Brooke Artesi, founder and owner of Sunshine Prosthetics and Orthotics is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast – hiking, rockwall climbing, kayaking, running – she lives her motto:
“Get moving and stay active!”
On Sunday, September 21st, Brooke will be hiking the 20-mile run/hike on the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. The SRT is a 74-mile hiking trail that crosses the entire length of the Shawangunk ridgeline, from High Point State Park in New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends at a restored railroad trestle high above the Rondout Creek. Along the way, the SRT passes through rolling hills covered in hardwood forests, Southern New York’s largest wetlands, rare dwarf pine barrens, sky lakes, waterfalls, and the distinctive white quartzite conglomerate cliffs of the Shawangunk mountains, which were uplifted almost three hundred million years ago.
From vantage points in these mountains, some 2,000 feet above the Hudson Valley, are views that cover five states and reach more than 100 miles on a clear day. Because of its scenic beauty and rare ecosystems, the Nature Conservancy has identified this ridgeline as “one of Earth’s last great places.”
Brooke will be in the 20-mile run/hike, starting Sunday, September 21st at 7:30am in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve in NY and ending in Rosendale NY. The Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run/Hike includes three separate divisions, 74 miles (starting Friday, Sept. 19th), 32 miles (starting Saturday, Sept. 20th) and 20 miles (starting Sept. 21st).