Before we get to the canned stuff below, I just want to say I have been lucky to enjoy the Mohonk Preserve for almost 30 years now. This is an amazing place to visit or spend a lot of time at, and one of my old climbing partners who came up here with me frequently caled it "magical." (He could afford a lifetime membership at the time, and had no hesitation about signing up for it.) My wife Erica and I are participating in this 50 mile challenge, even though past back injuries limit me to walking, because this Preserve means so much to us. (We will likely be the last finishers, but we WILL finish in time.) If you have been to Mohonk, please consider supporting us. If you have not, you really need to visit (it's not far from NYC), and we'll work to keep it available for you.
Now in its 2nd year, Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge set in the natural beauty of the Mohonk Preserve, a vast, non-profit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours or less by walking, running, or any combination thereof.
The course winds along beautiful carriage trails, through the forests and across the magnificent ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.” Whether you walk, run, or do a combination of both, Rock the Ridge will be a spectacular outdoor adventure and an accomplishment that you’ll be proud of for a long time!
Rock the Ridge is also a fundraising event, supporting a great cause: preserving our natural environment. Funds raised will go to the Mohonk Preserve in support of its mission to safeguard the land of the Shawangunk Ridge and encourage people to experience nature.