Get the 2018 Rock The Ridge race results and check out the photos taken by the Preserve's volunteer photographers!
Now in its sixth year, Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile endurance challenge, was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Over 400 runners, walkers and hikers registered to traverse a course across carriage roads and trails along the Shawangunk Ridge and raised funds to support the Preserve’s Environmental Education programs, Parkinson’s research, and veterans.
The 50-mile format of Rock The Ridge is based on the “Kennedy Challenge” issued in 1962 when President Kennedy challenged the U.S. Marines to cover 50 miles in 20 hours. The event’s 24-hour time limit allows walkers and hikers, as well as runners, to complete the event.
Ethan Levavi was the first finisher with at time of 6:49:17. The first female finisher was Nancy Broughel with a time of 9:01:04.
1st Place Male – Ethan Levavi, 6:49:17
2nd Place Male – Ben Nephew, 6:49:26
3rd Place Male – James McCowan, 6:50:12
1st Place Female – Nancy Broughel, 9:01:04
2nd Place Female – Katie Poor, 9:32:40.7
3rd Place Female – Holly Chase, 9:32:40.8
Male Masters – Norm Smith, 7:38:56
Female Masters – Amy Neugebauer, 9:58:04 and Rihana Azam, 9:58:04
Male Grand Masters – Mike Klein, 8:50:52
Female Grand Masters – Justine Lease, 10:19:22
Male Senior Grand Masters – Charlie Cowan, 8:01:07
1st Place Team Relay – Breaking The Cycle, 5:44:51
2nd Place Team Relay – Lance and Jan, 6:58:24
3rd Place Team Relay – Hillrazors, 7:51:36
“The Preserve thanks all of the Ridge Rockers who went the extra mile – or 50 – to support our mission of inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world,” said Mohonk Preserve Director of Marketing and Communications Gretchen Reed, who hiked the first leg of the course as part of a relay team. “We are also grateful to the Preserve Board and staff, over 100 volunteers, our race sponsors, and our race organizers, whose team effort made this event such a success.”
Rock The Ridge directly benefits Mohonk Preserve's award-winning environmental education, conservation science, and land protection and stewardship programs. For over 25 years, the Preserve has been providing innovative education programs that have gotten over 100,000 children into nature, offering something for everyone from recreationists to naturalists-at-heart, supporting lifelong learning and strengthening connections to the land.
Banner Photo by John Aylward