The new John Jay Community Cross Country Trail is open to runners, hikers, and walkers of all speeds and abilities.

The John Jay 5k Trail Race is a community race on the new trail system. You can register for one of the events at the annual races via the button below:

In addition to a 5k Trail race there is also a 4K Jay Walk and a 200 meter Kids Jay Dash to include all ages and abilities in the race day’s events and encourage everyone to explore the new trail system.

We have a frequently asked questions page here.

The race course (map shown below) starts on the lower fields of the John Jay Campus and quickly goes into the wooded trails adjacent to the middle school and high school. The trails are challenging and hilly in the woods. The course ends at the John Jay Contest field.

The cross country trail has been developed and built by student and community volunteers and entirely funded by community donations. It will provide a home course for the Westchester County and New York State Champion John Jay Cross Country teams as well as for other athletic teams, academic access, and the community.

Sign up ASAP 

The first 150 pre-registered runners/walkers to sign up receive a race t-shirt!

5k/4k Course description (map below): The course starts in the middle school field where runners will loop around the JJMS Field once in order to stretch out the field a bit before going down to the PIT field loop and then back up to the JJMS field (The 4k Jay Walk skips the PIT loop). Runners & walkers then enter the trail by the challenge course (next to field below JJMS). The trail turns right immediately downhill. Runners cross over the new boardwalks and bridge #2 and then turn left up the trail & hills. (The trail on the way back down is parallel to this trail so you may see others who are ahead coming back.) Runners follow the loop back down around to bridge #1. After crossing bridge #1 runners climb the trail up to the Pit Field where they go around the perimeter. After the pit runners will go through the nature trail on the left hand side of the fenced pond back to the middle school field (the start area). Runners will re-enter the trail next to the middle school and head over the Champiorship Bridge and then turn left uphill on the Final Link Trail to the JJTrack where the finish line is on the John Jay Contest Field. Runners then head 1/2 of the way around the 400 meter track to get to the finish line facing the concession stand.
Map with no course marked on it.

Click here to see photos and video from the trail clearing, planning, construction, opening – and after the race – we will have race photos!

John Jay Cross Country at Croton Point Park after their sweep of the Westchester County Championships (Girls Varsity, Girls JV, Boys Varsity, Boys JV) in October 2017.
John Jay Cross Country Team October 2019 at Westchester County Championships at Croton Point Park.