Run Wild, Inc. is a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to raise funds for land conservation and stewardship in the Hudson Valley and beyond, by organizing running races and through other fundraising activities.
About Us: Board of Directors
Kenneth Posner (Board Chair) is a financial analyst, runner, writer, and Ulster County resident. He has completed in excess of 90 marathons and ultramarathons and has set fastest known time records for the 350-mile Long Path and the 294-mile Badwater Double. As a hiker, he has completed the Adirondacks High Peaks, the Catskills Grid, and the John Muir Trail. He wrote an account of his Long Path thru-run entitled "Running the Long Path: A Journey of Discovery in New York's Hudson Valley" and publishes a blog at www.thelongbrownpath.com. Ken is an advocate of land preservation and stewardship and serves as a volunteer and a director with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. He is race director for the Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run (www.srtrun.com).
Heidi Fuhrman (Board Secretary) has been running all her life and often can be encountered scouting long distance trails in the wilds of the Hudson Valley, and working with organizations like Run Wild to promote running and environmental objectives. When not running, Heidi has had a career as an international litigation lawyer and legal author based in NYC and Westchester. Heidi also has focused her talents on fine art photography -- her images have been featured at museums, private galleries and public spaces in NYC and the Hudson Valley, and in arts and culture magazines and environmental publications. Hudson Valley state parks, land trusts and photography organizations often have invited Heidi to share her enthusiasm for the environment and photography, by leading photography walks, tours and trips. She has served in a wide range of nonprofit advisory and leadership positions, including on the Board of Run Wild, on the Board and as President of the largest photographers’ organization in Westchester, as a Trustee of Manhattanville College (and as President of its Alumni Association), and as President of the high school PTA in Chappaqua.
Charlie Gadol is a pathologist working in the Hudson Valley and a lifelong runner and hiker. He directs a couple of gnarly trail races in the Catskill Mountains, including the 54-mile Manitou's Revenge Ultramarathon and the Cat's Tail Trail Marathon, and is the creator and race director for the Sterling Furnance 1/2 Marathon, which is a new fundraiser race benefiting New York State Parks and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. A 1979 graduate of Yale College, and a 1984 graduate of UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School, Charlie has also completed a degree in English at Rutgers and a masters in writing and literature at Bennington. He serves as a trail maintainer and a board member for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and is a proud grandparent.
Todd Jennings is a native of Syracuse, NY, a graduate of Clarkson University, and a long-time Hudson Valley resident, where he now makes his living as a full-time real estate agent, helping buyers and sellers to the finish line of their real estate transactions. A runner since the age of 16, Todd has competed in nearly 200 road and trail races over the years. He is also an avid hiker, and in 2010 he completed all 240+ miles of the marked and maintained trails of Harriman State Park in one season. As a race director, Todd has organized events ranging from 5k's to 50-milers, many of which have benefitted conservation causes including the the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, Open Space Institute, Preserve Hudson Valley, and the Palisades Park Conservancy. Todd was a co-founder and original race director for Rock The Ridge, which has raised in excess of $1 million for the Mohonk Preserve. In 2012, he ran the entire length of New York’s Hudson River (318 miles), raising over $17,000 for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. In addition to his other life pursuits, Todd is also deeply passionate about music, and has favorite artists and albums in virtually every genre.
2021 Calendar of Events
SRT Race - September 10-11, 2021
Sterling Furnace Half Marathon - September 18, 2021
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Meadows & Trails 5k - October 23, 2021(young runners sign up here)
Pocantico Hills Marathon - November 13, 2021
Sterling Furnace Half Marathon - September 2020 - $1,250 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $1,250 for Friends of the Palisades
Gobblers Knob 113-acre Acquisition for the Long Path - April 2021 - $11,000 contribution
SRT Race - September 2021 -- $1,000 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $1,000 raised for New Jersey Search and Rescue and Sam's Point Search and Rescue