HIKE for Mental Health

Share the joy of hiking. Bring hope to those battling mental illness.

Share the joy of hiking; bring hope to those battling mental illness.


Phoenicia Ridge
Half Marathon

June 4, 2016 • Phoenicia, New York

Challenge yourself to a half marathon trail run in the Catskills...
Wonder at the breathtaking views of the Burroughs and Devils Path ranges...
Climb 1,100 vertical feet to the top of Romer Mountain...
These are just a few of the attractions on the 13 mile Phoenicia Ridge Half Marathon near Phoenicia, NY.

Join HIKE for Mental Health on a half marathon trail run to celebrate the hamlet of Phoenicia and a beautiful new trail in the Catskills. The run starts in downtown Phoenicia and enters the woods 1.2 miles later. From there, you will follow the Long Path's gentle ascent of Romer Mountain, putting you on a ridge with rolling terrain and plenty of breathtaking scenery, including sweeping views of the Burroughs and Devils Path ranges. The race will end near the Woodland Valley Campground where we will have a barbecue to celebrate our finish. A shuttle will be available to bring you back to the run start after the run. This is a perfect first half marathon for newbies and a nice fast course for more experienced runners.

This event is part of the Long Path Race Series, which aims to build awareness for the Long Path and the work of the Trail Conference and its volunteers and to get more people running and hiking on New York's beautiful trails. Special thanks to run organizers Tim and Jess Luby for waiving the registration fee for our participants. Tim and Jess run Storehouse Catskill Mountain Outfitter in Phoenicia. Check out their website!  

Note: If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Sheena at Sheenalynn_p@yahoo.com and she will get you in contact with the run organizers.

Registration Is Free

The run organizers are generously waiving the $50 registration fee for the HIKE for Mental Health team. We are limited to 10 runners, however, so sign-up soon if you are interested.

Instead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance.

It's fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work?  

Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.

Get a Free Hiking Shirt

Our quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail.

Every registered hiker who raises at least $100 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Available in men's or women's sizes SMALL – XXL.

When you register, we will ask your size and color preference. Once you hit $100 in donations to your sponsorship page, we will get your shirt to you.

So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.

For a Good Cause

HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions to this hike are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission.

Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental illnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families.

The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.

Hike Details

Location: Phoenica, New York.
Date: June 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 4 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 13 miles.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great first half-marathon for aspiring trail runners who and can readily climb 10 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free, but limited to 10 participants only. A waiting list will be kept if we get more than 10 registrants.
Pet friendly? No.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $2,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every member raised $200, we would reach our goal.
Free shirt: Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.
Free gear: Lightheart Gear, Leki Trekking Poles, ZPacks and others will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2016! Learn more.
Hike director: Sheena Panoncillo"I chose the Phoenicia Ridge to Valley Trail Race because I have a passion for hiking and keeping the body in motion," explains volunteer Sheena Panoncillo. "This trail run not only brings awareness to the Catskills and Long Path, but also the trail conference and its volunteers. As a health care provider, I understand that mental health plays a significant role in complete wellness. I also have found refuge and mental peace in the woods, whether backpacking, hiking, or trail running. I would like to continue to encourage others to find that same peace that nature can provide."

Trail Map

Every HIKE for Mental Health is an opportunity to:

  • get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
  • renew old friendships and make new ones
  • have a great time hiking with a good group of people
  • stand up against the stigma of mental illness
  • discover your new favorite get-away
  • raise money for a great cause

Come on out and join us!

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