2023 Pfalz Point Trail Challenge 

10-mile Benefit Run

Save the Date
September 24, 2023

About the Event

The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge, a favorite local race, is a 10-mile benefit trail run  to support Mohonk Preserve. Proceeds from race registration fees and sponsorships support conservation of over 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge, including the restoration and maintenance of the Preserve’s network of 75 miles of carriage roads and trails that welcome hundreds of thousands of hikers, bikers, runners and climbers annually. Throughout the year Mohonk Preserve produces other running events such as the Rock and Snow Bridge 2 Bridge Run in April, and Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile endurance challenge in May.

Registered participants will receive:

  • A great-looking Pfalz Point Trail Challenge T-shirt.
  • Access to 5 water stops on course.
  • Complimentary chili lunch and refreshments.
  • Satisfaction knowing you are helping Mohonk Preserve’s mission.

Event Date & Time

September 24, 2023
Check in: 8 a.m.
Race begins: 9 a.m.

Registration Rates

On-site registration may be available if race does not sell out. The on-site registration fee is $55.


Start and finish at the Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm Trailhead on Upper 27 Knolls Road (off Mohonk Road) in High Falls, NY. See course map.


The course offers a rare chance to race on some of the most extraordinary running trails in the U.S., with ten miles of trails including broad open meadows with spectacular views, steep and rocky footpaths, and gently rolling carriage roads.See the course map for details.

Course Records

Male: 0:57:40, Mike Slinskey (2001); Female: 1:10:32, Laura Coogan (2016)


All registrants will receive a great-looking Pfalz Point Trail Challenge T-shirt.


This is a chip-timed event. Awards are given to the top overall finishers by gender and to the top three finishers in ten-year age categories. Awards include delicious apple pies, annual memberships to Mohonk Preserve, or Mohonk Preserve day passes.


Click here to view the 2022 Pfalz Point Trail Challenge Results.


Parking is limited at Spring Farm. Please follow the directions of the Trailhead Ranger on duty for parking instructions.

Race Policies:

No race entry deferrals or transfers are permitted. Mohonk Preserve reserves the right to postpone the race due to adverse weather or course conditions. Every attempt will be made to reschedule the race in the event of a postponement but if that is not possible and the race cannot be rescheduled no refunds of registration fees will be issued.


We encourage participants to help Mohonk Preserve’s sustainability initiatives by bringing your own cups.

Early Start Option

If you anticipate needing more than 2 ½ hours to complete the race consider starting at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the starting line at 8:25 a.m. and have the race timer record your bib number. The early start option is only available only to those who need extra time.


Free entry to the Spring Farm Trailhead for race spectators arriving with registered participants. Non-member spectators arriving independently are required to show a valid Preserve membership or pay the day pass fee of $15 per person. Children 15 and under are always free with a parent or guardian.

Stroller and Dogs

Strollers and dogs are not permitted on course. Dogs are allowed at the start/finish line only and must be kept on a leash and under the owner’s control at all times.

Race Results By Year

2022  2021  2020  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014

Race Photos by Year

2022  2021  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014

Become a Sponsor

Pfalz Point Trail Challenge offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for organizations looking to promote their name and brand to our core demographic. We can customize any package to meet your budget and include business membership. Benefits include your name on the race T-shirts, free race entries, and your coupon or promotional item distributed to registered participants.

Your support helps to defray the cost of organizing the event and ensures that the Preserve can continue to offer races such as Pfalz Point Trail Challenge to the community.

For more information, contact Tom Leader, Special Events Manager, at tleader@mohonkpreserve.org or call (845) 255-255-0919 ext. 1241.


Contact Tom Leader, Special Events Manager by phone (845) 255-0919 ext. 1241 or via e-mail tleader@mohonkpreserve.org.

Banner Photo by John Mizel