Event Details

The Beautiful Beast of Hunterdon Races

A member of the USATF Grand Prix (500 points) and the 2019 NJ Mountain-Ultra-Trail State Championship…

Hunterdon County NJ, known for it’s rolling country hills, picturesque landscapes, and the most beautifully groomed trail in NJ – the Columbia Trail, high above Ken Lockwood gorge…you won’t find a more beautiful setting to run in the state…maybe the Northeast….

New in 2020, and thanks to our new partners the Tewksbury Education Foundation, we have added 1 mile and 5k distances to our ever growing event and to complement our championship 15k!

With a multitude of race options, we encourage participants to run above the river and falls, and then wind your way through the gorge as you take in all Hunterdon County has to offer, just before a climb that will provide you the chance to conquer (or be conquered) by the “BEAST” as you head for home!

37 Hoffman’s Crossing
Califon, NJ

Come for a while and enjoy our vendors, craft beer garden, live music and entertainment, and more.  Got kids?… Us too… which is why we offer FREE childcare for race participants while out on the course (you didn’t read that wrong).  Hang out after with your family and let the kid’s take in the Fishing Derby at the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission sprawling Hoffman’s Crossing Campus!

Event Schedule

  • 7:00a – 8:00a Pre-Race Check in and Packet Pick-up
  • 8:30a – Race Begins (walkers released at 7:45a)
  • 10:30a – Awards 

Race Fees

1 Mile      5K      15K  
Early Bird (prior to Feb. 12) $15 $25  $40
Pre-Registration (Feb. 12 – May 11 $20 $30 $45
Registration (May 12 – June 5) $25 $35 $50
Event Day $30 $40 $55

Course

All races begin and Ends at ESC’s Hoffman’s Crossing Campus, traveling mostly along the Columbia Trail and Ken Lockwood Gorge!  The 15k is a USATF certified course, and a  COURSE MAP CAN BE FOUND HERE