The inaugural Crotona Midnight Run took place on New Year's Eve, 1911. It's taken place every year since, except for a hiatus during the first and second World War. Although the Run now takes place in mid-February, the timed road-run format and the challenges facing the riders remain much as they were during the early years. Riders must be able to follow the route sheet and maintain a 30-mph average speed while contending with bitter cold, darkness, ice-spotted roads and, if it comes to it, snow. Fortunately, most motorcycles now come equipped with electric headlights, an unaffordable option for many riders during those early years. Originally sponsored by the Crotona Motorcycle Club, the Midnight Run was adopted by the Ramapo Motorcycle Club in 1999. The 2004 run marked the event's 86th anniversary.