The 42nd running of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area just south of Sea Bright, New Jersey.
Online registration price is only $35 through Monday, September 29, 2014 and increases to $40 after that thru race day- one of the best value Half Marathons around!
The race is organized by the Shore Athletic Club and they remind all runners that if you were registered for 2013 and deferred the entry to this year – you need to contact the race director if you have not already done so – firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the entrants list to see if you are officially registered for this year’s event.
The half marathon starts 9:00 a.m. Preregistered (and deferred) runners’ Bib # and shirt pick up is at Sand Hook on race day. Parking Lot E is the staging area for the race. Race-day (new) registration is held at the site of McLoone’s Rum Runner, 816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright.
The Jersey Shore Half Marathon has a history that places it as one of the oldest distance events held in New Jersey and the surrounding area. The first Jersey Shore Marathon was held January 9, 1972. The Jersey Shore Marathon grew and became an outstanding road race in New Jersey with over 1,000 competitors. Many familiar names in “marathoning” and New Jersey road racing were all part of the Jersey Shore Marathon along with many runners who experienced their first marathon. The race, held in winter, was always tempting mother nature. The 1977 race was best remembered for being held during a driving snow storm that followed two days after the largest storm in several years which made for a snow covered route.
The growth of major fall marathons created a demand for quality half marathon distance races prior to the fall marathons and thus in1986 the Jersey Shore Marathon became the Jersey Shore Half Marathon, following the same Ocean Avenue course. Then in 2002 with the construction of the Lake Takanasee Bridge on Ocean Avenue, the race move to Gateway National Park Sandy Hook returning to its original starting point. The course gives the runners the breath taking scenery of the New York Harbor and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. The Jersey Shore Half Marathon continues a great racing tradition established forty two years ago.
• A fast and flat USATF certified course
• Split times every mile, clocks every two miles
• Aid stations every two miles
• Bib # and shirt pick up is at Sand Hook on race day. Parking Lot E is the staging area for the race.
• Time limit on the course of 3 Hours
• Chip timing
There is also the Lighthouse 5K and participants enjoy the same quality amenities and raffle chances as the Half Marathon participants.
It will be a busy weekend with lots of action around including:
Saturday, October 4, 9:30 a.m., Shillelagh 5K, Lake Como, New Jersey, On Line Registration
Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m.5K, Shark Run, Bay Head, New Jersey
Saturday, October 4, 5K, Strides for Scholarships, Bayville, New Jersey
Saturday, October 4, 5k, Purr and Pooch 5k, Long Branch, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. 5K, Little Silver 5k, Little Silver, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, 5K, 8:30 a.m. Allaire 5k, Allaire State Park, Wall, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, Jersey Shore Half Marathon, Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. 5K, Run/Walk for Wellness and Recovery, Piscataway, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, 5K, Colts Neck PBA 5K, Colts Neck, New Jersey
Sunday, October 5, 5k, 9:30 am, Change A Life Uganda 5k Run/Walk for Education, Middletown, New Jersey