In order to make race morning go as smoothly as possible, we have put together some logistics notes below.
If you are pre-registered for the race, you can pick up your bib and shirt the day before the race Saturday, April 14th from 12noon-4pm in front of the Cross River Pharmacy at the Orchard Square Shopping Center at 20 N. Salem Road (Route 121). Runners can also sign up for the race at the early bib pickup.
On the day of the race the best place to park is in the upper parking lot at the John Jay Middle School. The entrance is off of Route 121 (North Salem Road). This lot is closest to the Finish Line of the race.
The map location of the middle school driveway entrance is here: https://goo.gl/maps/Q5xwUQnugFL2. Note: There is more than enough parking at other lots in the school campus in case the upper lot fills up. There are other lots that are closer to the start of the race. See map below.
The race finish line is on the John Jay Contest Field (the one with the purple track). The race start is on the grass field behind the John Jay Middle School. When walking towards the middle school entrance, take the path on the left side that goes around the school and down the hill.
Please plan to arrive before 8:30am on race day. This will allow you to get parked and walk down the hill to the back of the John Jay Middle School where the registration and start area are located. Once you are at the start area you can pick up your bib, get it pinned on, and get yourself familiar with the area.
If you are unfamiliar with John Jay Middle School, plan on arriving a bit earlier to get your bearings and get set up to run.
Important: There are NO DOGS ALLOWED on school property. Please leave Fido at home for this race.
Port-o-sans will be located on the north side of the middle school in the utility lot (see aerial photo below). Get there early to avoid lines.
We plan to welcome runners and get things started as close to 9AM as possible on race day. Post-race awards will start around one hour after the race starts.
Your help and consideration is appreciated in getting to the start line promptly — especially if the weather is cold and/or wet!
Check the course map and description here. If you are a runner in the race this map will be helpful. If you are a spectator, this will show you where to cheer on your runner!
Course conditions update: The winter and early spring have been very wet. Early sections of the trail have some mud on them at this point. You will definitely encounter mud on the trail in the first mile — but the last 2 miles are smooth and (mostly) dry.
Thank you & see you at the race!
–The JJ5K Trail Race Committee