Join us once again to race on one of the most challenging mountains in the Lower Hudson Valley. At the Great Schunemunk Traverse (fka Assault on Schunemunk), you'll conquer Orange County's tallest peak, a spectacular ridgeline that features multiple 1000-ft climbs and descents, waterfalls, colorful and jagged puddingstone rock, pitch pines, boulders, and even a swamp that harbors a water-based ecosystem 1200-ft above the valley floor.
Taking place on part of the New York Long Path, the Great Schunemunk Traverse is a member of the Long Path Races, a series of trail racing events designed to celebrate this famous trail . You can sign up to compete in the Long Path Races as part of your registration here.
Great reasons to run the Great Schunemunk Traverse:
• Steep and rugged trails that will challenge even the most experienced runners
• Over 3,500 feet of cumulative gain in the 20-mile race; 1,800+ feet in the 10-mile
• Stunning vistas from all over the ridge line
• Easy access – only 55 miles from NYC
• Festive finish line with great food and drink
Join us in October for this wonderful opportunity to commune with the mountain. An amazing race in an amazing place!
The two races are "minimalist" in nature, meaning there will be no supplemental course markings, and in the case of the 10-mile race, no aid stations. Due to the limited amount of natural water on the course, the 20-mile race will have one fluid station, located at the southern terminus of the ridge (about the 11-mile mark).
Runners will need to carry their own food and fluids, and must be experienced at reading a trail map and following colored trail blazes. All participants will be given a course map at race check-in, but the map and corresponding cue sheet can also be downloaded from the race website.
20-MILE Start time: 8:00am
This race takes runners along the entire length of the mountain and back again. There are three big climbs along the way, including a menacing rock scramble just before reaching checkpoint #2. Water and sports drink will be provided at checkpoint #3, which is your turnaround point. There are no other aid stations, so you should carry whatever nutrition you may require, and you should start the race with a full Camelbak or set of bottles.
Checkpoint #1: 4 miles
Checkpoint #2: 7 miles
Checkpoint #3: 10.5 miles (Fluids provided here)
Checkpoint #4: 14 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 3,556 feet
10-MILE Start time: 10:00am
The 10-mile race is the same as the 20-mile race for the first 4 miles, where it then diverges and stays atop the Western Ridge for a short time before descending into Barton Swamp and then climbing again to the Jessup Trail on Eastern Ridge. There are no aid stations along this course, so you must carry all fluids or nutrition that you'll need.
Checkpoint #1: 4 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1,831 feet
Course Maps & Cue Sheets
See the race web page for maps and cue sheets of the 20-Mile and 10-Mile race courses.
EVENT WEB PAGE
Arrival, Parking & Check-in
Will be on the recreational field of the Black Rock Fish & Game Club.
Arrive by way of Creamery Hill Road. Pass through the gate in the fence and then bear left to park on the lawn.
20-Mile: beginning at 7:00am
10-mile: beginning at 9:00am
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 best GPS address is 7 Creamery Road, Cornwall, NY
We regret that we are unable to offer refunds in response to cancellation requests.
Local time: 10:20 PM