High Point Monument, southern terminus of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail
Welcome to the Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run
The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 70-mile hiking trail that traverses the entire length of the Shawangunk Mountains, from High Point State Park in New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends just beyond a restored railroad trestle 140 feet above the Rondout Creek. Along the way, the SRT passes through rolling hills, wetlands, rare dwarf pine barrens, sky lakes, waterfalls, and the distinctive white conglomerate cliffs of the Shawangunk Mountains uplifted almost 300 million years ago. From vantage points in these mountains, some 2,000 feet above the Hudson Valley, you’ll experience views that cover five states and reach more than 100 miles on a clear day. Because of its scenic beauty and rare ecosystems, the Nature Conservancy has identified this ridge as “one of Earth’s last great places.”
We created this event to celebrate the preservation of the Shawangunks, or the “Gunks” as they are also called, and to encourage people to come out and experience their natural beauty.
Magical trail across rugged mountainous terrain, rare environment, spectacular views
Adventurous "minimalist" unsupported format
Generous cut-offs in the 30-mile and Half Marathon for runners and fit hikers
The 70-mile race is appropriate only for experienced trail runners with a solid base
Festive finish line with food & drink, music, t-shirts, finisher medals, ceremonial tomahawk awards for first place male and female in each division
Schedule of Events
Race start: 6:30pm or 8:00pm, Friday, Sep 8th, 2023
Start Location: High Point Monument, High Point State Park, NJ
Shuttle bus leaves muni lot behind Rosendale Theater: 4:30pm
Race start: 9:00am, Saturday, Sep 9th, 2023
Start Location: Sam's Point Preserve Visitors Center, Cragsmoor, NY
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 7:45am
Race start: 10:30am, Saturday, Sep 9th, 2023
Start Location: Peter's Kill Area, Minnewaska State Park
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 9:30am
Please note: there are no packets to pick up. Race bibs will be handed out before you board the bus or at your race start (if you get dropped off there instead of taking the bus). T-shirts will be available at the finish line.
70-milers who reach checkpoint #3 (Route 52) before 5:00 AM will be held
up and released at 5:00 AM, with any waiting time deducted from their
70-milers must pass checkpoint #3 (Route 52) by 11:30am
70- and 30-milers must pass checkpoint #4 (Jenny Lane/Rt 44-55) by 4:30pm
All participants must pass checkpoint #5 (Coxing Kill parking area) by 6:30pm
All participants must pass checkpoint #6 (Spring Farm) by 8:30pm
The race concludes at 12:00am (midnight), which is the final cutoff for all distances.
There are a couple of interactive course maps which will allow you to see your position relative to the SRT at any time, and cellphone coverage is not required. The apps are simple to use, but make sure to familiarize yourself with them prior to the race, and you must of course manage your phone's battery power (extra batteries or a charger is highly recommended).
Online map showing start points, finish, checkpoint locations, and elevation profile is available HERE.
Or in the AllTrails phone app, search for and load the "SRT"
In the Avenza app store, search for "SRT Run/Hike 2019" or you can use this URL: https://www.avenzamaps.com/a/a5uor2
Warning: Minimalist Format
The event has multiple checkpoints to ensure participant safety, but it is unsupported. You must therefore bring your own food and water filter (or other water purification technology), change of clothes, navigation tools, etc.
The trail is well blazed, and key intersections are marked with the SRT disk, but there will be no supplemental race markings. Runners in particular must pay attention to blazes to avoid missing a turn. No special navigational skills are required beyond the ability to follow blazes, and if necessary, refer to a map. To simplify navigation, we suggest you utilize the following tools:
The Trail Conference provides a free map app for your Android or iPhone which allows you to see your position relative to the SRT at any time, and cellphone coverage is not required. Once you've downloaded the app, search for the free "SRT Run/Hike 2019" map. The app is simple to use, but make sure to familiarize yourself with it prior to the race, and you must of course manage your phone's battery power (extra batteries or a charger are recommended) and waterproof your device in case of rain.
Check out this video interview with four of our 70-mile winners for tips on unsupported racing
Be advised that this is a rugged hiking trail that traverses a
wide variety of terrain. Some sections are rocky, with
difficult footing, squeezes, or scrambles.
No pacers, no support crew, no drop bags, no resupply
caches allowed. Carry it in, carry it out.
