Dr. David Ness ART and Chiropractic
Performance Sports and Wellness
Help with injuries, tweaks or just a long day on the AZ course. Dr. Ness located in New Paltz, NY has repaired many endurance athletes. 845-255-1200 (drness.com)
Main Street Bistro
Doug and the crew at the Bistro provide an amazing amount of delicious post race food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, soup, chili, corn bread, salad, cookies, potato salad....you will not leave this race hungry.
The crew at the Bicycle Depot can help with last minute repairs, adjustments or receive your bike if you are flying in. They are located on Main Street in New Paltz, 5.7 miles from the transition area.
A great resource for all things endurance related.
The Powerman race series internationally and championships in Zofingen that were the inspiration for this race. John Raadschelders and the staff at Powerman put on high quality and challenging events.
The best endurance sport nutritional support products on the market. The race will be stocked with HEED and Hammer Gels at aid stations.
John (in blue behind Kenny Souza) thought of creating this epic race while in Europe during Powerman Zofingen in 2005. Shortly after coming home he went to the Shawangunk Mountains of the Mohonk Preserve and created this race and that first year a dozen cold and wet racers completed the event.
The bike course consists of 1, 2 or 3 loops depending on the race distance chosen. Long course is 84.2 miles with 8,910 feet of elevation gain. The course is all right hand turns with the exception of going left out of the transition/preserve and a left coming back into transition/preserve. For a full GPS file of the long course follow me on STRAVA. For short course one lap click the link below.
The run course is comprised of single track and carriage trail running. If you are tired of asphalt and want to see the beauty of the mountains and cliffs, this is the run course for you. A very challenging 5 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain per loop. Strava links below.
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Race Distances and Trail Run
The short course consists of 1 - run, 1 - bike, 1 - run. A total of 10 miles running with 1600 feet of elevation gain and 28.06 miles biking with 2,970 feet of elevation gain. PAST WINNING TIMES - MEN 2:49:58 WOMEN 3:29:01
Chris Gleason Memorial - Middle Distance F1 style
The middle distance consists of 1 - run, 1 - bike, 1- run, 1- bike, 1- run. A total of 15 miles running with 2,400 of elevation gain and 56.12 miles of biking with 5,940 feet of elevation gain. PAST WINNING TIMES - MEN 5:15:13 WOMEN 6:35:25
The Epic long course consists of 1 - run, 3 - bike loops and 3 run loops. For a total of 20 miles of running with 3,200 feet of elevation gain and 84.2 miles biking with 8,910 feet of elevation gain. PAST WINNING TIMES - MEN 7:33:21 WOMEN 9:27:07
You can switch distances up until one week before race day. To switch you need to email me at
In this first annual trail run the race will consist of multiple loops of the same 5 mile run course as the duathlon. Each participant will have 6 hours to run as many loops as possible. Top 3 men and top 3 women receive awards. This event will have a separate transition area for gear and support. I think this course with a mixture of single track, rock trails, creeks, planks and carriage trails will provide an excellent race for those experienced and those that are new to trail running.
It is the long term plan to grow the trail run so that it is a stand alone event on Saturday and more runners can participate.
There are no refunds for this race. You may defer to future dates up until 1 week before race day. A fee of $12.00 is required to cover a portion of the cost to the preserve.
This race is USAT sanctioned and will abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the governing body.
When is the last day I can register?
The last day for registration is May 10, 2020
Race entry is the same price for all distances.
$115.00 until February 1, 2020 - $125.00 until March 1, 2020 - $135.00 until May 10, 2020 the last day to register
Results will be posted here and on PRtiming.com
Required signed waivers by athletes
Each athlete needs to complete the Preserve and NYSDOT waivers. Any non-USAT member must do a 1 time application and fee. All these forms are turned in on race day or bib number pick up on Saturday and will be email to all athletes in the guide sent out in advance.
Long Course Female Record Holder Mimi Boyle
A spectacle of suffering some would say,
Once in October and now in May.
With the Shawagunks as a backdrop in clear sight,
We arrive with feelings of terror and fright.
Pre-race jitters are one-times-a-million,
As we all grab our chips near the pavilion.
Mother nature is cooperating which is huge,
Yet warm temps and clear skies offer little refuge.
McGovern’s pre-race speech is short and sweet,
The horn goes off and we move our feet.
A five-mile run that continually climbs,
Legs are burning and you start to whine.
Starting the bike we hope for the best,
But each road looks hillier than the next.
The 3rd loop up to Mohonk makes you weep,
Why do we do this…we should still be asleep.
Turning into the T2 and what lies ahead,
A 15-mile trail run that will leave us half dead.
But remember what Billy Crystal said in The Princess Bride?
Half dead is not fully dead, so show some damn pride.
Time to get our weary ass out on that dreadful course,
Wake your legs up and show them who’s boss.
Run the first loop and hear people cheer,
But you’ve got 2 more to go before you get your beer.
Run loop two, but it’s more like a walk,
The voices in your head are starting to talk.
“This is the last time I ever do something like this”
I could be getting a pedicure in the city at Bliss.
I should be lying on my couch eating Doritos,
John McGovern owes me a year’s worth of tasty mojitos.
But on loop 3 it all becomes clear,
You realize why you come back each year.
The suffering is a spectacle like no other,
You beg it stop, you call out for your mother.
But it doesn’t end until you see,
The pavilion ahead at the end of loop 3.
It’s an oasis of sorts that only Amzof finishers would attest,
That makes you realize this is the best.
You’re 4 steps away from the finish line,
You’re legs are screaming, but you’re soul feels sublime.
You climb those steps and it’s all so surreal,
HELLO kegs of beer and a hot tasty meal.
Many have stayed to see you finish,
The hours have passed, but the crowds not diminished.
You sit and reflect your decision to race,
You look at your time and your outrageous pace.
So why will you sign up for this next year?
Is this really worth a stein of beer?
You look around at the others in pain,
And it hits you in the head like a drop of rain.
We did something unthinkable out there today,
Our legs said STOP, but our minds said “no way”.
Most difficult course without a doubt,
It eats you up and spits you out.
But you finished and you’re left in this state of zen,
If signups for next year were available you’d grab a pen.
It was a day of catastrophic disaster,
But you can’t help think “I know I’ll go faster”.
And so that’s why I love this race,
It’s a pure test of will presented face to face.
Thank you Catskill Mountain Sport for inventing this event,
Though it’s course I do lament.
For I will be back year after year,
And yes…if not for the sheer competitive camaraderie, then quite certainly the stein of BEER!
Mohonk Mountain House
There are a number of hotels, big chain lodging locations nearby, Kayak, airBNB, expedia, to find lodging. The closest is the Mohonk Mountain House which is one mile away from the start. It has excellent food and numerous things for significant others and children to do while you race. Please make your reservations sooner than later as these locations fill up quick with everyone wanting to get outside after a long winter.
Military donation for a free slot and applying for one
We are collecting donations to provide free race slots for military members. An entire slot fee is appreciated but any amount is welcome. To donate go to the Runsignup registration link and there is a donation location there. If you would prefer a check of paypal please email me at
To apply to receive a free slot please email me your request and I will work with a few others to make a selection.
as of 1/31/2020 we have two slots available.
136 Lake Drive East Rock Hill NY 12775