Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
3.9
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.4
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
3.4
Bring the whole family to the Jersey Shore for a weekend of fitness and fun at the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon. Join us for our marathon, half marathon, relay, 5K, family activities and kids races. It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss! Run through the … MORE
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    jamer133 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The good: I liked the long sleeve, thin shirt. The expo was smaller, but in a really cool building. There were plenty of water stops on the course and I … MORE

    The good: I liked the long sleeve, thin shirt. The expo was smaller, but in a really cool building. There were plenty of water stops on the course and I enjoyed running on the boardwalk.

    The not so good: Parking was a nightmare. They had all of use enter through one entrance. What GPS said would be an 8 minute drive turned into an hour drive and I had to do some fancy driving to do that. Barely made it to the start because of parking and port a potty stop and then the race started 10-15 minutes late. Nerves were a little on edge at the start.

    Overall though I enjoyed the race. I ran my 2nd best time and was able to immerse myself in the surroundings.

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    mflores711 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was incredibly flat and a great race to do if you want to get a nice PB. I unfortunately did not train enough and knew that going in, … MORE

    The course was incredibly flat and a great race to do if you want to get a nice PB. I unfortunately did not train enough and knew that going in, so my finish time was actually one of my worst, but that had nothing to do with the course itself. The volunteers were great! Super helpful and friendly, and did a great job working the aid stations. The race shirt was decent, and the beer and the finish festival were great. The expo was so-so and a little unorganized, could have done with some better signage.

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    Eric62685 FIRST-TIMER '19

    First time running this race and may not be the last! Beautiful course with a majority going out and back close to or along the shore (some painful/weird turns in … MORE

    First time running this race and may not be the last! Beautiful course with a majority going out and back close to or along the shore (some painful/weird turns in later miles to watch out for). There was a bit of miscommunication from race volunteers to family that came to spectate me that resulted them not seeing me at certain miles (volunteer gave incorrect advice on marathon course, confusing the half course for the full). Past reviews have rated the expo/swag on the lower scale, but to me it looks like this feedback was taken and the expo/swag was great!

    The security at the course is impeccable and communication on everything was great with a very useful athlete guide!

    I’d recommend this race to all looking for a fast/flat spring marathon course (2019 weather was PERFECT).

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    abbjmc FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was flat and easy, and we lucked out with perfect weather this year. The sea breeze was nice and refreshing, but not overpowering. Great views along the boardwalk … MORE

    The course was flat and easy, and we lucked out with perfect weather this year. The sea breeze was nice and refreshing, but not overpowering. Great views along the boardwalk at the finish as well as in Asbury Park and on the road on the way down. The neighborhoods at the start of the race were also great, with lots of spectators out in front of their houses. The pace teams were amazing, and I LOVED the medal.

    The logistics of this race were slightly lacking. I didn’t get a single email or piece of communication about the race leading up to it; I honestly was scared I wasn’t actually registered. Getting to the race start was also extremely stressful. I got dropped off and there was specific dropoff instructions that made it seem like we would be going in a different way than those looking to park. That was not the case at all and we got stuck in the total back up on the highway that everyone else was in. It was a mess.

    Some of the later water stops on the course were also lacking. I ran with the 3:25 pacers and we ended up being a big group. It was a struggle getting water at many of the later stops. I missed water at two when I wanted to take it, and at one of stop, on a narrow sidewalk, we came to a complete standstill as we bottlenecked.

    Overall, I ran a PR/BQ that I’m really happy with and had a awesome time, but I think the race could be improved with a few logistical fixes.

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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '15

    A new personal best! Held a very steady 6:52 pace through 30K. The final 10K was a straight shot back to the finish into a headwind along the boardwalk. I … MORE

    A new personal best! Held a very steady 6:52 pace through 30K. The final 10K was a straight shot back to the finish into a headwind along the boardwalk. I was losing time until 5K to go the two 3:05 pacers caught me and I asked them to get me to the finish. They helped me will myself to a PR and another BQ! Nice course, but the wind stole a better time.

