2021 Rock The Ridge® Event Guide

REV. 9/11/21

We look forward to welcoming you on September 25, 2021 to Mohonk Preserve, New York State’s largest non-profit nature preserve named “one of Earth’s last great places” by The Nature Conservancy. You are in for an incredible time as you run or hike the 50-mile course on our network of historic carriage roads featuring magnificent views and spectacular scenery.

Rock The Ridge® 

As Mohonk Preserve’s biggest fundraiser, your participation reflects a commitment to the conservation and stewardship of this remarkable place. Since 2013, people like you have helped raise more than $1.8 million to support Mohonk Preserve’s mission to inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world. Thanks to all of our Ridge Rockers for helping to save the land for life! 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact RockTheRidge@mohonkpreserve.org.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 23, 2021

12:00pm – 6:00pm – Race Packet Pick-up
Packet pick-up location
at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center
3197 Route 44 55, Gardiner, NY

Friday, September 24, 2021

12:00pm – 7:00pm – Race Packet Pick-up
Packet pick-up location
at the Mohonk Preserve Testimonial Gateway Trailhead
35 Route 299, New Paltz, NY

50-Milers: Timing chips are included in your packet.

Relay Teams: Your lead-off person will pick up your team’s timing chip at check-in at the Start/Finish on Saturday morning. Allow plenty of time for shuttle and chip pickups.

Pre-Race dinner: Friday, September 24, 2021, 4-7 pm, Testimonial Gateway Trailhead, 35 Rte. 299, New Paltz, NY

Please sign up to attend. The pre-race dinner is limited to registered participants only.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Parking and Event Shuttle
Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz, NY

4:00am – First Shuttle to Start
5:15am – Last Shuttle to Start

Shuttles will run throughout the day from the Ulster County Fairgrounds to the Start/Finish. This is a six-minute ride.

Start Line Drop Offs
You may be dropped off at the Start line. Please follow the direction of staff and volunteers and be mindful of those behind you. Idling will not be allowed and parking is not available at the Start/Finish until after 3 pm later that day. 

Event Start
Mohonk Preserve Testimonial Gateway, 35 Route 299, New Paltz, NY

  4:15am – 5:30am – Event Packet Pick-up and Bag Check
  6:00am – Event Start

Course Rules

Parking and Shuttle Service
Masks are required in parking area and on shuttle busses. 

All participant and spectator parking is at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561), approximately two miles from the race start. Rock The Ridge shuttle service will transport participants to the start/finish and relay handoff points according to the schedule of events. 

Please use the shuttle service. Personal vehicles are prohibited at the Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area except for drop-offs prior to the race start. Also, personal vehicles are not allowed at the Pine Road and Lyons Road aid stations; drop-offs are prohibited at these locations. This is a serious safety issue. Violators risk ticketing and having their participant removed from the event.  See Shuttle Service Schedule.

Completing the Course
To be eligible for awards and appropriate recognition, Ridge Rockers must complete the 50-mile course in its entirety as marked under their own physical power. Participants caught cutting the course or using any motorized, mechanical or outside assistance will be disqualified. 

Cutoff Times
Cutoff times are enforced. See information about the Course.

Pacing and Crewing

Except for the official Rock The Ridge sub-18-hour Hiker Pace Group, pacers are not allowed on the course. Crew teams are allowed; please use Rock The Ridge shuttle service. See the Shuttle Service Schedule.

Age Restrictions
Participants in the 50-mile event must be 16 years of age on race day. Relay team participants under the age of 16 may participate with the permission of a parent or guardian.

No Smoking
There is no smoking allowed anywhere in Mohonk Preserve, on the course, or in the Start/Finish area.

Dogs and Pets
Dogs and pets are not allowed on the course. 

Leave No Trace
All participants must abide by “Leave No Trace” practices at all times, including:

  • “Pack it in, pack it out.” Dispose of all compost, recyclables or trash at an aid station receptacle.
  • There are restroom facilities along the course (see Aid Stations section for a full list of restrooms). If you cannot reach a facility, please use discretion by moving to an area that is away from the course. Please pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • Leave what you find. Please leave rocks, plants and other natural, cultural or historic objects and structures as you find them.
  • Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife at a distance, never feed animals, and always keep your gear with you. 

Participants caught violating “Leave No Trace” practices will be disqualified.

All Ridge Rockers must wear their official bib number at all times.
All registered participants will be issued an official bib number in their race packet. Any participant found not wearing their official bib number may be asked to leave the course. 

