MudHen Half Marathon & 8K

Sunday, April 28, 2019 • Wildwood, NJ • Course Map

Famous for its miles-long boardwalk, beaches and seaside attractions like the roller coasters, waterparks and amusement parks that make up Morey’s Piers, the Wildwoods area of New Jersey here along Cape May play host each spring to the MudHen Half Marathon (known as “The Wild Half” before 2018), a half marathon that will take runners past a number of these attractions and along the boardwalk where waves crash along the shoreline.

Water surrounds the race route for nearly all of the event’s 13.1 miles, as runners follow an out-and-back route that will start and finish near the Wildwoods Convention Center, along Ocean Avenue near the intersection with Rio Grand Avenue. From there, runners start off by heading southeast along Ocean Avenue, down to where it meets East Fern.

This area, which is collectively known as “the Wildwoods” of New Jersey, is really several communities — Wildwood Crest to the southeast, Wildwood and North Wildwood to the northeast, and Diamond Beach further to the south.

Thousands of tourists and beachgoers flock to the area every summer from nearby New York, Pennsylvania and other parts of New Jersey, to take in attractions that have been a part of this beachtown for decades.

After making their way northeast along the boardwalk, the remainder of the first half of the race course takes runners back northwest into the island, with turns along 2nd Avenue, 1st Avenue, Spruce Avenue and Anglesea Drive.

Then, runners turn onto Wildwood Boulevard and head across the Stone Harbor Bridge over to Nummy Island, where they reach the half-way turnaround point and then head back over the bridge. Runners next retrace their steps along the route they’ve just run, heading back southeast along Anglesea, Spruce, 1st and 2nd Avenue.

The course returns to the boardwalk once again, giving runners another glimpse of the scenic beaches and coastline areas, before bringing them down to the turn onto Ocean Avenue, for the final mile and a half of the race, back in to the finish line near the convention center.

Runners and walkers also should be aware that there is a 4-hour limit, so they’ll need to complete the half marathon’s 13.1 miles by 11:30 AM.

All photos courtesy The Wild Half

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the boardwalk and the Atlantic coastline near the area known as Cape May along the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Wildwood typically experiences some of its driest weather of the year in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 22ºF (in 1982) and as high as 88ºF (in 2002).

On race day (April 28), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 64ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the MudHen Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

see race website

Course Time Limit

4 hours


  • $75 and up for the half marathon
  • price subject to increase as race day grows closer


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Wildwood’s MudHen Half Marathon or 8K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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

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11 comments… add one
  • Vanessa April 24, 2018, 7:56 am

    I ran the 2015 Wild Half marathon and I was looking at my medals yesterday and don’t have the 2015 medal. How can I get one of the 2015 wild half marathon medals?

  • Jim Costello May 10, 2016, 5:59 am

    Can my daughter pick up my bib on Saturday if I cant make on saturday?

  • MARY LOU WILSON May 4, 2016, 5:12 pm

    Can you confirm my registration information for the 2016 Wild wood Half

    Thank you

  • Lisa Doran May 2, 2016, 6:53 pm

    Need to know if I’m registered for half marathon? Wild half

  • Antoinette April 23, 2016, 3:48 pm

    Hello, can you tell me the date of wild half marathon next year in Wildwood N.J.(2017). Thank you

    • Tracey May 16, 2016, 12:34 pm

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 aka Mother’s Day

      • Sandra Waldee-Warden May 17, 2016, 1:07 pm

        Big mistake imo, slap in the face to your neighbor and the Delaware Marathon Running Festival……has been on Mother’s Day since its inception……losing a big Delaware contingency by changing the date!

  • Donna February 22, 2016, 12:18 pm

    How much time do 5K and 8K participants have to complete the course? Are walkers allowed?

    Thank you

  • Jessica Rosetti January 2, 2016, 3:28 pm

    What happened to buy one get one registration for New Years?! That happened last year. Why not this year?

    • Lisa Doran May 2, 2016, 6:55 pm

      Can you confirm my registration to wild half?

  • Carolyn Lemire April 30, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Can you please confirm you have my registration for the upcoming half marathon in Wildwood Newjersey. Myself and three others (Robert Lemire, Denis Moquin and Elaine Moquin) who are participating in the 8km have not received anything by email and want to confirm before we travel 10 hours for the race


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