I’m training for next year’s Sehgahunda Trail Marathon held on the Letchworth section of the Finger Lakes Trail. Running a marathon is one thing, but putting it off road is a whole other story… I’ve talked to folks who’ve said the race is absolutely brutal. “Train for it like you would an ultra…” is what I’ve heard from several people. Naturally, I want to try it.
My family was down in the Letchworth area over the last few days, so I brought along the trail maps and figured I’d take a crack at the Sehgahunda course. What I experienced was one some of the most enjoyable and picturesque trail running I’ve ever enjoyed! >>>
I clocked in a 20 mile trail run on day one (starting from the northern end / Mt. Morris Dam) and a 9 mile trail run (starting from the Southern end / Portageville) on day 3. (Took an easy 3.6 mile run on the nearby Genesee Valley Greenway the second day… also enjoyable!) Since these were all out-and-back runs, I ended up covering over 1/2 of the Sehgahunda course… and I’m VERY stoked for next year’s race!
Brutal but beautiful deep woods trails! Lots of mud, roots, gully scrambles, rocks, wildlife, and beautiful views into the Letchworth gorge (like the one above) – including Letchworth’s spectacular waterfalls!
Also, by the way, if you’re passing through nearby Mount Morris, NY – make a point to stop in at Steffanelli’s Deli on Main Street. Get yourself a Steffanelli Sandwhich. You can thank me later…