Hudson Valley Magazine.
ROCK THE RIDGE 50-MILE CHALLENGE, New Paltz.
The name of this unusual endurance event, which debuted this year, may be enough to scare off some would-be participants. But close to 188 hardy souls took on the challenge of either walking or running 50 miles of the Mohonk Preserve's scenic-but-strenuous trails and carriage roads in 24 hours or less. A wide range of athletes, from ultramarathoners to weekend warriors, took part in the event, which doubles as a fund-raiser for the preserve. Despite tired legs - and several bear sightings - the challenge proved successful on both fronts: 90 percent of the entrants finished on time, and more than $100,000 was added to the preserve's coffers. 845.255.0919; www.mohonkpreserve.org. See full article online.