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Rally on the River 2019 – The results are in!


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On Saturday, September 21, Riverkeeper held the first ever Rally on the River at the Factoria in Peekskill, to bring people together for a common cause: the Hudson River. The inaugural event attracted almost 275 runners, kayakers, yoga enthusiasts and music lovers picture perfect day.

Rally on the River featured the Surf and Turf Challenge, a 5k run/walk along the streets and Riverwalk path in Peekskill and a 5k kayak paddle from Lent’s Cove into and around Peekskill Bay, as well as yoga overlooking the Hudson at sunset. The evening was capped off by a fantastic concert from Stella Blue’s Band, who played three sets of Grateful Dead tunes for boisterous outdoor crowd at River Outpost Brewing Company.

Riverkeeper Rally on the River 2019

Rally on the River was a huge success thanks to the dedication of a wonderful group of volunteers and of course our staff who was on hand to not only manage the event but several of whom participated in the 5k races and yoga.

Riverkeeper hopes to make Rally on the River an annual event, reaching more communities along the river to strengthen their relationship with the Hudson River and help more people to appreciate and advocate for our waterways.

For our competitors, the results for the Surf and Turf Challenge races are posted online here. You all did such an amazing job on a very warm day, so congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Surf & Turf Challenge Champions!

Surf Challenge 5k kayak paddle
Top overall time male: Timothy Clarke – 38:13
Top overall time female: Katherine Stern – 38:34

Turf Challenge 5k run
Top female under 18: Lillian B – 33:03
Top male under 18: Ryan G – 57:33
Top overall female: Mahalia Prater Fahey – 25:20
Top overall male: TIE – Matt Arnold and Nate Blum – 21:21

Surf and Turf Challenge Winners
Top overall combined time male: Kai Nybro – Surf 43:02 + Turf 26:31 = 1:09
Top overall combined time female: Diane Weeks – Surf 49.17 + Turf 25:45 = 1:15

We’d love to hear about your experiences at this event. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think by taking a quick survey about the event or email us at [email protected].

Riverkeeper is a member-supported organization, this means we rely on gifts from people like you to fight for the Hudson River and the communities that live along its shores. If you haven’t already joined Riverkeeer, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to become a member.

Riverkeeper would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their support of Rally on the River:

Factoria at Charles Point          River Outpost Brewing Co.




Special thanks to: The City of Peekskill, Peekskill Fire Department, Peekskill Police Department, Garrison Fire Department and Launch 5, Underdog Race Timing, Enormous Creative, National Maritime Historical Society, Peekskill Walks, Hudson Valley Drone Solutions and Donna Marie Photography.

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