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Join the Brave Women FLX Winter 100K Virtual Challenge 

Challenge yourself and your fiercest female friends to crush a winter 100K together or apart! Walk, hike, run, snowshoe, snowboard, ski, skate, skip, shimmy, shuffle, stroll—or all of the above—to celebrate brave women past and present in the Finger Lakes. In addition to a genuine feeling of badassery, all registrants will get an exclusive Brave Women FLX SWAG pack. Stay tuned for registration details!


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Suggested Steps

Looking for ways to experience the Finger Lakes’ Brave Women, both past and present while getting in your steps for the 100K? We’ve got some ideas to get you started. Tracey Bachta crafted these wonderfully fun, unique and engaging itineraries.

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Exterior of Matilda Joslyn Gage House

Matilda Joslyn Gage House - Located in Fayetteville NY is open for visits and tours.


Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery - Pay your respects to the many historic figures at Mount Hope Cemetery including the bold and brave Susan B. Anthony. After exploring the outdoors, delight in chocolates, bakeries, vintage records and more! 


When Anthony met Stanton statue

When Anthony met Stanton Statue - Road trip? Breath-taking cabins for an overnight? Winery? Cafe? What you want, this itinerary has!


Elizabeth Blackwell Statue at Hobart and William Smith

Elizabeth Blackwell Statue - Get a full local flavor experience with this one! Visit the statue of Elizabeth Blackwell who was the first women ever accepted to medical school, as a joke. Well joke was on them, wasn't it!? After checking out the tribute to this pioneer savor local flavors at several delicious spots!


Bear Swamp State Forest

Bear Swamp State Forest - Explore from the south to the north! Stretch your legs and get your fill of beautiful views and fresh air before discovering the taste of the Finger Lakes at world class and down to earth wineries and breweries!


 

Cumming Nature Center in winter

Cumming Nature Center - There’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Finger Lakes Region than by hitting the road and taking in the scenic vistas. Nature, quilts, shopping, and restaurants, Oh My! Take advantage of all that our beautiful and diverse region has to offer!


Bristol Mountain downhill skiing

Bristol Mountain - This Ontario County itinerary has it all! Bistro food, tasty pies, award winning brewing company and the Finger Lakes Barn Quilt Trail! Get a bit of everything after you get a view of everything from Bristol Mountain!


Ganondagan Historic Site

Ganondagan Historic Site (Region-wide) - Ganondagan, meaning The Town of Peace, is a bridge between yesterday and today. The only New York State Historic site dedicated to a Native American theme.


Fox at Sampson State Park

Sampson State Park - Enjoy nature, chocolate, family style diner, a sustainably responsibly winery and so much more on this well rounded. hand crafted itinerary.


Snowshoe hike at Sterling Nature Center

Sterling Nature Center - Up in the northern part of Cayuga County lies the charming village of Fair Haven. Stretch your legs at Sterling Nature Center and explore the quaint village, stay at the bed and breakfast for the full, relaxing experience. 


Waterfalls at Great Gully

Great Gully - Hiking Trails for all! Great Gully is an extensive ravine with many branches so there really is something for everyone! Travel the scenic and historic routes to visit wineries and brand new eateries!


Fort Hill Cemetery

Fort Hill Cemetery Around one mile, a trail takes you through the hills of the cemetery to see the final resting places of some of Auburn’s most notable citizens. Two of the most famous people buried at Fort Hill Cemetery are William H. Seward and Harriet Tubman. Stroll through history at Fort Hill.


Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Cayuga County

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Make this one an over night in Seneca County! Experience the wildlife at Montezuma, fill your belly at cafes and delis, get your shop on at boutiques and bring home a beautiful floral arrangement. See what I mean? You'll want to make it an overnight!


National Women's Hall of Fame

National Women's Hall of Fame - The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nations oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women.


Howland Stone Store Museum

By Reservation Only - Currently many places are offering reservation only viewings. Take advantage and plan a reservation only, personal, bespoke experience at some amazing locations!


Tracey BachtaTracey Bachta, CTIS, LMT Tracey is a freelance contributor to the Brave Women Campaign. She, most recently, organized tours for one of our local women owned businesses, Onondaga Coach Tours. While there, she received her CTIS Certification through the American Bus Association online program with Indiana University. Previously, Tracey worked as an Advertising Sales Representative at The Citizen, in Auburn and Fox Television, in Syracuse. Tracey is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with an office on South Street with Dr. Goff Chiropractic. She resides in Auburn with her husband and two children. "I’m so excited to develop these itineraries because I have a passion for exploring the Finger Lakes, and especially in supporting Women-owned businesses. We live in such an amazing region with so much women-empowerment history that fuels the women-businesses owners of today. Visiting these historic locations while supporting women-owned businesses is good for the heart, mind and the soul. I hope you enjoy the ideas I’ve put together for you."

The Where Brave Women Winter campaign is made possible in part through the I LOVE NY matching fund tourism program.

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