Month: October 2015

Raven Rocks Run Registration Reminder

Wintertime at the Raven Rocks overlook.
The first annual Raven Rocks Run 10k trail race will take place on Sunday, November 15th starting at 9:00am. It will be the first new race at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY in nearly 20 years.

Click here to register

If you have already registered, thanks and see you at the Rez!


raven-rocks-bib-2015-mgWe recommend pre-ordering a race shirt with your registration. We have ordered extra shirts — but sizes are limited. If you order with your registration we will definitely have your size. If you wait until the event to buy a shirt, the correct size may not be available.

If you can’t run but would like to help out by volunteering, please contact us ASAP. All of our races are volunteer driven and we couldn’t do it without them!

2015-RavenRocksRun-Design_v5_SINGLE-smallerThe race will start and finish in The Meadow at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – the same spot as the Leatherman’s Loop. But instead of going along the river, the Raven Rocks Run course seeks out higher ground. Runners will pass the two highest points in the park: The Raven Rocks overlook and the site of the former Fire Tower before heading back downhill to the Meadow finish.

Raven Rocks is the final race in the 2015 Trail Mix Trail Series. If you are interested in next year, check out the website. If you are in the series, click here to see the standings as of the first four races (Run the Farm will go in once it is finalized).

If you are not sure if you have registered — or you want to check on a friend or family member — you can confirm registration status here:

flying-raven-4-raven-rocks-textThe race raises funds for Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. The Friends group supports the mission of the Museum and Park by funding events and capital projects in the park. Members of the Friends group also volunteer at the museum and the park and help with education programs, camp groups, and events throughout the year. During Raven Rocks registration you can join the Friends as a member and support their mission.

If you can’t race this year, you can sign up as a member without race registration.

Registered runners should be on the lookout for an updated logistics note a few days before the race day.

See you on the trails!

….. Rob, Ciorsdan, and The Raven Rocks volunteers


Sunday Runners Updates below:

Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you are interested in our weekly Sunday morning group trail runs including a course check of the Raven Rocks Run two Sundays (11/1) before the race.

Cross River Fire Tower Flyer

1970-fire-tower-photoThe Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation has pledged their support for replacing the Cross River Fire Tower with the same model of tower that was removed in the early 1980s. They have put together this information sheet (the-beacon-flyer) with more information.

The Raven Rocks Run is committed to supporting the Friends group, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, and the Trailside Museum. Proceeds from the Raven Rocks Run will go to the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation to realize this vision and to support the mission of the Park.

From the flyer:

The beautiful and historic fire tower was erected in 1926 and was used by the community until the 1970’s. The County Parks operated the tower until the 1930’s when the NYS Conservation Department began its operations.

The tower, the only one of its kind in Westchester County, was a critical asset to the community as it served as a monitoring station for forest fires. According to a Westchester County government report from 1975 indicates that about 500 fires were reported from the tower between 1966 and 1968, with tower observers working with aerial support to pinpoint their locations.

The tower was decommissioned by the DEC in 1971 and was taken down without county approval several years later.

The view from the top of the tower was nearly 1000′ above sea level and afforded unobstructed 360 degree views including the Hudson Highlands, the Catskill Mountains, Long Island, and New York City. The tower also provided unparalleled views of the night sky.

You can help restore this historic landmark to the park in a few ways:

  1. Run with us in the Raven Rocks Run Sunday November 15th, 2015.
  2. Become a member of the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – you can join when you register for the race. If you can’t run you can go to the Membership page and join.
  3. Contact the Friends of Trailside via email to find out how you can support the rebuilding of the Fire Tower.

To see a one minute video of what the vista from the top of the tower would look like today, click here:


The Towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge are on record offering their support for the rebuilding of the Fire Tower.