As some of you know, I have been considering running something longer than a marathon. I've registered for a 50-miler called Rock the Ridge, where I hope to complete my first ultra. As is often the case, I've delayed the decision far too long: the race is a mere 11 days away.
Now in its 3rd year, Rock the Ridge is a 50-mile endurance race set in the natural beauty of the Mohonk Preserve, a vast, non-profit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley. Rock the Ridge is also a fundraising event, supporting a great cause: preserving our natural environment. For those of you have run the Pfalz Point Trail Challenge, you know what a beautiful area we have in the Mohonk Preserve. Funds raised will go to the Preserve in support of its mission to safeguard the land of the Shawangunk Ridge and encourage people to experience nature.
I've been fortunate to finish marathons, half-marathons and many shorter distance races. Though I've not been able to train as effectively as I'd hoped this winter, I'm excited to give the 50-mile distance a shot. My goal is to raise $250 for the Preserve, and with your help, I know I can reach and even surpass that goal. The fund-raising runs through next weekend, then the race will be held the following Saturday (May 2nd). Whatever you can afford, whatever you are moved to contribute, will be gratefully received.
I leave you with this quote from the author and environmentalist Edward Abbey:
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."