Join us and
Rock The Ridge on Saturday, May 6, 2017!
Registration is open.
Ridge Rockers - click here to register for the pre-race dinner.
There are a number of things to consider in making your Rock The Ridge experience a successful and fulfilling one. Following is information that will help you to maximize your opportunity for enjoyment as you participate in this special event.
Download the participant guide for complete race information.
In addition to the registration fee, entry into Rock The Ridge carries with it a minimum fundraising commitment of $250 per person, which you will guarantee with your credit card as part of the registration process. CrowdRise.com is our 2017 registration and fundraising partner. After registering, CrowdRise will provide you with a unique URL for you to share with friends, family, and colleagues to facilitate your personal fundraising campaign. We have every confidence that you’ll be successful in your fundraising efforts, but in the event there is a shortfall relative to the $250 fundraising minimum, your credit card will be charged for that shortfall on May 3, 2017. All contributions made to your campaign on CrowdRise are fully tax deductible, and will go directly to the Mohonk Preserve, a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Click here to view and download the 2017 Rock The Ridge Fundraising Guide.
View and download sample fundraising letters.
We will announce great rewards planned for our top fundraisers in January 2017.
The Rock The Ridge course is set almost entirely on the carriage roads of Mohonk Preserve and the adjoining Minnewaska State Park. Although there is a significant amount of elevation change throughout the course, the roads are wide and level in most places and do not present a high degree of difficulty with footing. This makes for a very manageable course for those who choose to make completing the distance their primary goal. At the same time, the very runnable nature of the carriage roads sets up well for seasoned endurance athletes who may be looking to make good time or even set a 50-mile PR.
Click here to view the complete course description.
The 50-mile distance should not be taken lightly, even with the generous time cutoff that this race allows. Individuals who are not properly trained may suffer from late race fatigue and pain that will prevent them from reaching the finish line, which will keep their team from finishing as well.
For seasoned endurance athletes, it’s likely that you already have a good understanding of how to train for a 50-mile race event. But for runners and walkers who are new to this distance, or perhaps new to endurance events altogether, we want you to have a positive and successful experience. Accordingly, we suggest consulting with a person of experience (be it a running/fitness coach, or other expert) who can help design the right training plan for you.
Rock The Ridge is pleased to recommend the following coach for individuals or teams looking for experienced training support:
LISA SMITH-BATCHEN - Official Training Coach
Lisa Smith-Batchen is a world renowned elite ultra runner, ironman competitor and adventure racer. She is still the ONLY American to win the Marathon des Sables, and has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon, considered one of the toughest races in the world. She is also the first and only person to ever have run 50 miles a day in 50 states in the USA in 62 days!
Lisa is also a proven coach and motivator whose knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition has helped hundreds of individuals achieve their specific goals. For more on Lisa’s coaching program and to arrange a consultation, visit Lisa on her website.
Says Lisa, “Rock The Ridge is an exciting event. Whether you are focused on walking the course with a team, or running it for a leading time, my on-line coaching programs are customized to help you achieve your individual goals.”
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