Black Rock Forest is an exceptional place, existing in relative solitude just north of Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks, and adjacent to the lands of West Point to the south.
This unique race event is designed so as to showcase the forest rather than cover excessive mileage. Among its 3,800+ acres of pristine forest land, Black Rock features numerous mountain peaks, most with stunning views, and some with a view of Manhattan (40+ miles away). To leverage these glorious peaks, we devised the Ten Summits race - our feature distance - which will be sure to test your endurance and leg strength. Ten peaks in 15 miles, and over 3,300 feet of elevation gain to remind you that this is no stroll in the woods.
The event is produced by Shawangunk Adventures - the company which brings you the Long Path Race Series - and sponsored by Trail WhippAss, one of the premier trail running clubs in the northeast. The Black Rock Races will feature the Ten Summits (25K) race as well as a well as the White Oak (12K) carriage road run.
Black Rock Forest Consortium is a not-for-profit organization with a mission of advancing scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education, and conservation programs. The Consortium maintains a 3,838-acre forest and a scientific field station in the Hudson Highlands, 60 miles north of New York City, and collaborates with its members – universities, schools, scientific and cultural institutions – to pursue and foster scientific inquiry, and to create educational programs for K-16 students, teachers, and the general public.
Black Rock Forest Consortium works with many partners to pursue conservation goals in the Hudson Highlands and the greater mid-Hudson Valley region.
Part of the proceeds of this event will go to support Black Rock’s educational initiatives. We think this will be a very special event and we hope to introduce you to this very special place which is very close to our hearts.
TEN SUMMITS 25K
Taking place primarily on single-track trail, but with some carriage roads. Upwards of 3,500 feet of elevation gain, you'll scale Mt. Misery, Honey Hill, Black Rock, Sackett Ridge, Split Rock, Jupiter's Boulder (Mt Rascal), Eagle Cliff, Spy Rock, Rattlesnake Hill, and finally, Hill of Pines. There will be three aid stations on the course, which will have fluids, and some nutrition.
Download the BRR - 25K Course Map Ten Summits Course
Download the BRR - 25K Cue Sheet Ten Summits Cue Sheet
WHITE OAK 12K
This race is 7.8 miles in length, and is essentially a circumnavigation of the Black Rock lands by way of carriage roads. There are three aid stations along the way, although the first two are fairly close together, so you may elect to skip one. Your tour of the forest will take you past the famous White Oak Tree, and also many of the sky lakes in the forest, including Sphagnum Pond, Sutherland Pond, Jim's Pond, and Arthur's Pond. Near Arthur's Pond, you'll also pass by the historic Chatfield House, and you may choose to stop there and bang on the Native American drum for good luck. :)
Download the BRR - 12K Course Map White Oak Course
Race Start Times
Start time: 9:00am, Check-in begins at 7:45am
Start time: 10:00am, Check-in begins at 9:00am, directly following start of Ten Summits race
Arrival & Parking
Parking will be at the Science Center lot and along Reservoir Rd between the Science Center and the Upper Reservoir.
Local time: 7:03 AM
The event will use the science center parking lot and areas along Reservoir Road. The lower parking lot will be set aside for regular park visitors. Upon arrival, you will pass through the lower gate and proceed with CAUTION up Reservoir Rd to the Science Center. This is a narrow 2-way road. Early arrivals will be directed past the Science Center and asked to park along the side of Reservoir Rd. After those spots fill, we will direct vehicles to the Science Center parking lot.
Please carpool to the greatest extent possible.
- All roads must remain passable by emergency response vehicles.
- There will be no parking between the Science Center and the lower lot.
- There is parking on the streets below the lower lot.
How do I get there?
For GPS location of the race, simply click on the globe icon at the top of this page (beneath the race date). The GPS address is 67 Reservoir Rd, Cornwall, NY.