Since it’s inception, the people associated with the Highlander – the ride staff, riders, and volunteers – have recognized the importance of giving back to the community. Each year, the Highlander Staff and partners work diligently to provide a world class event while minimizing the costs – so that the majority of the rider fees and all supplementary donations can be returned to the community. Over our short history we have together given back ~ $250K.

Our commitment to charity continues to be demonstrated through our partnership with several important organizations… South Bristol Historical Society, Genesee Valley Harriers, Rochester XC Ski Foundation, Friends of the Genesee Greenway, Camp Cutler, Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Foundation, and other local health, fitness and green space initiatives. Thanks to all the riders that generously gave of their own resources to these outstanding causes.

Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Foundation (GRAAF USA) – incl. Bristol Mountain Ski Team Your Donation Can Change an Athletes Life (
The mission of the South Bristol Historical Society is the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and materials about the history of South Bristol and the surrounding areas.
GVH Elite Running Club is dedicated to hosting events and developing athletes of all ages in road racing, cross-country, track and trails. This USATF sanctioned team is highly competitive, travels often, and has great benefits.
Rochester XC Ski Foundation is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who help plan, develop, and maintain the ski trails in Greater Rochester, NY area as well as facilitating local competition and development.