"Gullies" is an understatement! (about: 2010)|
R. G. from Rochester, NY (4/27/11)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Sehgahunda Trail Marathon
The course runs point to point, following the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail on the east side of Letchworth State Park from Mount Morris, NY to Portageville, NY. Letchworth is referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.
For a first year event, it was extremely well organized by the Fleet Feet/ Salomon Endurance team, which is backed by Fleet Feet Rochester/ Yellowjacket Racing event company. Fleet Feet/ Yellowjacket racing (two companies owned by a husband and wife team) produce many events a year and know what should be done and how to put on races.
The trail itself is mainly single track, with many ups and downs because of drainage gullies dropping off into the Letchworth gorge. The trail has many roots, rocks, stream crossings, and hills. The most mentally challenging part of the course comprised the out-and-back aid station checkpoints, the first of which was a little over 6 miles into the race. Water is required to be carried on course because of the this. Many parts of the trail are in remote areas so the organizers use the available access points for aid. The volunteers were great and helpful throughout.
There also is a relay event that starts shortly after the marathon starts.
I had a lot of fun and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a challenge.