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Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot

The Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 9 Astor Dr, Corner of Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY US 12572.

The entry fee is $30.

To register go to :

 The first 500 will get a soft cotton T shirt.

 Changes were implemented  last  year to keep us socially distanced to prevent the spread. The new format worked really well so we will do it the same way this year with a few changes.  Please wear a mask if you are un vaccinated .

We will be starting runners as they come to the line in a 30 minute window from 8:00 till 8:30.   You will sign up for a time and please start in the 5 min window.  We will be doing chip timing start and finish.

If you think you will earn a medal please sign up for an early group. It will give us more time to figure the results.  (All runners will be timed no matter when you start)

!! Raffle !!   New this year, purchase raffle chances on line!

We will have a raffle of goods and services from local merchants.  Please use the Donation button to be entered in the raffle. $5 for each chance at winning a prize!  I will update the list of prizes as we get closer. 


Thursday Nov 25th, 2020 – Thanksgiving Morning  8:00am  to 8:30am  Chip timed Rolling start. Runners will be started, spaced apart, every few seconds until all have started. Assigned Runners will be started during each 5 minute block.  Families / households can be started together.


The First Baptist Church,  9 Astor Dr, (Corner of Astor and Montgomery) Rhinbeck NY.   

The Course
All on Paved road- Montgomery St /Mt Rutsen Road from Astor Dr. to Ferncliff Forest and back. Paved road course out and back. Gentle rolling Hills.
Male and Female
Ages 1-10,  11-14,  15-19,  20-29,  30-39,  40-49,  50-59,  60-69,  70+
Awards to top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 male and female age group finishers. All Kids under 10 will receive an award.

Awards ceremony at 9am sharp

Registering : Please enter here on line    

Before the Event
-If you have COVID related symptoms please stay home. Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
-We recommend high-risk individuals and individuals traveling from high infection areas to consider not attending our event.
Packet Pick-Up
We will not be using the hall, all activities will be outside on the Baptist Church lawn. We will have a limited number of Porta Potties

Please try to pick up your bib and shirt the night before.

-Option #1: Pick up your bib and shirt at the tent in the Baptist Church parking lot, 9 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Wed Nov 24th  between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  Please try to attend the Wednesday night pick-up option if possible.
-Option #2: Race Day bib pick-up starting 7:45am. There will be a tent on the Baptist church lawn.

Rolling Start
-Choose your rolling start time online prior to race day. Please arrive as close to your start time as possible. Allow a little extra time if you need to pick up your bib morning of. Please wait at your car if you arrive early.
-You will have a 10-minute window to start your event. The rolling start will help from congregating at the start line and avoid overcrowding during the run. We have chip timing so when you cross the start mat your race will officially begin, and it will end when you cross the finish mat. Your time will not necessarily be the time displayed on the clock.
Start Line
-We will be spreading runners out while waiting to start , socially distanced, down the street.  Please wait at your car till 10 min before your start time to come to the start area. Don’t worry Because of the chip timing you can’t be late.
On Course
-When passing another racer, please announce your presence and intent to pass. Try your best to socially distance on the course.
Finish Line
-Once racers have finished your event, we ask that they do not gather in large groups finish line.
-Results will be posted online the same morning or texted to you if you wish.
-We ask that all spectators maintain proper social distancing from the runners during the event.

Proceeds from the races will benefit Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest.

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Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot

The Rhinebeck Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9 Astor Dr, Corner of Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, NY US 12572.

The entry fee is $25 plus a $2.50 sign up fee through November 16th when the price increases to $35 plus $3.00 sign up fee.

There are age-based discounts.

To register go to :

Here is the latest from race organizers:

“COVID UPDATE 10-05-20:    We currently have preliminary approval from the Town/ Village of Rhinebeck. But we also need County  / State approval.

We are optimistic that the event will happen.  There will be some changes to provide for social distancing. I will update again as soon as I have more info.   


Our event helps to fund all projects and operating expenses at Ferncliff Forest, we are a totally privately funded nature preserve and have NO paid employees. 100% of money raised will go to the forest fund. The forest is a great place for a Trail run, Hike or Mountain Bike ride.

Walkers Welcome!  Get a group together and come on out. You don’t have to be a runner.”

