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Additional race information can be found at http://ravenrocksrun.org.
The Raven Rocks 10k Trail Run is BACK! Woo hoo!
We have also brought back the 100k Raven Challenge with all of the fun elements from last year -- plus we're looking to add a few more activities to the challenge during the month of November!
You can sign up for one or the other or do BOTH! Signups for both events at the same time 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 when the register 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 are 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 news to come soon!
The Raven Rocks Run is a challenging 10k trail run at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.
The sixth running of the race will be in November.
Race is in-person Sunday, November 12th, 2023 starting at 9am.
The race will start in the Meadow near the fallen oak tree and 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.
We are looking forward to November when we will run this event for the EIGHTH time!
Important: Our Raven Rocks Run race plans are contingent on permit approval from the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. This approval is not guaranteed but has been obtained for the prior seven races. We will update runners if the permit is not approved for the current year.
The Raven 100k Challenge is simple: first, register for the challenge. Then run, hike, or walk 100k during the month of November 2023.
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 annual membership during signup.
In addition to running, walking, or hiking 100k during November, there are several bonus achievement badges you can unlock if you are able:
In addition, we will have awards for:
For those in the area near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation we have a special treat in mind. If you opt-in via the badge update form (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 challenge surprise for you to find. It will be obvious once you get there, but not easy to find unless you have the coordinates. Complete instructions and advice come with the GPS challenge confirmation email.
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!).
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Why an extra cost for shirts? For many races the shirts are underwritten by sponsors whose names appear on the shirts. Our races have no sponsors other than the runners who run in them. This lets our Raven Rocks Run shirts be ad free. They are unique for each year of the race. If you run in a lot of races you probably have a ton of race shirts, but few will be like this one.
We think the Raven Rocks Run shirts are amazing but we don't want you to get one unless you want it.
The price of the shirt covers the cost of the shirt plus the commission of the artist who created the artwork. Income after expenses is donated to Friends of Trailside, Art in the Parks, the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and other local not-for-profit organizations.
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