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    KirstensDad FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a flat course but it has almost 70 turns. When you cross the matt at the start you continue to run in a tight corral for a bit. … MORE

    This is a flat course but it has almost 70 turns. When you cross the matt at the start you continue to run in a tight corral for a bit. The expo is very small and so are the post race treats. Race shirt contains cotton, but is ok.

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    donnanash FIRST-TIMER '17

    Tightest security I have ever seen at a race. Not as much beach scenery as I thought there would be. Weather conditions can be questionable, anything from heat to cold, … MORE

    Tightest security I have ever seen at a race. Not as much beach scenery as I thought there would be. Weather conditions can be questionable, anything from heat to cold, windy rain.

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    amarchet FIRST-TIMER '18

    Returning to NJ to run in my home state I had lots of expectations that went unfulfilled. Although the course is flat and fast, where I should have easily PR'd, … MORE

    Returning to NJ to run in my home state I had lots of expectations that went unfulfilled. Although the course is flat and fast, where I should have easily PR’d, I did not mainly because I chose to take pics along the way and I had a great support team which I took lots of pics with for coming out and cheering me on! That said, you should easily achieve a PR if you don’t stop as often as I did.

    Although bib pickup located at Monmouth Horse Track was fast and easy, I was disappointed that there was not a true expo. There were maybe 10 vendors. The expo is part of the experience that I like in getting me ready to race. The views along the course take you from the Horse Track through neighborhoods weaving across the Jersey Shore marsh areas. Plenty of neighbors out cheering racers forward. The best part of the route is when you come to mile 8 where the half splits from the full. The full continues along the beach route 1 block in from the beach, but the neighborhood that it runs through is full of mansions all the way to Asbury Park before turning around and running along the boardwalk!! The half turns to the boardwalk at mile 10 so the last 3.1 miles have you running on the boardwalk. This makes the whole race, at least for me, as it brought back many memories of growing up at the shore. Great support at the end of the race with plenty of food and drink. However, that said I was a little disappointed with the medal even though it encapsulates the great state of New Jersey!! Overall, if you want a race to PR than you should easily be able to get it here. As for the swag, you will need to look elsewhere. Cheers!!

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '17

    If you're searching for a race to mint a new PR, the New Jersey Marathon should be on your short list. It has next to zero significant elevation change, can … MORE

    If you’re searching for a race to mint a new PR, the New Jersey Marathon should be on your short list. It has next to zero significant elevation change, can potentially bring seaside breezes to cool runners down, and is an impeccably run race with friendly volunteers. The course starts off a little on the boring side as it meanders through neighborhoods that could be Anytown, USA, but quickly dials up the charm once the Boardwalks appear. Charming and (eventually) scenic, I would run this race again were I to start another 50-state circuit.

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '17

    I really enjoyed the New Jersey Marathon, I was expecting a good event but had read several negatives in prior reviews so I came into the race a little unsure … MORE

    I really enjoyed the New Jersey Marathon, I was expecting a good event but had read several negatives in prior reviews so I came into the race a little unsure of what to expect. The expo was very small, but it was proportionate to the size of the race. I actually really enjoy spending time walking through expos and seeing the different events being promoted and some of the new gear that’s available. So, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more going on at this expo, but it was in keeping with the size of the event. This expo did have the unique aspect of being held at the Monmouth Park race track and that made up for the lack of size. I’m not a big horse racing fan, but that track was obviously very old and had a ton of history. I probably spent almost an hour wandering around the grounds with everything being completely wide open. That was a neat experience.

    The morning of the race I got up very early so that I could get on the road from my hotel and to the parking area. Almost every prior review I read made comments about how awful the traffic situation was getting to the parking area with several people saying the traffic was so bad they advised leaving with 2 hours to spare. I made it onto the road with a little over an hour and a half before race time and breezed right into a parking spot so whatever issues they have had in the past must have been resolved and I got about 30 minutes of nice quiet time in the car.

