700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, New York, United States

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Activities: Running only, Half Marathon (13.1 Mi)

We’re really excited to bring you another year, and new course configuration of the Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon. For years we’ve wanted to use the Black Diamond Trail as a whole. This will be the year, with runners bused (or getting dropped off) at a start at the awe-inspiring Taughannock Falls State Park. Runners will run the full length of the beautiful Black Diamond Rail Trail, a hard-packed gravel path descending 700’ over 8 miles back to Ithaca with micro-gorges and waterfalls bursting along the way. After the Black Diamond Trail descent, runners will cross the Inlet and run on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to Stewart Park at the base of Cayuga Lake. From there it will be a fast final mile through the Fall Creek Neighborhood to a finish at DeWitt Park.

Note: Course configuration may change influenced by factors including a current nationwide shortage of bus-drivers. In the case we can’t secure enough drivers, we may shift to an out-back course such as that used in 2021, or a varied loop around Ithaca.

Updates for 2021 per COVID considerations:

  • Moving to a downtown-contained new course format so as to remove the bus-to-start format
  • 4 waves based on projected finish times to foster increased physical distancing
  • Mask-requirement at check-in, ahead of start, and after you cross the finish line unless physically distanced
  • Encouragement of entrants to carry their own hydration to reduce aid station cross contact and interaction
  • Post-race food in to-go style format / containers

2022 Course Format / Highlights:

  • 2022 Interactive Course Map can be viewed here
    • https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1742181?units=miles
  • Start above Taughanock Falls in Trumansburg, NY
  • Finish next to DeWitt Park on Cayuga St
  • Use of the Black Diamond Rail Trail and Cayuga Waterfront Trail
  • Retains signature finish through Fall Creek to the finish just shy of the Ithaca Commons

What you'll get:

  • Each runner will receive 5 aid stations on course
  • Delicious post-race food in to-go format from Fittnell Farms Catering
  • Event tech-tee (only guaranteed to those registering before May 1st)
  • Event finisher's medal
  • All else that goes into the event including your help in allowing us to donate back to multiple entities each year including high school teams, parks, and fire marshals

Staging Area / Finish Lines:

Starting Line: 2022's race will start on the Black Diamond Trail at the intersection with Gorge Rd in Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY.

Finish Line: The event will end at DeWitt Park, 102 E Court St, Ithaca, NY

Packet Pickup:

  • Finger Lakes Running Company (700 Cascadilla St, Suite 101 – next to Purity Ice Cream)
    • Those local’ish to Ithaca (and ANY ENTRANT NOT taking the buses to the Start) MUST choose between two days to pickup BIBS ahead of the race at the Finger Lakes Running Company. Those living outside of Ithaca are also welcome to (but NOT required to) check-in in one of these windows:
      • Thursday, June 9th – 11:00 to 7:00
      • Friday, June 10th – 11:00 to 7:00
  • DeWitt Park (102 E Court St)
    • For those outside of Ithaca, you can check-in race morning at DeWitt Park. 
    • Saturday, June 11th – 05:30 – 6:30 (those taking the Bus to the Start and who have not picked up BIBS Thursday / Friday ONLY)


Saturday, June 11, 2022

  • 05:30 – 06:30 – Check-In begins for those who live outside of the Ithaca area at DeWitt
    *We strongly encourage all who need to use the PortaJohns to do so if time permits before boarding buses
  • 06:15 – Buses to Start arrive and are able to be boarded
  • 06:40 – Buses to Start leave Buffalo St adjacent to DeWitt Park
  • 07:10 – Buses arrive at Taughannock
  • 07:30 – Start of 8th annual Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon from Black Diamond Trail at Gorge Rd in Taughannock Falls St. Park
  • 08:40 - First finisher anticipated to reach finish line at DeWitt Park and Catering begins
  • 11:30 - Last finisher anticipated to reach finish line and course closed
  • 12:00 – Catering closed and Park Cleared of Event Staging


  • Parking Garage with entrance on Seneca Street on the north intersection corner of Tioga (closest to Finish Line)
  • Parking Garage on Green Street Under Construction
  • Parking Garage on Cayuga Street (closest to Start Line)

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. Half Marathon

    Activity Starts: 6/11/2022 07:30 - Activity Ends: 6/11/2022 11:30
    Registration opens : 11/15/2021 00:00
    Activity type: Running only
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 11/15/2021 00:00
      Registration closes : 12/31/2021 23:59
      Race fee : $80.00
      Processing fee : $6.65
    • Registration opens : 1/1/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 3/31/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $95.00
      Processing fee : $7.66
    • Registration opens : 4/1/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 5/31/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $110.00
      Processing fee : $8.68
    • Registration opens : 6/1/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 6/10/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $125.00
      Processing fee : $9.69

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