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Map of our Trail System made possible with funding from the Staten Island Foundation

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

Our website is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the

Staten Island Foundation

Register Now: 2015 High Rock Challenge – Voted 2014 Readers’ Choice “Best Running Event” by the SI ADVANCE readers

The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race

Race day: Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2015

Train with us on Saturday mornings beginning March 21 through April 18 – High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306 – share a ride and drive carefully on this residential street.

PLEASE NOT THAT, DUE TO WEATHER, MARCH 21 TRAINING HAS BEEN CANCELED

Join us once again for dynamic Saturday morning training sessions to get you in High Rock Challenge shape.  Experienced trainers from Next Level Performance will be lead group sessions of running, climbing, jumping, crawling and whatever else it takes to get ready for race day!  These sessions are free and no registration is required.

GO HERE TO REGISTER FOR 2015 RACE

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.

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.

Staggered Start Time (your start time is assigned when you register):
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 2015 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
  • NYC Parks
  • Thank You to Our Supporters

    Northfield Bank, event sponsor

    Richmond University Medical Center, trail series sponsor

  • Con Edison
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Empire Graphics
  • Kelly Family
  • Assemblyman Michael Cusick
  • Borough President James Oddo
  • One on One Physical Therapy
  • Next Level Performance
  • Ferrero Rocher Chocolates & Nutella
  • Boy Scouts of America/Pouch Camp
  • Richmond University Medical Center
  • Fidelis Care
  • Our Amazing Volunteers!
  • 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 skills

    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

    2014 Race Results Here

    2014 Race Photos are Here on the Greenbelt Conservancy’s facebook Page

    GO HERE FOR AWESOME 2014 VIDEO COVERAGE

    BY ANTHONY DEPRIMO/SI ADVANCE

    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

    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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