Race courses and calibration courses measured in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess & neighboring counties of New York State:
USATF certified courses are accurate until Dec 31 of the year ten years after the date of certification. The two digits after the "NY" in the course # represent the year the course was certified. All courses were measured by Brian Cavanagh unless otherwise noted.
15 K (9.321 Miles):
Hudson Valley 15k; Blooming Grove - Washingtonville, NY; USATF # NY08049JG; course layout by The 7:19 Club: Todd Jennings, John Finnigan, Gary Arne, Rich D'Ambrosio
7.5 Miles (12.070 K):
Cornwall Lions Club 7.5 Mile Scenic Challenge (2009); Cornwall, NY; USATF#NY09067JG; course layout by Jackie McBride Gaillard
10 K (6.214 Miles):
Bald Eagle 10K; Callicoon, NY; USATF #NY14063JG
Delaware Youth Center 10k River Race; Callicoon, NY; USATF #NY14047JG
Tri-State Classic 10k (2012); Port Jervis, NY; USATF#NY12125JG. Course redesigned by Robie Mackerley with assistance by Brian.
The Classic 10K Road Race; Middletown, NY; USATF# NY06008JG - measured by Bill Norton for 2006 race and afterwards
West Point 10K; West Point, NY; USATF# NY14023JG
8 K (4.971 Miles):
Falling Colors 8k; Rock Hill, NY; USATF# NY07078JG
General Montgomery Day 8K; Montgomery, NY; USATF# NY13107JG
7 K (4.350 Miles):
Jingle Jog 7K (2008 and after); (w/ Bob Harris) Salisbury Mills, NY; USATF# NY08047JG; course layout by Todd Jennings.
6 K (3.728 Miles):
Rod MacDonald 6k; Walden, NY; USATF# NY10032JG.
5 K (3.107 Miles):
Cornwall Lions Club Fall Harvest 5K (2009); Cornwall, NY; USATF#NY09066JG; course layout by Jackie McBride Gaillard
Delaware River Run 5K; Port Jervis, NY; USATF#NY13023JG
IBEW Local 503 Benefit 5K Run/Walk; Monroe, NY; USATF#NY13039JG.
Chester Kiwanis 5K Hambletonian Trot; Chester, NY; NY13047JG.
Fighting Fires 5K; Smallwood, NY; USATF# NY13073JG
Delaware Youth Center 5K River Race; Callicoon, NY; USATF #NY14046JG
Dutchess County Classic 5K; LaGrangeville, NY; USATF Certified Course# NY14089JG
FallingColors 5K; Rock Hill, NY; USATF # NY07077JG
Forestburgh 5K; Forestburgh, NY; USATF# NY12129JG
Hand in Hand 5K; Highland to Poughkeepsie, NY & back; NY14149JG; This is the 81st course I've done USATF certification measurement work on.
John S. Burke 5K; Goshen, NY; USATF# NY15020JG; This is the 85th course I've done USATF certification measurement work on.
McGarrah's Family Fun 'B' 5K; using bike path in Monroe, NY; USATF# NY14120JG; replaces NY14105JG
Melissa Fund SUN RUN 5K with alternate finish on paved path south of Rings Pond, Cornwall, NY; NY14039JG
Rhulen Rock Hill Run n Ramble 5K; Rock Hill, NY; USATF# NY06032JG
RJR (Richard J Rudy) Memorial Charity 5K; Warwick, NY; USATF# NY13110JG
Safe Harbors Off Broadway Run 5K; Newburgh, NY; USATF #NY14155JG (replaces NY14036JG); 88th course I've done USATF certification measurement work on.
Treetops to Rooftops 5K; Highland to Poughkeepsie, NY; USATF15001JG; This is the 83rd course I've done USATF certification measurement work on.
West Point 5K; West Point, NY; USATF# NY14022JG
North Ave Mile; New Rochelle, NY; USATF# NY13069JG
Safe Harbors Off Broadway Mile; (w/ Bob Harris); Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY08021JG
Airport Rd 300m Cal Course (w/ Harold Johnson); Mongaup Valley, NY; USATF# NY13070JG
Canal Street 300m Cal Course (w/ Kieran Cavanagh); Port Jervis, NY; USATF#NY12122JG
Dutchess Rail Trail 300m Cal Course; Poughkeepsie, NY; NY14153JG; This is the 82nd course I've done USATF certification measurement work on.