COVID-19 Protocols
Expect masks to be required at the Ulster County Fair Grounds parking area, at the Testimonial Gateway start/finish area and on all shuttle buses. Mask wearing policy will reflect the CDC guidelines currently in effect at the time of the event.

Shuttle Service Schedule

All participant and spectator parking is at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, approximately two miles from the race start. Rock The Ridge shuttle service will transport participants to the start/finish and relay handoff points according to the following schedule.

Masks are required on the shuttle for participants and spectators regardless of vaccination status.

Time
Shuttle Loop
Approximate Schedule

4:00am – 5:15am

Participants (and spectators, space permitting) from Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area. 

Don’t wait for the last shuttle or you risk missing the event start.

Every 5 min.

5:15am – 5:45am

Spectators from Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area

Every 10 min.

6:15am

Spectators from Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish to Ulster County Fairgrounds

One trip only

5:45am – 8:00am

Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area to Pine Road Aid Station

Relay leg #2 handoff location

Every 15 min.

8:00am – 12:30pm

Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area to Spring Farm Aid Station

Relay legs #3 handoff location

Every 20 min.

9am – 9:00pm

Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area to Lyons Road Aid Station

Relay legs #4 handoff location

Every 45 min.

8:00pm – 12:30am

Ulster County Fairgrounds to Testimonial Gateway Start/Finish area

Every 20 min.
last shuttle at 12:30 am

Gear and Drop Bags

Drop Bags for Spring Farm Aid Station (mile 26.1) and/or Lyons Road (mile 39)

For those doing the full 50 miles, you may check drop bag(s) at the start area which will be transported to the Spring Farm Aid Station (end of leg 2) and/or Lyons Road (end of leg 3). You may also check a bag to remain at the Finish Line.

You MUST pack separate drop bags for Spring Farm, Lyons Road, and the Finish line. It’s up to you to determine if you will need a drop bag at the end of leg 2 and the end of leg 3 or at the finish line. Drop bags will not be transported between Spring Farm and Lyons Road.

  1. Check-in for race start
  2. Tear-off the drop bag tag from your bib and securely attach it to your drop bag. Additional tags will be available for any additional bags.
  3. Once tagged, take your bag to the designated area for Spring Farm, Lyons Road or Finish Line near the Testimonial Gateway Tower and place it on the appropriate tarp.
  4. When you have finished with your bag at Spring Farm or Lyons Road, please place your bag on the bag return tarp. 

Drop Bag Requirements:

  • Bags should not exceed 14” x 18” x 8” (if you think your bag is too big, it probably is!)
  • No coolers or buckets
  • Weatherproof bags are recommended
  • Refer to the required and recommended gear list.
  • In addition to the tag, drop bags must be labeled with your full name, bib number and phone number inside the bag. 

Rock The Ridge and Mohonk Preserve are not responsible for lost, damaged or unclaimed bags. 

What to Pack

Fall weather in the Hudson Valley is unpredictable. Check your email after 5:00 pm the evening before the race as gear requirements may change based on the forecast. 

Aid stations are located along the course, but they may not be stocked with all the things you want or need. This is a cup-free event so bring your own hand-held water bottle, hydration pack, and/or collapsible cup. 

Required Gear

Shoes
Water bottle/hydration pack/collapsible cup (this is a cup-free event)
Headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries (at race start and if you plan to be on course after dark)
Back up light source
Any necessary medications
Sunrise: 7:11 am; Sunset: 7:13 pm

Required Gear if rain and/or temperatures of 50 degrees or lower are forecast. 

Rain gear
Extra layer (fleece, synthetic long-sleeve shirt, tights)
Hat and gloves

Please Note: Rock The Ridge officials may check your gear. Ridge Rockers who do not have the required gear may be removed from the course for safety or not allowed to start. 

Recommended Gear

Extra socks
Day pack
Food/snacks
Sports watch
Hat
Sunglasses
Sunblock
Skin lubricant
Insect repellent
Electrolyte tablets
Trekking poles (if hiking)
Space blanket
Blister kit/basic first aid
Cell phone (tag photos #RockTheRidge2021)

The Course

Course Description and Map
Check out the Course Description page for details about the full course and map.

The course will be marked with signs, flags, and flour markings on the ground. Course marshals will be located at some intersections. You will also encounter mile-mark signs at 5-mile increments.

Aid Stations
Aid stations are located throughout the course to keep you fed and hydrated. Rock The Ridge is committed to waste reduction so this is a cup-free event. Bring your own handheld water bottle, hydration pack, and/or collapsible cup. Major aid stations will have food, water, soda, sports drinks, and Clif products. 

