Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour, 12-Hour & Midnight Marathon
Flat, Fast, and Scenic!
About the event
Join us on June 10-11, 2023, for the Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour, 12-Hour & Midnight Marathon 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.
Perks and Amenities: Free parking (if in by 8AM), aid stations every mile including a well-stocked main aid station, full medical support, tri-blend custom race shirt, custom finisher medals, free race photos.
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.
3 minute video of the 2023 edition!
- June 10, 8AM
- $130 through April 30
- $155 through May 31
- $180 through June 7
- No race-day registration
- View course map »
- June 10, 8AM
- $90 through April 30
- $110 through May 31
- $130 through June 7
- No race-day registration
- View course map »
- 12AM Sunday morning
- (Midnight Saturday night)
- Registration and Fees
- Race Schedule
- The Course
- Lap Counting
- Hydration / Food / Snacks
- Participant Rest Areas
- Helpers / Crew
- Nighttime Safety Measures
- Race Shirts
- Age Restrictions
- Race Credit / Refund Policy
Register by mail: Download entry form. We must receive completed form and payment no later than May 31.
Through April 30: 24 hr $130, 12 hr $90, Midnight Marathon $60
Through May 31: 24 hr $155, 12 hr $110, Midnight Marathon $75
Through June 7: 24 hr $180, 12 hr $130, Midnight Marathon $90
Strictly no race-day registration. Entries cannot be transferred to another person.
Saturday, June 10:
6:30AM: participants may begin setting up their personal rest areas
7:00AM: 24-Hour & 12-Hour packet pickup opens,
8:00AM: Start of 24-Hour and 12-Hour races
8:00PM: 12-Hour race ends
8:30PM: 12-Hour awards ceremony
11:00PM: Packet pickup opens for Midnight Marathon
Sunday, June 11
12:00AM: Start of Midnight Marathon (to be clear: midnight Saturday night / 12AM Sunday morning)
8:00AM: 24-Hour race ends, Midnight Marathon cutoff
8:30AM: 24-Hour awards ceremony
10:00AM: Deadline for participants to pack up and vacate the race staging area
A scenic, flat and fast 2.95-mile paved pathway around Rockland Lake, accurately measured USATF certified loop. The Midnight Marathon is a Boston Qualifier, and consists of an initial 2.62-mile partial lap followed by 8 full laps.
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. Race-Day Central and 12-Hour & 24-Hour start are near Parking field 5. Midnight Marathon start is about 7 minutes walk north of Race-Day Central. View Course Map >>
IMPORTANT: Headlamps are highly recommended after dark, there are no lights on the course. Runners must supply their own. 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! If you would like to avoid making safety pin holes in your jacket or top, use of a bib belt is recommended ($10 on Amazon).
Note: The two aid stations on the loop are measured from the start point, and in the last 30 minutes of the race runners passing these points will be recorded and receive credit for the extra distance, in case they do not complete a full final loop before the race ends. Aid Station 1 = 1.1591 miles, Aid Station 2 = 2.3431 miles
If you are finishing the race early, please inform the lap counting staff at the end of your final lap.
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 water and Skratch Hydration only.
All food and snacks are for registered runners only - helpers will need to bring their own.
The main aid station will have typical ultra fair: Chips, nuts, pretzels, cookies, fresh fruit, etc., etc.
Additionally, there will be 3-4 light snacks at 1:30PM, 7:30PM, 1:30AM, 8AM, all food will be vegetarian.
There will be no kitchen on-site, food will be prepared off-site and brought to the race. We apologize, but we are unable to customize meals, prepare anything specific, or re-heat food.
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 prohibited in the park.
You can set up your own rest area on the grass along either side of the pathway, anywhere past the lap counting station and before the restroom. There is plenty of room to spread out.
Tables, chairs and tents 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', must be secured to the ground, and if you are attaching sidewalls one side must be left off - one side completely open. Camping tents, changing tents, and any type of tent that is designed to be fully enclosed are strictly not allowed, even if they are left open - there is no camping permitted in the park, and the park officials are strict about not allowing totally enclosable tents of any description (for real - they come check!)
RVs will be allowed in the parking lot (no hookups), but please email us at least one week before the race 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 after the counting station, the pathway passes 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.
We cannot be responsible for valuables left unattended.
Visitors and helpers / race crew are most welcome, but please keep in mind they must provide their own food and snacks - the main aid station is strictly for runners only.
Also 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 Race-Day Central, 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 for your own safety, and are final.
- Runners are requested to wear headlamps on the course at night, there are no lights on the course. Race-Day Central will have minimal lighting.
- 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.
- Please note that the park is closed overnight, with the exception of those involved with our event - runners, race staff and volunteers, runner helpers.
Tri-blend custom race shirts for all participants registered by May 25. Something FUN for 2023: Race name is printed on shirt front in glow-in-the-dark ink!
Sizes are Unisex X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL.
Men’s and Women’s awards categories:
24-Hour & 12-Hour races:
Under 50: Top 3
50-59: First place
60-69: First place
70 & Over: First place
Top 3 men, top 3 women overall.
12-Hour: Saturday 8:30PM
24-Hour: Sunday 8:30AM
Midnight Marathon: No formal ceremony, instead awards will be presented as runners finish (it is, after all, the middle of the night!)
Medals for all finishers
All participants must be 18 or older on race day.
We're sorry, park rules prohibit pets in any part of the park, from May through September, whether leashed or unleashed.
Please view our policy here before submitting a request for refund or credit.
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 very close 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 your 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 very 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 will be allowed in the parking lot (no hookups though), please email us the length of your RV at least a week in advance, and we will secure permission from the park.
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...