5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    The Ridgewood Run
    The Ridgewood Run is a USATF and RRCA certified premiere event in northern New Jersey held annually on Memorial Day.  Runners can choose to participate in the 10K, 5K, Road Mile and/or Fun Run.  The Fun Run/Health Walk is available to children and walkers.   This event also offers a Family Team Competition.   Teams of at least 3 immediate family members participate in the 5K.  The top 5 teams with the 3 fastest times are awarded the  Immediate Family 5K Team Award. The Ridgewood Run was created by Fred d'Elia in 1976 for his wife Toshiko  d'Elia.  Fred became tired of driving his world-class runner wife to Manhattan to participate in competitions with the New York Road Runners.  This New Jersey race has grown to 3500 participants from many states.  The Henry Kessler Wheelchair 10K was added in 2001, which has attracted over 40 athletes including world record holder Krige Shabort from South Africa. The first 2500 registrants of the Ridgewood Run receive an official Ridgewood Run Race Shirt.  Post race refreshments are available to all registered participants.  Ben & Jerry's of Ridgewood will be giving out free ice cream.  A photographer will be documenting this special event in addition to the DJ providing before, during and after race entertainment.  Several drawings and raffles will be occurring. There are several other awards presented at this event.  The Fred D'Elia and Park Avenue BMW Awards are presented to the overall winners of the 5K and 10K races.  The Toshiko D'Elia Award is given to the first female masters Ridgewood resident to finish the 10K race.  These are in addition to age group and RRCA awards. Proceeds from this event are given in the form of donations that support local community charities and organizations.
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    Ridgewood 28 May 2018 Ridgewoodrun
    Novo Nordisk Marathon & Half Marathon
    This 5K provides the runner with beautiful ocean views as they complete the 3.1 mile looped course.  This New Jersey 5K features a chip timed, certified course.  Runners of all ages are welcome to participate.  Also, athletes with disabilities, walkers, and young children accompanied by a parent/guardian can participate in this NJ race.  Those wishing to participate in this 5K must be able to finish the race in 60 minutes or less. This NJ race begins on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch, a beach side city in Monmouth County, NJ. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category as well as the  top 3 overall male and female finishers.  Free parking is available on a first-come/first-served basis on race day.  Street parking and additional lots are accessible for parkiThi T
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    Long Branch 29 April 2017 Thenewjerseymarathon
    The Princeton Family YMCA 5K/10K Race/Walk & 1 Mile
    The Princeton Family YMCA 5K starts at 9:00 am.  Race day check-in and registration begins at 8:00 am.  Race registration includes a finisher's medal, a race bag and moisture-wicking performance t-shirt.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three male and female 5K finishers.  The top three male and female 5K finishers in each age category are given an award.  This NJ 5K is a USATF certified course and chip timing is used.  This New Jersey race benefits the Princeton YMCA Healthy Living Programs.
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    Princeton 3 June 2017 Princetonnymca
    Stomp the Monster 5K Run & Festival
    This NJ 5K race helps support the STOMP the Monster charity.  This charity helps cancer patients and their families with daily needs and finances.  The race features a tech t-shirt.  Post-race refreshments include a beer garden for adults.  Post-race entertainment includes a DJ and a bouncy house.  The USATF certified course is flat and fast.  This is a rain or shine event.
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    Marlboro 3 June 2018 Stompthemonster
    Adrenaline 5K
    The Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K begins in front of the Haddonfield High School at 9:00 am.  This NJ 5K race serves as the 5K MidAtlantic Championship.  Cash prizes are awarded to the overall top 5 male and female 5K finishers as well as the overall top 3 masters male and female 5K finishers.  All runners receive a special finisher's medal and awards are given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  The course is fast and guarantees a good finish time.  It is sponsored by the Running Co. of Haddonfield, a local running store.  The Adrenaline 5K is open to runners of all levels and is a stroller-friendly race.
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    Haddonfield 18 March 2017 Runsignup
    Trenton Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run
    The Trenton 5K race includes a memorable finish in Arm and Hammer Waterfront Park, home of the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team.  Registration includes a finisher's medal, race t-shirt, entry into the post-race party and great entertainment along the 3.1-mile course.   The 5K race begins at 8:30 am with pre-race packet pick-up from 6-7:30 am.  This race is chip timed by Mid Atlantic Timing and the event will be documented by Ken Shelton Photography.  The Trenton 5K is held rain or shine.  Race day parking will be available at the Wyndham Garden-Trenton Hotel and NJ Trenton Transit Center.  Shuttles will be available to transport runners from the parking lots to the starting line.
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    Trenton 28 October 2017 Trentonhalf
    Avon 5K Run/Walk
    The Avon 5K Run/Walk occurs at the Avon Municipal Pool at 8:30 am.  This NJ 5K race is held rain or shine.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and female 5K finishers and the top Avon male and female.  The top finisher in each age category receives a trophy.  Proceeds from the race will help the Avon First Aid Squad purchase a hydraulic ambulance cot.  This piece of equipment will reduce heavy lifting performed by the Volunteer EMTs and decrease the risk for back injury.
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    Avon By the Sea 3 June 2017 Runsignup
    Atlantic City Marathon & Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
    The Atlantic City 5K starts in front of Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino at 9:00 am.  The 5K course is walker-friendly.  Several of the nearby hotels will be offering discounts to participants in this event.  The 5K course is an out and back route that starts and finishes at Michigan Avenue.
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    Atlantic City 21 October 2017 Acraceseries
    NJ Winter Trail Series
    The NJ trail series offers 5 fall and winter 5K races during the months of November, December, January and February.  All races take place at Lewis Morris Park, starting at Sunrise Lake.  The NJ Winter Trail Series offers 13.1, 6.2 and 3.1 mile distances.  The 5K begins at 10:00 am with post race festivities kicking off at 11:00.  Runners can register online for all 5 race dates and pay the price for 4.  Unless the park is closed, the race will be held regardless of weather.
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    Morristown 19 November 2016 Njtrailseries
