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Raven Rocks Run and Raven Challenge Open for Early Bird Registration

If you like to plan your races in advance, sign up now at the early bird rate! Plus there is a special combo discount if you sign up for both events at the same time.

Raven Rocks 10k Run will be held Sunday, November 13, 2022. The Raven 100k Challenge is set for Nov 1-30, 2022. Both events are open for registration now!

Register

Thanks for supporting the race and the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation!

Raven 100k Challenge Wrap-Up

Dear Raven 100k Challenge Participants,

Thank you for signing up and participating in the second annual Raven 100k Challenge this past November 2021.

Your distance, along with the badges you earned, is engraved in your custom woodallion which just finished up production on Friday and will be mailed out to you this coming week. If you want to see the badge descriptions, click here.

The second annual event was a success with 83 runners, hikers, and walkers ranging in age from 12 through 74. Click here for links to photos contributed by participants during the month. 

Through this event — combined with the Raven Rocks 10k Run on November 14 — we raised $7,920 to date for the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

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 member for 2022 you can still do it at https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/donate through January 15, 2022. Membership makes a great gift too!

We are already looking forward to November 2022 for the 3rd Raven 100k Challenge – and the 7th Annual Raven Rocks 10k Trail Run. Mark your calendars for November 13, 2022!

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 2021 Raven 100k Challenge highlights below.


Some highlights from the Raven 100k Challenge include:

Longest distance covered and reported in November 2021

Jacob Benesch – 1st overall male – 694.1kMary Rubini – 1st overall female – 330.4k
Peeter Muursepp – 2nd overall male – 676.9kMea Sgaglio – 2nd overall female – 326.6k
Wolfgang Klein – 3rd overall male – 354.1kAndrea Mindell – 3rd overall female – 312.7k
Eugene Leeds – 4th overall male – 334.7kAna Hoffmann – 4th overall female – 300.4k
Paul Woolley – 5th overall male – 330.7kKaren Haitoff – 5th overall female – 236.7k

First to 100k Milestone in November 2021

Jacob Benesch – 1st male to 100k (tie)Mea Sgaglio – 1st female to 100k (tie)
Wolfgang Klein – 1st male to 100k (tie)Andrea Mindell – 1st female to 100k (tie)
Peeter Muursepp – 3rd male to 100kAna Hoffmann – 3rd female to 100k

  • Number of 2021 participants: 83 total – 51 men, 32 women
  • Total badge types: 16 unique badges
  • Most total badge types possible for one person to earn in 2021: 14* 
  • Number of participants who earned the maximum number of 14 badges: 2
  • Number of badges earned total: 394
  • Most common badge earned: Bald Eagle badge (63 of 83)
  • Second most common: Turkey badge (61 of 83)
  • Least common badge earned: Peeter Badge (2 of 83),
  • Second least common badges: Raven Rockstar Badge, Ultra Raven (both 3 of 83)
  • Number of GPS challenge items hidden at the Rez: 40
  • Number of GPS challenge badges earned: 35
  • Number of GPS challenge items still hidden at the park: 5, we will be searching for them during an upcoming Sunday Run!
  • 2021 Participant who completed the most Raven Rocks Run 10k courses: Peeter Muursepp (63 times around in 30 days! Peeter exceeded his 2020 effort of 32 Loops by 30 more!)
  • Number of participants who reached 32 Raven Rocks 10k Loop courses completed in November 2021 required to earn the most difficult badge of all: The Peeter Badge: 2 of 83 
  • Note: if a participant exceeds 63 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, but I said that last year too not counting on Peeter to up the ante. 
  • New badge this year for participants who complete 5x Raven Rocks 10k Loop courses in a single day during November 2021: The Raven Rockstar Badge (3 awarded in 2021: Peeter Muursepp, Eugene Leeds, and let’s not forget Jacob Benesch – who achieved the Rockstar feat twice!). 
  • New badge suggestion from 2020 from participants incorporated into 2021 Challenge: Veteran’s Day “bonus star” badge (run, walk, or hike on 11/11) – 56 of 83 participants achieved this new badge!
  • Other new badge ideas that challenge participants 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 7th annual Raven Rocks Run 10k Trail Race at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022. We will also bring back the Raven 100k Challenge as well for a 3rd 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 (bird) raven discount when registration opens in early 2022.

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).

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

2021 Results Posted

We have posted the 2021 results here: https://ravenrocksrun.org/results/2021-results/.

Thanks runners for making this a great day and thanks to our volunteers for pitching in and making it happen.

We are working on a recap of the day and have started to get photos and video organized and uploaded. Check back at this page later tonight for the recap link and refresh the 2021 photos link to see more as we upload.

Our photographers do a great job! Today Carol, Sawyer, and Rob took photos and video — plus thanks to all of the runners who will be submitting photos – thank you in advance! (hint: upload yours to this album!)

Race Day 2021 is here!

 Welcome to the 6th Annual Raven Rocks Run!

