Now in its fifth year, Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile endurance challenge, was held at Mohonk Preserve on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Over 400 runners, walkers and hikers registered to traverse a course across carriage roads and trails along the Shawangunk Ridge and raised funds to support the Preserve’s Environmental Education programs, Parkinson’s research and veterans.
The 50-mile format of Rock The Ridge is based on the “Kennedy Challenge” issued in 1962 when President Kennedy challenged the U.S. Marines to cover 50 miles in 20 hours. The event’s 24-hour time limit allows walkers and hikers, as well as runners, to complete the event.
Ultramarathoner Dylan Armajani was the first finisher with at time of 7:15:33. The first female finisher was Karen Benway with a time of 7:59:39.
Male Overall – Dylan Armajani, 7:15:33
Female Overall – Karen Benway, 7:59:39
Male Masters – Norm Smith, – 9:53:59
Female Masters – Helen Wheeler, 9:52:06
Male Grand Masters – Andres Espinosa, 9:55:24
Female Grand Masters – Maria Mair, 10:12:58
Male Senior Grand Masters – Steven Benardete, 10:44:04
Female Senior Grand Masters – Cathy Troisi, 19:19:54
Team 50 – Camp Macho Pa, 10:46:03
Team Relay - Breaking The Cycle, 6:26:51
“The Preserve thanks all of the Ridge Rockers who went the extra mile – or 50 – to support our mission of inspiring people to care for, enjoy and explore their natural world,” said Mohonk Preserve Director of Marketing and Communications Gretchen Reed, who hiked the first leg of the course as part of a relay team. “We are also grateful to the Preserve Board and staff, over 100 volunteers, our race sponsors, and our race organizers, whose team effort made this event such a success.”
Rock The Ridge directly benefits Mohonk Preserve's award-winning environmental education, conservation science, and land protection and stewardship programs. For over 25 years, the Preserve has been providing innovative education programs that have gotten over 100,000 children into nature, offering something for everyone from recreationists to naturalists-at-heart, supporting lifelong learning and strengthening connections to the land.
Thanks to our 2017 sponsors: