New York > Out of Bounds Trail Half Marathon & 10K
Saturday, October 4, 2009
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
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.
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.
Registration for the 2009 Out of Bounds Trail Half Marathon &
10K is not yet open. Check this space later for details.
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