Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running, or any combination thereof. The course winds along well-maintained carriage roads, through lush forests and over ridgelines with magnificent vistas. The Nature Conservancy has described this area as “one of Earth’s last great places.
Covering 50 miles in one stretch is a major achievement. But you don’t have to be a marathon runner.
The 24-hour time limit accommodates people with a wide range of abilities, including walkers and hikers, as well as joggers, runners, and ultramarathoners. We’ve hosted elite athletes as well as first-time 50-milers and relay teams that walked the entire distance. Whether you walk, run, or do a mixture of both, Rock The Ridge will be an accomplishment that you’ll be proud of for a long time!
Rock The Ridge is a fundraiser.
Rock The Ridge supports a great cause: preserving over 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Mountains region. We salute all Ridge Rockers, who since 2013 have collectively raised nearly $700,000 to support Mohonk Preserve and our award-winning conservation science, environmental education, and land protection and stewardship programs.
Primary parking for all Rock The Ridge participants will be at the Ulster County Fairgrounds on Libertyville Road in New Paltz, approximately two miles from the race start. A shuttle service will run between the main parking lot and the race Start/Finish area.