Logistics

Directions • Course Map

Photos • Upload Your Photos

Update: ALL Results 2021 Results

And if you haven’t yet joined the

Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation,

you can do it now by clicking here:

Fire tower returning! More information to come soon…

Replica of the Fire Tower commissioned by Tom Cohn seven years ago to help generate interest and enthusiasm in the project.

Raven Rocks 2021 Set for Tomorrow!

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The Raven Rocks Run is set to go tomorrow at 9am. See our Logistics Note for advice on getting to the park and getting oriented once you arrive.

The event tent was unfortunately damaged in the rain and wind storm we experienced yesterday. Fortunately Sunday is forecast to be sunny so we will be (mostly) open-air.

Race organizers will be at the park and on the trails today doing the final prep work and fine tuning the course for our Sunday morning start.

Register

There is Last Minute Online Registration available until this evening if you are deciding late to run – sign up now and make tomorrow morning easier for yourselves and us! 😉 THERE IS NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION.

Note if you are running tomorrow and want to have an extra layer for the start but then want to peel it off (after that first big hill!), we will have volunteers at Michigan Road (1 mile into the course, up the first big hill) who can collect your outer layers in a bin and will return them to the finish line area under the tent for you to pick up after you finish.

The course is the same as 2019 — barring any downed trees from overnight wind storms! It is already “lightly marked” and the full and final marking will take place today.

There is a water stop at the 4 mile mark at the top of the Fire Tower climb (the highest spot on the course).

See you on the trails!

–Rob

Submit 2021 Raven 100k Challenge Results

Two ways to submit for the 100k Challenge – first for your runs, second for your badges.

  1. Visit https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/results and submit your distance results as soon as you complete the day’s run, walk, or hike(s).
  2. Submit your badge achievements/photos/other claims here: https://ravenrocksrun.org/raven-100k-challenge-badge-submission-form/ you can use this form more than once to update us.

Let us know if you have questions – ravenrocksrun@gmail.com.

November Raven Events

Raven Rocks Run – 10k Trail Run – Sunday, November 14 @9am – Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Raven 100k Challenge – Walk, Hike, or Run 100k during the month of November 2021

Raven Rocks Run – 10k Trail Run

The Raven Rocks Run is a challenging 10k trail run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

Race is in-person Sunday, November 14th, 2021 starting at 9am. 

The race will start in the Meadow near the fallen oak tree and its massive remains. The course passes by the spot where the Leatherman’s Loop begins. Instead of heading towards the river as the Loop does, the Raven Rocks Run 10k course climbs and climbs up to the two highest points in the park (Raven Rocks Overlook and the Fire Tower Summit) before heading back for a (mostly) downhill and (relatively) flat finish.

The course passes by the site of the former Blue Trail fire tower which is the highest point in the park. We are working towards getting back the tower to its former spot in the park. See Course Map page for course details.

More information about the race and tower project is on the About page and the FAQ page of our ravenrocksrun.org website.

One of our limitations is a cap on 10k runners at 300 — so sign up early. We have gone over that number the last few times we put on the race — so it could get full or it may not. Depends on the runner demand!

We are looking forward to November when we will run this event for the SIXTH time — and we hope we can accommodate all who wish to run and keep everyone socially distant and COVID-safe!

Important: We have preliminary approval, but our race plans are contingent on final permit approval from the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. If the COVID-19 situation changes and this approval is revoked and we are unable to offer the in-person event, we will still have the virtual 100k event. We will also offer a 10k race registration fee refund (minus the charge that goes to the processing company) or race deferrals to 2022 for runners if the race is called off by the county. If we have placed the shirt order before a refund is requested we will send the race shirt via mail to runners. 

Raven Rocks 10k Trail Run and Raven Challenge On!

The Raven Rocks 10k Trail Run is BACK! November 14, 2021 @9am. Woo hoo!

We are also going to bring back the Raven 100k Challenge with all of the fun elements from last year — plus we’re looking to add a few more activities to the 100k challenge during the month of November! 

Topline News

Like a lot of races and events, in 2020 we were unable to hold the Raven Rocks Run due to Covid restrictions, so we held the virtual 100k Raven Challenge which was very well received. Runners asked if we were doing it again – the answer is YES!

You can sign up for one or the other — or do BOTH! Early bird (before 10/26) signups get a discount. Signups for both events at the same time also get a discount which appears at checkout. 

Shirts this year will be one design and available either on long-sleeved cotton shirts (traditional) and/or short sleeved tech fabric shirts (new!). You can purchase one, both, or neither shirt. If you are a purely virtual Raven 100k Challenge runner, we will mail you your shirt (if ordered) along with your finisher woodallion. 

As always, these Raven events support the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. We encourage runners to join as members of the museum during registration to support their non-profit educational and conservation purpose. 

This year we are also adding support for the Friends of the Cross River Mountain Fire Tower. We will be working with the Westchester Parks Foundation and raising funds to support Westchester County and NY State in the restoration of the fire tower to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. That fundraising account will be set up soon with a range of support levels. More to come on this news!