    Woodcliff Lake Run for Education
    The Woodcliff Lake Run for Education is a NJ race event that includes a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run.  All races take place on a USATF certified course through residential streets.  The 5K is walker-friendly and open to all ages.  Music along the race course is provided by local students.  Medals are given to the top male and female finishers in 5-year age categories in addition to top finishers in each grade level for Woodcliff Lake students.  This event is sponsored by the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation and 100% of proceeds are given to the local schools, helping to provide needed technology, educational resources and programs.
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    Woodcliff Lake 11 June 2017 Runsignup
    Victorious 5K Run/Walk
    The Victorious 5K Run/Walk is organized by the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation, which provides Teen Lounges for teens and young adults fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in children's hospitals throughout the country.  Registration includes a t-shirt, entertainment during the event, refreshments, and a race gift bag.  This NJ 5K race is chip timed and awards are given to the top 2 males and females in 7 age group categories.  Prizes are given to the 1st overall male and female finishers.  The Phillie Phanatic leads runners and walkers in a pre-race warm-up.
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    Voorhees 20 May 2018 Victoriousfoundation
    Superhero 5K Run/Walk
    The Superhero 5K Run/Walk is organized by the Shimon and Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater.  This NJ 5K race benefits the JCC special needs programs for children and adults.  This event also includes a 1-mile Family Fun Walk.  The top 3 male and female 5K finishers in each age group category are awarded medals.  You receive a t-shirt with your $25 5K registration, if registered by June 28.  The event begins at 6:00 pm at the JCC.  After the race, participants and their families are invited to a pool and ice cream party.
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    Bridgewater 18 July 2017 Active.com
    Caterpillar Run
    The Caterpillar Run for Fibromyalgia 5K is a USTAF sanctioned event with chip timing by Rock Race Timing.  All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America introduction of a Center of Excellence Program.  This event is a fundraiser helping to raise awareness and support for those suffering from Fibromyalgia.  This is a night run that takes place at Branch Brook Park.  The $25 registration includes a t-shirt, medal and purple glow necklace to wear during the run/walk.
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    Newark 3 June 2017 Active.com
    Run for Your Cause 2017: Color Run
    This NJ 5K race allows participants to run for the cancer cause of their choice.  100% of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and participants are asked to wear the color of the ribbon of their cause.  There is a prize for the best dressed participant.  This unique event takes place at the Holy Cross Academy.  The 5K is a two-loop course that features the sports fields of Holy Cross Academy.  There will be live entertainment, concessions and sponsor tables at the event.  All 5K participants receive a finisher ribbon at the completion of the course and a race t-shirt.  There will be a Color Table to help participants dress their best for the race.
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    Delran 21 May 2017 Runforyourcause
    Rotarun 5K/1 Mile Fun Walk
    The Robbinsville-Hamilton Rotary Club is proud to sponsor the Rotarun 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk at 9:00 am.  This NJ 5K event is held at Veterans Park and is open to all ages.  There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers in each race category.  Proceeds from this event will support local nonprofit organizations.
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    Hamilton 4 June 2017 Active
    Chickie & Pete's Boardwalk 5K Run & Walk
    This NJ 5K race starts and ends at Chickie’s and Pete’s at the Tropicana on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.  This is an out and back course.  Runners receive an official race t-shirt, a souvenir plastic mug, 1 free Yuengling Light Lager and 1 free order of Chickie’s and Pete’s Crabfries.  There is live music and other entertainment before, during and after the race.  Runners can enjoy their free beer and crabfries in the Beach Beer Garden as well as participate in exclusive beach games.  Water, refreshments and snacks will also be available after the race.  Parking for all runners is available in the garage at the Tropicana.  The day rate for the event is $10.
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    Atlantic City 20 August 2017 Boardwalkrun
    Shark Run 5K
    The Shark Run 5K & Fitness Walk is a flat, fast USATF certified course with chip timing.  The course takes runners and walkers through the picturesque oceanfront borough of Bay Head.  This NJ 5K event is organized by the Bay Head Home and School Association.  There are also Kids fun races.  The registration fee of $25 includes a tech t-shirt and giveaways.  This fee does increase to $35 after September 15th.
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    Bay Head 29 September 2018 Bayheadcommunity
    Veterans Dash 5K
    The Phillipsburg Area Veterans Association organizes this NJ 5K race held at Lopatcong Park.  It is held annually during Memorial Day Weekend, supporting the community’s and nation’s veterans.  The race begins and ends at the Veterans Rally Point.  The course takes runners on a pavement path that goes through the park.  A large lot will be available for parking.  The event is held rain or shine and begins at 9:00 am with awards at 10:00.
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    Phillipsburg 27 May 2017 Active
    Resolution Run 5K
    This NJ 5K event takes place at 11:00 am.  The Resolution Run 5K is walker-friendly and open to runners of all levels.  This is a great event to kick off the new year.  It is a USATF certified course and is held at the Hillsborough Municipal Building.  There will be refreshments and awards after the race.
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    Hillsborough 1 January 2017 Runsignup
    Race to Outrun Hunger 5K Run & Walk
    The Race to Outrun Hunger offers a 5K run and walk that starts and finishes at the Roosevelt Park Skating Rink.  The course is a USATF certified course.  Participants receive a finisher t-shirt and a goody bag.  There will be post-race refreshments and live entertainment.  Awards will be given to the overall top 3 male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in 8 age group categories.  Parking on site is limited so participants are encouraged to arrive early on race day.  The 5K run/walk starts at 9:00 am with the awards ceremony at 9:45 am.
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    Edison 13 October 2018 Racetooutrunhunger
    Good Grief's 5k Run & Walk for Hope Madison 3 June 2018 wizathon
    Madonna 5K Fort Lee, NJ 6 October 2018 madonnachurch.org
    Janice Garbolino 5K Edison, NJ 15 September 2018 ymcaofmewsa
    Hoot, Waddle & Stroll 5K Trail Run Medford, NJ 22 September 2018 cedarrun

