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Natural Resources

The Greenbelt’s natural and “Forever Wild” areas support rare habitats such as wetlands, forests, woodlands, meadows, and native rare plant species.  They are accessible through our extensive trail system located in an urban setting. Read more about how this precious resource is managed and cared for.

 

Greenbelt Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Become a member; support and donate. We thank you.

GIFT IDEA

"High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City's Largest Park," Go here to learn more and to purchase a copy.

High Rock Challenge Adventure Race

There are points during the race when you might be tethered to your partner!

The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2015

Registration is now open for 2015

GO HERE TO REVIEW 2014 RACE RESULTS

GO HERE FOR AWESOME VIDEO COVERAGE BY ANTHONY DEPRIMO/SI ADVANCE

Thank you to

Northfield Bank, event sponsor

RICHMOND UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, trail series sponsor

This year’s race is dedicated to Peter McPolin,

a friend of the High Rock Challenge,

who passed away in 2014


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.   Proceeds from the High Rock Challenge help support Greenbelt trail maintenance and environmental education programs.

Visit our Calendar of Events for trail runs and training clinics weekends beginning March 15 - sponsored by Next Level Performance

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments and directing runners with challenges. Multiple locations and start times.   To volunteer for any of our events you must be age 14 and up/under 14 with an adult.  If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by calling: 718-667-2165, ext. 311, or email Jeanne.Paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

Start Time:
8:00 AM staggered start; various start times will be assigned when you register. 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.

Race Fees:
GO HERE FOR 2014 race fees

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:
There is a race-bag and race chip/number pick-up a couple of days before race day.  Location and times will be announced in mid-April.

Award Categories:

  • Mixed Pair Team (Co-Ed 1st, 2nd, 3rd place)
  • Male Team Overall
  • Female Team Overall
  • Masters (Both Runners over 50)
  • Youth (Both Runners under 18)
  • Collective Masters (highest combined ages)
  • Collective Youth (lowest combined ages)
  • Best Dressed (Get Creative!)
  • NYPD
  • FDNY
  • 2014 SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS (to date)
  • Northfield Bank, event sponsor

    Richmond University Medical Center, trail series sponsor

  • Con Edison
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Empire Graphics
  • Kelly Family
  • Nth Degree Innovations
  • Assemblyman Michael Cusick
  • Borough President James Oddo
  • One on One Physical Therapy
  • Next Level Performance
  • Nature’s Bakery
  • Harvest Snaps
  • Ferrero Rocher Chocolates & Nutella
  • Boy Scouts of America/Pouch Camp
  • Richmond University Medical Center
  • Fidelis Care
  • Verrazano CrossFit
  • Our Amazing Volunteers!
  • 2013 Race Results Here
  • Watch the 2013 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance and read the Staten Island Advance Article

    2013 Race Photos Here – Greenbelt Conservancy facebook Page

  • 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. This race will be professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and wicking tee shirts are provided for runners.

    Past Race Results/Photos

    2012 Race Results Here

    Log on to our facebook page for 2012 race photos

    Visit Studiomagiconline to view and purchase race photos

    Watch the 2012 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

    Read the 2012 Staten Island Advance article

    Read a first hand account of the 2012 race by Andrea Boyarsky/Staten Island Advance

    Watch the 2012 NY1.com video


    2011 Race Results Here

    Log on to our facebook page for 2011 race photos

    View and purchase race photos here: a portion of proceeds will go to the race presenters

    Watch the 2011 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

    Read the 2011 Staten Island Advance article

    Watch the 2011 NY1.com video

    2010 Race Results Here

    2010 Race Photos Here


    Go here to view Greenbelt trail race photos from past years.

    Three additional trails races take place in the Greenbelt:

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