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Green Lakes Endurance Runs

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8.0 mile 12.8 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 622' 190 m
Descent: -625' -191 m
High: 716' 218 m
Low: 420' 128 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Experience a lap of the Green Lakes Endurance Runs featuring rare, deep, meromictic lakes.

Sophie Kotok

Features Lake · Swimming

Overview

The 50-kilometer race is four laps and the 100-kilometer race is eight laps of the 12.5-kilometer trail loop course that offers about 500 feet of climb each lap. The trails include shaded shoreline around scenic blue-green lakes, ascents and descents through upland forest, and panoramic views from rolling meadows. The course lies within Green Lakes State Park which is near Syracuse, New York.

Need to Know

Entrance to the park costs $8/day, payable by credit card. The main beach area has very nice bathrooms and picnic areas.

Description

The main trail following the shoreline of the two lakes starts from the eastern end at the beach. The trail is soft and shaded. At the opposite end of Round Lake, make a modest climb out of the upland forest into the upper meadows.

The 5-kilometer section of trail in the upper meadows is mostly dirt, grass, rolling, and unshaded. The meadows are referred to as the Serengeti. A long steady descent back to the lakes brings the runner back into the forest and around the other side of Round and Green Lakes.

History & Background

Green Lake and Round Lake are probably the remnants of the "plunge pools" of enormous waterfalls that existed during the last ice age. As expected for plunge pools, the lakes are fairly deep in comparison to their area. Green Lake itself is perhaps the most studied meromictic lake—one in which layers of water do not mix—in the world.

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Jul 31, 2019
Sophie Kotok
8mi — 1h 21m

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The groomed beach of the well-managed swimming area of Green Lake.
Jul 31, 2019 near Minoa, NY
Green Lake has a unique color due to its high mineral content.
Jul 31, 2019 near Minoa, NY

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