Gorges Ithaca Half

Frequently Aasked Questions

When & where is Bib Pick up?

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?

7:30 am

Is there parking at the Start Line?

No. There is no parking at the Start Line and we ask that all runners take the bus to the Start line. Any questions can be directed to the Race Director.

What else do I need to know about taking the bus?

Buses are free to all participants – just show your bib! The buses will be picking up runners at the TCAT Seneca Street Bus Stop Map Buses will start loading at 6:30 am and depart for the finish line by 6:45am. DO NOT MISS THE bUS!!

Where are the bathrooms?

There will be portable bathrooms available at both the Start & Finish Lines. Additionally, there are public restrooms along the course at:

  • Cass Park (between Miles 6 & 7) – 701 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca
  • Ithaca Farmer's Market (between Miles 10 & 11) – Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd Street, Ithaca
  • Stewart Park (Mile 11) – 1 James L Gibbs Drive, Ithaca

Are there any water stations?

Yes! Water stations will be located at Miles 3.4, 6.8, 8.8, 10.2 and 11.5. Tailwind nutrition, in addition to water & ice, will also be available at the stations. Complimentary water bottles, filled with water, will be given to all runners at the finish line.

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?

Yes! We will have two aid stations at Mile 12 and Mile 13, as well as trained medical professionals available along the course. Please seek medical attention at any of the water stations on the course, or at the two aid stations. Medical attention will be brought to you!

Where can I watch the race?

This race is Gorges! We encourage you to invite friends and family to watch you run

  • Black Diamond Trail – Where Glenwood Heights Road meets the Black Diamond Trail, Ithaca
  • Cass Park – 701 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca
    • Here you can watch your runner reach Mile 6, 7 and 8!
  • Ithaca Farmers Market – Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd Street, Ithaca
  • Stewart Park – 1 James L Gibbs Drive, Ithaca
  • Ithaca Falls – Lake Street, Ithaca
  • Visitor's Center at Tompkins Chamber – 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca
  • Finish Line at Downtown Ithaca – Corner of Seneca & Tioga Streets, Ithaca

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. We also provide a fun After-Party event, sponsored by the Ithaca Marriott Downtown. The party will also have:

  • Complimentary beer provided by Ithaca Beer Company
  • Locally-sourced brunch provided by Fitnell Farm Catering
  • Homegrown Music from the West Hillbillies

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. Trumansburg Porchfest back for a third year (Click here for more information)
  3. Ithaca Farmer's Market (Click here for more information)
  4. 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!
  5. Cornell Campus -- Visit the beautiful Ivy League campus and Collegetown area for some photo-worthy views.
  6. 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
  7. Wineries – Experience the first organized wine trail in the country, the Cayuga Wine Trail
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Explore the performing arts: Here's a few of our favorites: Hangar Theatre, State Theatre and Kitchen Theatre Company