Please note that aid station volunteers cannot provide medical care (like blister treatment) and do not carry first aid supplies. 

The chart on page 12 details all of the support locations and summarizes all of the services provided.

Safety
Prevention is the best way to stay safe. This is a challenging course but most people can meet the cutoff times with proper training and event day planning. Please refer to gear recommendations on page 9. 

Participants are responsible for basic first aid (like blister care). In case of serious medical emergency while on course, call 911. Trained medical personnel will be on hand at major aid stations to treat specific injuries such as a sprained ankle or pulled muscles that do not require calling 911. 

Rock The Ridge officials reserve the right to check gear and remove participants from the course if you are not fit or prepared to continue. Arrangements will be made to get you back to the Start/Finish area.

Cell Phones
It is wise to carry a cell phone with you for communication and photos. We recommend you pack a power bank to extend your battery life. Connectivity along the route is sporadic, but you are able to call or send text messages in most areas.
(Tag us with #RockTheRidge2021)

Cutoff Times
Rock The Ridge has an 18-hour time limit which will allow most participants to complete the course with proper training and event day planning. For your safety, cutoff times are enforced. If you are not on pace, it is unlikely you will be able to complete the course within the 18-hour time limit. Accordingly, you will be pulled from the course and transported back to the Start/Finish line. The cutoff times are:

– Begin leg #3 at Spring Farm (mile 26.1) by 3:30 pm
– Begin leg #4 at Lyons Road (mile 39.2) by 8:00 pm

Participants who have not finished by midnight will be picked up from the course and transported back to the Start/Finish area.

Pace Group
Rock The Ridge will offer a sub 18-hour pace group for participants planning to complete the full course. This is a great option for participants concerned about making the cut off times. To finish in under 18 hours, the pace group will “run when we can, walk when we have to.” In other words, expect to run a moderate pace on the flats and downhills and hike up the hills.

Pace Group leaders will move briskly through the aid stations.

There is no need to sign up in advance! Just look for the sign mounted on a pole about 100 yards back from the Start. Pace Group leaders will wear brightly colored shirts/vests with the word PACER on the back.

Participants are not required to stay with the Pace Group for the entire day, but can if they choose to do so. You are welcome to join in and leave whenever you wish during the event. If you are ahead of the Pace Group you may fall back and join the group at any time.

Aid Stations

Location
Mile
Fluid
Drop
Bag
Food
Toilet
Parking
Spectators

Duck Pond

2.4

Rhododendron Bridge

4.6 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Copes Lookout Rd/
Garden Rd

7 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Copes Lookout Rd/
Garden Rd

9.1 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Pine Rd.

13 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods
PROHIBITED
Shuttle service only

Forest Dr/Home Circle

15.6 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Hemlock Lane/Huguenot Dr.

19.8 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Cedar Drive Bridge

22.3

Spring Farm

26.3 Clif gels & bars,
snack & hot foods
Spring Farm lot with day pass (limited).
Shuttle Service available.

Cedar Drive Bridge

27.6

Hemlock Lane/Huguenot Dr.

29.9 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Forest Dr/Home Circle

33.1

Rhododendron Bridge

34.1 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

West Trapps & Trapps Bridge

36.7 West Trapps lot with day pass (limited).
Shuttle Service available.
.3 miles to bridge

Lyons Rd

39 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods
PROHIBITED
Shuttle service only

West Trapps & Trapps Bridge

41.4 West Trapps lot with day pass (limited).
Shuttle Service available.
.3 miles to bridge

Rhododendron Bridge

43.7 Clif gels & bars,
snack foods

Duck Pond

47.4

Testimonial Gateway

50 Clif gels & bars,
snack & hot foods
PROHIBITED
Shuttle service only

Please Note: Personal vehicles are not allowed at the Pine Road and Lyons Road aid stations; drop-offs are prohibited at these locations. This is a serious safety issue. Violators risk ticketing and having their participant removed from the event. See Shuttle Service Schedule.

Spectators

Important Information Regarding Spectators

Many areas of the course are remote and therefore are off-limits to spectators. It’s important for the safety of all participants, volunteers and other Preserve visitors to know where your friends and family can safely gather. Mohonk Preserve is open to visitors during Rock The Ridge so parking will be limited at all trailheads.

