Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

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Rock The Ridge 50-Mile Endurance Challenge


                      ROCK THE RIDGE  April 30, 2016


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 2014, we hosted elite athletes as well as first-time 50-milers and teams that walked the entire distance. The 2014 winner established a new course record and personal best of 5 hours 58 minutes, while the last finishers crossed the line in under 20 hours. Whether you walk, run, or do a mixture of both, Rock The Ridge will be 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. All funds raised from Rock The Ridge charitable contributions will directly benefit the Preserve's award-winning Environmental Education programs. For over 25 years, the Preserve has been providing innovative education programs that have gotten over 100,000 children into nature. Our many diverse programs and events offer something for everyone, from recreationists to naturalists-at-heart, supporting lifelong learning and strengthening connections to the land. We salute all Ridge Rockers, who since 2013 have collectively raised over $200,000 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.
  • In the Relay division, each member of a two- or four-person team will cover a section of the 50-mile course.
  • The Individual 50-Mile division is for those looking to take on a personal challenge.

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

See race results for Rock The Ridge 2015 and check out the great photos by our volunteer photographers. Thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful event.