The Lost Brook Preserve is a dense stand of hardwood forest that is naturally maintained by the Tenafly Nature Center. This means that you will NOT find wide and nicely groomed trails here. Instead, you will discover the native terrain of this area. There will be sections of the trail covered in rocks and roots, footbridges over streams, and thousand-year-old boulders moved by the glaciers that once covered this landscape. However, this is still an extremely runnable course. Be safe out there, but more importantly remember to have FUN!
Start times will be staggered into heats. 10 Mile - 9:00am & 9:15am 5 Mile - 9:30am & 9:45am
There will be an aid table with water at the halfway mark.
If the parking lot is full please park on Hudson Ave.
Space is limited — Register today to secure your spot!
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 30+ years ago. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Tenafly Nature Center in support of their mission.
FREE Trail-Running Workshop
Event's current local time: 10:49 PM ET
If you’re new to trail running or an old pro, the Lost Brook Trail Run is an opportunity to get out on the trails while supporting the important work of Tenafly Nature Center.
In preparation for the Race on April 7th, Race Director and running coach, Phil Germakian, will provide trail-running basics and lead a guided group run on the Lost Brook Trail Race course. The workshop is open to all trail users, but will focus on preparing runners for the Lost Brook Trail Race.
You will learn:
Uphill & Downhill Running Technique
How to move over technical terrain
About sport-specific gear
Safety on the trails
Registration for this training workshop is required.
SIGN UP FOR THE TRAINING RUN HERE: