Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

To live the heroic life is to live the individual adventure. Joseph Campbell
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Rock The Ridge 50-Mile Endurance Challenge


                      ROCK THE RIDGE  May 2, 2015

See race results for Rock The Ridge 2014 and check out the great photos by our volunteer photographers. Thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful event.

Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running, or any combination thereof. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.”

Covering 50 miles in one stretch is a major achievement. But you don’t have to be a marathon runner.

The 24-hour time limit accommodates people with a wide range of abilities, including walkers and hikers, as well as joggers, runners, and ultramarathoners. In 2013, we hosted elite athletes and first-time 50-milers, including several teams that walked the entire distance. The winner established a course record of 6 hours 18 minutes, while the last finishers crossed the line in under 19 hours. And we're proud to report that nearly 90% of the participants successfully completed the event.

Whether you walk, run, or do a mixture of both, Rock The Ridge will be a spectacular outdoor adventure and an accomplishment that you’ll be proud of for a long time!

Rock The Ridge is a fundraiser.

Rock The Ridge supports a great cause: preserving our environment. Funds raised go to Mohonk Preserve in support of its mission to safeguard the land and encourage people to explore and experience nature. Your friends and family will be glad to support this cause and proud to sponsor you in the challenge. We salute all of our 2013 Ridge Rockers, who collectively raised almost $102,000 to support Mohonk Preserve.

Rock The Ridge has three divisions:

  • In the Team 50-Mile division, teams of two, three, or four persons cover the entire distance together. The shared experience will build esprit de corps and help develop the team skills that are so important to corporate, entrepreneurial, or family life.
  • In the Relay division, each member of a two- or four-person team will cover a fairly equal portion of the 50-mile course.
  • The Individual 50-Mile division is for those looking to take on a special individual challenge.

Awards will be given to the fastest times in each division and to teams and individuals with the highest fundraising totals.

About Mohonk Preserve

Located only 90 miles away from New York City, Mohonk Preserve is a focal point for day hikers, bird watchers, runners, mountain bikers, and families looking to enjoy the great outdoors, as well as a world-renowned destination for rock climbers. One of the distinguishing features of the Preserve is its miles of carriage roads,  which are wider, more level, and easier to traverse than typical single-track hiking trails.

A day spent in the Preserve is one that will not soon be forgotten. Among the Preserve’s 8,000 acres of lush land are towering cliffs and eye-popping vistas of the high peaks of New York’s Catskill Mountains, sparkling mountain streams, and the broad expanse of the Hudson Valley. Situated near the town of New Paltz, NY, the Preserve is readily accessible to all parts of New York State and the northeast via regional interstate highways and picturesque state and local roads. Mohonk Preserve is New York State's largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve, and welcomes over 150,000 visitors per year.