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Urban Environmental Challenge 10k

Sat April 6, 2024 Bronx, NY 10471 US Directions



10:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
Open to ages 14 - 99.

Kids Fun Run

11:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Urban Environmental Challenge 10k Cancelled

I wish I were writing this message telling you to get ready to prepare for a rugged, technical trail race in historic Van Cortlandt Park in the heart of the Bronx. Get ready for the Urban Environmental Challenge 10K!  Unfortunately, we are facing another challenge. Due to the heavy rain and wind over the last few days, Van Cortlandt Park has experienced extensive damage.  The New York City Parks team is working to address the damage but sent the following message: 

"Please be advised we have blockages to several trails in the Northwest Forest including the Cross Country, Bridle Path, Cass Gallagher, and other trails. Worst damage is to the Cross Country in the wetland north of Rockwood and also along the eastern section above the Saw Mill Parkway. Large trees have come down blocking the trail. The uproots have also caused the tread to collapse into the large holes formed by the uplifted root plates."

If that is not enough, our teammates also set out on foot to assess the damage and have reported that areas of the trail are not only unsafe but impassable. We are not sure when the area will be cleared, so we have made the decision to cancel the race.  As such, we would like to give you the option of a full refund or donation to the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. 

We apologize profusely for having to cancel this race and hope to see you at a future event. 

For further questions, feel free to contact or 


Rhashida for Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC)


Here Are Your Options:

You understand that the main purpose of the Urban Environmental Challenge is to support the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and youth programs . We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

Thank you kindly. 
Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC)

Your safety is our concern, first and foremost. We understand. We hope you can join us next time.
-Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC)

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Van Cortlandt Park, Tortoise and Hare Statue
251st and Broadway, across from Lloyd's Carrot Cake, 6087 Broadway
Bronx, NY US 10471


Registration is open!

Rain or shine!

Saturday April 6th, 10:00 a.m. start time. 

The Urban Environmental Challenge is the first true trail race in the five boroughs!

Prepare for a rugged, technical trail race in historic Van Cortlandt Park in the heart of the Bronx.

10k  race for runners only.

While the COVID-19 vaccination is not required at this time, we ask that all participants  remain at home if they are not feeling well. Requirements and restrictions are subject to changes, as the situation evolves. However, the health and safety of all participants will remain our overriding consideration in any decisions. 

 $35 pre-registration, $40 race day. Race day registration 8:30-10:05am only. 
Special price for 10k runners 14-18 (10k minimum age is 14) and Veterans.  Life-time VCTC members, please email or for the discount code. A portion of your race fees goes to support the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance for trail maintenance and youth programs and

All registered participants will receive a race souvenir. 

Prizes: Male and female 10k winners will receive a delicious cake from our sponsor, the famous Lloyd's Carrot Cake. Second and third place 10K runners and age group winners will receive Lloyd's Carrot Cake muffins.

Public transportation:  Take the 1 Train to the end of the line at 242nd street, and walk 500 yards.  Please check online for subway updates.  Runners can take Metro North Hudson Line to Marble Hill from 125th Street, or Grand Central Station, or anywhere along the Hudson line.  Check Metro North train schedule here: 

Make sure you are checking the Saturday schedules.
From Marble Hill, which stops at 225 Street, it is about a 1.5 mile jog to start of race, or take the number 1Train to the end of the line at 242nd street, Van Cortlandt.  
Drivers:   Free Parking is available at the Van Cortlandt Golf Clubhouse and all along Broadway.

For further race information, please contact Rhashida Hilliard, Race Director or 

Thanks to our sponsors LLOYD'S CARROT CAKE, Hunte Law Group, The Northstar Group, Inc.; Yo-Burger, Riverdale; Garden Gourmet; Westchester Road Runners; Bronx Ale House; Kingsbridge Social Club. 

Information is subject to change at the discretion of the organizers. 

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