2017 High Rock Challenge: Registration is Now Open for Staten Island’s most popular running event!




Staten’s Island’s Favorite Running Event!

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The High Rock Challenge 10K Adventure Race

Supporting the Greenbelt Conservancy

 2017 Race Day: Saturday, April 29 – Staggered Start Time:  9 am

Start/finish: Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, Staten Island, NY

Race course is throughout the Greenbelt trail system!

Stay tuned for the April dates for our outdoor training sessions hosted by Monkey Bar Gym, the official gym sponsor of the High Rock Challenge.  We will be posting shortly.

The High Rock Challenge is where two-member teams run together along Greenbelt trails competing in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately 10K course. Events are designed to encourage teamwork as well as physical and mental stamina. Events are not revealed until race day when you’re on the course.

The High Rock Challenge course is scenic and rustic. You will encounter single track trails, rugged terrain, streams and ponds, inclines/declines, and incredible vistas – especially for New York City! The Greenbelt is protected parkland that requires much care and maintenace.  Our runners are stewards of the trail system, helping to keep it alive while respecting its fragile ecosystem.

The race is held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly.  Proceeds from the High Rock Challenge help support the Greenbelt Conservancy, a non-profit organizaiton that provides trail maintenance and environmental education programs in the Greenbelt.

Train with us! Help us welcome to Monkey Bar Gym, the official gym sponsor of this year’s High Rock Challenge. MGB will be hosting indoor training sessions this winter, followed by outdoor sessions in High Rock Park in late March and April. Stay tuned for dates and details.

PHOTOS: Visit the Run and Shoot Photography Facebook page here to scroll down and view photos from last year’s event.

A Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments and directing runners with challenges. Multiple locations and start times are available for 2017.   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 volunteer@sigreenbelt.org

Go here to read SILIVE coverage & see link to race results 

 Go here for photos by Matthew Miner from wheelbarrow activity 



2015 High Rock Challenge Race Results

Read the 2015 Staten Island Advance article by Kathryn Carse and watch the Staten Island Advance video by Anthony DePrimo here


What to Bring with you on race day

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
2. Towel, change of clothes, and shoes, if you plan to stay for a while to socialize and enjoy refreshments. There will be a free bag-check area.
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 with you on race day
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.

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, finisher’s medal, 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!

Award Categories

Male Team Overall
Female Team Overall
Co-ed Team Overall
Masters (Both Runners over 50)
Youth (Both Runners under 18)
Parent and Child Team
Best Dressed (Get Creative!)
Educators (both team members are teachers)

Thank You to Our Supporters

Manhattan Beer Distributors
One on One Physical Therapy
Monkey Bar Gym
Port Richmond CERT
Empire Graphics
Fidelis Care
Kelly Family
Assemblyman Michael Cusick
Borough President James Oddo
Metropolitan Fire
Nature’s Bakery – Energy for Life’s Great Journeys
Ferrero Rocher Chocolates & Nutella
Run and Shoot Photography
Staten Island Advance/silive.com
Volunteer Heart Ambulance
Our Amazing Volunteers!

About the High Rock Challenge

Teams consisting of two  must run together at all times and compete in mystery events/challenges, 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.  Never follow the runners in front of you; their wrong turn could become yours adding time and distance to your run.

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



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.