Leaf Peeper Half Marathon

Saturday, September 23, 2017 • Cortland, NY • Course Map

A few hundred runners come out each year for this 13.1-mile race organized by the locally based Cortland County Family YMCA, which takes runners on an out-and-back course that runs alongside the Tioughnioga River for most of the event.

Runners start the race at Cortland’s Yaman Park, which lies on the city’s northeastern edge, just off Highway 13 (Clinton Avenue).

From there, the course takes runners around the edges of the lake in the center of the park and then out onto Kennedy Parkway, which leads northwest toward Clinton Avenue. Once runners meet up with Clinton, they make a right and head northeast along Clinton for the next mile and a half.

The residential neighborhood that runners make their way through just after leaving the park gives way pretty quickly to much more rural terrain, as runners pass by wide-open farm fields on their way to the next turn, a right onto Lorings Crossing Road.

Here, runners cross over the Tioughnioga River and then turn left on East River Road (County Road 114), which they’ll follow for the next four miles until they reach the turnaround point about half a mile after passing by Homer Crossing Road.

After making the turnaround, runners then retrace their steps in the opposite direction, heading south along East River Road along the banks of the river for the next few miles, all the way back to Yaman Park for the race finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central New York state, just over 30 miles south of Syracuse and about 215 miles northwest of New York City, Cortland typically sees September temperatures that average between 49°F and 71°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 4 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Sept. 23), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 68°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Leaf Peeper Half Marathon.

Starting Time

8:30 AM


  • $40 for the half marathon, if registered before race day
  • $50 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Cortland’s Leaf Peeper Half Marathon, register online at LightBoxReg.com.

Official Race Website



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