Sri Chinmoy 12 & 24-Hour Races
Flat, Fast, and Scenic!
About the event
Join us on June 12 & 13, 2021, for the Sri Chinmoy 12 & 24 hour races at Rockland Lake State Park, just 45 min. north of NYC. Featuring a scenic, "pancake flat" and fast 2.95 mile paved loop around beautiful Rockland Lake. Get ready for your PR!
Whether this is your first ever ultra, or you're going for a national record, this is your race! We strive to provide a high standard of runner service and support for all participants, regardless of abilities.
Sponsored by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in cooperation with the New York State Parks System.
All proceeds from this event support the Self-Transcendence 3,100 mile race.
- June 12, 8AM
- $130 through April 30
- $155 through May 31
- $180 until registration closes
Registration and Fees
Through April 30: 24 hr $130, 12 hr $90
Through May 31: 24 hr $155, 12 hr $110
Until registration closes: 24 hr $180, 12 hr $130
Strictly no race-day registration. Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
Saturday, June 12:
6:30AM: Participants may begin setting up their personal rest areas
8:00AM: Start of 24-Hour and 12-Hour (Daytime) races
8:00PM: 12-Hour (Daytime) race ends, 12-Hour (Overnight) race begins
Sunday, June 13
8:00AM: 24-Hour and 12-Hour (Overnight) races end
8:45AM: Awards ceremony
10:00AM: Deadline for participants to pack up and vacate the race staging area
General COVID-19 Precautions
The following is a list of general measures we are taking in order to help protect the health and safety of both participants and race personnel. More specific COVID measures are in the sections they apply to, herein. As the situation is fluid, this page may be updated. Please make sure to add [email protected] to your address book in order to receive important email updates.
- This race is capped at 50 participants total, the sum of both 12-hour and 24-hour runners on the track at one time.
- In the 14 days prior to the event if you 1) experience COVID-19 symptoms, or 2) test positive for COVID-19, or 3) come in close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, you may not attend the event.
- All runners, race staff and runners' helpers must visit the medical tent upon arrival at the race site to undergo a COVID screening, including contactless temperature check, before being allowed entry. Please visit to the medical tent first thing when you arrive.
- Only registered runners with their race bib pinned to the front of their shirt will be permitted in the race staging area, and up to two guests per runner total throughout the entirety of the event.
- Face coverings and physical distancing (min. 6 ft.) are mandatory at all times in the race staging area.
- Prior to the race start, and until the start signal is given, runners will stand on rows of marks spaced 6ft. apart leading up to the start line.
- Face coverings are required during the race only when physical distancing is not possible.
- If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days following the event, you must notify us immediately.
A scenic, flat and fast 2.95-mile paved pathway around Rockland Lake, accurately measured USATF certified course. The entire loop was repaved in 2020 and is in excellent shape - smooth, flat, no bumps, cracks or potholes. About 50% of the course is shaded, 50% exposed. Start and race staging area are near Parking field 5.
IMPORTANT: Headlamps are mandatory after dark, there are no lights on the course. Participants in the 24-hour race and the overnight 12-hour race must bring their own headlamps and spare batteries. Sunset 8:30PM, sunrise 5:24AM.
Lap counting will be done manually by race staff. Please ensure your race bib is visible on the front of your torso (not your side, leg, back etc.) each time you pass the counting station and aid stations 1 & 2, otherwise your laps won't be counted!
You will be provided a bib belt in your race packet, which your race bib attaches to. The belt is easy to quickly fasten / unfasten from around your waist, when you need to put on or take off a sweatshirt, jacket, etc., so you can keep your number visible at all times.
Note: Aid stations 1 & 2 on the loop will be USATF certified, and monitored for the 30 minutes before the race ends, so runners will receive credit for the distance to the last aid station they pass, in case they do not complete a full final loop before the race ends.
Hydration / Food / Snacks
Due to COVID-19, all liquids will be in sealed bottles, food and snacks in sealed containers or bags. Items will be laid out on tables by race staff, participants will need to take the items from the tables themselves, race personnel will not hand items to participants.
All food and snacks are for registered runners only - helpers will need to bring their own.
There will be one well-stocked main aid station in the race staging area, and two basic aid stations along the loop (near mile 1 and mile 2 points) with bottles of water only.
The main aid station will have the usual ultra fare: Chips, nuts, pretzels, cookies, gels, fresh fruit, etc., etc. as well as water and Cytomax.
There will be four light meals, all food will be vegetarian. Sat. June 12 at 1:30pm and 7:30PM, Sunday, June 13 at 1:30AM and 8:15AM, after the race ends. There will be no kitchen on-site, food will be prepared off-site and brought to the race. We are unable to customize meals, prepare anything specific, or re-heat food. If you have special dietary needs, you will need to provide for yourself.
There are several groceries and delis within a mile or two of the park. Old World Food Market is an excellent, large and well-stocked grocery store with hot and cold food bars located a little further away - about 10 minutes from the park, near the junction of 9W and I287. Open 8am-9pm daily. Other than the small food mart at the Shell station about 5 min. away, we are not aware of anything nearby open overnight.
Alcohol is strictly not allowed in the park.
Participant Rest Areas
There will be multiple physically-distanced individual rest areas on the grass along both sides of the course, just past the lap counting station, before the restroom. Areas will be 7 ft. x 7 ft., delineated in advance with ribbon, and will be spaced 7 ft. from each other and 7 ft. off the course. One participant per area. Helpers are allowed in this area. Tables / chairs are not provided, you will need to bring your own. This area is exposed to the sun and rain, canopies / pop-up tents are allowed but with a maximum size of 10' x 10', and must be secured to the ground. Camping tents are not allowed - there is strictly no camping permitted in the park. RVs MAY be allowed in the parking lot (no hookup), please email us with the length of your RV and we will request permission from the park.
