Lost Brook Trail Race: Race Info AND hISTORY
Date: Sunday, March 26 2023
Race Distances: 5 Mile and 10 Mile
Location: 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Pre-Registration Entry Fee (Available until race day):
Day of Entry Fee (Available on the day of the race):
Race Start Time: Start times will be staggered.
Driving Directions: Click here
Important info regarding Covid-19 procedures
Parking: Parking will be limited in the Tenafly Nature Center parking lot. spots will be closed on race day and reserved for race personnel only. There will be street parking available to all participants on Hudson Avenue and its side streets.
Aid Stations: There will be one aid station on the course, located approximately 2.7 miles into the 5-mile loop. It will be stocked with both water, and sports drink. If you are running the 5-mile race you will only pass the aid station once. 10-mile runners will pass it twice at miles 2.7 and 7.7. There will also be a water table at the end of the loop for 10 mile runners to re-fuel at before heading out for their second loop.
Bathrooms: A compost bathroom is located at the far end of our parking lot. Please make use of these facilities and DO NOT use the woods.
Race Results: Full results will be posted on the race website within two days. Please do not ask our volunteers at the timing table for individual times on race day.
In 1983, the Tenafly Nature Center with the help of the Township of Tenafly, organized a fundraiser in the form of a running race. For four consecutive years, the Raccoon Run was held on Father’s Day and consisted of both a 5k and 10k road race. This event was an important fundraiser for the nature center that attracted hundreds of runners.
In 1986 (the last year this race was held on behalf of the nature center), over 200 runners participated. In the 10k, Jeff Van Horn won the men’s race with a time of 34:44 and Barbara Reinderes captured the women’s title with a time of 42:02. In the 5k event, placing first for the men with a respectable time of 16:31 was Dominick Tabbachino, and for the women, Jennifer Van Horn was victorious with a time of 18:50.
Interestingly enough, this race still exists today. Now called the Tenafly 5k and Dog Walk, this event has become a fundraiser for the Tenafly Educational Foundation.
The Lost Brook Trail Race is a resurrection of the once great Raccoon Run and the first organized trail-running event in this nature preserve. This event is on a mission to continue the fund-raising tradition that began 27 years ago. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Tenafly Nature Center in support of their mission.