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This event is a production of Run Wild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organized under the laws of the State of New York whose mission is to support environmental conservation in the Hudson Valley and beyond

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

  • Point-to-point traverse

  • 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


70 Mile
Race start: 6:30pm or 7:30
pm, Friday, Sep 8th, 2023
Start Location: High Point Monument, High Point State Park, NJ
Shuttle bus leaves muni lot behind Rosendale Theater: 4:30pm
Note: To request the 7:30 start, please email posnerk@gmail.com.

30 Mile
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

Half Marathon
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.

Cut-offs

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

finishing time.

  • 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.

 


Maps

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).


AllTrails

  • Online map showing start points and finish is available HERE.

  • Or in the AllTrails phone app, search for and load the "SRT"

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GPX file 



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.



Recognition

  • 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.


Transportation

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.



Cancellations

Sorry, there are no refunds due to cancellations, and no deferrals or transfers.


Optional Donations

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



Course Records


70 Mile    

Male - Jordan Snyder, 15:40:05*(2023) and Russ Dresher, 16:22:52 (2021), Female - Katlin Rhodes, 19:12:03 (2021)
*Modified course

50 Mile (no longer offered)   

Male - Przemyslaw Strokon,11:29:32 (2019), Female - Joanna Mrowka, 13:47:54 (2019)


30 Mile   

Male - Jake Stookey, 4:25:11 (2019), Female - Kate Mingle, 6:03:46 (2021)


Half Marathon   

Male - Daichi Inoue,1:56:37 (2018), Female - Katherine Jonas, 2:23:20 (2023)   



Results, Photos and Race Reports


2023 RESULTS   70M  30M  Half
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hotos: Division Winners  Steve Aaron Photography: 70-Mile Start  30-Mile Start  Rainbow Falls Trail/Litchfield Ledge    
Patrick Durante's youtube video and blog   Christa Sidoti's Instagram Post  Jodi Richard's blog 70-mile female winner Rebecca Perrotto's race report   

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

2014 Results  


Where to Stay

The following link from our friends at Mohonk Preserve includes suggested places to stay:  where to stay

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Tom Bushey Photography

Steve Aaron Photography

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