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. The third annual race is set for Sunday April 19, 2020.

In 2019 we added a 200 meter Kids Jay Dash and a 4K Jay Walk 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.

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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 once in order to stretch out the field a bit before going into the narrower trails (The 4k Jay Walk skips the field loop). Runners & walkers 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 the big bridge 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 the second bridge. After the second bridge runners climb the trail up to the Pit Field. After the pit runners will go through the nature trail on the left hand side of the fenced pond and then up to the dirt student parking lot. Runners head through the parking lot and down the hill again to the middle school field (the start area). Runners will turn uphill on the trail next to the middle school and head up up past the basketball court and into the main entrance of the John Jay Contest Field (the one with the track). Runners then head 3/4 of the way around the 400 meter track to get to the finish line.
JJ Community Trail Map with 5k Trail Race and 4k Jay Walk overlay. Jay Dash start is on the John Jay Contest Field track.
Map as of 2019 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.