2018 High Rock Challenge Results and Media Coverage

Save the date for the 2019 High Rock Challenge on Saturday, April 27

Below are highlights from our 2018 event

Click here for video, photos and recap from the 

Staten Island Advance 

Click here for photos of the kayak portion of the race by Run & Shoot Photography

Click here for photos of the Ranger Ropes/Cable Crossing challenge by Matthew Miner 

More Ranger Ropes/Cable Crossing photos by Jackie Squicciarine are here.

Live Results Link is here for 2018 Race Day


Supporting the Greenbelt Conservancy

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

Race course is throughout the Greenbelt trail system!

Click here: RACE DAY GUIDELINES

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. Go here to view videos from past High Rock Challenge races.  

The 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 maintenance.  Our runners are stewards of the trail system, helping to keep it alive while respecting its fragile ecosystem.

Local runners have voted the High Rock Challenge as Staten Island’s favorite and most popular running event! 

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 organization that provides trail maintenance and environmental education programs in the Greenbelt.

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

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Click here for race results from 2017

2016 Race Results Here

Read the 2016 Staten Island Advance article by Lauren Steussy and view the picture gallery here

Read about 9 inspirational people in this 2016 Staten Island Advance article by Lauren Steussy

2016 wheelbarrow activity photos by Matthew Miner here

VISIT THE HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE FACEBOOK PAGE and

RUN AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR 2016 & 2015 PHOTOS.

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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, post race entertainment and refreshments including beer for those over the age of 21 (identification required),  access for free race photos.   Your race fee helps support nonprofit Greenbelt Conservancy, which works in partnership with NYC parks to care for the Greenbelt’s  trails and open space.  Thank you!

Award Categories

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

Thank You to Our 2018 Supporters

One on One Physical Therapy

Manhattan Beer Distributors

Run and Shoot Photography
Port Richmond CERT
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Con Edison

Empire Graphics

Staten Island Giving Circle

Limitless Fitness

Trader Joe’s and Costco

The Spine and Pain Institute

Bai Water, Pruvit,

Munk Pack and Fidelis Care

New York Road Runners (NYRR)

Boy Scouts of America

Kayak Staten Island

Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds

Victory Archers

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.

Links to Past Race Results/Photos

High Rock Challenge Photos through the Years on The Greenbelt Conservancy’s facebook Page

2015 Race Results Here

Read the 2015 Staten Island Advance article by Kathryn Carse and view the picture gallery here

Watch the 2015 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

Visit the HIGH ROCK CHALLENGE FACEBOOK PAGE and

RUN AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY FACEBOOK PAGE to view 2015 photos.

Visit THE GREENBELT CONSERVANCY FACEBOOK PAGE for 2015 Finish Line Album 1 of 2.

Visit THE GREENBELT CONSERVANCY FACEBOOK PAGE for 2015 Finish Line Album 2 of 2.

2014 Race Results Here

Read the 2014 Staten Island Advance article by Vincent Barone and view the picture gallery here

Watch the 2014 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

2013 Race Results Here

Read the 2013 Staten Island Advance article by Jillian Jorgensen and view the picture gallery here

Watch the 2013 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

2012 Race Results Here

Read the 2012 Staten Island Advance article by Joelle M. Morrison and view the picture gallery here

Watch the 2012 video by Anthony DePrimo/Staten Island Advance

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

Read the 2011 Staten Island Advance article by Joelle M. Morrison and view the picture gallery here

Watch the 2011 NY1.com video

2010 Race Results Here

2010 and 2009 Race Photos Here


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