Category - Places to Run

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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Places to Run: Hartshorne Woods

With the exception of very north Jersey, we all know the garden state is as flat as a slice of uncooked pork roll. While flat is great for hitting your PR, it can leave us with something to be desired. Look no further than Hartshorne Woods Park for tons…

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Running The New Jersey Boardwalks

Every New Jerseyan has spent some time walking on the iconic boardwalks of the famous New Jersey shore.  The boardwalk has provided lasting memories for all of us…Losing all your money trying to win a giant stuffed animal, drinking beers and passing out after the prom, consuming giant pizza slices or gazing at the breathtaking views.  For so many of us, the Jersey shore boardwalk holds tons of great memories.  It is also a 100% CAN’T-MISS running location for any RunJersey.com reader.

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