Drury Lane 300m Cal Course (w/ Bob Harris); Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY08017JG
Jennifer Dr 300m Cal Course (w/ Claudia Camargo); Wappinger Falls, NY; USATF# NY09046JG
North Emerald Dr 300m Cal Course; Rock Hill, NY; USATF# NY13111JG
Round Hill Rd 300m Cal Course; Warwick, NY; USATF# NY13109JG
1801.46 feet-Waywayanda Calibration Course; Middletown, NY - measured by Bill Norton; USATF# NY06002AM
River Road 300m Cal Course; West Point, NY; USATF# NY14011JG
100k Catskill Mountain Rd Relay (10x10km legs) (w/ Steve Holmbraker); Ulster & Sullivan Co's, NY; USATF# NY02057AM (expired 12/31/12)
Wurtsboro Mountain 30k Run; Wurtsboro, NY; USATF# NY01046AM (expired 12/31/11)
400m-Wurtsboro Mtn. Rd. 400m Cal Course (w/ Bill Norton, Steve H); Rock Hill, NY; USATF# NY01043AM (expired 12/31/11)
400m-Claryville Rt. 19 - 400m Cal Course (w/ Steve Holmbraker); Claryville, NY; USATF# NY02042AM (expired 12/31/12)
400m-Airport Rd 400m Cal Course; Bethel, NY (with Barry & Zac Shavrick); USATF# NY02041AM (expired 12/31/12)
400m-Egerton Rd 400m (by Steve Holmbraker; Brian assisted); Middletown, NY; USATF# NY02040AM; listed as "Egarton Rd. 400 meter" on http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/search/ (expired 12/31/12)
Delaware River Run 5k; Port Jervis, NY; remeasured and renewed in 2013.
Delaware Youth Center 5k River Race; Callicoon, NY; USATF# NY03039AM. Remeasured and recertified in 2014.
Fighting Fires 5K; Smallwood, NY; remeasured and renewed in 2013.
Otisville 1000 foot calibration course, measured and mapped by Frank Giannino; USATF#NY94027AM (expired 12/31/04)
Washingtonville Scholarship Run 5k; Washingtonville, NY; USATF# NY03013AM; measured by Steve Holmbraker and mapped by Kathleen Rifkin (expired 12/31/13)
Course no longer used or race no longer held:
5K4 CAITLIN (2009 and after, w/
Chris Hammaren); Westtown, NY; USATF# NY09010 JG
5K4 CAITLIN: (w/ Bob Harris) Applewood Winery, Warwick, NY; USATF# NY08015JG
Beaverkill Mountain 5k Road Race; Lew Beach, NY; USATF# NY07079JG (12 minutes northeast of Livingston Manor in the Catskills)
Beaverkill Mountain Half Marathon Road Race; Lew Beach, NY (12 minutes northeast of Livingston Manor in the Catskills); USATF # NY07080JG.
CASA 5k; Bethel, NY; USATF# NY01047AM
CASA 5K for Children Race (2008) (w/ Dennis Toscano); Monticello, NY; USATF# NY08054JG
Celebrate Life Half Marathon (2008 & earlier); from former Dodge Inn Restaurant, Rock Hill, NY; USATF# NY03058AM
Cystic Fibrosis 5K for a Cure; Malboro, NY; USATF#NY06052JG
Dutchess County Classic 5K; Wappinger, NY; USATF Certified Course# NY09047JG
Dutchess County Classic 5K; LaGrangeville, NY; USATF Certified Course# NY12106JG
Dutchess County Classic Half Marathon; Wappinger, NY; USATF Certified Course# NY09048JG
Dutchess County Classic Half Marathon; LaGrangeville, NY; USATF # NY12107JG
Forestburgh 5K; Forestburgh, NY; has brief turnaround onto Lena Road; USATF# NY12091JG
General Montgomery Day 8K; Montgomery, NY; USATF# NY04035AM
Healthy Harvest 5k Run / Walk sponsored by the Walker Valley Ladies Auxiliary, Walker Valley, NY; USATF# NY10041JG
Jeff Jam 5k; Jeffersonville, NY; USATF# NY03034AM. (expired 12/31/13)
McGarrah's Family Fun 5K; Monroe, NY; USATF# NY14105JG; Village officials disallowed use of Rt 17M; replacement course uses bike path.
Melissa Fund SUN RUN 5K; Cornwall, NY; NY14027JG. Police Dept disallowed finish on Hudson St, required it to be moved.
Melissa Fund SUN RUN 10K; Cornwall, NY; NY14028JG. Police Dept disallowed finish on Hudson St, required it to be moved.
