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Green Lakes Endurance Races


Aug 23 2014


Fayetteville NY

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Green Lakes Endurance Races 100 km & 50 km trail races The 12.5 km course has a varied trail surface. Two ascents and one long descent traverse the upland forest. These steep shaded trails have some roots, ruts, and stones. The trails in the upper meadows are mostly dirt, grass, rolling, and unshaded. The meadows are referred to as the Serengeti. Each lap's 5 km of running in the Serengeti can make for a challenging summer ultra if Mother Nature offers a warm sunny day. The lake trails are shaded, have a few roots and are generally flat. Overall, the course lends itself to quick running without technical hikes. There are three aid stations on the 12.5 km course: The Main Aid Station at the lap/finish area. 0 or 12.5 km The Farmers Hill Aid Station on arriving to the Serengeti. 3.5 km The Vista Aid Station just before returning to the forest. 8.2 km THESE ARE CHALLENGING SUMMER ULTRAS While race day is usually in the low 70s Fahrenheit, a summer ultra in Central New York can be warm and humid. Runners need to manage their pace carefully. A lightning storm is another possibility on race day. Runners assume all risks associated with running in this event. The shady lake-shore trails allow for quick running. The rolling meadows, nicknamed by local runners, "the Serengeti," may have hot sun. The rocks and roots of the steep upland forest trails can land you hard on the ground. The looped course will test your will to continue.

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