Jersey Shore Half Marathon
Sandy Hook, New Jersey USA
Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Jersey Shore Half Marathon Information

Held for more than three decades, the Jersey Shore Half Marathon is one of oldest races within the New Jersey area. However, this marathon is known for more than just its age. Participants and spectators have seen all types of whether at the race. In fact, the Jersey Shore Half Marathon is most famous for its continuance during a heavy snow storm in 1977. Even with wild-weather incidents, this half marathon has provided participants with some of the most spectacular views in racing.

Half Marathon Details
Runners who love beautiful beaches and surprising scenery will love the course at the Jersey Shore Half Marathon. In 2002, the race was moved back to its original starting point at the Gateway National Park, which offers camping, bird watching and fishing on its 26,000 acres of national recreational area. Runners will get spectacular views of the New York Harbor and will also pass by the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.

Aid stations and clocks are available every two miles, and runners are required to finish the course within a 3 hour period. This event is chip timed and is a USA Track and Field (USATF) certified course. Snacks and refreshments are available to all participants at the post party held at the Sandy Dog Café in Sandy Hook Park.

5K Run
The Lighthouse 5K Run is also part of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon, and only covers the first portion of the Sandy Hook course. Participants will begin the race on the grounds of Parking Lot E near the race headquarters and will loop around to the main highway at Hartshorne Drive. Runners will then pass the beautiful Fisherman's Beach area and then will loop back around at Atlantic Road.

Both 5k runners and participants of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon will be eligible to receive raffle tickets and prizes. Awards for both races will be given based on overall performance for male and female runners and age group categories. Specifically, awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners. However, the first three male and female winners within age categories will also receive rewards. Race walker awards and wheelchair competitors' awards will also be given.

Participants are provided with 1200 parking spaces at Parking Lot E, which is on the same grounds as the race headquarters. There is plenty of parking available for race spectators at nearby lots that are within walking distance of Parking Lot E.

Where to Stay
Participants and spectators have several options for nearby race accommodations, including hotels, bed and breakfast options and resorts. For instance, many will enjoy the luxurious Blue Bay Inn with its expansive queen and king sized rooms and Manhattan ferry access. The Sea Scape Manor Bed and Breakfast is also a nearby option that offers romantic styled rooms and ocean views. The Ocean Place Resort and Spa is another luxurious option for race participants who enjoy close beach access, cozy rooms and access to nearby activities.

Marathon Travel
The Gateway National Recreational Area at Sandy Hook and the New Jersey Half Marathon is easily accessible by boat ride or ferry, taxis, bus line and train. The nearest public airport is John F. Kennedy International Airport.