Rutgers UNITE Half Marathon & 8K

Sunday, April 19, 2020 • New Brunswick, NJ • Course Map

Take a run through the heart of New Jersey’s Rutgers University at the UNITE Half Marathon, which makes its 11th annual running on this state’s road race calendar this spring after adding the 8K race distance for the first time a couple years back.

Runners make their way along a beautifully scenic point-to-point course that unfolds through three of the university’s campuses, and the race also features music from live bands stationed along the course, as well as water stations manned by volunteers from the university’s fraternities and sororities all along the 13.1-mile route.

From the starting line on Bartholomew Road next to the university’s Busch Campus, the half marathon starts its winding route through New Brunswick by taking runners first southward through a few twists and turns on campus streets and then northward toward the Livingston Campus, taking runners past the northern edge of Rutgers’ Ecological Preserve along the way.

This stretch features cheerleaders cheering runners on as well as views of Yurcak Field, the school’s soccer and lacrosse facility, and the recently renovated Rutgers Stadium.

The next stretch of the race takes runners westward from the Livingston campus on toward the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, followed by what is perhaps the race’s biggest downhill stretch, as runners are making their way through miles 6 and 7 on the way from the campus to Johnson Park, which parallels the river.

Runners spend the next three or so miles making their way through Johnson Park, and then head across the bridge at Landing Lane to the river’s southern bank, heading through Buccleugh Park (where, in the center of the park, a band will be playing for runners in the park’s gazebo) to the finish line at Rutgers’ College Avenue campus.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central eastern New Jersey, roughly 40 miles southwest of New York City, New Brunswick typically experiences cool to sometimes mild weather conditions in the mid-spring season, and relatively even precipitation throughout the year.

On race day (April 19), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 61ºF.

Course Map

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

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:15 AM – 8K


  • $79 and up for the half marathon
  • $57 and up for the 8K


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of New Brunswick’s Rutgers UNITE Half Marathon at Rutgers (or the 8K race), register online at here.

Official Race Website


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

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6 comments… add one
  • Leah Cutler May 14, 2020, 8:56 pm

    Hi. I was supposed to run the 2020 Rutgers Half. I ran it virtually due to Coronavirus. My friend received her shirt and medal about 2 weeks ago. Wondering when I can expect mine? I hope to run it in person next year. I ran Rutgers 1/2 last year for the first time. It was a great race!

  • Todd March 25, 2018, 2:12 pm

    Only found out through a friend that the date was changed back in January having never received an email about the change. Very poor communication by CGI & RU.

  • Diane Hernandez March 20, 2018, 1:43 pm

    I would like to know if I am able to register to the 1/2 Marathon in New Brunswick the day of the race, if so, how do I go about doing this. Also, please confirm the day of the race is April 15th not April 8th. Thanks very much.

    • Terrell Johnson March 21, 2018, 9:08 pm

      Hi Diane! Thanks so much for your comment — you’re correct, the race date is April 15 and not April 8. Here’s the link to their official race website:

      There should be info there about registering on the day of the race; if not, you can contact the race organizers there, and they should be able to guide you.

      Hope that helps!

  • Paula R March 23, 2016, 9:46 am

    When and where can I pick up my race day packet?

  • Peter Mitchell March 7, 2015, 7:28 pm

    I would like to know if I am registered for the cgi New Jersey Rutgers United Half coming up on April 12th. I engender signing up but was unable to find any confirmation email indicating so.



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