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 are listed below:

Course Changes: While the half marathon is basically the same, the full has a few less turns and will return to the boardwalk for some sensational ocean-side views.

The Saturday Events have moved to the afternoon to have more of a festival feel.

Advice For Newbies: Get their early. Know your parking plan and allow enough time.IMG_5865

For Newbies and Veterans alike: Review all the security measures (found here) at both the start and finish line to keep everyone safe.

For Spectators: There are so many amazing places to watch the event. Look forward to some of the great characters you will see as well (Including James Leitner who will be running with 45 pounds of water on his head for 26.2 miles to raise awareness for  Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance, which provides water to third world countries).

Best of luck to all and enjoy this a race. So many of our readers consider this race the highlight of running in the Garden State. so go kick so asphalt!


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