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Hardscrabble Finger Lakes Trail Running

June 8, 2024

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 landscapes that the Bristol Hills has to offer.

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The Course

The challenging 25k course is a single loop that circumnavigates both the Cumming Nature Center and part of the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation's Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area. 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 Honeoye Lake. Well-placed aid stations will be available at approximately 4 mile intervals for a total of three on course support stations.  This is some hardscrabble Finger Lakes trail running!

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 makes this a great first 10k or a fast trail loop for seasoned trail runners. 

And for the younger runners in your crew, join us for the 3k Fun Run starting at noon!

25k Elevation Profile

Environmental Course Details

Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is known to occur on the race route and is a highly concerning species in the region.  Educated Racers and event staff that clean thier footwear before and after any activities will greatly reduce the inadvertent spread of this invasive species.

For more information about invasive species and the environmental harm they cause click here.

Event Details

2024 ENTRY FEES(2025 Prices TBD)

25k Entry; $65 before March 1, then $80 till race day.

10k Entry $45 before March 1, then $60 till race day.


REFUND POLICY: We do not offer race registration refunds. 


First 100 runners registered are guaranteed a t-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!



Nov 15

Registration Opens

March 1

Early registration discount ends, prices increase $15.

June 7

5:00 PM - Online race registration closes 


June 8 RACE DAY!


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 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 start!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Kids Race Registration 

12:00pm- Kids Fun Run Start (3k)

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.


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Directions to RMSC Cumming Nature Center.

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