Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

On the Run: Father/daughter bonding over 50 miles

Thursday, July 2, 2015

by Pete Colaizzo
Poughkeepsie Journal

As the father of four daughters, it's impossible to calculate how many recreational activities Mike Kristofik participated in with them during their formative years, as he and his wife raised them in Rhinebeck. Now that his children are all grown up and moved on to their adult lives, those days are most certainly a distant memory for Dr. Mike, the amiable Hyde Park dentist.

Earlier this spring, though, Kristofik found a way to reconnect with his daughter Lisa — one mile at a time. Kristofik and his daughter participated in the Rock the Ridge 50-mile endurance challenge in Ulster County. The duo completed the long-distance event through the beautiful trails of the Mohonk Preserve and beyond in the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge of the Catskills. It was an effort that took all day and some of the night — but it made for a memory that will last a lifetime. Read more...