You can also use your vehicle for resting and to store any valuables or items you'd rather not leave exposed - parking field 5 is just off the course. If you bear left at the counting station, the pathway passes right next to the long row of parking spots on the east side of the lot, and re-joins the race course at the restroom. This detour adds about 110 meters.
Please see site map (coming soon)
We cannot be responsible for valuables left unattended.
Helpers / Crew
Due to COVID, runners are permitted a maximum of two helpers / friends / family / guests (visitors of any description) in totality throughout the event. If possible, helpers should be from the same household as the runner they are crewing for, to help prevent the spread of COVID.
There is strictly no pacing allowed - runners may not be accompanied for any portion of any lap.
There are three restrooms along the course: One at parking field 5 about 150 meters past the race staging area, one at parking field 6, and one at parking field 3. All have running water, and are lit at night. No showers.
Medical personnel will be present on-site during the entire race, for emergencies only. (No massages, etc.)
Runners exhibiting medical issues may be required to drop out of the race, at the discretion of the on-duty race director and / or medical personnel. These decisions are final.
Nighttime Safety Measures
- All runners must wear headlamps on the course at night, there are no lights on the course. The race staging area will have minimal electric lighting.
- The aid stations 1 and 2 will be staffed overnight and will serve as additional checkpoints.
- A cyclist will circle the course continuously from sundown (8:30PM) until sunup (5:24AM)
- A park police vehicle will patrol the park overnight, special for this event.
All participants registered by Thursday, June 3 will receive their race shirts and bibs in the mail in advance of the race, to further limit on-site interactions on race-day. (Those registering after June 3 will need to pick up their packets at the race). The cost of shipping is included in the race registration fee. You will be notified by email when your package ships, which will be 6-7 days before the race. Please help us by registering early, entering a valid U.S. shipping address, and adding [email protected] to your address book to ensure you receive notifications.
Free race shirts for all participants registered by May 31. Sizes are Unisex: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL
Men’s and Women’s awards categories, for both 12 and 24-Hour races:
Under 50: Top 3
50-59: Top 2
60 and over: First place
UPDATE: Hooray! we are being allowed to have an awards ceremony! There will be just one ceremony for both the 12 & 24-Hour race, Sunday at 8:45 AM at the race site. Everyone will need to stay spread out (min. 6 ft.), and the awards winners will need to collect their trophies from the table one by one as their name / place is announced (trophies will not be handed to winners). Trophies will be mailed to 12-hour award winners if they are not present at the ceremony.
12-Hour awards will be allocated according to combined results of Daytime and Overnight 12-Hour races (not as separate events).
Medals for all finishers
All participants must be 18 or older on race day.
We're sorry, pets are strictly not allowed in any part of the park, from May through September, whether leashed or unleashed.
DIRECTIONS / NEARBY LODGING
Rockland Lake State Park is about 45 min North of NYC, off the NY State Thruway (Rt I-87). There is no public transportation to the park.
Please read through these directions completely before starting your drive:
Rockland Lake State Park is a big park, by far the easiest way to navigate to Race-Day Central is to start out by using this google map link which will take you to the northern park entrance off of Route 9W (at Lake Road). Alternatively, you can enter the following address into any GPS, which will take you to the same park entrance:
962 S Route 9W, Congers, NY 10920
Then, immediately after turning into the park, make your first right turn towards Parking Field 5. Follow the road down for 1 mile (pass Parking Field 6), Parking Field 5 will be on your left. Race-Day Central will be between the south end of the parking lot and the lake loop pathway.
Please note that the southern entrance to the park off of Route 9W is also at "Lake Road" (we know... it's totally confusing), that's why we recommend using the link or address above, then follow the written directions the last mile.
You can also click this link for the exact location of the race staging area in Google maps, however if you are driving from points south of Rockland Lake, most GPSs will try to take you through the southern park entrance off of Route 9W, and the road leading to Parking Field 5 from this entrance is CLOSED.
DO NOT type "Rockland Lake State Park" into your GPS, you'll end up in the wrong part of the park at the north end of the lake, 1-1/2 miles away from the race!
IMPORTANT: you must enter any parking lot inside the park BEFORE 8AM to avoid being charged the $10 NYS Parks imposed vehicle fee. If you leave the parking area and re-enter after 8AM, you will be charged $10. Keep you receipt for in / out priveleges.
If Parking Field 5 is full, backtrack (go North) 3/4 mile to Parking Field 6. (Allow 10 minutes to walk back to Race-Day Central)
Green Inn Motel on the Lake 845.268.6836 is the closest accomodation, a basic budget motel a mere quarter-mile north of the park entrance.
West Gate Inn Nyack 845.358.8100 is about 4 miles south of the park, approx $110 for a double.
5 miles north of the lake are two small B&Bs in Haverstraw: Bricktown Inn 845.429.8447 consists of four rooms in a Victorian era home. Casa Hudson 845.219.1698 is an upscale B&B in a circa-1800s home with views of the Hudson River.
There are a few other options in the Rockland Lake area, but please check the overall rating and read reviews carefully before booking.
Please note: There is strictly no camping in the park. Smaller RVs MAY be allowed in the parking lot (no hookups though), please email us the length of your RV first, and we will request permission from the park.
Race Credit / Refund Policy
Please view our policy here before submitting a request for refund or credit.
About the Organisers
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Serving the running community for over 40 years...
Team Founder Sri Chinmoy
A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...