ROCK THE RIDGE May 3, 2014
Go For It! Register Today ...
Congratulations on choosing to put your best foot (feet) forward and take on Rock The Ridge! This is a decision that you will remember with pride, and we're extremely excited to have you involved in this spectacular event. Now for the nuts and bolts about how to take part.
The 2014 race will be held on May 3, 2014, and just as last year, is divided into three primary divisions:
- Team 50-Mile - teams of two, three, or four persons cover the entire course together. This is the core division, the one that is the primary identity of Rock The Ridge. Team members will cross the finish line as a group, in the same fashion as the popular television program "The Amazing Race."
- Team Relay - Two- or four-member teams in which members will complete the course in relay fashion. Relay legs are not of equal distance, allowing teams to assemble runners of varying degrees of experience and ability.
- Individual 50-mile - individuals complete the entire 50-mile course.
The registration fee is $150 for each participant in all divisions. This fee covers all race amenities, including takeaways such as a participant t-shirt, a finisher's medal, and a post-race meal. It does not cover the charitable component of your entry. You may register in any of the above divisions, although you may only participate in one of the three. That is to say, you may not register in both a Team division and the Individiual division.
In order to allow the necessary time for validation and processing of all registered teams and individuals, the deadline for both registration and completion of your fundraising is 11:59 p.m. on April 27, 2014.
The registration cap for Rock The Ridge is 650 runners, which is an aggregrate total across all three divisions. Be sure to register early to secure your spot!
Beginning in 2014, Rock The Ridge will feature a special Club Challenge, pitting running clubs and other organized teams against each other in a cross-country style head-to-head competition. Click here for details.
In additon to the registration fee, there is also a $250 per person minimum fundraising component of the event, which will be secured with your credit card upon registering. All registrants will need to raise the appropriate charitable funds in order to qualify to participate. Although this figure is a minimum, teams and individuals are encouraged to raise as much money as possible in support of Mohonk Presreve and its mission to preserve and protect the beautiful lands that lie within its boundaries.
The deadline for completion of your fundraising is April 27, 2014. If you have not reached your minimum threshold by that date, the credit card that you registered with will be charged for the shortfall on the following day. This will not preclude you from raising additional donations if you so choose.
The tool used for raising the charitable component of your registration is the website CrowdRise.com. CrowdRise is a favorite partner of runners and endurance athletes across the country, and Rock The Ridge is proud to associate with them. Fundrasing for Rock The Ridge is built into your registration, and your team and personal fundraising pages will be established as part of that process.
You're perfectly welcome to make the full $250 charitable contribution on your own, but alternatively we recommend telling friends, family, and colleagues about the AMAZING adventure you've chosen to challenge yourself with. Show them the breathtaking pictures of Mohonk Preserve, and encourage them to donate on your fundraising page. Why wouldn't they want to help you get to the starting line of this fantastic team race event? If you challenge yourself with a 50-mile race, you'll be surprised how easy it is to get people to support both you and this very important cause.
Registration fees are non-refundable. Registered participants may withdraw from the event at any time prior to the event and this will cancel their minimum fundraising commitment, but they will not receive a refund of their registration fee.
As a participant, your financial commitment is as follows:
- A registration fee of $150 for each participant in all divisions. Registration fees are used to cover the cost of the event. Please understand that these fees are non-refundable.
- A minimum charitable fund-raising commitment of $250 for each participant, which you will guarantee with the same credit card you use to pay for the registration fee. When you tell friends, family and co-workers that you’re taking on a 50-mile challenge and doing something to preserve our environment for future generations, they will proudly sponsor you. Donations are tax-deductible and go directly to the Mohonk Preserve, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. To the extent you raise less than $250, your credit card will be billed for the shortfall on April 27, 2014.
Click here to continue the 2014 Rock The Ridge registration process.
Because Mohonk Preserve and its future success is at the core of this special event, we’d like to help you as much as possible with your fundraising campaign. Accordingly, we are providing a sample letter that you may choose to use (either all or in part) to help you to garner support for your 2014 Rock The Ridge particiption.
In May of 2014, I will be taking on a special physical challenge called Rock The Ridge in the Shawangunk Mountains of the Hudson Valley in New York. Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile footrace, and the goal is to complete the distance in 24 hours or less. In conjunction with my participation in the event, I am raising money to help support Mohonk Preserve, an 8,000-acre parcel of breathtaking land that is essentially the centerpiece of “The ‘Gunks.”
Beyond the beauty of its cliffs, forests, fields, and streams, Mohonk Preserve is a leader in environmental education, land protection and stewardship, and conservation science, and annually provides over 150,000 visitors with the opportunity to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world.
Nature not only sustains us all in the physical sense, providing us with clean water to drink and oxygen to breathe, but it is also essential to the health and welfare of the human spirit. I will embrace this spirit as I traverse the picturesque carriage roads of the Rock The Ridge course.
My goal is to raise (fill in dollar amount) for the Preserve, and with your help, I know I can reach and even surpass that goal. Whatever you can afford, whatever you are moved to contribute, will be gratefully received. Here is the link to my Rock The Ridge fundraiser: (insert link). Please contribute whatever you can, and feel free to contact me with any questions about this terrific event.
(insert Rock The Ridge participant name)
(insert Rock The Ridge fundraiser link)
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