Maud and Kate have been friends since 4th grade. Back then, we built fairy houses together out of moss, tree bark, and twigs in our hometown of Iowa City. These days, we admire our natural surroundings by going on long runs in New York!
[Maud is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at NYU; Kate works at the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming.]
We have registered to run Rock the Ridge as a two-person relay. Each of us will run ~25 miles, hopefully speedily. This isn't such a big deal for Maud, as she's run a marathon before. The longest Kate has ever run, though, is 13.1 miles! Wish both of us luck as our training ramps up in the weeks to come.
Any support would be GREATLY appreciated. As you can see from our profile picture (taken at the Climate March in NYC, September 2014), we love our planet, and we want to protect the natural spaces that are still around. Your support will go directly to Mohonk Preserve and the Shawangunk Mountains. See the details of the race below, and feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
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.