Archive - 2015

Hey Santa, All I Want Is Running Gear!!!

As runners, there is one thing we all want…more running stuff. New shoes, hand warmers for the winter, GU’s, headbands, socks…you name it – we want it. So, if you are looking for last minute Christmas gifts for the runner on your list, a gift card to a LOCAL running store is the perfect stocking-stuffer.

Our advice…avoid a running store if it’s in a mall and head somewhere local.  Our favorite spots are Runner’s High in Freehold and Metuchen.  runners_high

In the meantime, have a great Christmas!!!…

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You Know You An NJ Runner When:

You know you are an NJ runner when….You wouldn’t sign the lease on your new apartment until you took a test run around the neighborhood first.

 

Got one of these for us?  E-Mail us at contact@runjersey.com.

If we end up using, it we will send you some free stuff.…

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4 Things To Know About This Weekend’s Philly Marathon

It’s the city of brotherly love and the home of 2 amazing races…The Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon. Here are 4 things you should know:

1 The kids at Drexel University are amazing. What’s better than hundreds of pajama-clad students cheering your name at the crack of dawn? drexel

2 Channel your inner Rocky Balboa! Apparently, there was some boxing movie in the 1970’s about some guy from Philadelphia. It’s known for some of the most exciting running footage ever. When you need a little extra motivation, channel your inner Italian Stallion and run tough. mr balboa

3 Start Last…As mediocre/middle of the pack runners, we accidentally came up with a brilliant strategy that improved our running forever. At the 2008 Philly Marathon, we arrived late (thanks to my 1997 Ford Ranger for not starting that morning). So we ended up having to start the race dead last..and it was the best idea ever. Normally we would start races in the middle …

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November 17th…Go Take A Hike! Seriously.

Yes, we realize that there is a BS holiday for just about everything nowadays. However, today is November 17th and it’s National Take A Hike Day and that’s pretty awesome. Not to mention, the weather is pretty close to perfect and New Jersey has hundreds of amazing places to hikes. IMG_4072

Check out our places to run section for a few listings of good hikes and feel free to send us a write up and some pics of your favorite running spot too (we’ll give you free stuff if you do).

What’s better the hiking anyway?

  • It’s quiet.
  • There is no traffic.
  • It’s fun.
  • You get to see cool things like sunsets, birds and other animals.
  • It’s free.

Plus, we have so many great places to hike including tons of beautiful trails in our county and state parks. We also love the smaller, more intimate, tracts of trails that serve as an oasis in a crowded town. IMG_4075

So, grab your boots …

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The Navesink Challenge. The Perfect Fall Race.

It’s a hill, get over it. That phrase speaks volumes about this wonderful event and the runner’s who participate in it. It’s the 15th Annual Navesink Challenge and it’s the can’t-miss race of the Fall. It has also been described as a “Runner’s Race” and that is certainly a fair description. This year’s event will take place on November 29th, a.k.a Thanksgiving Sunday, so it’s the perfect event for you to run off all that turkey & stuffing.  nav222

The Navesink Challenge is certainly not your typical Turkey Trot. It’s undoubtedly one of the best fall races in the state. Two distances are offered, a 5K or a 15K, both occurring through picturesque Autumn landscapes throughout Middletown.

The race supports several local organizations including the Middletown Youth Athletic Association and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation. As per the MCF website:

MCF is steadfastly dedicated to ensuring a permanent legacy of open space and natural habitat throughout the county.” Organizer Leslie …

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52,000 Runners + Millions Of Fans = 1 Amazing Experience

52,000 Runners and more than 4 million fans were a part of something special this past Sunday, The TCS New York City Marathon. It was an experience like we’ve never felt before. Runners were represented from hundreds of countries throughout the globe. The neighborhoods of the 5 boroughs were filled with bands, students, church choirs, neighbors and tourists all “getting their NY on” and creating a frenzy of cheers.

This event is truly a bucket list race for any runner, certainly worth the long training DSCN1621runs, sore hamstrings and lack of toenails over the past few months. Seeing the finish line in Central Park and climbing the final incline to it was truly one of the greatest feelings in life.

Congrats to every runner who completed this marathon, whether you are from Kinnelon, Keansburg or Kenya. 20151101_151535The race truly represents all the amazing things our sport is about. For those reading this…sign up for 2016 and “Get your New …

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RunJersey At The TCS 2015 NYC Marathon

2 Million Fans

10,000 Volunteers

& Over 50,000 runners will descend on the Big Apple this Sunday morning for the TCS 2015 NYC Marathon. Starting at the Verrazano Bridge, runners from every corner of the globe will meander through the streets of the 5 boroughs. While the NJ contingency of runners will certainly be well represented, other notables will be in this year’s field as well.IMG_9023

All 4 of last year’s winners will return including Kurt Fearnley (Men’s Wheelchair), Tatyana McFadden (Women’s Wheelchair), Mary Keitany & Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang. 2009 Winner and American favorite Meb Keflezighi will also hope to repeat his prior success. Celebrities Ethan Hawke, Tiki Barber, Alicia Keys, James Blake and more will also be running for charity. Sean Astin, an frequent marathoner, is also running and the chant of “Rudy…Rudy…Rudy” may be heard as he crosses the finish line.

IMG_9030This race is arguable the greatest running event on the globe. What started in 1970 with …

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Spooky Places To Run: Skillman Park (Formerly The North Princeton Developmental Center)

If you showed up with your running shoes to run Skillman Park, it would probably look and feel like thousands of other beautiful New Jersey running locations. However, once you set out and begin your run, you will feel the eeriness of this unique location. Years ago, we ran this location frequently when the buildings were still up and we always felt a creepy vibe throughout the facility.

Here and now, Skillman Park is a peaceful, serene, 247-acres in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township with a perfect 2.25 mile paved loop. However the history goes back to 1898 where the park was called “The State Village for Epileptics” and later “The North Princeton Developmental Center” and had a reputation for cruel medical treatment. IMG_8923

The facility was eventually closed down in the late 1990’s. It sat desolate and out of place for several years to follow, eventually becoming a Weird NJ destination and a must-see …

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Spooky Places To Run: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Route

On March 1, 1932 between 9 and 9:30 PM, Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month old son was kidnapped from his bedroom in Hopewell, NJ. The event was dubbed “The Crime of The Century” and its still one of the most fascinating events ever to happen in NJ. Several days after the kidnapping, the baby was found a few miles IMG_8866away when a truck driver named Will Allen pulled off the road to urinate in  awooded area (something all runners can appreciate) where he noticed the baby’s corpse. The entire country was intrigued and law enforcement began an aggressive search for the kidnapper.

Nearly 3 years later, Richard Bruno Haupmann, an escaped convict from Germany, was charged with the crime after having been caught spending some of $50,000 ransom money. After he was eventually convicted in a Flemington courtroom in a trial that received world-wide coverage, Haupmann took a seat in a Trenton prison’s electric chair swearing his innocence until his …

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