High Point Monument, southern terminus of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail
It’s with great disappointment that we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Shawangunk Ridge Trail race. The event has a long planning cycle, with 13 different permits, and at this time we don't have confidence in our ability to secure them all. Even if permits are issued, social distancing protocols would very likely need to be followed, adding many logistical challenges to what is already a complex event. Further, the unsupported format requires a major volunteer operation, and we feel that it's premature to ask people to commit when they may presently be dealing with other issues.
However, that being said, we are excited about holding the SRT Run in 2021, and look forward to seeing all of you there!
Additionally, we have some news to share: we are converting our organization to a not-for-profit 501(c)3 called Run Wild, Inc. Run Wild's purpose is to organize local running races and use the funds raised to support land preservation in the Hudson Valley and beyond. All funds from the SRT Run will now go to this cause.
Please watch your inbox for an email from UltraSignup, which will give you 3 options for the 2020 SRT:
- Refund of your registration fees and bus ticket
- Deferral to 2021
- Contribute your registration fees to Run Wild
Thanks for your understanding. We wish you a happy return to racing as soon as conditions allow. In the meantime, we invite you to come out and visit the Shawangunk Mountains and explore the SRT.
Ken Posner & Todd Jennings
Run Wild, Inc.
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 three hundred 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
70-mile and 50-mile races are appropriate only for experienced trail runners with a solid base
Festive finish line with food & drink, music, t-shirts, finishers 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 11th, 2020
Start Location: High Point Monument, High Point State Park, NJ
Shuttle bus leaves muni lot behind Rosendale Theater: 4:30pm
Race start: 6:00am, Saturday, Sep 12th, 2020
Start Location: DEC Boat Launch, South Rd, Wurtsboro, NY
Shuttle bus leaves muni lot behind Rosendale Theater: 4:25am
Race start: 9:00am, Saturday, Sep 12th, 2020
Start Location: Sam's Point Preserve Visitors Center, Cragsmoor, NY
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 7:45am
Race start: 10:30am, Saturday, Sep 12th, 2020
Start Location: Peter's Kill Area, Minnewaska State Park
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 9:35am
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 and 50-milers must pass checkpoint #3 (Route 52) by 11:30am
70, 50, 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
A GPX file is available upon request.
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 2018" 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.
Be advised 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 all registered participants
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. 70-mile and 50-milers will park at in the municipal lot behind the Rosendale Theater (near Joppenburgh Mountain trail head). 30-milers and Half Marathoners will park at the Binnewater Kiln. See the "Schedule of Events" section above for GPS links to these locations.
Parking at the start points is strongly discouraged due to limited space and hours. NOTE: We do not provide any post-race transportation from the finish line back to any of the start points.
We provide shuttle buses from the finish line to each division's start point. You may purchase a shuttle ticket for $15 during the registration process. To avoid this cost, you are welcome to be be dropped off at the start by a friend. 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.
Optional Donations to NY-NJ Trail Conference
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!
Male - Ben Leese, 16:28:16 (2019), Female - Melanie Mueller, 23:15:00 (2016)
Male - Przemyslaw Strokon,11:29:32 (2019), Female - Joanna Mrowka, 13:47:54 (2019)
Male - Jake Stookey, 4:25:11 (2019), Female - Catherine Ziemendorf, 6:51:00 (2016)
Male - Daichi Inoue,1:56:37 (2018), Female - Toni Schwarz, 2:38:33 (2018)
Results, Photos and Race Reports
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
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
Where to Stay
The following link from our friends at Mohonk Preserve includes suggested places to stay: where to stay
Many thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:
Tom Bushey Photography
Steve Aaron Photography