Day: December 13, 2023

Final Update for 2023 Raven 100k Challenge

  • FINAL UPDATE: 61 of our participants have entered enough distance to qualify for a challenge woodallion!
  • If you ended the month of November lower than the cutoff (aka under the 100k mark) unfortunately you did not qualify for a 100k challenge finisher woodallion πŸ™
  • The cutoff for submissions was Monday 12/4. The table below shows what was sent to the custom laser engraving company on 12/5 (including distances and badges earned!).
  • We need to get our custom woodallion engraver (Raven Tree Works) the data to print the name and distance customized woodallions — plus the custom badges — so we can get the woodallions to the 100k challenge finishers in a timely manner.

Anyone registered who reaches 100k or higher walking, hiking, or running in November gets a custom Raven Challenge Woodallion suitable for display — and even suitable to hang on holiday decorations!

FINAL TALLY was made 12/4/23 with the badge claims and distances you and other challenge participants have reported.

If you need the link to claim your badges, click here.

If you have new badges to claim, you can submit the form as many times as needed and we will “super score” your badge claims (i.e. once you claim a badge you don’t need to claim it again on a subsequent form submission — but it doesn’t hurt to claim it again if you can’t remember!).

These are the final tallies:

Some highlights from the 2023 Raven 100k Challenge include:

Paul Woolley – 1st overall male – 532.4k β€’β€’β€’ Mea Sgaglio – 1st overall female – 318.0k

Mark Shaner – 2nd overall male – 317.9k β€’β€’β€’ Alexandra Heller – 2nd overall female – 306.8k

Kevin Ascher – 3rd overall male – 314.9k β€’β€’β€’ Andrea Mindell – 3rd overall female – 301.3k

Jorge Leiriao – 4th overall male – 311.3k β€’β€’β€’ Liz Osterhus – 4th overall female – 259.1k

Jamie Howard – 5th overall male – 300.7k β€’β€’β€’ Jill Vincent – 5th overall female – 253.4k

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Paul Woolley – 1st male to 100k β€’β€’β€’ Mea Sgaglio – 1st female to 100k

Mark Shaner – 2nd male to 100k β€’β€’β€’ Alexandra Heller – 2nd female to 100k

Jorge Leiriao – 3rd male to 100k β€’β€’β€’ Andrea Mindell – 3rd female to 100k

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  • Number of 2023 participants: 61 total – 33 men, 28 women
  • Total badge types: 17 unique badges
  • Most total badge types possible for one person to earn this year: 15* 
  • Number of participants who earned the maximum number of 15 badges: 0
  • Number of badges earned total: 296
  • Most common badge earned: Bald Eagle badge (53 of 61)
  • Second most common: Turkey badge and Veteran’s Day badge (47 of 61 for both)
  • Least common badge earned: Peeter Badge, Raven Rockstar Badge (both 0 of 61)
  • Second least common badges: Full Flock, Raven Meteor (both 1 of 61)
  • Number of GPS challenge items hidden at the Rez: 28
  • Number of GPS challenge badges earned: 25
  • Number of GPS challenge items still hidden at the park: 3, we will be searching for them during an upcoming SundayRun!
  • 2023 Participant who completed the most Raven Rocks Run 10k courses: Peeter Muursepp (over 10 times).
  • Number of participants who reached 32 Raven Rocks 10k Loop courses completed in November 2023 required to earn the most difficult badge of all: The Peeter Badge: 0 of 73 
  • Note: if a participant exceeds 62 Raven Rocks courses in an upcoming year, the Peeter badge gets renamed for them… I don’t know if anyone will ever exceed the record on this. 
  • The Raven Meteor badge is for participants who witness a meteor while running during November. Only one of our runners achieved this: Jamie Howard. Congrats! You get a meteor flair for your woodallion this year. Note for next year’s runners: The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is in Mid-Nov each year and it is a perfect time for a night run and meteor gazing!
  • Other new badge ideas that challenge participants have suggested include the Volunteer Badge and Raven2Raven badge (run the Raven Rocks courses at the Rez and Rockefeller Park in the same day). Also, the Coyote badge, Naked Raven badge, and Jose Cuervo badge. I still don’t know what the last three proposed badges entail, but I eagerly await the explanations. We are open to other badge suggestions as well – ravenrocksrun.org/contact-us

Next year we plan to have the 9th annual Raven Rocks Run 10k Trail Race at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2024. We will also bring back the Raven 100k Challenge as well for a 5th year. Anyone who signs up for both events at the same time will get a break on the dual registration. There also will be a super early raven discount when registration opens in early 2024. We appreciate the early support of the race and challenge!

Thanks again for being a part of this event! (This page including any late updates can be found at ravenrocksrun.org)

*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).

Check ravenrocksrun.org/photos for links to pictures (from this year and past years) of the Raven 100k Challenge and the Raven Rocks Run.