“Rock the Ridge”: Karen Miura succeeded in helping the group

On most weekends, a large group of early morning runners gather at the Mohonk Reservation in Ulster County for long distances of varying lengths along the seemingly endless carriage paths of Shawangunk Ridge.

Many of these runners are marathon runners, usually in training for the big city spring or fall of 26.2 miles. Others are there simply for the world-class scenery, elevation, and general good vibes. This often describes Karen Miura, who, along with her husband Steve and loyal dog Lucy, can be found in Mohonk almost every weekend.

“This group claims this is the best place to train for the Boston or New York Marathon,” Miura said in an email. “For me, I call it my church, because it is the place where I feel the most connected to the spirit.”

For years, Miura has been on the trail, while her friends and training partners have been preparing for a marathon. This year, Mohonk’s rounds were weekly fitness tests that would eventually lead to her final exam: Rock the Ridge 50-miler.

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