New Jersey Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay

Sunday, October 17, 2021 • Long Branch, NJCourse Map

Note: The 2021 race has been cancelled.

You’ll get to finish the race along the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore when you run the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay on Sunday morning, or the ShapingNJ 5K on Saturday morning, at an event that celebrates its 22nd annual running this spring.

The race features inspirational views of the oceanfront along much of the course and as runners are approaching the finish line at the Long Branch Ocean Promenade on the Jersey shore, and takes runners on a 13.1-mile tour of the neighborhoods and commercial districts of the town and nearby Monmouth Beach.

Known by past runners for its scenic, mostly flat course (no surprise as it’s close to sea level, near the ocean), the race is also known for colorful characters who’ve run in past years such as “Larry the Lighthouse,” who actually runs inside a cardboard lighthouse perched atop his shoulders.

For the half marathon, runners start the point-to-point course in Monmouth Park along Park Road, just west of the Monmouth Race Track. From there, they’ll run around the Wolf Hill Recreation Area and through several neighborhoods in Oceanport and Monmouth Beach, with many stretches featuring views of the water.

The course’s most significant hills take participants over bridges and across water at three points (miles 3, 4 and 8), and the last three miles offer spectacular views of the waves crashing on the beach.

Runners will finish the race along the boardwalk next to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, by running nearly a mile and a half along the shoreline before they cross the finish line.

Both the half marathon and full marathon courses are USATF-certified, organizers note, and the full marathon course is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the famed Jersey shoreline, just over 80 miles north of Atlantic City and roughly 50 miles south of New York City by car, Long Branch typically sees cool to mild weather in November, where temperatures typically range from the mid-40s to the mid-60s.

On race day (Oct. 17), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 63ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

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

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $105 – $130 for the half marathon
  • $120 – $150 for the full marathon
  • $50 for the virtual race


To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Long Branch’s New Jersey Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the New Jersey Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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6 comments… add one
  • Jose April 26, 2019, 5:28 pm

    What would be the best way to get to the race coming from New York City, using public transportation?

  • Roberta Truitt April 27, 2018, 5:43 pm

    This was labeled “Jersey’s Biggest Running Party.” There were practically zero vendors at the expo today. The information desk had no explanation and said the event would have the same amount of vendors on Saturday. What happened?

  • sun kim March 29, 2018, 8:17 pm

    Can I pospond this race to next year in case I can not participate this time? I registered full marathon this year. Do I need to pay agin next year if it is possible to pospond? Please let me know.

  • allison rosenzweig October 10, 2017, 7:31 am

    If my husband and I have a team of runners and would like to have them sign up for the half marathon race through us, how do we go about doing it?

    Thank you.

  • Arifa Hussain April 30, 2016, 11:44 am

    My bib number is 1518
    It says Marsthon. I registered for Half Marathon. There must be an error. What should I do.

    908 754 2229

    Arifa. Thank you

  • Tom Colapeico April 26, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Two quick questions:

    1. Can I pick up the bib on Sunday?
    2. Where do I park and how far is the Finish Line from the parking area?


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