|PC: Steve Gallow|
instead of two easy throwaway miles. Also, the two-mile Rim Trail section on the outbound part of the loop was replaced with a more technical stretch on the Finger Lakes Trail. Add a copious amount of mud near Upper Buttermilk, and you’ve got yourself some slower times across the board. At least the temperature was the coolest it’s ever been on race day.
I took the first mile out pretty hard. Maybe it wasn’t wise, but I wanted to avoid any bottleneck as runners merged from a wide service road onto the narrow Treman Gorge Trail. With the grass and park road removed from the course, that meant less time for the field to spread out before the singletrack. I knew that passing people on the Gorge Trail’s roots and stairs was difficult.
|The 50-mile start. PC: Hayley|
a) Don’t wipe out and eat a mud sandwich for breakfast; and
b) Don’t lose a shoe.At the base of Lickbrook, around mile 18, I ran head-on into the marathon leaders. The single-loop race started two hours after the 50-mile, so now I’d be dodging marathoners for awhile in addition to other 50-milers. I didn’t recognize the leader, but got a boost when Rich Heffron and Jason Mintz flow past in hot pursuit, 20-30 seconds behind. After passing through The Underpass and grabbing watermelon from the BATS, I came across the women’s lead pack for the marathon. The top four ladies are some of the best trail and ultrarunners in the region, and I couldn’t help but think how great is was that the marathon drew such a competitive field in only its second year.
*** The return trip leads runners back through Treman State Park via the Finger Lakes, Rim, and Gorge Trails. The trails skirt the edge of Enfield Glen—the gorge that runs the length of the park. The gorge was formed over thousands of years as the waters of Enfield Creek slowly ate away at the walls of shale and sandstone. The flowing water has since created a series of waterfalls, the largest of which cascades down a 115-foot drop deep into the glen. Much of the masonry and carpentry work found along the trails today, such as the hundreds of stone steps, was done by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp during the Great Depression. The park land was once owned by Robert and Laura Treman, who purchased the land in 1915 to improve it and prevent heavy development. Five years later, the Tremans donated their land to the State of New York for the creation of Enfield Glen State Park. After Robert's death, the state renamed the park Robert H. Treman State Park in his memory. The property turned over to state management in 1920 included the Enfield Falls Mill, a grist mill with an attached residential house that was previously owned by Robert's grandfather, Jared Treman. The turbine-powered mill sits adjacent to Fish Kill Creek near what is now the park's western end. It was constructed in 1837 to replace a previous mill that had burned down. Enfield Falls Mill remained operational until 1917, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. 100 years after its closure, the mill remains a tourist attraction where one can learn how the turbine once worked to grind grains. ¹
|Enfield Falls Mill (The Old Mill) as it is today.|
|Mile 47 soda slam. PC: Amy Dawson|
My thank yous are always repetitive, but to leave this paragraph out would be inappropriate. Thank you Hayley for putting up with all my time spent training, and for volunteering to help out the entire field at The Old Mill. Thank you Ian Golden for making Cayuga the incredible race that it is. And thank you to the many volunteers from FLRC, BATS, #TrailsRoc, RNR/MPF, and elsewhere.