More detail about each event

Raven Rocks Run – 10k Trail Run

The Raven Rocks Run is a challenging 10k trail run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.

Race is in-person Sunday, November 14th, 2021 starting at 9am. 

The race will start in the Meadow near the fallen oak tree and its massive remains. The course passes by the spot where the Leatherman’s Loop begins. Instead of heading towards the river as the Loop does, the Raven Rocks Run 10k course climbs and climbs up to the two highest points in the park (Raven Rocks Overlook and the Fire Tower Summit) before heading back for a (mostly) downhill and (relatively) flat finish.

The course passes by the site of the former Blue Trail fire tower which is the highest point in the park. We are working towards getting back the tower to its former spot in the park. See Course Map page for course details.

More information about the race and tower project is on the About page and the FAQ page of our ravenrocksrun.org website.

One of our limitations is a cap on runners at 250 — so sign up early. We have gotten around that number the last few times we put on the race so it could get full or it may not. Depends on the runner demand!

We are looking forward to November when we will run this event for the SIXTH time — and we hope we can accommodate all who wish to run and keep everyone socially distant and COVID-safe!

Important: We have preliminary approval, but our race plans are contingent on final permit approval from the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. If the COVID-19 situation changes and this approval is revoked and we are unable to offer the in-person event, we will still have the virtual event. We will also offer a 10k race registration fee refund (minus the charge that goes to the processing company) or race deferrals to 2022 for runners if the race is called off by the county. If we have placed the shirt order before a refund is requested we will send the race shirt via mail to runners. 

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 2021.

Note: You can register as late as November 16 and enter your mileage to date when you register.

This works out to an average of around 3k per day or 25k (15 miles) per week.

If you complete the challenge, you will receive a wooden finisher medallion. Shirts are optional. 

The Raven 100k Challenge supports 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.

You can also join the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation for 2022 membership during signup. One of the most popular levels is the $100 “Wood Turtle” membership which gives the member a parking pass for the park for all of 2022.

Bonus achievements for the Raven 100k Challenge

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).
    • This can be done at the Raven Rocks 10k Run race on Nov 14
    • It can also be done any time at the park
    • Course will be marked from 11/11/21 – 11/15/21 for those unfamiliar with it.
  • Run 5x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (ultra raven badge)
  • Run 10x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (flock badge)
  • Run 33x 10k on the Raven Rocks Run course (Peeter badge)
    • Note: The Peeter badge is named after Peeter Muursep who ran the Raven Rocks course 33x during the month of November 2020 during the Raven 100k Challenge.
    • Run 34x or more on the Raven Rocks Run course (the Peeter badge is renamed after you)
  • 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 or if you can’t vote in the November election, next to someone with an “I Voted” sticker. (bald eagle badge
  • Run on Thanksgiving (turkey badge).
    • Submit a Thanksgiving run photo to get a badge upgrade to the Photo Turkey badge.
  • Photo of a raven anywhere (raven citizen award)
  • Do a run in the dark to Raven Rocks (night owl badge)
  • Do a run early in the morning 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 of you doing this. Use soundcloud, youtube, facebook, whatever service you want. We have most of the poem read by challenge participants last year but need a few more to complete the full 16 stanzas. (wise owl badge)
  • Find your Raven challenge object in the Rez (GPS Badge). See below for details
  • We are working to display the badges on your results page.
  • We will incorporate the badges on the physical wooden finisher “woodallion” once you complete the Raven Challenge. 
  • 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.
  • IMPORTANT: Anyone in contention for these Top 3 awards must make their entries in a timely manner:
    • All entries must be made within 36 hours of your run/walk.  
    • This is to prevent participants from “batch entering” their results.
    • Keep your results up to date if you are in the running!
  • Note: In order to win these awards distance submissions need to be made via GPX files.
  • See instructions submitting results on RunSignUp Raven 100k Challenge page.

Halfway bonus GPS challenge badge search

For those in the area near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation we have a special treat in mind that will lead to a bonus badge. If you opt-in via the status form (to be sent to participants in the challenge in November), then after you pass the 50 kilometer mark on your Raven 100k Challenge posted stats, we will send you your own coordinates via “What3Words” app to somewhere in the park where we have hidden a small challenge surprise for you to find. It will be obvious once you get there, but not easy to find unless you have the coordinates.

Everyone will have a different and unique spot somewhere in the park. Some will be further off-trail than others depending on how familiar you are with the park. Let us know when you find your halfway bonus (or if you can’t find it! – we don’t want to leave the challenge items out there!)

You can participate in either event – they can be completely independent of each other. Or you can participate in both events. There is overlap in the 100k challenge and the 10k race since one of the Raven Challenge badges is awarded for completing the Raven Rocks Run course.

We are super happy to be back running on trails with you all! See you out there…

A Very Raven November

We are planning for a Raven-filled November.

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.

Thanks & see you on the trails!

….Rob Cummings, Raven Rocks Race director