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Raven Rocks 10k Run and Raven 100k Challenge

Sunday November 14th, 2021

Cross River, NY

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This year 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!


More information 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.


The sixth running of the race will be in November.


Race is in-person Sunday, November 14th, 2021 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.


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


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: Our race plans are contingent on 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 race registration fee refund (minus the charge that goes to the processing company) or race deferrals to 2022 for runners no questions asked. If we have placed the shirt order before a refund is requested we will send the race shirt via mail to the runner. 


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 2021 membership during signup.


Bonus achievements


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 (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 or if you can't vote in the election, next to someone with an "I Voted" sticker. (bald eagle badge

  • Submit a photo of you running on Thanksgiving (turkey badge)

  • Photo of a raven anywhere (raven 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, whatever service you want. (wise owl badge)

  • These badges will be displayed on your results page. We are hoping to incorporate the badges on the physical wooden finisher "medallion" 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.

  • 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 search


For those in the area near Ward Pound Ridge Reservation we have a special treat in mind. If you opt-in via the status form, then 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.


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!).


 

Race Distances

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Raven 100k Challenge Click to Find Out Register »
Raven Rocks Run 10k Trail Race Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

Reservation Road, Cross River, NY

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