Sunday, October 2, 2016 • 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 takes 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 previous years’ running of the race, including more than 800 runners in the half marathon alone. Last year’s race was forced to cancel thanks to the threat of Hurricane Joaquin, but organizers note that registrants may be able to transfer their registrations to this year’s race.
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.
(In past years, the race also offered a Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K race; that distance will not be offered for 2016.)
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. 2), the average low is 54°F and the average high is 70°F.
- $35 – $50 for the half marathon
- Add $3 registration fee
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com.
Official Race Website
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