Meet ultra-runner Ken Posner on Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m., at Rock and Snow in New Paltz.
Posner recently set a new fastest-known time for the Long Path, which is a 355-mile hiking trail developed and maintained by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference. It starts at the base of the George Washington Bridge, goes through the Palisades, Harriman State Park, the Shawangunk ridge line, the Catskills, the Schohairie Valley and ends at the John Boyd Thatcher State Park near Albany. Posner ran, hiked and scrambled over the trail in nine days, three hours and six minutes — eclipsing the previous fastest-known time of 12 days. In connection with the run, Posner raised funds for youth fitness and running programs serving young people in underserved areas in New York and across the USA.
At Rock and Snow, Posner will talk about how he overcame a number of challenges on the thru-run, including limited food and sleep, injuries, bad weather and unfriendly wildlife. He’ll also highlight some of his favorite spots along the Long Path and share tips on gear and training.