2016 Header NJ_Marathon_Schedule
FAQs
Answers to all of your pressing questions

How do I register?
Click here for online registration.

Do you offer refunds, transfers, registration changes or deferrals?
We do provide an optional registration refund, however no transfers from one person to another will be permitted. Need to change your race distance or defer your race entry to next year? Visit our Registration page to learn how.

What are the race and distance options for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon?
Saturday, April 29, 2017: The 5K is 3.1 miles along the oceanfront. Kids races include a 1.2-mile kids marathon as well as various distances for children ages two to eight. For additional information, please see our RWJBarnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races page.

Sunday, April 30, 2017: The full marathon is 26.2 miles, the half marathon is 13.1 miles and the half marathon relay is 13.1 miles broken into two stages of 6.9 miles for the first runner and 6.2 miles for the last.

What is the age limit for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon?
There is a minimum age limit of 18 for the full marathon and 14 for the half marathon. For the half marathon relay we rely upon the common sense of the parent/legal guardian and suggest that they consult with the child’s pediatrician for advice for anyone 17 years old and younger who is interested in participating.

For the kids races we rely upon the common sense of the parent/legal guardian for anyone 17 years old or younger interested in participating. If there are any questions about the suitability of any race for a particular child, we strongly suggest that the child’s pediatrician be consulted.

Age requirements are based on regulations by IMMDA. For further information and background visit the IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children and Marathoning. Anyone caught entering a false date of birth on their registration form will have their registration cancelled without refund.

Is there a time limit?
The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon is open to all participants of age who are able to finish in the following time frames: The course closes after 6 hours and 30 minutes for the full marathon and 3 hours and 15 minutes for the half marathon and relay (chip time). Participants wishing to complete their event within that time frame will need to maintain a 15 minute/mile or faster pace. After the time limit has been reached, streets will re-open to vehicular traffic, and participants still out on the race course will be asked to move to the sidewalks or re-route. On-course support (aid stations) will close at this time.

Full marathon time limit: 6 hours and 30 minutes — The finish line will close at 2:30 p.m. In addition, all marathon participants must be at the Brighton Ave. and Ocean Blvd. intersection (mile 11.5) by 10:40 a.m. in order to continue the full marathon course. If arriving at that mark after 10:40 a.m., marathon participants will not be permitted to make the right turn onto Ocean Avenue and will be directed to finish the half marathon course.   

Half marathon time limit: 3 hours and 15 minutes — All half marathon participants must complete the course (13.1 miles) in 3 hours and 15 minutes or less (chip time).   There will be a cut off implemented at Mile 5.7.  If participants do not reach this location by 9:15 a.m., they will not be permitted to turn left on Patten Ave, and will be directed to bear right to Florence Avenue.  Runners will then turn left at Atlantic Avenue and rejoin the course as they turn right onto MacArthur Avenue at mile 8.3 (eliminating 2.3 miles from the course).  

If you are unable to complete the entire 13.1 miles in less than 3 hours and 15 minutes, please either adjust your training plan to attain that level of performance, or create or join a team for the half marathon relay.

If you are still on the course after 3 hours and 15 minutes, keep in mind that the full marathoners may be coming in from behind you. We ask that you please make room for them.  

Half marathon relay time limit: 3 hours and 15 minutes — All relay teams must complete the course (13.1 miles) with a combined time of 3 hours and 15 minutes or less (chip time).

Are walkers or athletes with disabilities welcome?
We are happy to announce that athletes in wheelchairs are welcome to register for both the full and half marathons. Athletes in wheelchairs (push rim and hand crank) are welcome to register for our full marathon as long as they do not exceed the speed limit, which is an average pace of 5:45 minute/mile and can finish within 6 hours and 30 minutes from the start of the race, which is an average pace of a 14:52-minute mile. The speed limit is to ensure that a safe distance is kept between the full and half groups and that the road and intersections are prepared and properly closed to outside traffic at the appropriate times.

Walkers are welcome if they can finish the race in the specified time limit for each race. The limits are 6 hours and 30 minutes for the full marathon and 3 hours and 15 minutes for the half and relay.

What are the course details?
The courses are USATF-certified, which allows runners to use the full marathon course to qualify for the following year’s Boston Marathon. Qualification is NOT required for entry into the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon or Half Marathon.

The course starts in Oceanport at Monmouth Park (location of central parking and the Expo) and ends on the oceanfront Promenade just north of Pier Village and opposite the stage on The Great Lawn. The half marathon is a 13.1 mile run which travels through many of the business districts and neighborhoods of Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch. The marathon features a point-to-point course that includes areas of Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove. The courses have no significant hills and are virtually flat (with a few very gentle rolling stretches and bridge crossings). They are very fast and flat courses, which means every year many participants obtain new PRs!

Where can I find help in my training?
Training tips and sources of advice are available on our training page.

Is there an official race Expo?
Yes, the Health & Fitness Expo for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon will be held on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at Monmouth Park Race Track . This comprehensive two-day, running-related Expo is free and open to the public as well as all participants of the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon events. We are expecting 12,000+ athletes to attend, plus many more thousands of spectators. If we have not sold out, we will be accepting last-minute race applications during the Expo (no registrations on race day). Visit our Fees page to view race prices.

