As most of you know, I have been logging in the miles as a runner these past few years. I may not always look forward to the mental or physical exertion devoted to training, but pushing to go further and the elation I feel when I finish is enough to keep me going.
I have been fortunate enough to finish races from marathons to a recent 100K. However, this particular race will always be special for me. Not only was it my first 50 mile race, it is the scenery that captured me for every mile that I ran. Now in its 4th 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. 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.
My goal is to raise $250 for the Preserve, and with your help, I know I can reach and even surpass that goal. Whatever you can afford, whatever you are moved to contribute, will be gratefully received.
With your help and support, I can fulfill my goal to run this beautiful course and experience all the aches and pains to go with it! I look forward to joining all the "crazy folks" in Hudson Valley and I hope you can help me get there. You never know....you may want to join me one day!
I leave you with this quote:
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.----Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathoner/Author)
Thank you again.
Sharon Rauceo (Proud PS107 First Grade Teacher)