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in New Jersey?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in the  Jersey Shore area?

    There are many 5K races to choose from that offer beautiful oceanfront views and scenic courses through many of the popular beach towns of the Jersey Shore.  Some of the races are charity events for fundraising and others are for the competitive runner.  Some of the notable 5K running events include the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon, the Jersey Shore 5K, the Atlantic City 5K, the Chickie's & Pete's Boardwalk Run, and the Shark Run 5K.

    5Ks in Trenton:

    Looking for a more urban race? Then you definitely want to check out 5k races in the Trenton area. In terms of popularity, your best bet would be the Trenton Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run.

    5Ks in Princeton:

    Racing through a beautiful college town is an experience, especially in Princeton, New Jersey. In terms of popularity, your best bet would be the Princeton Family YMCA 5K/10K Race/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run.

     

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Ridgewood Run
    The Ridgewood Run is a USATF and RRCA certified premiere event in northern New Jersey held annually on Memorial Day.  Runners can choose to participate in the 10K, 5K, Road Mile and/or Fun Run.  The Fun Run/Health Walk is available to children and walkers. The Ridgewood Run was created by Fred d'Elia in 1976 for his wife Toshiko  d'Elia.  Fred became tired of driving his world-class runner wife to Manhattan to participate in competitions with the New York Road Runners.  This New Jersey race has grown to 3500 participants from many states.  The Henry Kessler Wheelchair 10K was added in 2001, which has attracted over 40 athletes including world record holder Krige Shabort from South Africa. The first 2500 registrants of the Ridgewood Run receive an official Ridgewood Run Race Shirt.  Post race refreshments are available to all registered participants.  Ben & Jerry's of Ridgewood will be giving out free ice cream.  A photographer will be documenting this special event in addition to the DJ providing before, during and after race entertainment.  Several drawings and raffles will be occurring. There are several other awards presented at this event.  The Fred D'Elia and Park Avenue BMW Awards are presented to the overall winners of the 5K and 10K races.  The Toshiko D'Elia Award is given to the first female masters Ridgewood resident to finish the 10K race.  These are in addition to age group and RRCA awards. Proceeds from this event are given in the form of donations that support local community charities and organizations.
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    Ridgewood 28 May 2018 Ridgewoodrun
    The Princeton Family YMCA 5K/10K Race/Walk & 1 Mile
    The Princeton Family YMCA 10K starts at 9:00 am.  Race day check-in and registration begins at 8:00 am.  Race registration includes a finisher's medal, a race bag and moisture-wicking performance t-shirt.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three male and female 10K finishers.  This NJ 10K is a USATF certified course and chip timing is used.  This New Jersey race benefits the Princeton YMCA Healthy Living Programs.
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    Princeton 3 June 2017 Princetonymca
    Trenton Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run
    The Trenton 10K race includes a memorable finish in Arm and Hammer Waterfront Park, home of the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team.  Registration includes a finisher's medal, race t-shirt, entry into the post-race party and great entertainment along the 6.2-mile course.   The 10K race begins at 8:00 am with pre-race packet pick-up from 6-7:30 am.  The course takes runners across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania.  An after party will be held from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the Arm & Hammer Park Picnic Area located along the Third Base Line.  This race is chip timed by Mid Atlantic Timing and the event will be documented by Ken Shelton Photography.  The Trenton 10K is held rain or shine.  Race day parking will be available at the Wyndham Garden-Trenton Hotel and NJ Trenton Transit Center.  Shuttles will be available to transport runners from the parking lots to the starting line.
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    Trenton 28 October 2017 Trentonhalf
    Atlantic City Marathon & Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
    The Atlantic City 10K starts in front of Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino at 9:00 am.  The 5K & 10K are walker-friendly.  Several of the nearby hotels will be offering discounts to participants in this event.  The 10K course is an out and back route that starts and finishes at Michigan Avenue.  There will be free event photos available to all participants.  Also, runners will receive a custom tech long-sleeved shirt and a drawstring bag.  All 10K finishers will receive a finisher medal.  Runners can earn an additional finisher medal if they complete two races in one weekend.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.  There will also be age group awards given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  You do not need to be present at the Awards Ceremony to receive your award.  Each finisher, 21 and older, will be able to taste different beers in the Finisher's Village.
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    Atlantic City 21 October 2017 Acraceseries
