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Running in the Finger Lakes

Running in the Finger Lakes is a popular sport with many dedicated, competitive runners. Spring and autumn can provide wonderfully cool conditions or cold rain. Summer is humid and can make staying cool on long runs difficult. Winter snows provide unique challenges and limit where it is safe to run. Runners find that being well equipped is essential in the Finger Lakes and investing in quality shoes and clothes can go a long way to making your run an enjoyable one.


For both runners and triathletes, the Finger Lakes presents unique challenges as many of the events take place where the terrain is hilly. For triathletes, remember that the water in the Finger Lakes is usually cold but incredibly scenic. Even if you don't win the race, you will enjoy the view. After the race, stop off at some of the many great wineries and breweries in the region to toast your accomplishments.


Feel free to connect with any of the clubs below, even if you're in the Finger Lakes for just a short visit. You will make new friends and learn where the locals run, ride and swim.


Central New York Triathalon Club

Finger Lakes Runners Club

Genesee Valley Harriers

Greater Rochester Track Club

Ithaca Triathalon Club

Syracuse Chargers Track Club

Ultrarunning Matters


These are the major events in the Finger Lakes. Click on the links at the bottom of this page to get a complete list of all events--large and small--in the region.

Keuka Lake Triathlon & Duathlon

When: first Sunday in June

Where: Keuka College Campus, Keuka Park, NY 14478

Contact: 716-662-9379

USA Triathlon sanctioned event. There are four adult courses to choose from--the short triathlon, the intermediate triathlon, the aquabike, and the duathlon--all involving a swim in Keuka Lake. There is also a children's event.

Musselman Triathlon

When: second Saturday and Sunday in July

Where: Geneva, NY 14456

The Musselman Triathlon attracts 1,700 participant from all over the world to a sold-out event. The half-iron triathlon and the aquabike events both include a dip in Seneca Lake, the Finger Lakes' deepest and coldest lake. Event includes the popular Musselfest!

Cayuga Lake Triathlon

When: first Sunday in August

Where: Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughnnock Rd. (Rt. 89), Trumansburg, NY 14886

Contact: 607-342-2170

USA Triathlon sanctioned event. Begin the race with a swim in Cayuga Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes, then bike along scenic rolling hills, and finish with a run near the lake shore in the shaded and magnificent gorge trail to the park’s namesake, Taughannock Falls, the highest waterfall in the Northeast.

Capt. Myles Keogh Paddle, Wheel & Run

When: second Sunday in August

Where: Emerson Park, Auburn, NY 13021

Contact: 315-252-7139

A variety of courses, including kids', most of which involve some use of Owasco Lake, a relatively small (and usually fairly warm), and definitely scenic, lake.

Finger Lakes Triathlon

When: third Sunday in September

Where: Kershaw Park, 205 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua, NY 14424

Contact: 585-922-5700

Swim (in Canandaigua Lake), bike, and run for the benefit of the Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center.

Empire State Marathon

When: 3rd Sunday in October

Where: Onondaga Lake Park (in Syracuse, Liverpool and Baldwinsville, NY)

Contact: 315-403-8268

A autumn marathon and half-marathon event beginning and ending at beautiful Onondaga Lake Park. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.


See also: Running in the USA, TriFind NY


Created 27 March 2012







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