Course: All on Paved road- Montgomery St /Mt Rutsen Road from Astor Dr. to Ferncliff Forest and back. Paved road course out and back. Gentle rolling Hills.
Classes: Ages 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70+

Awards:  Awards to top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 male and female age group finishers. All Kids under 10 get something.
When: Thursday Nov 26th, 2019 – Thanksgiving Morning
6:45AM Event Day Registration / Bib Pick up
8:00AM  Start        8:50 Awards ceremony

Free Food for racers- bananas, bagels, drinks etc.
Bonus: There will be a prize  for the best Thanksgiving related Costume. Turkey? Pilgrim? Bowl of Mash Potatoes? Get creative !!
Packet Pickup: Bib pick up and In person registration
When: Wed. Nov 25th 4:30-6:30pm
Where: Rhinebeck Bagels  31 W Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

You may also pick up your bib and shirt morning of the event starting at 6:45am in the Baptist Church Hall by the start

Strollers are OK. Well behaved dogs on leash are OK too, Just start to the side or back.

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Ferncliff 6th Annual Fat Fest

The Ferncliff 6th Annual Fat Fest will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Ferncliff Forest, 68 Mountain Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

This informal event, which is  hosted by Revolution Bicycles, is non-competitive with several ride options available depending on ability. Rhinebeck Bagels is also a sponsor.

If conditions are snowy or muddy, fat- tired bikes (with tire width of 3.8 inches) are required.

Although the event is free, there is a $10 participation fee for the post-ride refreshments, and any donations to the Ferncliff Forest projects  are greatly appreciated.

Event day schedule:

9:30 am – Arrive, determine appropriate ride

10:00 am – 4:30 pm   Ride

Bonfire, chili, brownies and beer after ride.

For more information call Samantha at Revolution Bicycles at (845) 853-8300.

Proceeds from  Fat Fest will benefit Ferncliff Forest.

To learn more about Ferncliff Forest visit

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Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot

The Ferncliff Forest 5K Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at the Baptist Church, Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

The race, which is sponsored by  Ferncliff Forest, is a run/walk event.

Walkers, strollers and well behaved dogs welcome.

Pre-register at

The age-related, early registration entry fees are as follows: Adults $25; age 11-17 $20; age 10 and under $10. Note: there is an additional signup fee of $2.50.

After Nov. 18th the fee increases to $35 for adults, children and senior fees remain the same.

Race Day schedule:

Wed., Nov. 27th

4:30-6:30  pm  Bib pick up and late registration at Rhinebeck Bagels, 31 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Thurs., Nov. 28th

7:00  am  Registration, Bib pick up at Baptist Church, Montgomery St.

8:00 am race begins

8:50 am  Awards and light refreshments (bananas, bagels, drinks) .

Awards will go to the top three overall finishers, male and female; top three male and female finishers in nine age groups and prize for best Thanksgiving-themed costume.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Ferncliff Forest, funding projects and operating expenses. To learn more about Ferncliff Forest visit

For more information about the race email

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Beautiful Places

Have you noticed how quickly time has passed by this year? Seasons seem only to last a month or so, then gone- especially autumn. Already October is half over, and leaf-viewing opportunities are fading. We’ll have to hustle if we want to capture the glory of the Tri-State’s most precious time of year.

And we have some recommendations for where to see it all. These are the beautiful places often mentioned in sportingAcause- the venues where so many walks and runs take place throughout the year. They are the parks and trails where folks can safely run and walk often without venturing onto a highway and maybe take in their surroundings as they pass by.

The White Memorial Conservation Center is one, with 40 miles of trails within 4,000 acres of woodlands, fields, rivers and wetlands in Litchfield, CT. Learn more at

Another is the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted rail road trestle which spans high above the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dozens of walks and 5K’s are held here every year. In fact a Walk To End Alzheimer’s and a Walk To Defeat ALS will be held there this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Take part in one and view the river vistas at the same time. Visit for details.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail and the tongue-twisting Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, in Millerton, NY and Cheshire, MA respectively, offer miles of paved pathways with gorgeous views. Visit and for more info.

And here are some more candidates for great autumn viewing:

Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, NY,

Barbour Woods, Norfolk, CT

Peach Hill Park,   Poughkeepsie, NY

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA

Brodie Park, New Hartford, CT,

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA ,

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