TCRC members organize training runs of different distances and paces throughout the year. These runs welcome members, non-members and newcomers.
For current information on training runs, check out the Facebook pages below:
TCRC Facebook Group
Binghamton Area Runners on Facebook
Marathon Training Group - Binghamton Area
The TCRC is sponsoring training runs open to all at no charge. The primary focus is on fall marathon training, but routes of various distances from 5 miles up to 15 or more miles have been mapped out. Informal groups will be running at different paces and different distances. During hot weather, water stops will be available on the course. The starting location and start time (usually between 7 AM and 8 AM) may change from week to week. For more information, see the Binghamton Area Runners Facebook group or contact Chris Cowden.
The 2012 Wednesday Running Series will meet in June, July, and August at Maine Endwell High School, Endwell, NY, with registration at 5:30 and meet starting at 6:00 PM. Normal events are: open mile, 800 meters, 400 meters, 3000 meters on the track. More details
This topic has been discussed on the Triple Cities Runners Club Group at Yahoo. Some of this material is excerpted from Message Number 1058 and Message Number 1054.
BU nature preserve - some nice trails of varying lengths. There is a 5k course that the cross country team uses that is non-technical along with some steeper, rockier, more rooty stuff. Some good climbs with great views. There is a large map/sign at one of the trail heads.
Oakley Corners State Forest - Eastern Tioga County, with some nice trails. Maps at the trail head. A nice mix of flats and hills, non-tech and tech trails.
Chenango Valley State Park - a variety of nice trails from a flat 3 mile out and and 3 mile back tow path along the river, to carriage paths, to single track, hills, tech and non tech sections. If you get there before 8 a.m. there is no charge to enter the park (they charge from Memorial Day to Labor Day, free otherwise). You can also purchase an Empire Pass for the season or park outside the park and run in.
The Glen, formerly the IBM Glen, now owned by Waterman Conservation Education Center (thanks to Alan and Barbara Jones) - located off Robinson Hill Road in the Town of Union. Directions and trail maps at the Waterman site.
Jones Park in Vestal (State Line Road, east of Route 26). It's easy to get lost and little if any cell phone coverage. Some grassy, some woody trails, lots of up and down. More on Jones Park from Message Number 1054 - "It has some great trails, and a map kiosk, but it has no bathroom facilities or water fountains. I was so engrossed in the challenging terrain and beauty of the area, that I ended up running for over an hour and a half. For me, that long on the roads would have gotten a little monotonous and exhausting, but on the trails it was rejuvenating."
Other Information: There are trail maps at Chenango Point Cycles for Chenango Valley State Park, among others. Their interest is mountain biking but there is overlap. The Finger Lakes Runners Club is very active in trail running. The FLRC website has links to trail maps and running routes. The FLRC also offers a number of trail runs/races of varying distances.
Many running routes in the Binghamton area are listed at MyRun.com. Search for runs in Vestal, Binghamton, etc. You're on your own with these.