Register now for the Tortoise & Hare Trail Run on July 29 at Buttermilk Falls

What goes up must come down! The Tortoise & Hare Trail Run 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 6.5 miles up, around, and down Buttermilk Falls State Park. Register today for the July 29 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. 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 the sixth in the 2023 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 29! Questions? Email race director Laurel Gilmer at