The committee met in its bathtub several times and went on fact-finding missions to the Heavenly Mountains, the Jurassic Coast, Indian Pass, Calamity Brook, Blodgett Canyon, Mount Sentinal, South Danby, Shindagin Hollow, Connecticut Hill, Lick Brook, and Sugar Hill. We held high-level talks with Kim Jong Il and asked a psychic to channel Joe Dabes. After due deliberation, for this 30th anniversary we decided to stick to the tried-and-true format with a few wrinkles to keep everyone on their toes.
- We added a beautiful section of trail,
from Sugar Hill Fire Tower (Schuyler County) downhill
to Vanzandt Hollow Road FLT crossing (start of stage
1W in Tri X), otherwise the same length of trail as
Tri X. Total trail length is 87.6 miles according to
the latest FLTC maps as certified by Joe Dabes wearing his GPS hat (also allows him to channel instructions from aliens).
- There will be eight stages
- Finish will be at the Schuyler County Veterans'
Memorial Park (on NY228 near CR10), from two
Post-race party at the excellent Bleachers Sports Bar in Watkins Glen.
- East to West, starting at NY79 (Caroline). This
includes Shindagin, S Danby, Lick Brook, Treman
Park, Connecticut Hill, and Cayuta Lake. Five stages, 56.5 miles
- West to East, starting at Sugar Hill Fire Tower,
using a short connecting trail to reach the
FLT. This includes Van Zandt Hollow, Watkins Glen,
Excelsior Glen, Burdett, Satterley Hill, Burnt Hill,
Bennettsburg, and Texas Hollow. Three stages, 31.1 miles.
- Older/female runners start earlier than scratch time, according to Joe Dabes' handicap tables.
- Cross-country scoring, points deducted or added according to the rulebook.
- Additional rules to be announced one week before the event -- hint: make sure to have your copy of the official FLT maps
- Starts of the final sections will be set so that, in theory, both sections finish together (the "simultaneous orgasm" idea).
This is a participation event and is only for well-conditioned, experienced trail runners. Fitness of the runner to finish their stage (physical condition and trail racing experience) was the responsbility of the team captain, organizers take no responsibility.
Qualifying: Although the Finger Lakes Trail is open to any pedestrian (except on Feb 7), all runners who take part in this participation run must either (1) completed a stage in any previous Triennial; (2) completed a FLRC or similar trail race of 15km or more since Triennial X, at a pace of at least 8kph (5 mph); (3) completed a run-through of the part of the FLT they plan to run on race day in the past year at this pace. These standards are to ensure that all runners knew the reality of trail running in the Finger Lakes.
The course: The Finger Lakes Trail is described on maps M14 through M18 (5 sheets), available from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, 6111 Visitor Center Road, Mt Morris, NY 14510, or order at their web site. They have GPS'd the entire trail and will sell these also. But the trail is not static...
The trail on the ground is what must be followed; there may be re-routings not shown on the map. The main FLT is marked with white blazes, double blazes indicating a turn ahead. Road crossings are marked by yellow and green FLT signs. Marking is generally good, but there may be recent events such as treefall, logging, floods, and latter-day landowners who have cut off access that make the trail difficult to follow. If at all possible, participants should have pre-run the part of the trail they will run on race day. Make sure to check out the latest trail conditions from the FLTC!
Support: Teams must support themselves -- this is a participation run. Organizers will provide starters, recorders, and roving monitors.