Enjoy gorgeous ocean views while you race along the scenic Jersey shore in the 2018 Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon. Since 1997, this race has been a fun event where runners can test their speed on a fast, flat track. In 2005, Governor James McGreevey declared the race to be the official state marathon, turning it into a yearly event that draws runners from all over the country.
This weekend-long event features races of different lengths to appeal to all types of runners and their families. Those who enjoy the challenge of long distance can tackle the marathon or 5k, while beginners can choose the half-marathon. Choose a team for the beach-front relay race, or let your children participate in the kids run. At this event, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The scenic marathon begins in Oceanport at the Monmouth Park Race Track at 7:30 AM. From there, you will wind your way through streets lined with classic music joints. Race through Monmouth Beach, Asbury Park, Loch Arbour, and Ocean Grove before emerging onto the beach. The race finishes at Ocean Promenade in Long Branch.
You even have the opportunity to raise money for your favorite charity by signing up with CrowdRise. As a partner with Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, this company allows runs to fundraise and donate the earnings to the approved charity of their choice.
When: April 28-29, 2018
Where: Oceanport, NJ
How: Register HERE
The weekend kicks off with a bang at the pre-race party on April 27. Enjoy live music while you peruse local vendors for souvenirs and race swag. Find t-shirts and hats with the race name emblazoned on them to show off your participation in the event. While you shop, sample food and beer from local companies. You can even pick up your bib for the race early to avoid the hassle of same-day registration.
For those over 21, Asbury Park Brewery presents an exciting post-race celebration. Sip craft beer while enjoying live entertainment to relax and unwind after the big race on Sunday.
Turn the weekend into a full-fledged trip by stopping to visit any of the exciting sights nearby. History buffs may enjoy a trip to Hartshorne Woods Park, where you can explore miles of scenic bike paths and tour old WWII-era bunkers.
Stop in at the Allen House to step back in time to 1710. This museum has been carefully renovated to showcase its history as an 18th-century tavern, making it the perfect pitstop for beer enthusiasts.
People who want a low-key escape after the race can turn to the beautiful beach for a relaxing experience. Lounge in the sun or play in the waves to cool off. Rent a jet ski for a more exciting adventure.