    NJ Winter Trail Series
    The NJ trail series offers 5 fall and winter 10K races during the months of November, December, January and February.  All races take place at Lewis Morris Park, starting at Sunrise Lake.  The NJ Winter Trail Series offers 13.1, 6.2 and 3.1 mile distances.  The 10K begins at 9:30 am with post race festivities kicking off at 11:00.  Runners can register online for all 5 race dates and pay the price for 4.  Unless the park is closed, the race will be held regardless of weather.
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    Morristown 19 November 2016 Njtrailseries
    Woodcliff Lake Run for Education
    The Woodcliff Lake Run for Education is a NJ race event that includes a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run.  All races take place on a USATF certified course that consists of a few rolling hills and takes runners across the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir.   Past participants have found this 10K run to be fun and challenging.  Music along the race course is provided by local students.  Medals are given to the top male and female finishers in 5-year age categories.  This event is sponsored by the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation and 100% of proceeds are given to the local schools, helping to provide needed technology, educational resources and programs.
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    Woodcliff Lake 11 June 2017 Runsignup
    Essex County Cherry Blossom 10K Run
    The Essex County Cherry Blossom 10K run takes place at beautiful Branch Brook park in Newark, NJ.  The course takes runners through the historic cherry tree groves.  The first 500 registrants receive a long-sleeved shirt.  The top 3 overall male and female finishers receive gift certificates and fleece jackets.  The top 3 finishers in each age group category as well as the top 3 overall disabled run finishers receive fleece jackets.  A $2 donation per race entry will be given to Special Olympics New Jersey.
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    Newark 9 April 2017 Runsignup
    Terrain Race
    This NJ race offers 30 obstacles to really test you and the opportunity to crawl through mud pits at the Englishtown Racetrack.  There are no penalties when you can’t conquer an obstacle.  You just keep trying until you make it over the obstacle.  Participants also receive a commemorative TERRAIN CONQUERED! shirt and a finisher medal.  Participants must be 14 years or older.  Competitive waves are available.  A map of the course will not be posted until race day.
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    Englishtown 4 August 2018 Terrainracing
    James Genecki Memorial Frost on the Pumpkin 10K Road Race
    The Frost on the Pumpkin 10K Road Race is held at Denny Stadium, home of the South River Knights High School football team.  The race starts at 9:30 am and is held rain or shine.  Race t-shirts, available in sizes L and XL only, will be available to all registrants.  Awards are given to the top male and female 10K finisher.  Additional awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age category.  No duplicate awards will be given.  Post-race refreshments will be available for all participants.  Proceeds from this NJ 10K road race will benefit disabled children.
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    South River 30 October 2016 Southrivernj
    Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge Event 10K Run, 2 Mile Walk & Kids Dash
    The Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge Event 10K run starts at 8:30am at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  The course takes runners out and back across the bridge and then continues through the Camden waterfront area.  The race finishes at Campbell’s Field.  The 10K course is certified and will be chip timed.  All online 10K registrants are guaranteed a cotton long sleeve t-shirt and have the opportunity to upgrade to a long-sleeve tech shirt for an additional fee.  The Beer Garden and live music starts at 9:00 am.   The 1st place overall male finished the 2016 10K race in 30:07.  The 1st place overall female finished the 2016 10K race in 35:51.
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    Camden 5 November 2017 Runsignup
    Kenny Wayland Memorial 5K & 10K Run
    The Kenny Wayland Memorial 10K run is an out and back course that starts at Newport & Atlantic Avenues.  Trophies and medals will be awarded for various divisions.  Post-race refreshments of water, bagels and oranges will be provided to participants.  All proceeds from this NJ 10K race provide the funding for the Kenny Wayland Memorial Scholarship Program.  This run was started as a way to memorialize the sacrifice of Kenny Wayland, a firefighter in Ventnor City who passed away from injuries sustained during a fire rescue.  This NJ event is staged by the Ventnor Firefighters each year since 2000.
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    Ventnor City 28 May 2017 Runsignup
    George Washington Bridge Challenge
    The George Washington Bridge Challenge offers a 5K and a 10K run and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  The course is fast and provides participants with breathtaking views both on and off the bridge.  You can choose to walk or run this course.  Post-race refreshments, music and kids’ entertainment will be available in the Finish Line area at the Finish Line Festival.  The Post Race Party will take place on Ross Dock, which overlooks the New York City skyline, the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Participants must park at the assigned location at Unilever where a shuttle service to the start will be available.  Registration includes a GWB Challenge tech t-shirt.
