New York > Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon & 10K
Ithaca, NY • Sunday, April 14, 2013 • Course Map
Named for the plant species -- and its unmistakably strong smell -- that appears around the half-way point in the half-marathon portion of this Ithaca race event, the Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon & 10K attract more than 400 runners each year to both races combined in this upstate New York town, which is also the home of Cornell University.
The out-and-back loop race -- both the half and the 10K share the same starting and finish lines -- starts on Tower Road near the Cornell campus, and follows a mostly eastward route along the first half of the course.
Along Ellis Hollow Creek Road (the road along which most of the race takes place), the race course features some rolling hills, especially around the half-way point where the "famed" skunk cabbage is found. Most of the rest of the running route -- which is made up entirely of paved city streets -- is fast and flat. Registration closes at 9:45 AM, and the half-marathon begins at 10:15.
Race Weather & Climate
The first weeks of spring bring warming weather to the Ithaca area, as temperatures for the month of April average between 56°F and 34°F, a welcome change from the prior months, which often see the mercury dip into the 20s and 30s.
Wet weather is always a possibility, as Ithaca receives an average of just over 3.2 inches of rainfall during the month. On the day of the race (April 14), the average high is 54°F and the average low is 33°F.
View the race route map for the Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Ithaca's Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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