First – we are planning for a return of the 2021 Raven Rocks Run on Sunday, November 14, 2021 starting at 9am – assuming we can get approval and permits from Westchester County Parks. The race will follow all county protocols in place.
Second – we plan to reprise the Raven 100k Challenge we started last year with your enthusiastic support. This will include the challenge “woodallions” (updated 2021 design!) and achievement badges (featuring some new badges for 2021!)
The format of the Raven 100k November Challenge will be similar to last year. There will be achievement badges, a trail hunt, photo ops, plus 200k and 300k tiers in addition to the 100k month goal. This is because everyone likes to run far and get rewards! More details and twists to follow.
We will enable registration for both events at the same time – or you can register for only one. We will announce registration via email and social media. If you want to get on our email list, sign up here.
The events will – as always – be supporting the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation as well as the years-long effort restore the Fire Tower back at its former spot atop the Cross River Mountain.
The Raven Rocks course will be lightly marked from Veteran’s Day Thursday, November 11th through Saturday, November 13th. It will be fully marked on race day November 14th.
More information as we get closer to the Fall. If you have questions, please contact us.
A November adventure awaits! The Raven 100k Challenge
Runners have started their Raven 100k Challenge — but 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.
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 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)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.