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    Fort Lee 3 June 2018 Main.acsevents
    Thunderbird Run: 10K Grand Prix Race
    The Thunderbird Run takes place at the Mahwah High School and features a scenic course.  This NJ 10K race supports the Mahwah Schools Foundation, helping to fund school programs that are otherwise difficult to fund with the hard-stretched school budget.  A custom Thunderbird Run cookie will be given to each runner as they cross the finish line.  A performance t-shirt will be given to all participants.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the top 3 masters male and female finishers.  Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  Race day registration is available.  This is a rain or shine event.  Strollers are welcome, but you are asked to line up towards the back.
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    Mahwah 23 April 2017 Runsignup
    Newport 10,000
    The Newport 10K offers runners a flat and fast scenic course.  The certified course takes runners along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway with perfect views of the New York skyline.  There is $15,900 available in prize money for this event.  The divisions include American Elite, Elite, Age Group Competitors (Non-Elite), and USATF-NJ Open 10K Men and Women.  Prize money will be awarded to top finishers in these divisions.  Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  This NJ race event is sponsored by Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the Jersey City Medical Center.
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    Jersey City 5 May 2018 Newport10K
    Great Cape May Footrace
    This NJ 10K race takes place at Perry Street and Beach Avenue.  A t-shirt is included with registration.  Cash awards are given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers and the 1st place master male and female finisher.  Awards are given to the top 3 male and female finishers in 10-year age group categories.  Meter parking is free until 11:00 am on the day of the race.  Runners get to run the beautiful beachfront in Cape May and finish on the town’s famous promenade.  Refreshments and live music will be provided.  A post-race celebration will take place at the Rusty Nail.
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    Cape May 13 May 2017 Runsignup
    Run the Hook 5K/10K
    The Run the Hook 10K takes place at 10:00 am at Guardian Park.  This Jersey Shore event supports the Clean Ocean Action, a local charity that works to keep the oceans wild and pollution free.  Runners are given the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of both the Atlantic Highlands and New York City on a closed course in Fort Hancock.  This race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.  All participants receive a commemorative race t-shirt and a finisher gift.  The race will be chip timed and all participants will have access to an after party.  Last year, 528 runners ran the 10K race.
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    Sandy Hook 13 May 2018 Runthehooknj
    Montclair Run
    The Montclair Run offers a 2-mile Fun Run/Walk in addition to the 10K road race.  This NJ race event is sponsored by the YMCA of Montclair and the Township of Montclair Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs.  The 10K is a USATF certified flat course that takes runners through two scenic parks.  Fundraising opportunities as an individual or group are available.  This is a rain or shine event and participants receive a Dri-Fit shirt.  Parking is limited, but available at several municipal parking lots.
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    Montclair 3 June 2018 Montclairymca
    City of Newark 10K Run for Healthy Kids
    This NJ 10K run is a fundraiser for the United Way’s Healthy Kids initiative.  This initiative works to support lead screening, awareness and education to keep the students in Newark’s Public Schools safe and provide clean drinking water.  The 10K run is a USATF certified course.  There is also a 3K Run/Walk for families and a free Fun Run for children 12 and under.  The 10K run will start and finish around Military Park in Downtown Newark.  Runners will experience the campuses of several local colleges and several important buildings in Newark.  Registration includes a Run for Healthy Kids Race t-shirt.  Race day registration is available.
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    Newark 11 September 2016 Runsignup
    Giralda Farms Run
    This is a classic race in and around Giralda Farms Corporate Park.  This NJ race is presented by the Rose City Runners.  This is a certified USATF-NJ Grand Prix Event.
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    Madison 12 November 2017 Rcrsocialnetwork
    Skylander 5K & 10K Challenge
    The Skylander 5K & 10K Challenge will take place at Sussex County Community College.  The 10K course is USATF certified and participants will receive a goody bag and long-sleeved t-shirt with their registration.  Awards are given to the top 3 overall male and female runners, male and female Sussex County Community College students and top 3 corporate and school teams.  Awards will also be given in 10-year age group categories.
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    Newton 7 October 2018 Sussex