Testimonial Gateway Trailhead (Start/Finish)
  • Shuttle service only at Start of Event
  • Spectator parking may be available by late afternoon after 3 pm
  • View the iconic Testimonial Gateway Tower
  • An ideal spot to pack a picnic and wait for your Ridge Rocker to finish
Pine Road Aid Station – End of Leg 1 (mile 13)
  • Shuttle service required
  • No spectator parking
  • Site of first relay handoff
Spring Farm Trailhead – End of Leg 2 (mile 26.3)
  • Shuttle service available
  • Limited parking; day pass required for each spectator over the age of 12. 
  • Major aid station located at the Slingerland Pavilion
  • Location of the “million dollar view” of the Catskills
West Trapps Trailhead – Trapps Bridge
(miles 36.7 and 41.4)
  • No shuttle service available
  • Limited parking; day pass required for each spectator over the age of 12. This is an extremely popular spot which fills early
  • Spectator area is a short walk from the parking lot (about .3 miles to Trapps Bridge)
  • Spectators may view the iconic Trapps Cliffs, a world-renowned rock climbing are
Lyons Road Aid Station – End of Leg 3 (mile 39)
  • Shuttle service only
  • Unauthorized vehicles at this location are strictly prohibited. Cars will be turned away. Violators risk having their participant pulled from the course. See shuttle service schedule on page 5
  • Accessible via West Trapps Trailhead parking lot: hike/bike 4.8 miles round trip
Mohonk Mountain House Property
  • Spectators do not have access to Mohonk Mountain House property unless
    a Hiking Trails Pass is purchased in advance. Hiking trail passes can only be purchased online at mohonk.com/a-day-at-mohonk/hiking. Access to the Mountain House building itself is restricted to overnight guests only. 

Timing and Scoring

All Ridge Rockers will be timed using an ankle chip capturing times at the beginning and end of each leg. It is important that your chip be worn around your ankle. Placing your chip in a backpack or elsewhere on the upper portion of your body will render the chip inactive and your time will not be captured.

  • Individual: Chips will be included in your race packet.  
  • Relay Teams: Your lead-off person will pick up your chip at check-in on race morning. At the start of each subsequent leg, the chip must be passed to the next team member.

Scoring for the relay division is as follows:

  • The team’s completion time is recorded when your final team member crosses the finish line. Each team member must fully complete their designated portion of the course in order to qualify for relay team awards. If a member is unable to complete one or more of their legs, their relay teammates can still qualify for finisher medals provided that each one fully completes their
    relay leg.

Please remember to return your timing chip once you have completed the course or have been returned to the finish area if you are unable to complete the course. You will be charged a $50 replacement fee for chips that are not returned.

Awards

Award Presentations
Awards will be given out to relay team and individuals as soon as possible once the results have been verified at the Finish. There will not be a scheduled awards ceremony. 

Awards

All finishers will earn a medal commemorating your phenomenal achievement, which you will receive after you cross the finish line.

Competitive awards will be given in each of the competing divisions as follows:

Individual 50-Mile

• Top three (3) female, male, and non-binary participants
• Top three (3) female, male, and non-binary participants in ten (10) year age groups.

Team Relay

  • Top three (3) teams

150 Mile / 300 Mile Medallions

  • Ridge Rockers who have completed the full 50-mile course three or six times respectively will receive a medallion at the Finish Line. Your bib will indicate your eligibility for a medallion.

Fundraising Awards

Special awards will be given to the top 15 fundraisers. Awards are given to the Top Fundraiser and the Top 15 Fundraisers. Awards include VIP parking at the start/finish, memberships to Mohonk Preserve and fabulous race swag.

Additional Information

Food / Refreshments
There will be hot food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available to all Ridge Rockers at the finish line. Please show your bib. Spectators may purchase food and beverages or bring their own. Please carry out any trash you bring in. 

Rock The Ridge Merchandise
Stop by the Rock The Ridge merch tent at the Start/Finish area for a great selection of  Rock The Ridge gear available for purchase. Your purchases help raise money to put on this large-scale event. The merch tent will be open from 4 – 6 am and from 12 noon – midnight. 

Where to Stay
Lodging options are limited in the area and many require a two-night minimum during the fall season. Please refer to www.mohonkpreserve.org/visit/area-guide/places-to-stay.html for a list of local hotels and B&Bs that support the Preserve. Alternatively, you may search travel sites for hotels/motels/B&Bs in New Paltz, Gardiner, Highland, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Rosendale or High Falls. Reserve early for a greater selection. 

Pathfinder Level
Arrowood Farms Brewery & Distillery
Community Level
Binnewater Porta-Potty, Div. of Enviro-Clean
 Thruway Sporting Goods

Marvin and Company, P.C., CPAs

Sims & Associates Podiatry

Banner Photo by Gerald Berliner