May 28, 2022


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The Frost Town Trail Fest celebrates the vast recreational opportunities, beauty, and environmental mission of the RMSC Cumming Nature Center with a challenging 25k or 10k trail run. The routes explore some of the best the Bristol Hills has to offer while exploring newly acquired neighboring landscapes. 

The challenging 25k course is a single loop that circumnavigates both the Cumming Nature Center and a newly acquired property managed by The NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation. A steep winding ascent and then descent through historic logging roads initiate 25k runners to this stout cross terrain trail challenge. Next, after traversing through the well maintained and traveled Cumming Nature Center Trail system, runners navigate through well marked but less travelled and more rugged terrain across the Rattlesnake Hill ridge line East of Lake Honeoye. Well placed aid stations will be available at approximately 4 mile intervals for a total of three on course support stations.

For a quicker and less remote challenge, the 10k course is the best of the RMSC Cumming Nature Center trail system.  Less elevation gain and a more runnable course make this a great first 10k or a fast trail loop for seasoned trail runners.

Kids fun run!

This year we are doing a free ~1.5 mile kids fun run, on the trails immediately surrounding the Nature Center. To participate, just show up with a parent between 11:00 and 11:45 to get your bib! Race starts promptly at noon!

25k Elevation Profile


2021 Covid 19 precautions:

As you know, things are improving greatly in the ongoing pandemic. However, we still need to be sure to make this event as safe as possible and are taking the following precautions to ensure a safe event: First and foremost, please don't attend Frost Town Trail Festival if you have any Covid 19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. We will be happy to offer a refund or rollover if you find yourself in this situation. 

Masks: Cumming Nature Center's current policy that we intend to follow is that all visitors not fully vaccinated, including children 3-11, are required to wear a mask throughout your visit. However, we are understanding that you may choose to make an exception to that rule if you are not fully vaccinated but are on course and not within six feet of others. 

Aid stations: Please follow the CNC nature centers rules for masking when approaching aid stations. In addition, we are implementing minimal touch aid stations. This means there will be a limited amount of individually packaged food available, some snacks, Untapped Maple packets, and water at each aid station. Please let aid station volunteers hand you food, and push the button on the water container to fill your cup or bottle. This is a CUP-FREE event! There will not be an electrolyte mix beverage on course. 

Start/Finish zone: Our race will be started with two waves of runners ten minutes apart per event. These waves will be assigned to you at bib pickup on Saturday morning. Please follow CNC masking guidelines when arriving for bib pickup, and please be sure to give other folks in line or getting ready to race their appropriate six foot space. In addition, we ask that once you have finished your race that you spread out, and give other runners space to finish, grab some water and snacks as they finish. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our post event raffle and awards festivities.  Awards will be given to top placers as they finish. 


25k Entry; $55 before May 1, then $70 till race day.

10k Entry $35 before May 1, then $50 till race day.


REFUND POLICY: We do not offer race registration refunds. 


Event shirt

Post race grub for recovery

On course aid station support

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st-3rd place overall male and female winners for both race distances.

Exact prizes are TBD and no cash prizes will be awarded but you can expect a variety of great gear from our sponsors!



Feb 14

Registration Opens

May 1

Early registration discount ends, prices increase $15.

May 27

5:00 PM - Online race registration closes 


May 29 RACE DAY!

(Please note: we do anticipate having to adjust packet pickup and start the event in waves in order to accommodate for appropriate social distancing. Please check back here or keep an eye out for specific race details in an email as the event gets closer. )


7:30-8:45 AM - Packet pickup/check-in available at Cumming Nature Center for 25k racers

8:45 AM -  Pre race informational briefing for 25k racers


9:00 AM - 25K waves start!


9:01- 9:45 AM - Packet pickup/check-in available at Cumming Nature Center for 10k racers.


9:45 AM - Pre race informational briefing for 10k racers


10:00 AM - 10k waves start!

2:00 race course closed (4hrs cut off for the 25k)


IMPORTANT: All race participants must check in Saturday morning so we know you are starting the race and can account for you, even if you picked up your packet Friday night..



25k racers will have access to three aid stations while on course. 10k racers will only have access to one.  Racers are encouraged to use their own judgement about fueling, but carrying water. Frost Town Trail Fest is a cup-free race! In an attempt to reduce race waste, we are eliminating all disposable single use cups. Please bring a bottle or reusable cup for aid station refueling. If you have additional food specific needs, please make sure you come prepared! There will also be a supply of Band Aids, Vaseline, and duct tape, plus a few other basic first aid supplies but there will not necessarily be first aid care givers at all aid stations. We will have volunteer first aid caregivers at the start/finish.

Racer crews and spectators are welcome anywhere on the course, but driving access is only available at the start/finish area at the Cumming Nature Center. We certainly would encourage spectators to hike out into the beautiful forest to cheer on our competitors but please make sure your friends/family take a map and appropriate supplies, there's a lot of forest out there! Runner aid is not permitted by crews except at aid station.


If you must drop, please notify a race official at the start/finish area ASAP so we don't go looking for you!

This race is subject to the Ironwood Adventure Works terms and conditions, and rules for competition.




Directions to Cumming Nature Center.