    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 (10 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into.  They are twice the distance of the 5K and still relatively short in distance.  Less runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    What are the best 10Ks in the Jersey Shore?

    There are many to choose from here as the Jersey Shore is host to many 10K races throughout its many cities and communities.  Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events.  Some of the notable 10K running events include the  Great Cape May Footrace, Run the Hook and the Atlantic City 10K.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Novo Nordisk Marathon & Half Marathon
    This NJ race begins on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch, a beach side city in Monmouth County, NJ. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category as well as the top 3 overall male and female finishers. Free parking is available on a first-come/first-served basis on race day. Street parking and additional lots are accessible for parking.
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    Long Branch 29 April 2017 Thenewjerseymarathon
    Trenton Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run
    The Trenton half-marathon includes a memorable finish in Arm and Hammer Waterfront Park, home of the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team.  Registration includes a finisher's medal, race t-shirt, entry into the post-race party and great entertainment along the course.  The 13.1-mile race begins at 8:00 am with pre-race packet pick-up from 6-7:30 am.  The course takes runners across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania.  An after party will be held from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the Arm & Hammer Park Picnic Area located along the Third Base Line.  This race is chip timed by Mid Atlantic Timing and the event will be documented by Ken Shelton Photography.  The Trenton half-marathon is held rain or shine.  Race day parking will be available at the Wyndham Garden-Trenton Hotel and NJ Trenton Transit Center.  Shuttles will be available to transport runners from the parking lots to the starting line.
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    Trenton 28 October 2017 Trentonhalf
    Halloween Half-Marathon
    The Halloween half-marathon will start at 10:00 am.  All finishers receive a large jack-o-lantern medal and a long-sleeved wicking tech shirt.  The USATF certified course will include Halloween candy at each water station and fun Halloween surprises.  There will be prizes for age group and overall winners.  Wear your Halloween costume because there will be prizes for the best costume.  Free race photos will be available and a post-race party will take place at Grasshopper Off the Green.  There is the option for a 3-person relay.  The distances are 3.9 miles, 6.1 miles and 3.1 miles.
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    Morristown 21 October 2018 Superheroracing
    Amerihealth NJ April Fools Half Marathon
    The Amerihealth NJ April Fools Half Marathon offers runners a fun, fast and flat USATF certified course.  The half marathon starts on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Resorts Hotel and Margarita's Landshark Bar & Grill Resorts Casino Hotel.  There will be live course entertainment and runners will enjoy an oceanfront view.  All runners will receive a custom finishers medal and tech shirt as well as free photos.  Each runner will receive one free beer at the post-race party at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and Landshark Beach Bar.  There will be cash awards for the top male and female overall finishers and age group awards.
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    Atlantic City 15 April 2018 Acraceseries
    The Superhero Half Marathon & Relay
    The Superhero Half Marathon & Relay is one of the largest races in New Jersey.  The first 3,000 registrants receive a high-quality wicking t-shirt.  All half marathon finishers receive medals.  This NJ half marathon is a USATF certified course with plenty of water and aid stations and awesome crowd support.  The race starts at Ginty Field and finishes in Loantaka Park.  Pacers will be available for 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 and 2:45.  Prizes will be awarded to the age group and overall winners as well as the best superhero costumes.  Proceeds from the NJ race event will go to the Morristown High School Music Boosters.
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    Morristown 20 May 2018 Superheroracing
    Asbury Park Half Marathon
    The Asbury Park Half Marathon will start in front of Convention Hall in Asbury Park.  Proceeds from this NJ half marathon will benefit Special Olympics of New Jersey and the Jersey Shore Dream Center.  The USATF certified half marathon course takes runners through 6 Jersey Shore towns.
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    Asbury Park 22 April 2017 Runsignup
    ORC Seaside Half-Marathon & 5K
    The ORC Seaside Half-Marathon starts at the Sawmill Cafe and takes runners through residential streets before running alongside the bay.  Runners complete the same loop twice.  A finishers medal is given to all finishers.  Awards are given to the top 3 male and female finishers and the top 3 in each 5-year age group.  The Seaside Challenge gives runners an opportunity to run the 5K and half marathon races back to back.  Three medals will be given to the finishers of this challenge.  This NJ half marathon is held rain or shine.
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    Seaside Heights 14 October 2018 Orcseasidehalf
    Atlantic City Marathon & Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
    The Atlantic City Half-Marathon starts in front of Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino at 8:00 am.  The half-marathon is an out and back certified course that starts and finishes at Michigan Avenue.  There will be live entertainment along the course.  Several of the nearby hotels will be offering discounts to participants in this event.  There will be free event photos available to all participants.  Also, runners will receive a custom tech long-sleeved shirt and a drawstring bag.  All half-marathon finishers will receive a finisher medal.  Runners can earn an additional finisher medal if they complete two races in one weekend.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.  There will also be age group awards given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  You do not need to be present at the Awards Ceremony to receive your award.  Each finisher, 21 and older, will be able to taste different beers in the Finisher's Village.
