Ocean Drive Marathon & Half Marathon
Cape May, New Jersey USA
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ocean Drive Marathon Information

Held each May in Cape May, the Ocean Drive Marathon draws thousands of runners to the area for competition and a shot at prizes. It is a USA Track & Field 500 Point Grand Prix event, and those who complete the race can use their time to qualify for other contests. The marathon will be held for the 16th time in 2014, with a marathon as well as both 10 mile and 5K races available to runners.

The marathon features a 5.5-hour time limit, and runners who make it to a checkpoint by that limit will have their times recorded. Digital clocks will be available at different intervals along the marathon course, and each mile is plainly marked. A full medical team is always on duty in case of emergencies, and a massage tent for runners will be available near the finish line. Also with a nod to safety, event organizers keep certified medics moving up and down the course, and aid stations are available to runners every 2.5 miles.

Runners along the marathon course will have water available from the medics on the course and electrolyte fluids will be available beginning at mile 11. Fresh oranges and bananas will be offered beginning at mile 15.8 and energy gels will be available at miles 14.1 and 17. Portable restrooms are also available at varying intervals along the course, which ends on the Promenade at JFK Boulevard.

The Ocean Drive 10-Miler is also USATF certified and concludes at the scenic Boardwalk located in North Wildwood. The five-mile race starts on the promenade at JFK Boulevard, reaches out 2.5 miles and concludes back at the starting line. In addition to the serious competition, children of all ages may compete in a 1.5-mile "fun run." This event is open to those who wish to walk or run along the course. No prizes are awarded.

There is a fee to register for each event, and registration may be completed online prior to the Ocean Drive Marathon. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in the marathon, 10 mile and 5K races, to the first place finisher in the 40 and older age group and to the top finishers in 10 different age brackets.

Proceeds from the marathon and related events benefit various charitable missions around the Cape May area, including the Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County, the Conservative Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and many high schools throughout the area.