April Fools Half Marathon

Sunday, April 7, 2024 • Atlantic City, NJCourse Map

The first of two half marathon race events in what has become the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series — the second takes place in October, with the running of the Atlantic City Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K — while the Atlantic City April Fools Half Marathon makes its 13th annual running in April 2024.

Like the fall race, the springtime April Fools Half Marathon will take runners along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, for a long, straight out-and-back course that starts and finishes in front of Resorts Casino Hotel and Margaritaville, near the intersection with North Carolina Avenue.

From there, runners head southwest along the shore, running along the boardwalk for about the first few miles of the course. Once runners reach the turn off the boardwalk at New Haven Avenue, they turn right and then make another quick left to turn onto Atlantic Avenue.

The next few miles of the race take them along Atlantic Avenue, all the way down to the half-way turnaround point of the half marathon, at Atlantic and 23rd Avenue.

Once they make the turn there and start heading back northeast along Atlantic Avenue, runners then retrace their steps along the route they’ve just run, all the way back to the race finish line on the boardwalk at North Carolina Avenue.

Runners will make their way through Ventnor, Margate and Longport on the way down, and then again through the same three communities in reverse on the way back.

A little over half of the course will be run on the wooden surface of the Atlantic City Boardwalk — with the famous views of the Atlantic Ocean for this entire stretch of the race — while the portions along Atlantic Avenue will of course be run on paved surfaces. The terrain will be flat for the entire race.

Runners will have 4 hours to complete the half marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the coast of southern New Jersey, about 60 miles southeast of Philadelphia and roughly 125 miles south of New York City, Atlantic City typically sees cool to mild weather conditions in April, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 22 degrees (in 1982) and as high as 91 degrees (in 1960).

On race day (April 7), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 53ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the April Fools Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM


$70 – $105 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Atlantic City’s April Fools Half Marathon, 7K or 11K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the April Fools Half? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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6 comments… add one
  • Gonzalo Carazo December 25, 2023, 1:44 pm

    What is the best or most recommended hotel to stay at for the night before the half marathon on April 6th?

  • MONICA R HUNTER April 10, 2018, 11:32 am

    My husband is interested in flying his drone as our son participates in the half marathon on Sunday. the drone has all credentials required in Atlantic County. Are there any requirements

  • Jack Cessna April 4, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Regarding yesterday’s Sudanese refugee 3rd place finisher, Zakaria Adam, in the 1/2 marathon, could you please forward any photos of him on the course or finish line so we might post it on his Facebook for confidence purposes. It was a great improvement in his 5 year career as a new runner.
    Thanks for your patience and consideration.

    Jack Cessna

    Zakaria Adam —Facebook
    Jack Cessna —- Facebook
    My email address —Heartbeats50@hotmail.com

  • Dave Kintzing March 24, 2016, 6:46 am

    What is the pick-up schedule for the 2016 series. I will be running the 11K
    event on Saturday 4/3/16

  • Robert Falgie February 15, 2016, 11:10 am

    I was wondering if I could change my race packet pick up to Sunday instead of Saturday

  • Kerry Zawadski April 14, 2015, 9:18 am

    I completed the april fools half this past Sunday. Once i got home I found my tshirt was torn with a huge whole in it. For the price i paid to comoete I feel I should receive a new tshirt….please contact me


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