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    Atlantic City 22 October 2017 Acraceseries
    NJ Winter Trail Series
    The NJ trail series offers 5 fall and winter half-marathon races during the months of November, December, January and February.  All races take place at Lewis Morris Park, starting at Sunrise Lake.  The NJ Winter Trail Series offers 13.1, 6.2 and 3.1 mile distances.  The 10K begins at 9:00 am with post race festivities kicking off at 11:00.  Runners can register online for all 5 race dates and pay the price for 4.  Unless the park is closed, the race will be held regardless of weather.
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    Morristown 19 November 2016 Njtrailseries
    The Baker's Dozen
    The Baker’s Dozen 13.1 is a USATF certified course that takes runners on a tour of Montclair. This NJ half marathon starts and finishes at the Montclair Bread Company’s production bakery. Registration includes a half-zip, long-sleeved tech shirt. All finishers will be awarded a Finishers Medal. There will be prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers in each 5-year age group. There will be artisan breads, pastries and doughnuts at the finish line. This NJ half marathon is popular and the 2017 race sold out.
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    Montclair 25 March 2018 Montclairbread
    Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K
    The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon is one of the largest half marathons in New Jersey.  In fact, this half marathon has been named one of the Top Ten Half Marathons in New Jersey.  This NJ half marathon takes runners on a scenic course through the campuses of Rutgers University.  The USATF certified half marathon course takes runners past Rutgers Stadium and down historic College Avenue Gym.  The finish will be down College Avenue.  Runners will be chip timed and all participants must be able to complete the 13.1 distance in 3.5 hours or less.
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    New Brunswick 14 April 2018 Cgiracing
    Newport Liberty Half Marathon
    The Newport Liberty Half Marathon offers views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Manhatten Skyline.  This is a flat USATF certified course.  Runners are taken along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and through Liberty State Park.  All runners will receive a Finishers Medal.  Proceeds from this NJ half marathon will be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center.  Past participants have commented that this race is well organized and provides runners with great scenery.  Post-race refreshments will be provided.
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    Jersey City 16 September 2018 Newporthalfmarathon
    Franklin Lakes Scenic Half-Marathon & 5K
    The Franklin Lakes Scenic Half-Marathon is a USATF certified course that begins and ends at the Franklin Lakes Community Center.  This NJ half marathon is sponsored by the Wyckoff Family YMCA and the Franklin Lakes Mayor's Wellness Campaign.  This half marathon course has a starting elevation of 387 feet and reaches a maximum elevation of 558 feet around 6.2 miles.  Awards are presented to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and the male and female winners in each 5-year age group.
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    Franklin Lakes 24 September 2017 Wyckoffymca
    Main Street Half Marathon of Hunterdon
    The Main Street Half Marathon of Hunterdon brings runners through historic Clinton Red Mill, Hunterdon County and the small town of Flemington, NJ. The purpose of this half marathon is to celebrate small towns. Awards are given in each age group category.
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    Clinton 8 October 2017 Mainstreetmarathonofhunterdon
    Princeton HiTops Half Marathon
    The Princeton HiTops Half Marathon starts in the center of downtown Princeton and takes runners on a USATF certified course through many cultural and historic landmarks.  This is a fast and flat course and is a great race to run if you are training for the Philadelphia Marathon.  This half marathon offers a Kegs & Eggs Post Race Celebration for $7 with your race bib.  Every runner receives a Finishers Medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners as well as the top 3 finishers in each age group.   This is a rain or shine event.
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    Princeton 4 November 2018 Princetonhalfmarathon
    Ocean City NJ Half Marathon & 5K
    The Ocean City NJ Half Marathon takes runners on a tour of Ocean City.  The course goes through neighborhoods, the downtown business district, and the beaches and boardwalk.  The course takes runners across the Longport Bridge.  All runners receive a Finishers Medal.  A long-sleeved Dri-Fit shirt is included with registration.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall finishers and awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age group.  Runners will receive a boardwalk treat bag upon finishing the race.
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    Ocean City 30 September 2018 Ocnj
    The Wild Half Marathon
    The Wild Half Marathon is an out-and-back route that takes runners past the roller coasters, waterparks and amusement parks that make up Morey's Piers.  This NJ half marathon starts and finishes near the Wildwoods Convention Center.  The half-way turnaround is just after the Stone Harbor Bridge over to Nummy Island.  There will be a Finisher's Party that will include food, free beer, live music, complimentary massages and crafts for the kids.  Each runner gets a free weekend pass to the amusements on Morey's Piers.
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    Wildwood 29 April 2018 Halfmarathons
    Rock the River: Palisades Half Marathon, 5K, and Trail 6K
    The Rock the River Half Marathon was named the 3rd best road race in NJ. This event is a fundraiser for the Palisades Interstate Park in NJ and takes runners along the Palisades cliffs. The USATF certified half marathon course starts on the banks of the Hudson River, at Ross Dock. This is an out-and-back course that takes runners along the historic Henry Hudson Drive. This is a challenging course with an elevation change of over 1200 feet.
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    Fort Lee 6 May 2018 Rocktheriverrace
    Independent Series, Day 5
    This NJ half marathon takes place at Stokes State Forest.  The course is asphalt with rolling hills through the forest.  Runners complete 6 laps of this out-and-back course.  Each lap is 2.19 miles total.  This NJ half marathon race is part of a worldwide race series.
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    Branchville 5 May 2017 Mainlymarathons

