Monthly Archives: June 2016

Summer Solstice Results

Perfect temperatures, low humidity and a slight breeze all followed by a beautiful sunset. I’m not sure we could have asked for a better June evening at Minnewaska last night for the Summer Solstice 14K Trail Run. We had another record turnout with 361 total runners and Minnewaska did an amazing job making sure everyone got parked. We hope you all had a fantastic evening as we all did as well. Just want to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers who make the race possible.

Results –

Pictures were taken but it’ll take a little while for those fine photographers to go through and edit the pictures. I’ll add links to the 2016 Races page once they are up and try to put out another post about it.

If you enjoyed running this type of course we have our Summer Cross Country Series starting on the 11th of July. A series of 4 races plus a fun run ranging from 3 to 4.7 miles at Mohonk Preserve & Minnewaska on Monday Evenings. If you’d like to come please pre-register to make things easier for both yourself and volunteers each night.
Details can be found here:

At the race last night Lauren Voorhes from the Alzheimer’s Association was handing out flyers for a possible entry into the NYC Marathon if you join their team and fundraise. Please find more information here (MarathonFlyerRevised) if you are interested.

Thank you again to everyone and looking forward to seeing many, if not all, of you at the Summer Series races.


Summer Solstice 14K Trail Run Final Information

The Summer Solstice Run is this Wednesday!

We wanted to make you aware of a few things to make it an enjoyable evening.

Online Registration closes at noon on Tuesday June 21st if you have friends or family waiting to sign up. We’re currently at 325 registered runners so we’re getting close to our cap. Please have them register online to make sure they get a spot and save us some time & effort. The online registration link is:

Race Info
Registration: 5:00pm

Race Start: 6:30pm

Course: Start near the scenic view of Lake Minnewaska near the parking area. Head down the hill and go left to stay on Red. Make a right onto the Blue trail (@.35) and follow it up and over Castle Point (@3.5). After the descent you continue on blue until you hit Black (@4.75) which continues straight. Continue straight on Black until it turns to the Green Trail (@5.2). Take the Green trail all the way back to the “beach” section of Lake Minnewaska (@8.25) where you go left back up the hill to the finish near where you started. Note: estimates are based off GPS and are most likely off a bit.

Water Stops: There will be 3 water stops (only water). One @ 2 miles after the start, one at the top of Castle Point (@3.5) and one at the intersection of the Green & Black Trail (@5.2)

Course Markings: Course will be marked with flour arrows and cones to help guide you.

Post Race: Please pick up your Finishers towel after you cross the finish line. There will be water available as well as Bagels w/ PB and cream cheese, Watermelon, strawberries, bananas and cookies while they last.

Final comment: We need to be cleaned/packed up and out of the park by 9pm. If you feel you need extra time to run (ex. you’ll need over 2 hours, finishing after 8:30) please get with a volunteer after you’ve picked up your bib and we’ll work with you to make it a stress free evening. This will include things like starting early, wearing your bib backwards (no numbers showing), self timing (preferably with a watch) and going through a separate chute at the finish line.

Overall Male & Female
M/F in categories 19 & Under | 20-29 | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50-59 | 60-69 | 70-79 | 80+

Current forecast appears to be mostly Sunny with temperatures in the higher 70’s at race time. Please carry hydration if you feel you’ll need more water than will be provided on the course or you need specific types.

Minnewaska’s Main Entrance Project
Minnewaska’s main entrance will be closed until further notice for construction effective Friday June 9th. All visitors can enter and exit the park via the Awosting parking lot entrance. Please follow the posted signage which will direct visitors through the construction zone.

Entrance to the Park
Minnewaska State Park charges a $10 a car parking fee. The NYS Empire Passport is accepted. Please do not try to purchase a passport on your way into the park that evening. Please car pool to save on money and to save parking spots. Parking is going to be tight and as the upper lots fill up you’ll have to park in the lower lot. We’ll be having a car shuttle running to help but please arrive early to make sure you aren’t stressed about parking and getting to the starting line.

See you in a few days!

2016 Summer Series Races

2016 New Paltz Summer Series registration is ready.
You can sign up online or through the mail.
Online: *
Flyer: shxc2016

  • Note for the Online registration. If you are doing a Family registration the first person on the team should use the Create Team button which will charge that member the cost of the registration ($30). You can then add more family members using the Join Team and specifying the Team Name.

2016 Shawangunk Runner Members I will be sending you an email with details on how to register in the next day or so.

The race schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 11: Entry to Park is $10.00.  Minnewaska State Park Preserve “Patterson’s Pellet”; 3 miles; start at lake, out/back on Millbrook Trail. *

Monday, July 18: Entry to Park is $10.00.  Minnewaska State Park Preserve “Blueberry Run” ; 4 plus miles; start at lake and over old golf course. *

  • The Empire Passport is accepted at Minnewaska State Park

Monday, July 25:  Mohonk Preserve “Undercliff/Overcliff”:  4.7 miles; start at metal bridge-parking at West Trapps Trailhead/Mohonk Preserve, Rte 44/55- directions available at

Monday, August 1: Mohonk Preserve “Lou’s Run”; 4 plus miles on single track and carriage paths, fast finish; parking at Spring Farm Trailhead/Mohonk Preserve, directions available at

Monday, August 8: Awards and Fun Run, New Paltz Rail Trail. Run and awards will be at Garvan’s Gastropub (215 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561)

If there are any questions or comments please send me an email.