2016 High Rock Challenge 10K Trail/Obstacle Race
Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly who was killed in the line of duty, the High Rock Challenge is New York City's longest running obstacle race - going strong for 15 years!
Race bag pick-up will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 4 - 7 pm at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY. You may have a friend pick up your packet; just have them know the name under which you registered.
Race Day Guidelines will be emailed to you the week of April 25.
Bring your shoes to donate: We will be working with "Soles for Souls" and local Girl Scouts to collect used running shoes that will be cleaned and shared with impoverished communities around the world. Drop off your shoes Thursday or Saturday.
Race day guidelines will be emailed to runners a few days before race day.
Visit sigreenbelt.org to view photos from past High Rock Challenge races.
Train With Us Along Greenbelt Trails
Wednesday: Evening at 7 pm, join a fast-pace group trail run, and at 6 pm group group hikes go out from the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island. Approx. 5 mile course for both hike and run. No RSVP required - bring a headlamp.
Saturday Morning: Practice trail run with Staten Island Athletic Club (SIAC) - Meet with experienced High Rock Challenge runners for free practice runs along High Rock park trails, 200 Nevada Avenue. Check the Staten Island Atlhetic Club facebook page for any updates. Arrive a few minutes early. And try to share a ride to the park.
About the Race
The High Rock Challenge is legendary for its beautiful scenery, trail course, challenging and creative obstacles and great comararderie.
The course and all "mystery challenges" are designed for a two-person team. Elite athletes, weekend warriors, trail runners, track stars, parents and progeny, and you are invited to participate in this annual spring event along the Greenbelt's trail system in Staten Island, NY.
The High Rock Challenge covers a distance of approximately 10 kilometers, and no longer than 13K. Mystery challenges that test physical and mental ability are located throughout the course. You will run, climb, crawl and most likely - get wet! The course and challenges are different every year and are not revealed until race day. Course is approximately 10-k and no longer than 13K (unless you get lost).
The High Rock Challenge takes place in all weather conditions. The trail system will always be affected by weather.
It Takes Two: Teams are comprised of two runners and typically have a name that aptly describes you or just has a nice ring to it- there's a space on your application to input your choice for team name.
NOTE: If you are going for prizes and are competitive, sign up for the early slots in the registration form. The early waves of the race are for FAST and COMPETITIVE runners ONLY. Do not sign up for the competitive slot if you do not fall into this category as you will hold up others who are racing to win. All time slots will be first come/first served. If a time slot fills up, then it will become unavailable on the website.
Race Fee For a Two Person Team
Two person early bird* team: $130.00 per team - see registration link for current prices
Two person student team: $100.00 (both students must be under 18 years of age)
*Registration Fees Increase December 1!
Race Day Registration per team: $200.00 Cash, Credit Card or Check
*There are no refunds for this event, if you cannot attend, you may transfer your ticket to another runner. Let us know at least 24 hours before race day. Thank you.
Your race fee includes chip timing and bib, high quality wicking tee shirt, giveaways, course markings and mystery challenges, and race day festivities and refreshments.
Each team must select the category in which they are competing.
• Coed Team
• Male Team Overall
• Female Team Overall
• Male Masters (Both Runners over 50)
• Female Masters (Both Runners over 50)
• Co-Ed Masters (Both Runners over 50)
• Youth Male (Both Runners under 18)
• Youth Female (Both Runners under 18)
• Youth Co-Ed (Both Runners under 18)
• Parent Child Team
• Law Enforcement
• NYC PARKS
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors
The High Rock Challenge is presented by the
Greenbelt Conservancy, King of the Mountain and NYC Parks
Since April 2001, the Greenbelt Conservancy, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Matthew LeBow of King of the Mountain Events have brought you this fast-paced, fun and exciting two person team Challenge. This one-of-a-kind race takes place in one of the most beautiful parks in all of New York City - The Greenbelt. The event, held in memory of NYC Police Officer John Kelly, who died in the line of duty, is part race, part adventure, part festival and all fun.
For more information on the Greenbelt and the not-for-profit Greenbelt Conservancy, please visit their website at
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