12th Annual

Can Lake 50

"Run Like It Matters"

October 11, 2014

2013 - The first major climb at 10 miles.
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Latest Race News
09/12/14 Updated Route Details and maps for 2014 have been posted. 
The aid stations on Rte 21 have been relocated for improved safety.
09/12/14 Updated Draft 2014 Race Handbook and updated Ultra Details have been posted. 
50 mile start times and race rules have been updated per NYDOT requirements. The Final 2014 Race Handbook will be posted in September. 
Click here for the printable 2014 release form (PDF) needed to sign up your pacer.  Have your pacer fill out the form & sign the release.  Bring the signed form with you to the Friday evening Pre-Race Dinner or to Race Day packet pick-up.
06/22/14 Open slots in the field will be filled from the Wait List. 
Click here to see who is on the Wait List
02/09/14 Can Lake 50 Group on FacebookJoin now and keep up with the latest news in the Can Lake 50 community.
02/09/14 Sponsor Update:  Our presenting sponsor, Fleet Feet Sports Rochester, has moved to a new, expanded location at the redeveloped Culver Road Armory in Rochester.
02/09/14 Race Hotels:  All three race hotels are now accepting reservations for race weekend.  See Race Hotels page for reservation numbers and how to get the special CanLake50 group rates.

Some Runner Comments

"Yeah for volunteers!  Everything was fantastic… everything from being able to talk to other runners at the dinner on Friday night, to the aid stations perfectly spaced, volunteers shouting to ask what you needed before you even got to the aid stations, the medals, the feast afterward & inviting my entire family to join me!  Kudos for a well run race!"  -- Corrine Haynes, 9:14:53 for 50 miles

"Who would have ever thought that a road ultra would be unique and rare compared to trail counterparts?  But this makes a wonderful entry for many with nearly unlimited access for crews and family to support runners and a surface which all can specifically train on and prepare for…  This year would see the course record not just fall, but be obliterated with a sub-6 hour finish.  The real excitement, though, lies within those who are achieving this distance for a first time which this race is proud to help with…  After my own finish with a little food and a tiny bit of rest, I was delighted to go back out and run my good friend in for his final 6+ miles."  -- Daven Oskvig - 6:33:35 for 50 miles
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The Adventure

Looking for a well-supported run in a spectacular setting with attractions for the whole family?  Whether your goal is to run a first ultra, conquer a challenging 50-miler, or set a personal record, the Can Lake 50 is the race for you.

50 Mile - Run one big road loop around the most beautiful Finger Lake in Western New York.  The course is mostly flat to rolling roads with several major climbs, including locally-famous Bopple Hill.  Click here for a 2-minute YouTube video from the 2011 race.

50K - Run point-to-point over the final 31 miles of the 50 Mile route.  With significantly less climbing and descending than the first 19 miles of the 50 Mile route, the 50K is more friendly for first-time ultra runners and a logical step up from the marathon.

Enabling Ordinary Runners to do the Extraordinary
Over the last six years we have had 158 of 166 first-time ultra starters finish the full 50 miles around the lake and 120 of 123 first-time ultra starters finish the 50K. These numbers are no accident.  We provide extensive training info, a very supportive Facebook group and monthly e-mail updates to ensure first timers have the information they need to prepare for the challenge.  On race day we have well stocked aid stations featuring GU products, a well-marked course and roving marshals to ensure the "tail-enders" have support to the finish.

Come for the Race and Extend your Stay
Peak fall foliage will create a scenic backdrop for crew, pacers, friends, and family as they accompany you and your fellow ultrarunners along the course to the finish.  After the race, why not extend your stay and explore stunningly beautiful Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes Region?   Art galleries, museums, historic sites, boat cruises, winery tours, shopping, and our regionally-famous grape pies are all options for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy.

Premium Race Amenities / Bargain Entry Fees
Pre-race dinner and packet pick-up Friday evening in Canandaigua.  Technical race shirts for every runner.  Coffee, juice and donuts at the start.  Twelve well-stocked aid stations featuring GU products.  Post-race feast presented by Wegmans.  Free transportation to the 50K start.  All finishers in both races receive a medal -- gold, silver, or bronze -- based on age-graded standards.

Serenity House of Victor, New York, USABenefiting Serenity House
Serenity House in Victor, NY, provides specialized care for the terminally ill, their families and loved ones.  Serenity House is a place where residents can gracefully live out the remaining days of their lives.  It is a place of hope and love where families and friends can learn to cope with their loss.


Questions?  Click for Ultra Information.
  Able to help with the race?  Click for Volunteer Information.

Presenting Sponsor


Fleet Feet Sports Rochester - Presenting Sponsor since 2005


Sustaining Sponsors

Sponsor since 2011 - Wegmans Canandaigua presents the Post-Race Feast Sponsor since 2013 - GU Energy Labs will supply our aid stations with gels, Chomps and electrolye drink.

Participating Sponsors

Sponsor since 2011 - Your source for visitor information! Sponsor since 2008 - your source for what to do in the Rochester Area
Want to associate your business with the event?
Click here to contact the Race Director.

Organized by
Ultrarunning Matters
Affiliated with the
Road Runners Club of America
Sanctioned by the
Ultrarunning Matters - Organizing the race since 2009 Road Runners Club of America - We Run the Nation!
We Run the Nation!

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