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Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Great Hill Ultra traverses 62 miles through hills and valleys of the beautiful Finger Lakes. Full of challenging terrain, gully rim trails and exceptional views, this course meanders through swamplands and hilltops with a romp through charming downtown Naples. We’ve linked together our favorite Naples area trails ending in the West River Valley in the shadow of the Great Hill. This community-supported event is filled with great folks and great trails. These are our favorite areas packaged up for you in one spectacularly challenging run.

And now a 50k course!

 

Starting at the Great Hill Ultra mid-point at the base of Cleveland Hill, runners descend via the Finger Lakes Trail into downtown Naples and complete the Hi-Tor Wildlife Management Area sections above downtown Naples and the circumnavigation of Great Hill ending in the shadow of Great Hill.

RE-ROUTE: PLEASE RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY CLOSURES. SOME LANDS ARE ONLY OPEN ON RACE DAY.

100k Race Specs

Distance: ~62 miles (~100km) 

Race Route: Point to point

Start: Muller Field Station (Honeoye Valley)

Finish: West River Valley (Middlesex, NY)

Elevation: +9366', -9457'

Terrain: 84% Trail, 3% Gravel, 13% Pavement

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50k Race Specs

Distance: ~31 miles (~50km) 

Race Route: Point to point

Start: Cleveland Hill on Clement Rd.

Finish: West River Valley (Middlesex, NY)

Elevation: +4364', -5132'

Terrain: 83% Trail, 3% Gravel, 14% Pavement

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Our Partners

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Our partners help make this all possible! Check out their beautiful properties!

The Details

The most recent addition to the Ironwood Adventure Works collection of races, the course is spread across a substantial area in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The base of operations will be in the shadow of Great Hill in the West River Valley at the finish zone.

Buses to the start zone leave from the finish zone.

Participants are encouraged to join us for camping Friday night before the event and Saturday after our event. We will be providing meals for participants Friday evening, Saturday evening, and on Sunday morning. Meals for crew and family members are available at an extra cost.  Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and stories in a beautiful camping venue. Participants will be bussed to the start, allowing for your vehicle to be waiting at the finish. 

 

 EVENT SCHEDULE 

 

July 11
5:00pm: Online race registration closes

​July 12
Noon: Camping access at our finish zone opens 

4:00pm: Packet Pick Up begins

5:30pm: Dinner

6:30pm: Pre-race safety meeting, and event introduction at the main tent

July 13

RACE DAY!

5:00 AM: Busses to start zone begin loading 100k runners at the finish area

~5:40: Busses arrive at start area

6:00am: 100k RACE START!

8:00 AM: Busses to start zone begin loading 50k runners at the finish area

~8:40: Busses arrive at 50k start area

9:00am: 50k RACE START!

Saturday Evening: Race Awards 

July 14

2:00am: RACE COURSE CLOSES

 

(See runner handbook for aid station details and cutoff details.)

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.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

 

All runners are required to ride the bus from the finish area. There is very limited parking at the starts. If you want to be dropped off at the start you need to contact us ahead of time for details.

 

Runners are allowed crew support at several locations on the course. Please see full runner handbook for crew directions and details.

RUNNER'S HANDBOOK

 

Due to parking limitations, spectators are only allowed at our finish area, the aid stations at Cumming Nature Center, the Naples Brewing Co, and Bassett Rd. The DEC parking lot on Rt. 245 and Engine 14 Brewery are great spots as well. Please be respectful of our neighbors and do not park throughout the course, or at any other aid stations. 

Aid is only allowed at aid stations.

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

This event follows Ironwood Adventure Works Rules for Competition and Policies and Procedures.

2024 Entry Fees 
 

100k
$200
$225
 After 5/31

$250 After 7/1

50k

$125
$135 After 5/31

$140 After 7/1

Race Registration will close 7/11. There will be no

day-of registration.

Refund policy: We will be happy to refund your entry fee, less a $75 service fee if you notify us by April 1
. After April 1, no refunds will be issued. 

All runners will receive an event shirt, a race packet, pre race grub, post race grub, and some delightful baked goods on Sunday morning. Camping is included in your registration for both Friday and Saturday nights. 

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

Finisher's award: TBD

EVENT SPONSORS

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