On the Run: Father/daughter bonding over 50 miles
by Pete Colaizzo
As the father of four daughters, it's impossible to calculate how many recreational activities Mike Kristofik participated in with them during their formative years, as he and his wife raised them in Rhinebeck. Now that his children are all grown up and moved on to their adult lives, those days are most certainly a distant memory for Dr. Mike, the amiable Hyde Park dentist.
Earlier this spring, though, Kristofik found a way to reconnect with his daughter Lisa — one mile at a time. Kristofik and his daughter participated in the Rock the Ridge 50-mile endurance challenge in Ulster County. The duo completed the long-distance event through the beautiful trails of the Mohonk Preserve and beyond in the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge of the Catskills. It was an effort that took all day and some of the night — but it made for a memory that will last a lifetime. Read more...
Staying Power: Rock The Ridge 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge at Mohonk Preserve
New Paltz Times. March 5, 2015.
by Sharyn Flanagan
"It's not as daunting as it may seem," says Ken Posner, co-director of Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge set to take place on Saturday, May 2 at Mohonk Preserve. "I did my first 50-miler about 12 years ago, and I didn't know if I could do it. It was exciting to discover that I could cover this distance without being any kind of special athlete, and the big surprise was that it was something that a lot of people can do. Part of what is exciting about ultramarathons is that people discover they can do more than they thought they could." Read more...
Best of Hudson Valley: New Adventure Race
Hudson Valley Magazine. October 2013.
ROCK THE RIDGE 50-MILE CHALLENGE, New Paltz.
The name of this unusual endurance event, which debuted this year, may be enough to scare off some would-be participants. But close to 188 hardy souls took on the challenge of either walking or running 50 miles of the Mohonk Preserve's scenic-but-strenuous trails and carriage roads in 24 hours or less. A wide range of athletes, from ultramarathoners to weekend warriors, took part in the event, which doubles as a fund-raiser for the preserve. Despite tired legs - and several bear sightings - the challenge proved successful on both fronts: 90 percent of the entrants finished on time, and more than $100,000 was added to the preserve's coffers. 845.255.0919; www.mohonkpreserve.org. See article online.
A 50-Mile Run Debuts in N.Y.
The Wall Street Journal. May 3, 2013.
By Sara Germano
Fifty miles—it's the distance John F. Kennedy believed Americans should be fit enough to cover on foot, an idea he popularized 50 years ago. On Saturday in Ulster County, some 220 people are expected to attempt that feat in a new race, launched to support the Mohonk Preserve.
The Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Challenge is the brainchild of Ken Posner and Norman Goluskin, distance-running veterans who hope this race will stand out for welcoming people of all fitness abilities. See full article online.
Roger on Running: Running for the Environment - Rock the Ridge and Run the Park
Runner's World. January 23, 2013.
By Roger Robinson
In the original story of Pheidippides, the big moment comes when the running messenger meets Pan, the goat-footed Nature god, who asks him to tell the city people of Greece that they have been negligent in their worship. So it was a runner who made contact between wild nature and human civilisation, a runner who reminded humans of their responsibilities toward the natural environment. I want to celebrate some 21st century running events that do the same.
The Rock the Ridge Endurance Challenge on May 6 is a new trail race/run/walk/relay on the Shawangunk Ridge, 90 miles north of New York City, a spectacular unspoiled landscape that the Nature Conservancy designated “one of the earth's last great places.” The Ridge is a long, 200ft high hog's back of rock and forest that stands between the wide tamed spaces of the Hudson Valley and the wild heaving mountains of the Catskills. It's a place of high bare cliffs and deep tree-filled gullies, glacial lakes and waterfalls, rocky creeks and tall oaks, concealed caves, vast vistas, and towering falcons, a place that often gives you the sense that it has scarcely changed since the dinosaurs. See full article online.