COVID in ’21
We’re currently assuming that the COVID 19 situation will not be remarkably different from 2020 by May. The Parks have indicated approval to move forward with the event in 2021, but with considerations and modifications in place as per 2020. We’re assuming that we’ll be okay to have non-NYS entrants join us this year, but all is a bit unknown. So, we’re moving forward but please understand that some details will not be finalized until we get within a month or so of the event. Thanks for the continued understanding and flexibility!
2 Bucks for Lipsey
$2 from each registration will be donated to assist multiple-year Breakneck Point winner Matt Lipsey. In October of 2020, after months of unexplained diminishing strength and coordination, Matt was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). He caught it fairly early and it’s treatable, but with a bit of expense. We’re hoping that he’ll be able to draw the design for this year’s event T.
Please understand that the course is tentative and subject to change.
The proposed course, which will repeat that which we used in 2020, is quite remarkable. It covers jeep trails, single-track, historic estate paths, and winding single-track both open and technical. It features several profile climbs and descents which offer more elevation gain and loss per mile than all but a handful of SkyRunning events, a remarkable stat given that it’s only 90 minutes from NYC. It’s signature climb, Breakneck Ridge, one of the top hikes in the country according to trails.com and Newsweek (as well as a guy named Carl from what I hear – that could be rumor though) is steep, gnarly, exposed, and absolutely beautiful. Entrants range from some of the finest mountain and technical trail runners in the country, to those content with a chill day of hiking and running a really beautiful and challenging day on the trails with no eye for speed or competition.
The course may also be one of the most difficult trail half or full marathons that you will ever complete. There are technical and steep pitches including the signature Breakneck Point that at points require climbing and tolerance of exposure, technical stretches of footing, and significant elevation gain and loss. The risk associated with this terrain is significant and only those seasoned and prepared for this terrain should join the entrant pool.
The course offers beautiful views w/ panoramic river and mountain vistas, beautiful and historic single-track, and sets the stage for a grand challenge for runners of all levels. Join us for the adventure, vistas, and community, and leave knowing that you just completed one of the tougher trail courses anywhere.
You can find the link to a course map and downloadable track here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1221450?units=miles
What you’ll get….
What you’ll get is a beautiful course with a degree of challenge that rivals any. With registration you’ll get the race including aid stations, post-race food from (hopefully) Fitnell Farms, and an event T. A Trucker can be purchased as add-on’s (ONLY THROUGH March 8th) . Know that portions of your entry will go toward donations made to the Hudson Highlands State Park as well as the New York New Jersey Trail Conference as both continue to do quite a bit of heavy lifting on the trails we’ll be running.
The event has a no refund policy regarding cancellations. Entrants may switch distances if desired, and roll-overs will be granted to future years and including other RNR events. Roll-overs will be granted only if organizers are notified 30 days or more in advance of raceday.
COVID 19: Note that if we need to cancel the event secondary to COVID considerations, or are limited to NYS-only entrants as was the case in 2020, those registered will have the option of rolling their entry over, or receiving a refund less processing fees.