 miles up, around, and down beautiful Buttermilk Falls State Park. Registration is now open for the July 7 race!

Our closest trail race to Ithaca, Tortoise & Hare is a great introduction to both trail running and local trails, while Buttermilk Falls provides a spectacular scenic backdrop. (And yes, we’ll have a photographer there!) Enjoy finish-line refreshments while mingling with friends and cheering on the finishers; cool off afterward with a dip in the swimming hole! We encourage you to carpool to make the race more inclusive for those without cars, help fight climate change, and save on parking fees—sign up to drive or ride. And if you can’t run or are watching friends or family, we need more volunteers—sign up in Helper Helper.

The race is part of the 2024 FLRC Trail Circuit. See how many points you can score on the Trail Circuit leaderboard in the Pebblehead, Stonehead, and Boulderhead competitions.

Whether you’re a tortoise, a hare, or somewhere in between, we hope to see you at Buttermilk Falls on July 7! Questions? Email race director Laurel Gilmer at


Wasn’t this a Saturday race before

It has in the past sometimes been a Saturday race, @Pip, but we occasionally move races around on the weekend days to match the race director’s or venue’s needs, avoid other conflicts, and be more inclusive of people who can run on one weekend day but not the other due to work or other schedules.

The next two FLRC races in July, the Fillmore 5K on July 13 and Trackapalooza on July 20, are both on Saturdays, after which we switch back to Sunday for Forest Frolic on July 28.