Rock The Ridge 50-Mile Endurance Challenge

As daunting as a 50-mile event might sound, it's actually more inviting and achievable than you think. Rock The Ridge is a fundraising endurance event that carries with it (and this is what makes it so unique) a 24-hour time limit. Other races like the JFK 50 kick you off the course after 12 hours. Not so with Rock the Ridge.  We'll give you a full 24 hours in which to earn your finisher's medal. Yes, that's right, you can do this!

Also, RTR is a team-oriented event, encouraging participation in groups of 2, 3 or 4.  The team format will provide you with that all-important psychological and emotional support. And if you just don't think you can do the entire 50 miles despite the liberal time limit, there is a relay division as well, in which you can participate in teams of 2 or 4.

We also wanted to announce that we've added a new competitive division to Rock The Ridge, namely, a Club Challenge. The way it works, in short, is that running clubs will compete against each other for a really HOT trophy. Each club will enter at least 5 of its members in the Individual 50-Mile division, and runners will compete for their clubs in a cross-country style scoring format. It's your running club's chance to prove beyond any doubt that you have the best ultrarunners! This event-within-the-event is sponsored by our good friends at JackRabbit Sports in New York City. A page on the website will be published next week that gives more details about the JackRabbit Club Challenge.

And lastly, you'll be completing this epic achievement in the splendor of the Shawangunk Ridge, only 90 miles from NYC, and a locale that the Nature Conservancy has called "one of Earth's last great places."

Rock the Ridge is a fundraiser for the Mohonk Preserve, a non-profit organization who maintains nearly 8,000 acres of spectacular land in the mid-Hudson Valley. Its mission is to preserve, protect and educate future generations about the natural environment.

More event details AND REGISTRATION are at

And to see a promotional video, visit us on YouTube:

Please join us. Do something truly great for yourself, and raise money for the environment in the process. :)

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  • Karthik

    I am looking for a ride from the city. I will be happy to share any gas/toll expenses. Thanks!

    April 29

  • Ashlee

    I signed up for this race and I'm really looking forward to it. However, I'm a bit intimidated by the fact that I live in Manhattan (so my runs are largely restricted to pavement/cityscape), and this race is on trails. Does anyone have some good training suggestions to be ready for the more rugged terrain?

    January 10, 2014

    • Ashlee

      Thanks Kenneth! I'll make it a point to incorporate those sections of Central Park in my longer runs, and since I live in upper Manhattan, I'll definitely check out the GWB/Ft. Lee trails as well. Do you think trail shoes would be beneficial for this race, or will normal road running shoes suffice?

      January 10, 2014

    • Kenneth P.

      Honestly, I think you could go either way -- as long as it has some treads and you like it. Maybe you'd like to come up to New Paltz one Sunday (1.5 hour bus ride from port authority). There's usually a group running Sunday mornings at 9am at the start of the course - wide range of abilities -- would be a good introduction to the hills. Check out Lenape Sunday Run - it's a group on facebook

      January 10, 2014

  • Kenneth P.

    In 2013 about 25% of the field consisted of hikers/walkers, including members of Hudson Valley Hikers. Rock the Ridge is a perfect way to get into shape for some of the longer thru-hikes, like the 50-mile hut-to-hut hike in the White Mountains. We'd love to have more hikers in 2014

    1 · September 25, 2013

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