For my 40th rotation around the sun, I trained and completed my first 50K (31 miles for those that need quick math) in 2019. It was an amazing experience that I never thought I would be able to accomplish having not been “a runner” before. It was beyond exhilarating and let me test the limits of what I can do … which turns out to be a lot more than I thought.This year, I’d like to challenge myself again and try to run 80K (50 miles), but this time with the goal of supporting a local organization – the Mohonk Preserve. The Mohonk Preserve’s mission is to protect the Shawanagunk Mountains region by inspiring others to find joy, take care of, and explore their natural world. With over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and countless other unique and beautiful places; Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.
I have the honor and privilege to live in the Hudson Valley near the Shawanagunk Mountain region, am passionate about conservation, and hope to inspire the same passion for my children for this beautiful earth we live in with this race. All donations go directly to supporting the Mohonk Preserve.
Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge...
Set in the natural beauty of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York’s Hudson Valley, an area described as “one of Earth’s last great places,” the goal is to run or hike a 50-mile course within 18 hours. What better way to spend a day than winding along well-maintained carriage roads, through lush forests and over ridgelines with magnificent vistas.
Rock The Ridge supports a great cause...
This event supports Mohonk Preserve’s mission to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. With over 8,000 acres of mountain ridges, forests, fields, streams, ponds, and other unique and beautiful places, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.
We salute all Ridge Rockers, who since 2013 have collectively raised over $1,800,000 to support Mohonk Preserve’s award-winning conservation science, environmental education, land protection, and stewardship programs.
Rock The Ridge is a major achievement...
The 18-hour time limit accommodates people with a range of abilities, including hikers, joggers, runners, and ultramarathoners. We’ve hosted elite athletes alongside first-time 50-milers and relay teams that walked the entire distance. Any distance can be a struggle if you don’t prepare properly, but with a good training program, 50 miles is an achievable goal! And, for those who aren’t ready for 50-miles, the Relay division allows Ridge Rockers to complete the course in two-or four-member teams.
Whether you hike, run, or do some of each, Rock The Ridge will be an accomplishment that you’ll remember with pride.