Distinctive SRT shirts for registered participants (shirts may not be available for late registrants)
Unique medals for all finishers
Special "barefoot" pin for runners wearing sandals, Vibram Five Fingers, or who barefoot it
Completion certificates for 70-mile finishers
First place male and female finishers in each division receive a ceremonial tomahawk as a symbol of fitness and connection to the land, and as a tribute to the explorers, hunters, scouts, Rangers, and Native Americans who moved through the wilderness without aid or support in times gone by.
All race parking is at the finish in Rosendale. There is no parking whatsoever at any of the race start locations.
70-milers will park at the Joppenbergh Mountain trailhead lot, behind the Rosendale Theater (and near the gazebo). 30-milers and Half Marathoners will park at the Binnewater Kiln trailhead parking area. See the "Schedule of Events" section above for GPS links to these locations.
We provide shuttle buses from the finish line to each division's start point. You may purchase a shuttle ticket during the registration process. To avoid this cost, you are welcome to be be dropped off at the start by a friend, but you may not park there. If your plans change and you need to purchase a shuttle ticket after you've already registered, you can do so by returning to the UltraSignup registration page and clicking on the Store (shopping cart) icon.
Sorry, there are no refunds due to cancellations, and no deferrals or transfers.
As part of the registration process, please consider making an optional donation to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the not-for-profit organization which created the Shawangunk Ridge Trail, and whose volunteers maintain the SRT and 2,100+ miles of other trails in the Hudson Valley. If you love trails, you should get involved in and support this organization! You can also make donations to the Search and Rescue teams which support the event (they are volunteer organizations) or Run Wild
Male - Russ Dresher, 16:22:52 (2021), Female - Katlin Rhodes, 19:12:03 (2021)
50 Mile (no longer offered)
Male - Przemyslaw Strokon,11:29:32 (2019), Female - Joanna Mrowka, 13:47:54 (2019)
Male - Jake Stookey, 4:25:11 (2019), Female - Kate Mingle, 6:03:46 (2021)
Male - Daichi Inoue,1:56:37 (2018), Female - Vanessa Shea, 2:28:24 (2021)
Results, Photos and Race Reports
2022 RESULTS 70M 30M Half
Race Report by 70-mile Winner Russ Dresher Race Report by 70-mile finisher Mike Morton Race Report by 70-mile finisher Mike Valentino Race Report by 30-mile Finisher Barbara Evans Race Report by 70-mile Runner Kate Shumeyko Race Report by 30-miler Glenn Whitefield Photos by Steve Aaron: 70-Mile Start Coxing/High Peterskill
2021 RESULTS 70M 30M Half
Race Report by 70-mile Winner Russ Dresher Race Report by 70-miler father-son duo Brian & Bradley Mott Race Report by 30-mile Barefoot Runner Su Mittra 30-mile Race Report by Glenn Whitefield
2019 RESULTS 70M 50M 30M Half
Race Director's Report Race Report by 70-mile winner Ben Leese Race Report by 70-mile finisher Jessica Velez Race Report by 30-mile winner Jake Stookey
Photos by Tom Bushey Photos by Steve Aaron: Roosa Gap Tower Castle Point Minnewaska Finish Area
2018 RESULTS 70M 50M 30M Half
Race Director's Report Race Report by 70-mile winner Andrew Wilkens Race Report by 70-mile winner Jaime Peca 70-mile Race Report by Ben Leese 30-mile Race Report by Bill Hoffman
30-mile Race Report by Jake Stookey 30-mile Race Report by Tom Dils
Photos by Tom Bushey Photos by Steve Aaron
2017 RESULTS 70M 50M 30M Half
2017 Race Director's Report 2017 Photos from Tom Bushey
Race Report by 70-mile winner Time Ela Race Report by Bill Hoffman Race Report by Jake Stookey Race Report by Shawn Bubany Race Report by Su Mittra Race Report by Jean Marie Race Report by Zack Price
2016 RESULTS 70M 50M 30M Half
2016 Race Director's Report Race Report by Alan Davidson Race Report by Joey Rollins Race Repot by Jeffery Hayes
2015 Results 2015 Race Director's Report Race Report by Kevin Russell
Where to Stay
The following link from our friends at Mohonk Preserve includes suggested places to stay: where to stay
Tom Bushey Photography
Steve Aaron Photography