The 2017 Black Diamond Express
5K & Half Marathon Trail Races
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Half Marathon starts: 8:00 AM • 5K starts: 8:20 AM
2016 Race Results are in! It was a wonderful race on a wonderful day! Here are some photos, too! Be sure to keep an eye out for your finisher's videos in the next couple of days from RunSignUp!
The start of the 2015 Black Diamond Express Half Marathon.
NEW For 2017 (our 6th year!), USATF Course Certification is pending! And, like last year, this year's event is a YellowJacket Racing Partner Event, featuring some special features, including enhanced logistics and a video finish!
The Lehigh Valley Trail is the former home to one of the most celebrated American railroads of all time: The Lehigh Valley — home of the famous Black Diamond Express passenger train, which ran from New York to Buffalo.
While the land that comprises the Lehigh Valley Trail is owned by Monroe County Parks, this rails-to-trails project was created by (and is maintained, year-round by) a small but passionate non-profit group called the Mendon Foundation, and we at the Mendon Foundation depend on privately-collected donations and volunteer help to mow, groom and improve it so that you can continue to enjoy it, year-round, for walking, hiking, biking, running, and more.
If you’re a runner, one of the best ways you can support the Trail and the Mendon Foundation is to run the Black Diamond Express Trail Races, on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
Register early for the best prices - online or on paper.
The Black Diamond Express 5K
Due to popular demand, the Black Diamond Express 5K is back! The 5K starts in the Hamlet of Mendon near the baseball fields south of Route 251, runs 1.55 miles west toward Chamberlain Road, turns around, and ends right where it began!
The Black Diamond Express Half Marathon
The Black Diamond Express Half Marathon once again starts in the Hamlet of Mendon near the baseball fields south of Route 251, runs 6.55 miles west toward Rush, turns around, and ends right where it began! The Black Diamond Express is the first half marathon event in the southeast portion of the county – and a flat and exceptionally beautiful one at that!
Here's a sneak preview of the all-new 2017 ceramic medals that are handmade by Mendon's very own Geoff Gretton!
Testimonials for the 2015 & 2016 Black Diamond Express Half Marathon
- "This was my first Half Marathon, and I've done several since... would recommend this to others considering doing their first. Reasons include it being a flat course, the trail is easier on your joints than pavement, it is well organized, and there are bathroom facilities on the course should you need them."
- "Well worth our stop on our visit to Upstate NY"
- "Nice flat course through the woods"
- "Fun, fast and flat!!! I would definitely do the Black Diamond Express Trail Race again!!"
- "I had a great time racing at one of my favorite running locations."
- "The Black Diamond Trail Race is a unique venue... flat, smooth and a perfect stone running surface. This retired railroad bed is a beautiful run through mostly shady woods with occasional highway crossings. Watch for deer, and listen to the birds."
- "Great beginner trail race! Perfect tune up race leading up to a marathon race."
- "It is a great race. Flat course and friendly people! I would do this again next year!"
- "Trail running at its finest! Awesome for skilled trail runners who enjoy a flat course; excellent experience for newer trail runners! Friendly experience for all!"
- "Fast and flat in a fabulous setting!"
- "One of the flattest courses around. It was a nice out and back race through the woods."
- "Flat! Peaceful run!"
- "This is a hidden gem on well-manicured roads supporting a great cause. Drew and his crew really love what they do, and it shows. A must do event!"
- "Great, well-organized race! I'll do it again for sure!"
- "Top notch event - extremely well run, trail was in excellent shape, volunteers were awesome. I'll see you next August for sure!"
- "Thoroughly enjoyed my first trail 5K. I'm looking forward to joining again next year!"
- "The best run race with friendly volunteers that I have run! Each mile was marked and there was the perfect amount of water/Gatorade stations. It was very family friendly and the post race food was great. I would definitely recommend this race and will do it again next year!"
- "Run through history!"
- "Well organized, great course, good time had."
- "Love Trails? Run the Lehigh Valley Trail. You would come back for more!!"
- "What other half marathon lets you pretend to be a train?"
- "Highly recommend! Add this to your race calendar!"
- "A fast, flat, and friendly race on a beautiful trail."
- "Fun and well-organized!"
- "Great flat, fast race in the woods!"
- "A great race for all ages on one of the best local trails in upstate New York."
- "You couldn't ask for a better trail half marathon."
- "Great race on a flat and well maintained trail - seize the opportunity to unleash your inner locomotive!"
- "I had never heard of this trail but would absolutely do it again"
- "This was my first ever half marathon and so I loved that it was flat and shady and the staff were so friendly! Great location!"
- "A beautiful run along the Lehigh Valley Trail for a challenging but fast half marathon. Will be sure to do it again!"
- "Great trail, great scenery, great volunteers! Will definitely run again!"
- "Beautiful course and well-supported. This was a fun race! I'll be back next year."
- "A well-organized race on a smooth, easy and attractive trail. Highly recommended."
- "It was great to run a race where you pass by every single person at some point. Most of us cheered each other on which brought a positive spirit to the day."
- "The best Rails to Trails race in the area"
- "Fast as the Black Diamond Express!"
- "The Black Diamond Half Marathon is unique with its historical rail road setting, pristine nature surrounds, flat and fast trail run held at a perfect weather time of the year."
2016 Race Results.
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