Author - Charlie Hoffmann

The NYC Marathon/Halloween Dilemma

For many runners (especially those from NJ), the NYC Marathon is the pinnacle of their running career. Running the streets of the world’s greatest city alongside 50,000 others is a “bucket-list” race for many. The sea of cheering fans create a race environment like no other on the planet. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.

This year’s marathon promises to be another unforgettable one for the athletes. One small problem…it’s November 1st… the day after Halloween. That presents a big problem for many runners.

A three-person running team, all fans of RunJersey.com, brought this to our attention a few weeks back. They are in a real conundrum since they are all mothers. Collectively, the trio has 10 kids between them, ranging in age from 4-12; prime Halloween age.

The question they have to answer is…Trick or treating with the kids OR rest up the day before the marathon?   …

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Like Wine? Like Running? Then The Grape Gallop Is The Race For You!

The Grape Gallop, the event that pairs exercise and wine tasting, is making its third trip to Milford’s (NJ) Alba Vineyard on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Open to every level of runner, walker and wine connoisseur, Grape Gallop is a 2 or 3.5-mile romp through the vines of this picturesque New Jersey winery.

Schedule??? Registration/check-in opens at 8:30 am with a 10:00 am race start time. Wine sampling begins at 10:45 am.grape 2

Free Stuff??? Each entrant receives a long sleeved technical event shirt, a stem-less event wine glass, a reusable event tote bag, and a sampling of Alba’s award winning wines.

Entry fee is $55 for pre-registration ($60 on race day). As a cool option, Grape Gallop also offers a Designated Driver entry for $35. Those who select this option may purchase wine glasses after the event for $5 each and are not eligible for wine tasting.
“We are continuing our relationship with Alba because their wines are

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It’s Back…The Walpack Wilderness Challenge! This Saturday!

The Walpack Wildeness Challenge…What is it about this race that everybody loves so much??? We had to find out, so we made our way to Sussex County last summer for this event. And WOW, were we impressed! We felt like we were in the wrong time zone.

Besides being so rural and so remarkably beautiful, it was one of the most exciting races we did last year. It’s a strong candidate for our Top 10 Races in NJ feature coming soon.

Some love the run-bike-run format.  walpack2000

Others love the gorgeous country setting. “I feel like I’m in Montana.” one runner told us last year.

Others appreciate the isolation of it. After all, there is nothing more soul searching than climbing a big hill alone!

Whatever the reason, it’s become a favorite for many runners who want something exciting, challenging and of course…..fun! This year, the event features two incredible races.

The Walpack Wilderness Challenge presents a unique distance,

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Newport Half…A Scenic, Historic And Speedy 13.1 Miles

It was hard not to be nostalgic while running this weekend’s T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon. The course provided tons of unforgettable views of the New York City skyline on a perfect day for a late-summer half.

Much of the race course meandered it’s way through Liberty State Park, which is an easy place to fall in love with. Runners were treated to a perfect view of Lady Liberty as she stood proudly in the water, sun glistening off her back. They also trotted past Ellis Island, providing many runners with a reminder of what millions went through to come to America.

But this race was about much more than just nice views and rich history. It was about great runners putting forth incredible efforts. The race was the USATF NJ Half Marathon Championships for Men’s, Women’s and Masters which brought out some of the best and brightest talent in the Garden State. …

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Sunday’s T-Mobile Newport Half…Greatest Scenery You’ll Ever See On A Racecourse

As the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops, distance season begins to heat up.

This Sunday marks one of our favorite races of the year…The T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon is a flat, fast course that brings out some the best talent in the state for a perfect late-summer half.

This event also boasts some of the prettiest views you will ever see on a race course. Meandering through the Jersey City waterfront, the course makes it’s way through the iconic Liberty State Park where runners can see picturesque views of Ellis Island, the NYC skyline and Lady Liberty.

For many, it serves as the perfect tune-up run for a fall marathon, but we believe it’s a can’t-miss race on it’s own. We spoke with co-race director Robert Barwick, who shared his thoughts with us.…

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Well…That Stinks

So…our site was down for about 48 straight hours last week, which…well, stinks. Thankfully, we have it all straightened out now and you should expect to return to your daily dosage of running news, informative articles, amazing posts and much more. Thanks for your patience. Keep reading and keep runnin’!…

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12th Annual Pier House 5K to Complete the Jersey Shore Grand Prix on Labor Day

Ohh, it’s Labor Day right? That means summer fun is over, right? Wrong! There are still tons of kick-ass running events, like this Monday’s Pier House 5K in Long Branch.

The revitalized Long Branch beachfront will play host to the 12th Annual Pier House 5K road race on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. Race-time is 8:30 am. The goal of the event is to bring community-minded runners to Long Branch to witness first-hand the amazing growth and post-Sandy rebirth in the area. Organizers and sponsors also hope to inspire runners of all abilities to participate in the Golden Grand Prix events. Organized by shore area running enthusiasts, Tim McLoone and Phil Hinck, “The hope is that the Golden Grand Prix will inspire front runners, middle of the packers, and also beginners to participate annually in the shore events, contributing to an already great legacy of great shore running.” To that end, there is open and …

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Calling All Running Globetrotters. A Trip Of Lifetime With Let’s Run The World

berm 7Let’s Run The World – What are they up to now?

Last year, we reported on two adventure running trips that this NJ-based adventure travel cooperative completed in 2014. Here’s the link

So, we wanted to check in with them again to see what they are up to in 2015? We caught up with Joe Gigas the race director of the NJ Marathon and the Beauty and the Beach RunTM who is also the chief world runner at Let’s Run The World. Here’s what we found out.

First up in 2015 – Bermuda

In January of this year, Joe returned to the Bermuda Marathon Weekend and runners from Oregon, Canada and NJ joined him to compete in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge – 3 races in 3 days (1 mile, 10K berm3and full marathon). …

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A Mid-Summer Half…The Perfect Fall Marathon Tune Up

For those of us running a fall marathon, we often try to look for a summer half marathon. 13.1 Is about the training distance (more or less) most fall marathoners are running at this point and we all know that nothing is better than real race experience to assess your training progress.

However, the summer half marathon has become sort-of like the Easter Bunny. We know it exists, but we’ve never been able to find one. After checking the calendars and websites, we actually found one and did it last weekend. And boy was it perfect…..well, sort of.

Running this race was like making love to someone that is a whole lot better at doing it than you are…You absolutely love it, but its overwhelmingly exhausting, so you just try to hold on till its over.

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Race Preview: The Jersey Shore Half Marathon Sunday, October 4th

The Jersey Shore Half Marathon may the perfect Autumn half to put on your race calendar. Whether you want to do it as a tune up for NYC or Philly or you just want a great half in an awesome location, check out this race.

The race has a history that places it as one of the oldest distance events held in New Jersey. The first Jersey Shore Marathon was held January 9, 1972. This year’s event marks the 43rd in the rich history.

Basics: Sunday, October 4th. 9 AM for the Half; 9:05 for the Lighthouse 5k. …

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