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Raven 100k Challenge Recap

December 20, 2020

Dear Raven Challenge Runner,

Thank you for signing up and participating in the inaugural Raven 100k Challenge this past November 2020. 

The inaugural event was a success with over 100 runners, hikers, and walkers ranging in age from 12 through 73. Links to photos contributed by participants during the month are here.

Through this event we raised $6,402 for the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation through memberships and contributions. The Friends group supports the mission of education, conservation, and environmental action through the Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge programs.

If you haven’t yet joined as a Friends of Trailside member for 2021 you can still do it at https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/donate through January 15, 2021.

We are already looking forward to November 2021 for the next Raven 100k Challenge – and hopefully the return of the Raven Rocks 10k Trail Run.

Thanks again for your support.  If you have any questions or need to get in touch, our email address in ravenrocksrun@gmail.com.

Rob Cummings

Race Director, Raven 100k Challenge and Raven Rocks Run Trail Race

PS: Be sure to check the Raven 100k Challenge highlights below.


Some highlights from the Raven 100k Challenge include:

Chris Irwin – 1st overall male – 591.6kEileen Pike – 1st overall female – 446.9k
Daniel Roberto – 2nd overall male – 513.0kKatharine Spector – 2nd overall female – 367.5k
Jacob Benesch – 3rd overall male – 491.3kAndrea Mindell – 3rd overall female – 300.7k
Wolfgang Klein – 4th overall male – 460.8kKathy Lynch – 3rd overall female – 300.7k
Chris Irwin – 1st male to 100kKatharine Spector – 1st female to 100k
Jacob Benesch – 2nd male to 100kEileen Pike – 2nd female to 100k
Daniel Roberto – 3rd male to 100kShirley Wittner – 3rd female to 100k
  • Number of participants: 111 – 67 men, 44 women
  • Total badge types possible to earn: 13 unique badges
  • Most total badge types possible for one person to earn in 2020: 11*
  • Number of badges earned total: 427
  • Number of participants who earned the maximum of 11 badges: 3
  • Most common badge earned: Turkey badge (77)
  • Second most common: Photographer badge (62)
  • Least common badge earned: Full Flock badge (7)
  • Second least common badge: Wise Owl badge (13)
  • Number of GPS challenge items hidden at the Rez: 59
  • Number of GPS challenge badges earned: 41
  • Number of GPS challenge items still hidden at the park: 0, probably
  • Participant who completed the most Raven Rocks Run 10k courses: Peeter Muursepp (31 times around in 30 days!)
  • New badge next year for the participant who does the most Raven Rocks 10k courses in November 2021: The Peeter Badge.
  • Note: if a participant exceeds 31 Raven Rocks courses in a subsequent year, the Peeter badge gets renamed for them…
  • New badge suggestions for 2021 from participants: Veteran’s Day badge (run on 11/11), Triple Raven badge (3x course in one day), Volunteer Badge, Raven2Raven badge (run the Raven Rocks courses at the Rez and Rockefeller Park in the same day), Coyote badge, Naked Raven badge, Jose Cuervo badge. I don’t know what the last three proposed badges entail, but I eagerly await the explanations. Open to other suggestions as well – ravenrocksrun.org/contact-us

Next year if we are permitted, we will have the Raven Rocks Run 10k Trail Race at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2021. We will also bring back the Raven 100k Challenge as well. We still have to figure out registration details — but anyone who signs up for both events with get a break on the dual registration.

Thanks again for being a part of this event!

*the Full Flock badge (10x on the course) supersedes the Ultra Raven badge (5x on the course) which supersedes the Raven Badge (1x on the course).

Badge descriptions:

– Run 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (raven badge)
– Run 5x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (ultra raven badge)
– Run 10x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (full flock badge)
– Take a selfie at the Raven Rocks Overlook and send it in (photographer badge)
– Submit a photo of yourself on a run with your “I Voted” sticker (bald eagle badge) or if you can’t vote in the election, next to someone with an “I Voted” sticker.
– Submit a photo of you running on Thanksgiving (turkey award)
– Photo of a raven anywhere (citizen award) (merged with traveler badge)
– Do a run in the dark to Raven Rocks (night owl badge)
– Do a run at dawn to Raven Rocks (cobweb crew badge)
– 200k distance in November (snowy owl badge)
– 300k distance in November (white raven badge)
– Read a stanza from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” poem and send us a link. Use SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook, or whatever audio service you want. (wise owl badge)

Raven 100k November Challenge On! Sign up through Nov 15

A November adventure awaits! The Raven 100k Challenge

Runners have started their Raven 100k Challengebut there is plenty of time to register and join in before November 15th. Sign up by then and you can add your already-run November mileage to your entry. 

