Ohh Summer Half…Where Are You?

It’s become such a point of frustration for us that there are precious few half marathons in the summer months.  Why is this the case?  I’ve heard a handful of excuses like its too hot or its too hard to close streets in the summer.  But I think it’s all BS. We checked Halfmarathons.net and basically every state has summer halfs, yet we only have a few.

Summer is the time when many of us are in the best shape.  Most runners in NJ have been running consistently since the Spring and for many of us, we are at our best come July and August.   There is also more daylight and time for us to focus, so I wish there were more opportunities to run a 13.1 race.  After all, it is the perfect distance.

We have even vetured outside of the friendly confines of the Garden State and run a few halfs in PA.  However, the races we did …

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A Walk To Believe: 5K For Eric LeGrand

Folks have a lot of reasons for running 5Ks. It’s a challenge to get off the couch. It’s a way to test your fitness without the grueling aspect of a marathon. It’s just flat-out fun to be part of a race. But the best reason to run a 5K is for a cause that’s near and dear to your heart.

Rutgers football fans have one such cause. They’ve been with the Scarlet Knights through some down, down times. There was a winless season. There was a year they lost to the worst team in the country and then a lower-level team in successive weeks. There’ve been at least two heartbreaking losses with major bowl games on the line. But the most gut-wrenching day for every Loyal Son and Daughter was on October 16th, 2010.

That Saturday, Rutgers took on Army at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It was a close game in which Rutgers mounted a late comeback. On an …

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5 Best Things About Summer Running In NJ

After a rough spring for weather, we are just days away form Memorial Day and the official start of summer in the Garden State. So…we got to thinking about all the things that make summer running so awesome.  Here is our top 5. IMG_5002

5. Better weather A pretty obvious one.  But for those of us that remember going 5 layers deep in January, we certainly appreciate it.

4. Better Races The summer plays host to so many great races for us to choose from. There are a ton of kick-ass races held every summer that we all love such as the Westfield Pizza 5K, The Belmar 5, The Spring Lake 5 and tons more. spring lake 5 starting line crowd



3. Night Races Anyone that has read Runjersey over the past years knows that we simply dig night races. We aren’t sure exactly why, but we have more fun at them and we tend to run them faster. There are a handful of good …

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Best Race Ever…Nova Nordisk NJ Marathon and Half Marathon Preview

We caught up with Christine Bosco, the Race Director for this Sunday’s Nova Nordisk NJ Marathon and Half who was kind enough  to share her thoughts on the event. She is tremendously excited about the event and it promises to be a great one. This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest races on the planet. Bosco expressed her appreciation for both the spectators as well as the athletes for their participation. She also commended the 8 municipalities that the race passes through for all their help and support. While the 5k is full, registration is still open for the full, half and the relay. Runners can still sign up at the Expo on Friday night or Saturday. She noted that this race is “A big time marathon in a small town” making it a special race. “Both the community involvement and the iconic course make this race so legendary,” she added.

IMG_5989A few items of note …

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Our Conversation With Jen A. Miller. Author of “Running, A Love Story”

We were fortunate enough to have had a wonderful chat with Jen A. Miller, a fascinating NJ-based runner and author. Miller recently penned Running, A Love Story, an absolute must-read for any runner or running fan in New Jersey.

Jen certainly has an impressive resume. She had previously published The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City To Cape May to rave reviews and has also contributed to Runner’s World, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and many more. She also exudes a true passion for the sport of running. “Running made my life better; Mind body and soul.” she explained to us as we chatted about her new book. She also added that “Running is what you make of it. You get what you put in.”  jenmiller2

A self proclaimed “middle of the pack runner,” this book has a little bit of everything. It’s a funny, thought-provoking and inspirational story ideal for any athlete to enjoy. The legendary …

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Congrats To All The Runners Who Ran Boston

Yesterday, marked the 120th running of the Boston Marathon. We salute everyone who participate  in this event, arguably the pinnacle of  the running world. We also wanted to especially congratulate our friends at Runners High NJ who we saw on TV a handful of times donning their proud purple colors and making NJ proud.

We also wanted to congratulate the 21 survivors of the Marathon bombings three years ago. Their spirit & resiliency to return to this challenging course was nothing short of remarkable. Kudos to all!…

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This Saturday’s RunAPalooza

For many, this Saturday’s RunAPalooza marks the start of the race season. Thousands will flock to one of our hippest shore town’s for not 1, but 3 incredible races.  The Asbury Park Half, the Jersey Shore Relay and the Jersey Shore 5K all make up this legendary collection of races. All registration is closed at this point, so if you haven’t registered yet, go out and cheer.

While the Half marathon and he 5k both start and end in Asbury Park, the Relay sends 5-person teams up the coast from Seaside to Asbury.  The early forecast looks promising and we wish all the runners the best of luck. This event is truly a blast…enjoy some pics from last year…

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5th Annual Run With The Royals

Looking for a great early Spring race??? Head to Pier Village in Long Branch (arguably the Mecca of NJ running) on Saturday, April 9th for the 5th Annual Run with the Royals 5K. The course is flat and fast and hosts picturesque oceanfront views. Walkers are welcome and the 11 am start time gives you a chance to sleep late.  After you notch your PR, stop by the after-party at Celtic Cottage where runners will receive a9wel-deserved)  free drink. Proceeds will help St James School in Red Bank. To register or for more info, please go to https://runsignup.com/runwiththeroyals.

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Sheehan Classic Update

We received a lot of responses regarding the Sheehan Classic.  As per the JSRC press release (seen below), we are happy to announce that the Sheehan Classic will live on.


Asbury Park 5K 2015 Start.

The Sheehan Classic and Asbury Park race committees are happy to announce the merging of two great events, the Red Bank Sheehan Classic and the Asbury Park 5K will now be the Asbury Park Sheehan Classic. Both races have great traditions and we hope that the running community will continue to support this event. The 5K race and kid’s races will take place on Saturday August 13, 2016 in Asbury Park. Combining the twenty two year history of the Red Bank race with the twelve years of knowledge and constant growth of the Asbury Park 5K should produce one great race with an expected 3,000 participants.

Back to its roots, The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly

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No Sheehan Classic This Year???

We were disappointed to learn that after years of a successful event, the George Sheehan Classic will not occur this year. The race was a high point for many runners due to it’s legendary finish through Red Bank’s Broad Street. It also commemorated George Sheehan, the Monmouth County-based physician who many believe to be the Godfather of recreational running in the country. IMG_7959The Sheehan Classic also marked 1 of 5 events in the Jersey Shore Grand Prix Series, a favorite among shore runners. The race also made our top 5 list of “Greatest Races in NJ” for the past 2 years.

While we are saddened by the news, we know that running in NJ continues to gain in popularity and other amazing races will fill our calendar.IMG_8001

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