Gorges Ithaca Half

Frequently Aasked Questions

When & where is Bib Pick up?

  • Ithaca-Area Residents or any entrant NOT riding bus-to-start REQUIRED (out-of-area runners and those riding the bus race morning ARE permitted but NOT required)
  • Saturday, June 11th from 5:30 – 6:30 (Out of Ithaca Area Runners ONLY) at DeWitt Park

Where do I park in Ithaca?

We understand that parking can be confusing in Ithaca! Here are some options to park your car:

Street Parking is also available and free on the weekends, for more information about parking in Ithaca, click here.

What time does the race start?

07:30 from the intersection of the Black Diamond Trail and Gorge Rd on the south side of Taughannock Falls State Park

Where are the bathrooms?

There will be portable bathrooms available at:

  • DeWitt Park (staging area)
  • Taughannock Falls State Park visitor’s center parking lot for those getting dropped off at the Start area
  • Taughannock Falls State Park upper Jacksonville Rd Lot
  • We’ll additionally hope to have two placed at Aid Station 2 / Mile 4 at the BDT intersection of Glenwood Heights Rd and Mile 8 at the BDT Terminus in Cass Park

Are there any water stations?

Yes! Water stations will be located at roughly: 2, 4.75, 8.25, 10.25, and 11.5 miles. An Electrolyte Drink, in addition to water & ice, will also be available at the stations. Finisher water bottles, filled with water, will be given to all runners at the finish line. Per COVID considerations we’re STRONGLY encouraging runners to carry their own hydration bottles or vests to reduce contact between gobs of runners and our volunteers.

Please remember it is important to stay hydrated. Please drink sufficient water before the race, and in the early miles!

This is my first race, do you have medical staff on the course?

We will have Bang’s Ambulance on-call as well as an Athletic Trainer, Nurse and/or a Physician at the finish. If you’re feeling a bit off, particularly if heat-related, please stop and cool down at the nearest aid station. Take some fluids, ice if it’s there, and let your core temperature come back down. If it just isn’t the day and you need to drop we will work to pick you up and bring you back in.

What's at the Finish Line?

You will be greeted with a Finisher's Medal and water bottle at the Finish of the Gorges Half Marathon, as well as food-to-go from Fitnell Farms catering, and, possible, Athletic-Beer while supplies last.

What else is there to do this weekend?

We've put together a top 10 list of things to do while you visit the area:

  1. Take in one (or more) of eight family friendly, educational sites on Ithaca's Discovery Trail! From the Sciencenter to the Lab of Ornithology, there's fun for the whole family.
  2. Ithaca Farmer's Market (Click here for more information)
  3. Waterfalls -- We hope by now you've heard the term "Ithaca is Gorges." Why not see for yourself? Ithaca is home to over 150 waterfalls -- popular ones include: Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Ithaca Falls, and Triphammer Falls. Try for all of them!
  4. Cornell Campus -- Visit the beautiful Ivy League campus and Collegetown area for some photo-worthy views.
  5. Craft Beers-- Relax like a local! Ithaca Beer Co. is home to a variety of locally-brewed beers or enjoy Ithaca's new West end brewery Liquid State
  6. Wineries – Experience the first organized wine trail in the country, the Cayuga Wine Trail
  7. Paddle on the Lake -- Paddle-N-More offers kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals down at Myers Park in Lansing, Stewart Park in Ithaca, and Taughannock State Park in Trumansburg.
  8. Dine Out -- Ithaca has more restaurants per Capita than Manhattan. With a wide variety of cuisine, Ithaca's the perfect place to indulge your inner foodie.
  9. Explore the performing arts: Here's a few of our favorites: Hangar Theatre, State Theatre and Kitchen Theatre Company