Full Disclosure: I love Green Lakes. I love the trails. I love the lakes. I have run Green Lakes hundreds of times (if not thousands) and I love it every time. Now that you know I am completely biased, here’s a review of the Green Lakes Endurance Runs.
Location: Green Lakes State Park (Fayetteville, NY)
Date: August 23, 2014
This race has a nice website (http://gleruns.org/) that contains most of the info you need. Registration is easy at http://ultrasignup.com/. Packet pickup was conveniently located at Fleet Feet. The main aid station was well-stocked (because it is a loop course, you hit the main aid station three times for the 50k and seven times for the 100k). There was also a supplemental aid station about halfway through the loop. The course was well-marked with flags and there were also volunteers. Finally, Leone Timing provided splits for each of your loops, in addition to your overall time: http://www.leonetiming.com/2013/Roads/GL50K13.htm http://www.leonetiming.com/2013/Roads/GL100K13.htm
The 50k currently costs $60 – this goes up to $70 on July 19.
The 100k currently costs $75 – this goes up to $85 on July 19.
As I said above, the trails at Green Lakes are awesome – I’ll let these photos speak for themselves:
The course is a 12.5km loop that you do four times for the 50k or eight times for the 100k. I’ve included an elevation map below – keep in mind you will be repeating this four or eight times:
As you can see, there is basically one large uphill per loop and one large downhill per loop – by ultramarathon standards, this course is fairly flat.
You get a t-shirt and a finisher’s hat. They’re both nice and you won’t really care after the race because you finished an ultra and you don’t need another “tech” shirt filling up your closet.
Over the years, this race has been fairly competitive. Last year, Michael Daigeaun won in 3:28:27. Past runners include Bryan Rusiecki and Amy Rusiecki (of the Running Rusieckis: http://runningrusieckis.blogspot.com/), Valmir Nunes, Jill Perry, Joshua Finger, Adolfo Munguia and Daven Oskvig. It is a fairly fast course and would make an excellent first ultra (it was my first).
I love this race! It is well-organized and it’s run on one of my favorite courses. I like that it uses loops – this makes it spectator friendly – but it also helps in terms of nutrition/fuel.
Registration is now open – I have to admit, the 100k race is on my mind!