Orange Classic 10k (w/ Steve Holmbraker, Kathleen Rifkin, Ed Homenick); Middletown, NY; USATF# NY02058AM
Run For Our Future 8k; Fallsburg, NY; USATF# NY02039AM
Run / Walk For Our Future 5K; Fallsburg, NY; USATF# NY08044JG
Safe Harbors Broadway Run 5k; Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY07018JG; used in 2007, replaced in 2008 by Off Broadway 5K
Safe Harbors Off Broadway Run 5k; Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY08020JG, measured with Bob Harris, was replaced by rerouted course.
Safe Harbors Broadway Run 1 Mile; Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY07019JG; used in 2007, replaced in 2008 by Off Broadway Mile
Stewart Marines 5K Race; Stewart Airport, Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY08037JG
Tri-State Classic 10k (1995-2005); Port Jervis, NY; USATF#NY95035AM; Frank Giannino measured & mapped (expired 12/31/05)
Tri-State Classic 10k (2006-2007); Montague, NJ; USATF#NY-06053-JG. Frank Giannino mapped this original course, Brian measured it.
Tri-State Classic 10k (2008); Port Jervis, NY; USATF#NY08039JG. Course redesign by Debbie Valentine & Brian.
Tri-State Classic 10k (2009-2011); Port Jervis, NY - Montague, NJ - Port Jervis, Matamoras, PA, Port Jervis; USATF#NY09061JG. Course redesign by Debbie Valentine & Brian.
Walden 8k; Walden, NY; USATF# NY03038AM. Course design by Mike Bliss, Walden Dept of Recreation.
Y Activate America 5k Run/Walk; Newburgh, NY; USATF# NY11044JG
In the late 70's through the
90's, Brian coached track & field and
cross-country on the elementary, middle, high
school, college and post-collegiate levels,
coaching four NY State Champions (5km, decathlon,
two in marathon), one national champion, and an
Ironman triathlete. His state champion decathlete
competed in the four-man bobsled in the 1980
Olympics. From September 1981 to May of 1982,
Brian worked as Assistant Coach for the Cross Country & Track & Field (indoor
and outdoor) programs at Division III State
University of New York at Plattsburgh, working
with Head Coach & Exercise Physiologist Dick
Fischer. Together, they qualified both their men's
and women's cross country teams for 1981 NCAA Division III National
Championships. SUNY Plattsburgh was one of only
three teams in the nation which qualified both
their men's and women's teams for the Division III National
Championships. At Nationals, the men placed 20th
(out of 233 Div. III colleges in the US). The
women placed 8th (out of 142 Div. III colleges in
the US). Our top female runner was sixteen
year old freshman Lisa Holck. Years later, she
married Rob McDougal and together, they raised a
family. Their first son, Josh McDougal, outkicked
Galen Rupp to become the 2007 NCAA Division I National
Champion in Cross Country and was subsequently
sponsored by Nike as a pro after graduating
college. Galen went on to
earn the silver medal in the 10,000m
at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2007, Josh
became the first runner in the 132 year history
of the IC4A Outdoor Championship Meet to win the
1500, 5000 & 10,000 meters!
Brian received his USA Track &
Field Coaching Certification in 1986. In 1996, he
contacted Troy Engle, National Coaching Education
Coordinator for USA Track & Field, to request
that the three day USATF Coaching Certification course be taught in the Hudson
Valley region. After Troy became Head Coach at
West Point, he organized the course with
assistants Joe Rogers and Knut Hjeltnes.
Forty-four coaches traveled from as far away as
Ohio and Vermont to West Point, NY to gain their USA Track & Field Level I Coaching Certification.
Brian was invited to be a guest at the course and
contributed frequently. Brian's fellow Fallsburg
Central School Track & Field Coach Mike St.
Lawrence earned his USATF Level I Coaching Certification.
Mike & Brian coached
boys and girls at Fallsburg in the spring of 2012
after Brian coached the first modified xc team in
Fallsburg since standout teacher Peter Briggs
coached the team in the 1990's. Brian had built
the track & field and xc program from scratch
from the fall of 1986 through spring 1987, fall
1987, spring 1988, fall 1988 and spring 1989. In
spring 1989, Brian's 7th grade boys' team won the
ten team Onterora Invitational. Among the athletes
on the boys and girls team that spring was
standout thrower Lucille Carter, who has coached
grades 4-6 intramural & modified (grades 7
& 8) track & field at Fallsburg. In Fall 2012 Brian coached
the first varsity xc team at
Fallsburg in a dozen years.
In the late 80's, Brian was VP of Sullivan County Rails to Trails Conservancy (SCRTC), inspected all sixty-five miles of potential rail trails in the county, wrote and presented a report summarizing what was needed on each section of trail. To help further the Genesee Valley Greenway project (Rochester, NY area), he represented SCRTC at the invitation of the National Parks Service and the New York Parks and Conservation Association. He also provided input to the Long Path Committee of the NY-NJ Trail Conference which led to a successful rerouting of the Long Path onto the Sullivan County Rail Trail along the Basha Kill wetlands area.
