The 2013 High Rock Challenge Adventure Race
Watch the 2013 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance and read the Staten Island Advance Article
Saturday, April 27
New this year is the Sunday, April 28 Solo Sprint 5-K along a portion of the High Rock Challenge Course.
Welcome back to our corporate sponsor
“New” location: This year’s High Rock Challenge will have its start/finish at the Henry Kaufmann Camp Grounds on Manor Road. This is a different location from the past several years but the site of the very first High Rock Challenges eleven years ago! Parking and other race details will be posted shortly. But please share a ride or consider taking public transportation to alleviate traffic.
The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race is held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly. Two-member teams must run together at all times and compete in mystery mystery events, which are located throughout the approximately 10-K (and no longer than 13-K) course. Mystery events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork as well as mental and physical acumen. Events are not revealed until race day when you’re on the course. The HRC was begun in 2001 when the New York Adventure Racing Association (NYARA) partnered with the Greenbelt Conservancy and New York City Parks to present the Greenbelt’s inaugural trail-running event. Although the first race exceeded our expectations and attracted over 100 runners, the 2012 race had 1400 registered runners and was sold out well in advance of race day. Proceeds from the High Rock Challenge help support Greenbelt trail maintenance and environmental education programs.
8:00 AM staggered start; various start times will be assigned when you register. Several of the early morning heats have been filled for 2013. You can select a start time when you register on-line.
What to Bring:
1. Race materials you received – your race bib and timing chip (one chip per team and try not to get it too wet on race day!) at the packet pick-up (see below).
2. Towel, change of clothes, and shoes, if you plan to stay for a while to socialize and enjoy refreshments.
3. Bring your own water bottle to carry along the course; we are reducing use of disposable cups on the trails.
What not to Bring:
Do not run with your phone, mp3 player or anything else that should not get wet or lost (such as jewelry). There is a bag check at the start line for storing things but we do not recommend leaving anything valuable in your bag.
Should you need help along the course, our race marshalls will have radios and phones to get you assistance; they are trained to do this.
Two person team: $150.00 per team (before April 1) REGISTRATION FEE INCREASES AFTER “EARLY BIRD” PERIOD. GO TO REGISTRATION SITE FOR DETAILS.
Two person student team: $120.00 (both students must be under 18 years of age)
Members of Greenbelt Conservancy, NYARA, SI Athletic Club, Richmond Rockets and Active Military personnel: $140.00 per team
What You Get:
In addition to an exhilarating outdoor adventure and well earned bragging rights, your race fee includes chip timing and bib, high quality wicking tee shirt, take-a-ways, course design, markings and mystery challenges, course assistance should you require it, race day festivities, refreshments and beverages. Your race fee helps support Staten Island Greenbelt trail maintenance and park stewardship. Thank you!
Race bib and tee shirt pick-up:
Thursday, April 25, 2013. LOCATION AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED – STAY TUNED
Our 2013 High Rock Challenge Sponsors and Supporters
Northfield Bank, Corporate Sponsor
Manhattan Beer Distributors
Boy Scouts of America/Pouch Camp
Assemblyman Michael Cusick
Framboise Catering at Colony Hall
Ferrero Rocher Choc0lates/Nutella
Next Level Peformance
Henry Kaufman Campgrounds
Kayak Staten Island
Kelly Tree Management
Councilman James Oddo
One-on-One Physical Therapy
Race Management Group
Staten Island Athletic Club (SIAC)
Volunteer Heart Ambulance of Staten Island
About the High Rock Challenge
Teams consisting of two must run together at all times and compete in mystery events, which are located throughout the approximately 10-K (and no longer than 13-K) course. Mystery events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork as well as mental and physical acumen. Events are not revealed until race day when you’re on the course.
The High Rock Challenge remains Staten Island’s only adventure race; it attracts athletes of all stripes who turn out each April to test their physical and mental abilities, senses of humor and trail-running legs. The race course is almost entirely along the Greenbelt’s rugged trail system. Navigating your way, by following course markers, is considered part of the challenge.
Hundreds of spectators, volunteers and support staff cheer runners at central points along the route and at the finish line making this event popular with sponsors. All Greenbelt and NYARA races are professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and wicking tee shirts are provided for runners.
PAST RACE RESULTS – 2012
View and purchase race photos here: a portion of proceeds will go to the race presenters (Greenbelt Conservancy and NYARA)
Three additional trails races take place in the Greenbelt
- Fall Flat 5K in November
- The Trail Run Festival in December – 5, 10, 25 & 50 K options
- Cold Feat 10 K in February