Arrive Lake Placid and attend registration at our race HQ, open 1600 – 2200. You will drop your bike with us and we will then transport it to the bike transition. It will then be available to you when you transition from foot to bike upon the completion of the hike the following day. You may also drop your kayak (if you are using your own) at Cold Spring on the way north.
We have an optional kayak skills refresher operating session between 1600 – 1800 in Lake Placid. Everyone will need to undergo the kayak skills check at Lake Placid, for us to just ensure we are satisfied that you are up to scratch for the river paddling leg. More info on the standards we expect can be found here. A map of the locations can be found here. There are optional transportation services you can purchase from us to move your bike and gear for you from New York City area, if you wish. See here for more on that.
Source to Summit begins! You will line up at our startline for an ascent into the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area. After summitting Mount Marcy (the high point of NY State) you will descend to Lake Tear of the Clouds, the official source of the Hudson River. From there it’s a thru-hike to continue out of the High Peaks Wilderness Area to connect with your bikes, waiting for you on the other side of the mountain. A fast, mostly downhill road cycle then takes you to our first overnight in the North Crek area.
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable hotel lodgings.
Back on the bikes for some 120 miles of smooth tarmac along the Hudson River
valley lies before you. The going is beautiful, largely on quiet country roads with good surfaces. The scenery changes throughout the day from mountains and hills to rolling farmland and there is hardly any elevation to speak of. It really is a superb ride. Our destination is the quirky town of Hudson and you are again accommodated in quality lodgings.
Today is all about playing around in boats but first, we must cover another 45 miles on the bikes as we head south to Poughkeepsie through the Hudson Highlands. The going is a bit hilly now on the bikes, offering up rolling ups and downs and eventually passing the famous Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR’s house, right on the banks of the river. Once in Poughkeepsie, we ditch the bikes and we take to the river itself for a stunning 21 mile paddle downriver through the Hudson Highlands to Cold Spring. Lodgings in the Cold Spring area in comfortable accommodation.
Back on the bike and over the Bear Mountain Bridge and into Bear Mountain State Park, for a classic 50 mile section on County Road 6W that brings you screaming downstream and face to face with the bright lights of the Big City. Ditch the bikes on the Jersey side of the George Washington bridge and run across the bridge and into Manhattan itself. You’re going to finish as you started: On foot, with a half marathon run down Manhattan’s west side in full view of the now mile-wide Hudson river, as it winds its way down the side of Manhattan to come to its official terminus at The Battery. This is journey’s end for you, with the Statue of Liberty, skyscrapers and other famous landmarks dotting the skyline. Welcome to New York City and to beers, food and party-time. .
*NOTE THAT TIMINGS AND ITINERARIES ARE APPROX AND OUTLINE AND MAY CHANGE