Jersey Shore Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, October 5, 2014 • Fort Hancock, NJ • Course Map

Set for its 44th annual running underneath the breezy skies of New Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area, the Jersey Shore Half Marathon & Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K race take runners on a fast and flat course that’s among the oldest distance running events anywhere in the state.

From the starting line near Parking Lot E, which lies near the southern end of the barrier spit that sticks out into Sandy Hook Bay, runners follow a fast and largely flat USATF-certified double loop course that unfolds all the way to the lighthouse area at the north end of Sandy Hook and back to the parking lot area for the finish.

More than 1,000 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at last year’s running, including 835 runners in the half marathon alone. For 2014, the starting time for the 13.1-mile race is scheduled for 9:00 AM, while runners in the 5K will start at 9:05 AM.

While you’re in the area and if you have time, stick around for a tour of the Gateway National Recreational Area, a 26,000-acre park with natural features such as marshes, sandy beaches, and wildlife sanctuaries and man-made structures like its historic military installations.

The park is noteworthy as the first urban recreational area of its kind set aside by the federal government, along with San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The view along the main road at Fort Hancock, N.J. (Photo by Sinead Friel/flickr)

The view along the main road at Fort Hancock, N.J. (Photo by Sinead Friel/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the northern end of the Gateway National Recreation Area peninsula that divides Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, just over a 55-mile drive south from New York City, Sandy Hook typically sees October temperatures that average between 49°F and 64°F, with rainfall totals averaging just under 3.4 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Oct. 5), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 68°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Jersey Shore Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:05 AM – 5K


  • $30 for the half marathon, if registered before September 1
  • $35 between Sept. 1 – 23
  • $40 on Sept. 25 and after


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon or Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website

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