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.
2023 Calendar of Events
Manitou's Revenge - 54-mile Ultramarathon - Phoenicia, NY - June 24-5, 2023
Cat's Tail Marathon - Phoenicia, NY - September 30, 2023
HHNM Meadow and Trails 5k - Free for Young Runners - Cornwall, NY - October 21, 2023
Pocantico Hills Marathon and Half Marathon - Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Sleepy Hollow, NY - November 11, 2023
Sterling Furnace Half Marathon - September 2020 - $1,250 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $1,250 for Sterling Forest State Park
Special fundraising project for Gobblers Knob 113-acre Acquisition for the Long Path - April 2021 - $11,000 contribution
SRT Run - 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
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum 5k - October 2021 - $1,800 raised to pay for 40 young runners to participate for free
Sterling Furnace Half Marathon - September 2021 -- $1,290 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $1,290 for Sterling Forest State Park
Pocantico Hills Marathon - November 2021 -- $17,500 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $17,650 for the Friends of Rockefeller State Park
SRT Run - September 2022 -- $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
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum 5k - October 2022 - $3,000 raised to pay for 75 young runners to participate for free
Pocantico Hills Marathon - November 2022 -- $12,350 raised for the NY-NJ Trail Conference and $12,350 for the Friends of Rockefeller State Park
About Us: Board of Directors
Kenneth Posner (Board Chair) is a financial analyst, runner, writer, and Ulster County resident. He has completed 100 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 Catskills Grid. He has also completed the Adirondack High Peaks and the John Muir Trail barefoot. 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).
Alan Davidson. At dawn, on any given morning, you will find Alan running miles and miles around the dirt roads of the Western Catskills or the dirt roads of Kenya when he's traveling for work. He's also a trail runner, hiker, trail maintainer, and race volunteer across the Hudson Valley. He's competed in a number of road and trail races in the Northeast, from local 5ks to a 100 mile ultramarathon. When he's not running, Alan is the Executive Director of the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KenSAP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit college access and career development program which assists high-achieving, low-income students from Kenya in pursuing higher education opportunities at the best universities in the world. In addition, he is the Board Chair of the Shamiri Institute, an organization which develops and scales accessible mental health interventions for young people across the Global South, a Trustee at the Education For All Children (EFAC) Trust in Kenya, and an Advisor to several other education-related NGOs on the African Continent.
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.
Kevin Rader is an environmental engineer and avid trail runner. One could say that the natural environment plays a major role in both his professional and social life. When he isn’t balancing chemical equations or applying mathematical models in the office, he is off in the woods or the mountains trying to capture a fraction of the awesome beauty of nature in photographs or in lines of poetry. As a member of the Run Wild Board, Kevin seeks to connect with people through various races, runs, and other events to share his love of nature.