Tenafly 5K Run


Start Times:

7:45    –  Check-In and Registration Begin

9:00    –  5K Run

9:05    –  5K Dog Walk

10:00  –  Dog Parade

10:00  –  Tiger Cub Races

10:30  –  JCC 1-Mile Fun Run

11:00  –  Awards Ceremony

5K Run:

The 5K Run attracts more than 1,500 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The race starts and finishes on Sunset Lane, near the entrance to the track. The 5K Run begins at 9:00 sharp, and runners begin lining up at the starting line around 8:45. The 5K Run features an Elite Runner Start, which allows under-21:00 5K runners to start at the front of the pack. For everyone’s safety and as a courtesy to faster runners, slower runners and walkers are asked to start towards the back of the pack.


The 5K Run uses ChronoTrack B-Tag electronic timing. All participants must wear a bib number on the front of their shirt. Awards are determined by clock time only. Click here for instructions for wearing your B-Tag.

5K Course:

Click here for a map of the 5K course.

The 5-kilometer course is certified by USATF. The race starts on Sunset Lane, following a mostly residential course through the streets of Tenafly. There is an uphill midway through the race (Norman Place) and another short uphill around 2.5 miles into the race (Virginia Street), with a downhill in the last half mile (Hickory Avenue).

The course has water stations at each kilometer and clocks at each mile.

The 5K course record is 15:05 for males (Rob Albano, 2016) and 17:11 for females (Josette Norris, 2016).

5K Awards:

Top 3 overall Male and Female

Top Tenafly resident Male and Female

Top 3 Male and Female: Age Groups 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-89, 90-99, 100+

Top 3 Male and Female for every Tenafly grade (K-12)*

Top 3 Male and Female non-Tenafly Youth: 9 & Under, 10-13, 14-18

Top 3 Male and Female Tenafly Public Schools staff

Top 3 Male and Female Englewood Hospital and Medical Center employees

Top 3 Male and Female 5K Stroller Trot runners

*Tenafly grade awards are for all Tenafly residents and all students who attend any public or private school in Tenafly. Tenafly students are not eligible for non-Tenafly age group awards.

Awards are determined by clock time only. No duplicate awards.

5K Dog Walk:

The 5K Dog Walk starts at 9:05, after the 5K runners are on their way. It follows the same course as the 5K Run. The course has 5 water stations, which provide water for both humans and dogs. All dogs must be on a leash. For everyone’s safety, extended leashes and hands-free leashes are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Click here for a map of the 5K course.

Awards: Top 3 Male and Female dog walkers.

Dog Parade:

The Tenafly Veterinary Center Dog Parade begins at 10:00 on the large field behind the gym at Tenafly Middle School. The course consists of several obstacles and judging stations for awards.

Dog Parade Award Categories:

Best Hair and Nails
Best Trick for a Biscuit
Best Dog and Human Look-Alikes
Best Dog and Human Dance Contest
Doggie Idol

All dogs receive a medal. For everyone’s safety, extended leashes and hands-free leashes are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Tiger Cub Races:

The Tiger Cub Races, for children up to age 6, take place at 10:00 on the football field inside the track. Runners under 4 years old run 25 yards; 4-year-olds run 50 yards; 5-year-olds run 75 yards; and 6-year-olds run 100 yards.

All participants receive a medal.

JCC 1-Mile Fun Run:

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 10:30 outside the gym at Tenafly Middle School. The Fun Run is led by the Tenafly High School Track Team.

Click here for a map of the 1-Mile Fun Run course.

All participants receive a medal.

Challenger Events:

Children and adults with special needs are encouraged to participate in any of the events at the TEF Tenafly 5K. If you would like a running/walking buddy and/or would like to make use of the shorter running courses, please email your request to info@tenafly5k.com.


All events will take place rain or shine.


All registered runners receive T-shirt, goody bag, and other free giveaways (while supplies last).

A courtesy bag check is available at the Information Tent in the registration area (Tenafly Middle School cafeteria).

Family Health & Fitness Fair:

The Family Health & Fitness Fair takes place all morning in the Tenafly Middle School gym, featuring exhibition tables of more than 80 sponsors, as well as complimentary food and water. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, click here.