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13.1 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon, which is a total of 26.2 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in New Jersey?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the Jersey Shore?

    There are many to choose from here as the Jersey Shore is host to many Half Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities.  some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Novo Nordisk Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon, the Amerihealth April Fools Half Marathon, the Seaside Half and Atlantic City Half-Marathon.  There are many other Jersey Shore Halfs.  These are just a few events.

     

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Ocean Drive Marathon
    The Ocean Drive Marathon is an out-n-back course in Sea Isle City and has total ascent of 245 feet with a maximum elevation of 32 feet. It is run on a USATF measured and certified qualifying course. All finishers receive a Finisher’s Medal and certificate. Trophies are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each 5-year age group, for both males and females.
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    Avalon 22 April 2018 Odmarathon
    Watchung Reservation Trail Marathon
    The Watchung Reservation Trail Marathon is part of the NJ Trail Series and goes through the Watchung Reservation in north-central New Jersey. The course uses the Pink Trail and parts of the White Trail with 4 loops plus 2 small loops. The trail has a total elevation change of 239 feet with a maximum elevation of 472 feet.
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    Union County 4 June 2017 Njtrailseries
    New Jersey Ultra Festival
    The New Jersey Ultra Festival takes place at Princeton Blairstown Center in Hardwick. The course will loop over an approximately 6 mile loop. All finishers receive a Finisher’s Medal and there are awards to top 3 male and female runners.
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    Hardwick 1 April 2017 Njtrailseries
    JBMDL Beat 539 Marathon
    This NJ marathon takes runners through the Tri-Base McGuire. The marathon starts on the McGuire Flight Line. The USATF certified course takes marathoners through Dix, on to Route 539 and finish at the Lakehurst side. This is a fast and flat course. The race begins at 8:00am with a 5K at 8:30 am and a 1 mile fun run at 8:15 am. Parking will be located at the Lakehurst side of the military base. There will be busses shuttling marathoners to the start line at 5:30 am. After the races have finished, there will be activities for kids and refreshments for all ages.
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    Lakehurst 22 October 2016 Imathlete
    Atlantic City Marathon & Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
    The Atlantic City Marathon starts in front of Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino at 8:00 am.  The marathon is an out and back certified course that starts and finishes at Michigan Avenue.  There will be live entertainment along the course.  Several of the nearby hotels will be offering discounts to participants in this event.  There will be free event photos available to all participants.  Also, runners will receive a custom tech long-sleeved shirt and a drawstring bag.  All marathon finishers will receive a finisher medal.  Runners can earn an additional finisher medal if they complete two races in one weekend.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.  There will also be age group awards given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group category.  You do not need to be present at the Awards Ceremony to receive your award.  Each finisher, 21 and older, will be able to taste different beers in the Finisher's Village.
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    Atlantic City 22 October 2017 Acraceseries
    Independence Series, Day 5
    This marathon takes place at Stokes State Forest. The course is asphalt with rolling hills through the forest. Runners complete 12 laps of this out-and-back course. Each lap is 2.19 miles total. This NJ marathon race is part of a worldwide race series.
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    Branchville 5 May 2017 Mainlymarathons
    3 Days at the Fair
    The 3 Days at the Fair is a certified race event takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The course will loop over an approximately 1 mile loop with special start line for the marathon.  There will be 4 different marathons.  Runners can choose to run any 2, 3 or all 4 marathons.  This is a lit course so there is no need for headlamps.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers.
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    Augusta 14 May 2018 Njtrailseries
    Atlantic City Marathon Atlantic City, NJ 21 October 2018 acraceseries.

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads.  Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in New Jersey?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    Marathon Events in New Jersey:

    There are very few marathon events in the state of New Jersey.  However, the most popular marathon events in the state are the Atlantic City Marathon in October, the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon in April, and Watchung Reservation Trail Marathon held in June.

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