    The weather on race morning was fantastic, about 58 degrees and mostly overcast. There was a cool front coming in and the temperatures actually fell slightly during the race. There was a decent breeze that was fairly sustained during the race, but it wasn’t terribly bad, I spent the last 7 miles running into it but it was more cold than anything else.

    The course was good, I was expecting a huge bottleneck at the beginning that never materialized, I guess we should take all reviews with a grain of salt (this one included). The course started with a little uphill climb that flattened out quickly and represented all of the elevation change on the first half. The first half went through some nice neighborhoods and some urban area, a nice mix of things to see. The half marathoners split off between 11 and 12 and I went from running with a decent group to being by myself, there was a huge difference in half and full runners in this race. Just after the split, the elite runners started to pass me going the other way on the opposite side of the road (yes, I am that slow). This was the first indication of how long the out and back section was going to be. I happened to notice the back of the mile 23 marker while watching the elites and wanting to see the front of that marker was stuck in my head for the next 2 hours. The course made its way down to the boardwalk with some fairly nice downhill stretches which would become uphills into the wind on the way back. The turn around point didn’t come until between miles 18 and 19 and it was a sharp turn which was not terribly welcome. As much as that long of an out and back is hard to deal with mentally, it is a tremendous boost when you finally hit that turnaround and are headed home. After the turnaround the course spends a lot of time on the boardwalk along the ocean which is really nice. It was amusing to see all the tourists who had no idea they had wandered into a marathon while out on the boardwalk. I spent more time along the ocean in this marathon than I did at Rock&Roll San Diego so kudos to New Jersey for all the ocean front running. The finish was well organized with boxed water instead of bottled which I had only seen once before when I ran San Francisco so good to see the east coast being a little proactive environmentally. I finished in 4:48 which is a 10 minute PR for me so this will be a course I remember very fondly.

    Now for the massive negative for this event. The race is point to point so you park at the start and there are shuttles to take you back to the start line after you finish. First, there were no signs in the finisher area indicating where the buses were located and it was a bad sign that they weren’t close enough that you could see them. Myself and a couple of other runners got with the local police and they were able to direct us to the shuttle bus area which was at least a 3/4 mile walk from the finisher area. Then the buses themselves didn’t drop the runners off in the runner parking lot, we were dropped off on the other side of the race track and had to walk almost another mile to get to our vehicles. My step counter had me at almost 31 miles for the day by the time I got back to my car. This is a great event that really does a great job for the runners, but with so many people needing the shuttles to get back to their cars it shouldn’t be such an afterthought. That, however, does not come close to dampening my enthusiasm for this event, it was well run and an enjoyable course, well worth the trip to Jersey.

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    M_Sohaskey May 02, 2017 at 12:32am

    Fantastic review Scott, and congrats on your new PR! Sounds like next year they should include the walk back to your car as part of the New Jersey 50K. ;)… MORE

    Fantastic review Scott, and congrats on your new PR! Sounds like next year they should include the walk back to your car as part of the New Jersey 50K. ;) I was curious, with the course being next to the ocean, how much of a headwind there would be – glad it was never a serious factor. And I always appreciate courses that are laid out so you can see the leaders coming back the other way and cheer 'em on. Thanks for the detailed review – I now have a NJ marathon to add to my 50 states list! LESS

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    dsbland May 02, 2017 at 4:22am

    Definitely worth the trip, the people in the area were really nice everywhere I went. Not a ton of spectators along the course but the aid stations were fantastic. I'm… MORE

    Definitely worth the trip, the people in the area were really nice everywhere I went. Not a ton of spectators along the course but the aid stations were fantastic. I'm doing the 50 states as well and really glad this was my Jersey run. LESS

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