Sunday, April 26, 2020 • Congers, NY • Course Map
Hundreds of runners flock each year to this small town that lies just an hour’s drive north from New York City for the annual springtime running of the George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners on a scenic, hilly course through Rockland Lake State Park and Hook Mountain State Park, just outside Congers.
Named for George Wodicka, a local running enthusiast and active member of the local Rockland Road Runners running group who lost his battle with cancer in 1996, the half-marathon is a tribute to what race organizers remember as his sage advice on running, and his knowledge of how to guide runners — whether experienced or novice — to success.
Described by the event organizers as “very challenging and scenic,” the half marathon course begins at the South Parking area of the park, and takes runners around Rockland Lake for the first few miles of the race before beginning the turn eastward toward the race’s second half, which unfolds along the banks of the Hudson River.
The race is made up of both paved roads and trails, and the second 6.5 miles of the race are its most challenging, taking runners down Hook Mountain to the trail along the river to the turnaround point, from which runners must return back up the trail toward the finish back at Rockland Lake.
The 5K portion of the race, by contrast, is open to runners and walkers and is largely fast and flat, and takes runners along a course around the lake.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Hudson River in the state’s southeastern corner, roughly 40 miles north of New York City, Congers typically sees April temperatures that average between the high 30s and the low 60s, while precipitation amounts average just under 4 inches for the month.
On race day (April 26), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 62ºF.
- 2019 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2018 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2017 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2016 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2015 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2014 George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon Results
- $50 – $65 for the half marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Congers’ George Wodicka Hook Mountain Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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