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Skunk Cabbage Classic

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Join us for the annual running of one of Ithaca’s oldest and largest road races, with your choice between USATF-certified 10K and half-marathon distances. Join 1,000 other runners along Ellis Hollow’s scenic countryside as the skunk cabbages start to emerge in early spring!

How to enter the Skunk Cabbage Classic

  1. 13 1 M

    Run 13.1mi
  2. 10 K Run

    Run 10km

Skunk Cabbage Classic routes

The Half-Marathon is a lollipop loop with four water stops. Start on Campus Road just outside Barton Hall and head east up campus past the Veterinary School and animal hospitals. You’ll see livestock and research barns as you run south down Game Farm Road and then follow a mostly eastward route for the first half of the course. On Ellis Hollow Road you’ll maneuver some rolling hills, especially around the halfway point where the famed skunk cabbage can be seen and smelled. With the exception of a brief incline on Turkey Hill Road—around mile 10—the rest of the route is fast and flat. Over the final few miles, you’ll run back through campus, past the Dairy Bar and the Wilson Synchrotron on one side, and Cornell Botanic Gardens on the other. Finally, enjoy a fast downhill to the finish on Garden Avenue.

The 10K is an out-and-back on a mostly flat, fast course, with two water stops. Start on Garden Avenue in front of Barton Hall and follow the same course as the half-marathon, out Game Farm Road to Stevenson. At the 5k mark on Stevenson Road, you’ll be turned around by volunteers at the community-sponsored water stop. From here, reverse your course back to the Cornell campus. Re-enter campus on Tower Road, then head toward the Clock Tower, past the Dairy Bar and the Wilson Synchrotron on one side, and Cornell Botanic Gardens on the other. Finally, enjoy a fast downhill to the finish on Garden Avenue.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics
Day-of-race registration and bib pickup is between 8:00 AM and 9:45 AM.
Please arrive early and allow yourself sufficient time to park and pick up your bib.

Skunk Cabbage Classic weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

55°F
Predicted highs
40°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 5mph

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