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New York > Out of Bounds Trail Half Marathon & 10K
Canandaigua, NY



Saturday, October 4, 2009

Event Details

One of the most unique trail half-marathon races anywhere, the Out of Bounds Trail Half Marathon is run along the steep, hilly slopes of the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, located just south of the town of Canandaigua in western New York State, about 60 miles south of Rochester. Organized by a local running club called "Roads Are Poison," the group prides itself on organizing the "best damn unpaved running and racing events" in the area, and sponsors a range of similarly themed race events including the Muddy Sneaker 20K trail run, the Frozen Assets snowshoe race and the Cast A Shadow 6-hour snowshoe relay.

The race -- which is among New York's smaller race events, with just under 100 runners in 2006 and 2007 -- starts at 12:00 noon at the summit of Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, to which participants are ferried by ski lift from the race packet pickup area. From there, the course descends through the resort along a combination of ski slopes, four-wheeler trails, dirt roads and single-track hiking trails, as well as a few areas that organizers add are "out of bounds."

Last year's event (in 2007) brought the addition of a 10K race to the event, but organizers caution that the shorter distance is no reason to relax in your training for this event -- "this is still a trail run at a ski resort, it is not going to be an easy walk in the park," they add.

Race Weather & Climate

While late September weather conditions in the Canandaigua area tend to be mild to pleasantly cool, with temperatures averaging between 71°F and 53°F, conditions can be markedly different in the Bristol Ski Resort's higher elevations. Rainfall is also a possibility, as the area sees an average of about 3.58 inches of precipitation during the month.




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