Register Now: 2015 High Rock Challenge – Voted 2014 Readers’ Choice “Best Running Event” by the SI ADVANCE readers
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
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.
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.
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.
Northfield Bank, event sponsor
Richmond University Medical Center, trail series sponsor
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
Watch the 2013 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance and read the Staten Island Advance Article
Three additional trails races take place in the Greenbelt:
- Fall Flat 5K in November
- The Trail Run Festival in December – 10, 25 & 50K options
- Cold Feat 10K in February