Despite some humid temperatures and a bit of fog, the Newport Liberty Half Marathon certainly did not disappoint. The race, which ranked # 2 on our Top 10 Races in NJ list, undoubtedly lived up to its high billing.
Beginning in downtown Jersey City, the starting gun sounded amongst the skyscrapers on the Hudson riverside. Leaving the hospitable confines of Newport, the course first sent runners North towards Hoboken. It quickly looped back past Newport before moving towards the epic grounds of Liberty State Park. Meandering through the park, one couldn’t help but enjoy the NYC skyline which became more visible as the fog lifted. Similarly, running in the shadows of Ellis Island and in front of The Statue of Liberty provided a natural lift and lots of inspiration. One runner we spoke to said it best, “This view is absolutely incredible. It looks like a postcard.”
The event was organized by Dan Brannen & Rob Barwick (The Barwick Group) and was delivered with flawless precision. All of the athletes we spoke with thoroughly enjoyed the race and complimented the organizers and volunteers for their efforts. Participants came from all over the tri-state area, however a huge presence of running groups were in the crowd including: Garden State Track Club, Shore AC, Raritan Valley Road Runners, Clifton Runners, Fleet Feet, Garmin Runners and more.
Kenneth Goglas of Port Reading took the tape with an impressive time of 1:11:26. On the women’s side, Jodie Robertson was not far behind as she took the women’s title finishing the 13.1 trek with a 1:18:35. The humid temperatures may have kept the crowd sligthly off their best pace, however nearly 3000 runners proudly crossed the finish line. A huge congratulations goes out to all the runners, volunteers and organizers. This was an exceptional race on a course unlike any other.