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2019 Recap & Results

Get the 2019 Rock The Ridge race results and check out the photos taken by the Preserve's volunteer photographers!

Now in its seventh year, Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile endurance challenge, was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Over 600 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 mission to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world.

Thanks to all of our participants and sponsors for helping us to raise more than $300,000 in support of Mohonk Preserve!

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.

Jason Friedman was the first finisher with a time of 7:01:18. The first female finisher was Jemma Howlett with a time of 7:55:03.

Winners Circle 
1st Place Male – Jason Friedman, 7:01:18
2nd Place Male – Etan Levavi, 7:02:52
3rd Place Male – Kirk Theofanides, 7:30:11

1st Place Female – Jemma Howlett, 7:55:03
2nd Place Female – Holly Chase, 8:13:51
3rd Place Female – Brooke Drumbore, 8:41:53

Male Masters – Murat Koksel, 7:43:10
Female Masters – Stephanie Marden, 9:26:38
Male Grand Masters –  Keith Riddiford, 8:42:20
Female Grand Masters – Nancy Broughel, 8:45:20

Male Senior Grand Masters – Stewart Dutfield, 9:54:38
Female Senior Grand Masters 
Kathy Walker, 10:22:48

1st Place Team Relay – Breaking The Cycle, 5:56:25
2nd Place Team Relay – Lance and Jan, 7:03:25
3rd Place Team Relay – Hillrazors, 7:27:32

“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 150 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 three decades, 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 Kate Schoonmaker