What is the Raven 100k Challenge?

The Raven 100k Challenge is simple: first, register for the challenge.

Then run, hike, or walk 100k during the month of November 2020. This works out to an average of around 3k per day or 25k (15 miles) per week.

Each day or every few days, report your mileage on your profile at http://runsignup.com under “Raven 100k Challenge” or visit https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/results and enter your distance there.

The Raven 100k Challenge, like the Raven Rocks Run, will support the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization based at the Trailside Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Visit SundayRuns.org to get running with a dedicated group of runners. Join the Raven 100k Challenge group on Strava.

Note: You can register as late as November 15 and enter your mileage to date when you register.

When you sign up, we will send you a Raven Challenge Gift. If you complete the challenge, you will receive a custom wooden finisher medallion. (prototype shown below with a few bonus badges included)

Bonus achievements

Image: custom finisher lasercut prototype with distance total and sample “achievement unlocked” badges on the bottom

In addition to running, walking, or hiking 100k during November, there are several bonus achievement badges you can unlock if you are able:

– Run 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (raven badge)
– Run 5x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (ultra raven badge)
– Run 10x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (full flock badge)
– Take a selfie at the Raven Rocks Overlook and send it in (photographer badge)
– Take a selfie at any Raven related site, store, zoo, etc. and send it in (traveler badge)
– Submit a photo of yourself on a run with your “I Voted” sticker (bald eagle badge) or if you can’t vote in the election, next to someone with an “I Voted” sticker.
– Submit a photo of you running on Thanksgiving (turkey award)
– Photo of a raven anywhere (citizen award)
– Do a run in the dark to Raven Rocks (night owl badge)
– 200k distance in November (snowy owl badge)
– 300k distance in November (white raven badge)
– Read a stanza from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” poem and send us a link. Use SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook, or whatever audio service you want. (wise owl badge)

In addition, we will have awards for:

– First 3 men and First 3 women to 100k
– Top 3 men and Top 3 women in total kilometers.

Note: In order to win these awards, distance submissions need to be made via GPX files.

Halfway bonus search

For those in the area near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation we have a special treat in mind. After you pass the 50 kilometer mark on your Raven 100k Challenge, we will send you GPS coordinates to somewhere in the park where we have hidden a small surprise for you to find. The surprise gifts will be obvious once you get there, but not easy to find unless you have the coordinates. Let us know when you find your halfway bonus (or if you can’t find it!).

We hope you can join us virtually in November for the Raven 100k Challenge! It is possible you will see others running the course and at the Rez, possibly even on the original race day Sunday 11/8.

Please let us know any questions you have. ravenrocksrun@gmail.com.

…. Rob Cummings

Raven Rocks Run and Raven 100k Challenge Race Director



PS: Anyone who registered for the Raven Rocks Run can choose from these four paths:

1. Run the Virtual Raven Rocks Run on Nov 5th-9th as outlined as an original option,

2. Refund, no questions asked,

3. Roll over registration to the 2021 Raven Rocks Run race (this is the default option!),

4. Convert registration to the November 2020 Raven 100k Challenge which includes a virtual 2020 Raven Rocks 10k course run option. Details below.

If you have already registered for the Raven Rocks Run, please email us at ravenrocksrun@gmail.com with your choice of virtual 10k, refund, rollover to next year, or conversion of your registration to the Raven 100k Challenge.

If we don’t hear from you by November 15 we will include you in the rollover to the 2021 Raven Rocks Run.

If you haven’t registered yet, it is our hope that many of you sign up for the virtual Raven 100k Challenge.

Raven Rocks Run Cancelled – Raven 100k Challenge Announcement Below

Trail Runners,

We had planned a new type of hybrid race for this November’s Raven Rocks Run. Alas, with the changing pandemic situation, the county declined the final permits required to hold the hybrid race on Sunday, November 8.

