Rules Refinements: Alternative start/finish points and running a course in segments

As people have started to run the FLRC Challenge courses more frequently, several questions have arisen, and I’ve now modified the rules to make running our courses more fun. Both fall into the general principle of “cover the ground.”

  • I’ve noted previously that it’s acceptable to run courses other than the East Hill Rec Way in whatever direction you want, so you could go around the Cornell Botanic Gardens in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. That way you can play with which direction is faster or just mix things up.

    It’s also now acceptable to start and finish wherever you want along the course, as long as you cover all the ground for the entire course. Obviously, if you do this, you’ll have to enter your time manually instead of scanning the start/finish sign. This enables you to, for instance, run the Cornell Botanic Gardens loop starting and finishing at the ponds, run the Black Diamond Trail starting at the turnaround point and running to and then back from Cass Park, or run Pseudo Skunk Cabbage starting at the Ellis Hollow/Genung intersection to avoid extra distance when changing direction.

  • To make it easier to include a course in a longer run, it’s also now acceptable to run a course in segments, adding up the time manually at the end. For instance, I could see someone starting in Stewart Park, running the first half of the Waterfront Trail course, continuing over to Cass Park, running the Black Diamond Trail course, and then returning to Stewart Park to finish off the second half of the Waterfront Trail course. One long run, two course efforts!

    There are three caveats to running a course in segments:

    • It’s up to you to add up your first half and second half times manually.
    • Segment-based runs won’t be accepted for fastest times. You may not, for instance, run fast for half a course, jog easy to rest, and then run fast back on the second half.
    • All segment-based runs must be completed in the same session. No going home in the middle and completing it the next day.

Any questions?

Is it acceptable to record a Challenge course time as part of an in-person race? For example, someone runs the Tortoise & Hare race and records their split for the Challenge course, which is the same route minus the 1-mile field trail at the beginning. This could also be done on the Frolic and Danby courses, assuming they take place this year. The Thom B loop is different enough near the start/finish that it probably wouldn’t work.

Good question, @Petorius. I think your instincts about which course will work and which won’t is spot on. The mantra is “cover the ground.”

  • With Tortoise, people can just get a split as they pass the playground on the way in and out, so that should work fine for a Challenge effort subset of the longer race.

  • With Danby, the official start will be slightly further down the road from the finish, so everyone can deduct a few seconds from the final time to match those up.

  • With Frolic, the course is identical, but has a different start/finish point at the intersection of the roads, so no time modification will be necessary there.

  • With Thom B., the Challenge course with the start/finish at the parking lot is just too different (and somewhat longer, I think) so it won’t be possible to use Thom B. race results for Challenge efforts at all.

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