In the late 80's and early 90's, Brian wrote a series of coaching articles for the Orange Runners Club, wrote workout schedules and coached numerous runners in the club.
In the early 90's, Brian layed out, measured, marked and organized the only double-leg road relay in NYS, the 100km (62.2 mile) Catskill Mountain Road Relay for five and ten person teams. He continued to organize the race each year until 1999 when his wife Addie and infant son Kieran needed Daddy at home. In 1999, he handed over the reins to others, in 2000 became the first person to run the race solo, then came back to help organize the relay in 2001.
In 1996, Brian envisioned then founded The Trail Builders Project which cleared or created eleven miles of trails in Sullivan County from 1997-1999 by recruiting and coordinating the efforts of eighty-nine volunteers who put in over 700 man-hours on state and county publicly owned land. Brian made numerous trail maps and proposed an interconnecting countywide trail system using existing trail segments. In 1996 and 1997, Brian wrote articles for Hudson Valley Sports Magazine and was one of the original event organizers for Eventure, a series of outdoor adventure competitions organized by Barry Levinson which included professional bike race promoter John Vande Velde (whose son Christian raced on Lance Armstrong's USPS team in the Tour de France in 2001). Barry, John and Brian were like-minded in that they saw the potential for great events in this region. They realized that promotion, money and hard work would be the keys to success.
In 2001 and 2002, Brian did USATF (USA Track & Field) certification measurements for several road race courses for running so that they would meet the high national standard for accuracy for road races. A precise 400 meter calibration course was laid out in July 2001 under Brian's guidance with the assistance of former Orange Runners Club President Steve Holmbraker and professional Surveyor Bill Norton, both members of Sullivan County's new running and walking club, the Sullivan Striders. USATF granted official certication status for this calibration course on August 29, 2001 which allowed course measurers to precisely calibrate the Jones-Oerth counter with which road race courses are measured. Since the Jones-Oerth counter registers 20-24 counts per wheel revolution, the high degree of resolution in measurement produces more accurate courses than an odometer would.
In the fall of 2001, Brian was a founding member of a new marathon committee which included Orange County Sporting Goods' Frank Giannino, whose inspiration it was to create a major marathon in the Hudson Valley region. Frank is friends with Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, whose transcontinental running record Frank broke in the early 1980's. Frank had been in discussion with Dave about what it takes to create a major marathon, then Frank approached Keith Yeates, president of the Orange Runners Club, then discussed it with Brian. All liked the idea very much and felt it "would fly". Two other experienced and knowledgeable invitees to the inaugural marathon committee were ORC members Steve Holmbraker and Barb Linton, Assistant Commissioner for Veteran's Affairs in Orange County. Together, the group brainstormed ways to create a major marathon in the region. Keith and Frank drove to Boston and met with professional road race directing consultant Dave McGillivray to seek further input on developing the race. Brian began to pursue route development.After Brian spoke with several people about possible routes, fellow runner Ken Newman had the excellent idea of a marathon route from Circleville to New Paltz. This kernel idea was brilliant because of the manner in which the proposed route would parallel the Shawangunk Ridge as it went from southwest to northeast, thus staying in the valleys and minimizing elevation changes. Over a period of several weeks, Brian used new computer software to explore all potential marathon routes in the region, then mapped, layed out and measured the flattest possible routes. The final proposed route was a variation on Ken Newman's idea which used quieter, traffic-free scenic roads to go from Circleville to the Ulster County Fairgrounds in Libertyville. Brian drove the course, biked the course with Ed Homenick as they did the measurements with Jones-Oerth counters, then re-biked variations on that route to fine-tune it further, adjusted the course more with the mapping software and continued to look at other variations on the route. When Brian was confident he had solved the logistical problems he and Ed had discovered after doing the initial measurement, he biked the fine-tuned route and back, cutting all tangents and riding sixty one miles in one day. Brian proceeded to piece together all the measurement data, designed maps of the race route, then proposed the route to the marathon committee at their second meeting. The proposed course was reviewed and approved by committee.
Besides coaching, Brian Cavanagh has done accurate professional road race course layout and measurement via Jones-Oerth device on bike (USATF certification method), designed web sites, course elevation profiles and maps for road races and trail users, and directed and consulted with race directors for their races, and more recently, has been officiating at track & field meets in Florida. Contact him by email at: email@example.com