Rock the River Course Descriptions
All three races begin on the banks of the Hudson River just north of the George Washington Bridge. The Half Marathon and the 5-K are out and back races that follow the Henry Hudson Drive, one of America's oldest scenic roads. The Trail Run follows the Long Path and Shore Trails after peeling off from Henry Hudson Drive. Trail runners will travel along the top of the Palisades cliffs, before descending to Ross Dock to finish. These are challenging races, but rewarding and beautiful.
As one of our past Half Marathon runners said: "Very challenging with big potential for personal payoff, beautifully scenic and small enough for athletes to feel like they’re out for a tough run among friends.". Another runner said "It’s tough. But it’s just as rewarding as it is unrelenting if you run smart."
The Half Marathon and 5-K are certified and part of the NJ Grand Prix!
All races start and finishes at Ross Dock in Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ.
The beginning of the courses are uphill from the Hudson River up the Palisades on Henry Hudson Drive.
The 5-K and Trail Run are relatively flat in the middle of the course, with ascents and descents at the ends.
The Half marathon is a rolling course with steep climbs and descents throughout.
There are water stops at every mile and Port-A-Johns at mile 6.