Running & Triathlon


Despite finishing his undergraduate and graduate work in Occupational Therapy with academic honors he was also awarded the inaugural Thinking-Out-Of-The-Box award. That must have been a pre-cursor to later leaving a career in Occupational Therapy to apply his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and injury mechanisms to run specialty retail. 
He's spent short spurts living in New Mexico, California, Scotland, Hawaii, and Seattle, and a bit longer in central Oregon before returning in 2006 to open the Finger Lakes Running Company in Ithaca. In 2013 he additionally opened Confluence Running in Binghamton, NY, and in 2014 w/ a partner, Run On Hudson Valley in Croton-On-Hudson, NY. In rounding out 2014 he formalized an event company called Red Newt Racing which encompasses several races that he created including the Cayuga Trails 50, Catharine Valley Half, Virgil Crest Ultras, and Lucifer's Crossing.

For 2015, he's working to add to the race offerings Whiteface SkyRaces, a couple of other trail oriented races in the Catskill/Hudson area and a Half Marathon in Ithaca. He also is rolling the ball a bit on conceptualizing a custom shoe company as well as integration with the retail side of iRunFar.

He occasional still competes, having run about 20 ultra distance events since college, a couple of Iron-Man's, and most notably, still holds the 10k record at the Danby Down and Dirty. He's at home running trails, love's waterfalls, and mountain vistas. He's found his greatest flow moments in alpine scree descent surfing. 

He lives in Ithaca with an amazingly supportive and beautiful wife Sherry, as well as two absolutely wonderful young daughters Maren and Nora. ​​

About our store owner, Ian Golden:

Ian hails from Honey Brook, PA, a small rural community bordering Lancaster County PA. He developed a taste for healthy physical competition via downhill big-wheeling and pegboard climbing as a youngster, doing quite well in both. That naturally progressed into a competitive swimming career which sputtered out when seemingly all of his peers grew about a foot while he hovered around the 5 foot tall mark. At about that time, he made the move into running and has fond memories or Jr. High practices spent running through flooded creek-beds and sliding down steep muddy grass hills with his teammates. This core work surely was the foundation for the few PA High School State Champion Cross Country team titles.

In his Ithaca College career he was probably most known for making his teammates run up as many hills on trails as he could find, occasionally losing his shorts mid-run, or mid walk, or in many cases wherever he happened to be in that moment, with a couple of All-American Cross Country finishes and Steeplechase national qualifiers.

Open since 2006 we are a run and triathlon specialty shop located on the Ithaca Commons in Ithaca NY. Here Finger Lakes Running, we take a well balanced approach in guiding athletes to reach their top performance.  We strive to educate our customers, promote health, and create a protected and inclusive community for all athletes to thrive and improve in. We offer a complete line of running shoes, accessories, apparel and nutritional items as well as bike and triathlon accessories. Ithaca's an amazing place to be, to run, to bike, to swim and most importantly live. Check in with us for a run, an event, or simply advice on where to eat while in town.