Anyone who is currently registered can choose from these four paths:

  1. Run the Virtual Raven Rocks Run on Nov 5th-9th as outlined as an original option,
  2. Refund, no questions asked,
  3. Roll over registration to the 2021 Raven Rocks Run race,
  4. Convert registration to the November 2020 Raven 100k Challenge which includes a virtual 2020 Raven Rocks 10k course run. Details below.

If you have already registered for the Raven Rocks Run, please email us at ravenrocksrun@gmail.com with your choice of virtual 10k, refund, rollover to next year, or conversion of your registration to the Raven 100k Challenge.

It is our hope that many of you pick the virtual Raven 100k Challenge and meet up with many of the veteran runners in the SundayRuns.org group who are very familiar with the Rez and the Raven Rocks course. There are FIVE Sundays in November – plus Thanksgiving! If you run those six days with us that will likely get you at least halfway to the 100k. And some of the chosen Sunday courses might be very similar to the Raven Rocks course…

We tried to work to make this hybrid Raven Rocks race happen — but local circumstances and outlook have made it not possible at this point. We have already invested some $$ in the cancelled race and are moving forward with the extended November Raven 100k Challenge event, but we understand if you can’t do it or are not interested.

We hope you are inspired to take on the Raven 100k Challenge for the month of November. We were inspired to put on this virtual event by the “Run Like a Wolf” 100 mile challenge from the NY Wolf Center in South Salem NY that many of us participated in during this past August.

We have a few bonuses and surprises in store for the Raven 100k Challenge. Read on for more information.

The Raven 100k Challenge

The Raven Challenge is simple: first, register for the challenge. Then run, hike, or walk 100k during the month of November 2020. This works out to an average of around 3k per day or 25k (15 miles) per week.

The Raven 100k Challenge, like the Raven Rocks Run, will support the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization based at the Trailside Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Note: You can register as late as November 15 and enter your mileage to date when you register.

When you sign up, we will send you your Raven Challenge Gift. If you complete the challenge, you will receive a wooden finisher medallion.

Bonus achievements

In addition to running, walking, or hiking 100k during November, there are several bonus achievement badges you can unlock if you are able:

  • Run 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (raven badge)
  • Run 5x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (ultra raven badge)
  • Run 10x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (full flock badge)
  • Take a selfie at the Raven Rocks Overlook and send it in (photographer badge)
  • Take a selfie at any Raven related site, store, zoo, etc. and send it in (traveler badge)
  • Submit a photo of yourself on a run with your “I Voted” sticker (bald eagle badge) or if you can’t vote in the election, next to someone with an “I Voted” sticker.
  • Submit a photo of you running on Thanksgiving (turkey award)
  • Photo of a raven anywhere (citizen award)
  • Do a run in the dark to Raven Rocks (night owl badge)
  • 200k distance in November (snowy owl badge)
  • 300k distance in November (white raven badge)
  • Read a stanza from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” poem and send us a link. Use soundcloud, youtube, facebook, whatever service you want. (wise owl badge)
  • Any other badge ideas? We are open to suggestions 🙂

In addition, we will have awards for:

  • First 3 men and First 3 women to 100k
  • Top 3 men and Top 3 women in total kilometers.
  • Note: In order to win these awards distance submissions need to be made via GPX files.

Halfway bonus search

For those in the area near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation we have a special treat in mind. After you pass the 50 kilometer mark on your Raven 100k Challenge, we will send you GPS coordinates to somewhere in the park where we have hidden a small surprise for you to find. It will be obvious once you get there, but not easy to find unless you have the coordinates. Let us know when you find your halfway bonus (or if you can’t find it!).

We hope you can join us virtually in November for the Raven 100k Challenge! It is possible you will see others running the course and at the Rez, possibly on the original sunday.

Please let us know any questions you have. ravenrocksrun@gmail.com.

Rob Cummings

Raven Rocks Run and Raven 100k Challenge Race Director

2019 Photos

We have posted photos from our fantastic team of volunteer photographers here: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/Raven-Rocks-Run/2019

Thanks to photographers Carol GordonLee WillettMichael Rodgers, Michelle Blum, Chris Reinke, John Cummings (my dad!), Gene Leeds, Sawyer Cummings, and Rob Cummings.

There’s plenty of room for more photos if you want to share yours at our runner upload gallery here: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/upload/c7Rm4X/2019 — Big thanks to our runners and other volunteers who uploaded photos so far.