The next Sterling Furnace Half Marathon will be held in Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, NY, on 9/18/21; the start is 9:00 a.m. There will also be a 15k race consisting of one loop of the multiuse trail, beginning and ending at the Caretaker’s Lot, starting at 8:00 a.m. These races are fundraisers for the park and the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. The half marathon course begins with an 9+ mile multiuse trail loop and finishes with a partial counterclockwise loop of Sterling Lake, ending at the Visitor Center.
The course is rolling, with moderately technical to easy terrain, and very runnable. There are aid stations at 3.9, 9.2, and 12 miles which will provide food, fluids, and first aid. The course will be well marked with orange ribbons and arrows and there will be course marshals at critical turns. Depending on the number of entrants, we may have a wave start instead of a mass start (faster runners in the earlier waves).
Sterling Forest State Park is a nearly 22,000 acre state park, relatively recently established in 1998. Originally, most of this land was owned by the Sterling Iron Works, which mined and shipped iron ore from a number of sites within the park. The last of the mines were closed in the 1920’s, but remnants of that era are still visible on our course.
The New York New Jersey Trail Conference will be celebrating its centennial year in 2020. The Trail Conference maintains and develops more than 2100 miles of trails from central New Jersey to the Catskill Mountains of N.Y., mostly through the coordinated efforts of hundreds of volunteers. The continued existence of the Trail Conference depends on contributions from runners, hikers and everyone who visits our parks. Please consider making a donation to the Trail Conference.
MAKE YOUR RUN COUNT! Sign up sponsors for your race and donate to Sterling Forest State Park or the Trail Conference! Learn more by downloading our fundraiser guide.
Trail Conference A.C. is a running club established to organize fundraiser races for the NYNJTC and the parks in which they are held. Proceeds from our races are divided equally between the parks and the Trail Conference.