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PRODUCTION
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SWAG
4
The Ocean Running Club Seaside Half Marathon & 5K benefits the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad of Seaside Heights Seaside Park and Berkeley Township, the ORC Scholarship Fund, & the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The Half Marathon is flat & fast with a course that takes you from beach to bay! … MORE
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    efulmer FIRST-TIMER '22

    I ran this race in Oct. 2022. It was a chilly, windy day, not unusual for NJ in late autumn. The course was 2 loops along the boardwalk, leading to … MORE

    I ran this race in Oct. 2022. It was a chilly, windy day, not unusual for NJ in late autumn. The course was 2 loops along the boardwalk, leading to some neighborhood streets on the bay side, and back to the ocean side boardwalk and finish line. The course has a 3-hour time limit. Being the Jersey Shore off season, there was not a lot of car traffic or non-race-affiliated tourists, which was nice. My family enjoyed the weekend and rode our bikes to Island Beach State Park on Saturday. Though some folx don’t like running on boardwalks, the boardwalk Seaside Heights was in good condition and enjoyable. The course is very flat; I came close to a PR. Overall race production was decent — there was some confusion about packet pick up times in emails, and a mistake in the distances for the 1-mile kids’ race for instance, but things all worked out and these snafus are pretty minor. The accompanying kids’ races and 5k also included medals and a tshirt, which my kids loved earning! For lodging we stayed at the Charlroy Hotel, which was affordable, right across from the beach and the race start/finish, but not very nice at all, TBH (I definitely wouldn’t stay there again). This part of the Jersey Shore has a lot of smaller family owned motels, some in need of repair.

    Aid stations had water and Gatorade, and were well-located (3 total, on a double-loop course, so 6 opportunities in all). Some local groups came out to cheer, which always adds a positive boost. There was a guy telling dad jokes as he helped direct runners, which was enjoyable. Race swag was great! Large shark-themed medals, and a light blue athletic long-sleeved race tshirt. Packet pick up also included a Squirrel’s Nut Butter sample (perfect for carrying in my running belt). Dance music provided by a DJ. Post-race celebrations were held at The Sawmill, a restaurant/pub, but we didn’t go.

    Overall, this is was a well-produced race for a small localish event that benefits the local running club. I would absolutely run it again if schedule/travel permits.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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