Staten’s Island’s Favorite Running Event!
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!
FREE TRAINING: Saturdays at 10:30 am – April 1, 8, 15 & 22. Get ready for race day with Monkey Bar Gym, our official gym sponsor. Coaches and trainers will get you in great race day shape through strength and agility training – outdoors in the beautiful Greenbelt. You will run sections of the course to become familiar with trail running and all the fun it provides. Arrive early and be dressed for weather and workout. Bring your own water, and your sense of adventure! Feel free to bring a friend too. No RSVP is required. Meet at: Henry Kaufmann Campground, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
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 Monkey Bar Gym, the official gym sponsor of this year’s High Rock Challenge. MGB hosted indoor training sessions this winter, and will host outdoor sessions in High Rock Park starting in April as detailed above. See first paragraph for 2017 dates.
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 email@example.com
VISIT THE HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE FACEBOOK PAGE and
RUN AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR 2016 & 2015 PHOTOS.
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!
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
Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation
Run and Shoot Photography
Orange Theory Fitness
The Vitamin Shoppe
Staten Island Giving Circle
Trader Joe’s and Costco
Munk Pack and Fidelis Care
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.