Today, I selected the goal race for the year. The SRT (Shawangunk Ridge Trail) 50 mile race on September 15th, 2018. Why? Well, it is 50 miles and close by… my choices are limited. But, after reading about the race, I can’t think of a more perfect way to hit my goal.
The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 70-mile hiking trail that traverses the entire length of the Shawangunk Mountains, from High Point State Park in New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends just beyond a restored railroad trestle 140 feet above the Rondout Creek. Along the way, the SRT passes through rolling hills, wetlands, rare dwarf pine barrens, sky lakes, waterfalls, and the distinctive white conglomerate cliffs of the Shawangunk mountains uplifted almost three hundred million years ago.
The race is fully self-supported, meaning it is a survival style race where I have to pack everything with me to make it the full 50 miles. That likely even includes water purification tablets after I refill my water from any creeks I may find.