The Expo hours are scheduled for Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Official Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon merchandise will be available for purchase at the Expo and also on race day.

How do I receive my bib, timing chip, T-shirt and goodie bag?
These items WILL NOT be mailed to you under any circumstances. You may pick them up at the Expo at Monmouth Park Race Track in Oceanport, NJ during the following hours:

  • Friday, April 28: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please note: While race packets must be picked up during the Expo hours, they may also be picked up by another person. For athletes not arriving until race day, the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is offering a Race-Day Packet Pickup Program.

How are the events timed?
The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon events will be electronically timed using a timing strip tag which will already be attached to your race bib.  The tag will be read by sensors on the ground as you run across at the designated distance marks. Half Marathon team members will be wearing bibs with the same race number, unique tags, and will hand-off from runner 1 to runner 2 in the designated zone. The timing tag must not be crimped, cut, or bent, and you can keep your bib/tag post-race, no need to return it to us.

Where should I park on race day?
The main parking for the Sunday races will be at/near Monmouth Park Race Track, at 175 Oceanport Avenue, in Oceanport, which is also the location of the start line. General access to the main parking areas is via Rt. 36 (the main access route from either Exit 105 of The Garden State Parkway, Exit 13B of Rt. 18 or Rt. 35). There will be plenty of parking available ($5 per car) and we recommend pre-purchasing your parking pass as you register or by using the add-on purchase opportunity.   

We provide free shuttle service for spectators that runs between the start and approximately mile 9.5 of the race courses, which is also within four blocks of the finish area.  Please help us keep traffic away from main parking, for both safety and your convenience by arriving at least 90 minutes prior to your race start, carpooling or taking the race-day bus to Monmouth Park. Visit our Race Morning Transportation page to learn more.

Do you have a gear check or bag drop?
There will be a gear bag drop-off area near the start line and a bag pickup area near the finish line. Please watch for signs for “Bag Drop” and “Bag Pickup.” Since the start and finish lines are located in two different areas, bags will be transported to the finish area so athletes can have their bags available after finishing. The only bags that will be accepted at gear check are the race issued, clear plastic bags that will be given out at the Expo. No substitutions!

Please DO NOT leave valuables in your bag as we cannot be responsible for the contents of your bag and DO NOT leave your bag around the start or finish areas outside the official bag drop area. Bags left outside and unattended may be confiscated due to Homeland Security requirements. Any items dropped at the start line or along the course will either be destroyed by the authorities or donated to charity.

Do you have pacing teams?
The official pacers will be wearing bright pacing bibs on their front and back and carrying pennants with the group time. At the start area, look for the signs that show the various pace times in the corrals. Your pacer(s) will meet you at the appropriate sign. Visit our pace teams pages for the marathon or half marathon for additional information.  Members of the Full Marathon and Half Marathon Pace Teams will be available to answer your questions at their booth at the Health & Fitness Expo.

How does the half marathon relay work?
The half marathon relay will start on Sunday morning at the same location and time as the half marathon. It will be a two-person team relay with legs of approximately 6.9 miles and 6.2 miles.  Registration is started by the Captain who creates the team name and category and pays for the team while completing their own entry.  The team member needs to also complete an entry, selecting the Team category, Join a Team, and then selecting the name of their 2-some to be added to that roster.  Any changes in team members will need to be requested by email to gail@runpacers.com prior to April 21.  

How does the half marathon relay timing work?
Relay team members will each wear the same bib number and with the electronic timing tag affixed to the back of each as all other runners.  The tag off area is in the transition area is a High-Five honor system.

Is there transportation for the relay team second runner?
Pre-race shuttles will be available to take the second runner from the start line to the relay transition (Tocci Ave and Griffin Ave in Monmouth Beach) There will also be shuttles to take the first runner from the transition area to the finish line.  

START LINE PROCEDURES

Be sure that your race bib is visible on the front of your shirt (so that you will receive your “official” marathon photo) and the timing strip is securely fastened.

Amenities at the start area 
Water, Gatorade, Vaseline, sunscreen and Port-a-Johns. Greeters and a help/info desk will be available to provide directions and last-minute answers to questions.

Official pacers
The official pacers will be wearing bright pacing time bibs on their front and back and holding pennants with their pace times. Your pacer will meet you at the appropriate sign.

Timing mats
Please avoid the timing mats while waiting for the start of the race.

Switching races 
There are NO CHANGE OF EVENTS on race day. Your timing chip will time you for the event length for which you registered. Changes of event must take place prior to race day.

ON THE COURSE AND DURING THE RACE

Clothing
Please note: All discarded clothing will be donated to charities. We cannot return clothing discarded either at the start or along the course.

Animals and children in strollers, bikes, etc.
For safety and insurance reasons, animals of any kind, regular or jogging strollers, bikes, kettle-bells, and in-line skates are NOT permitted on the course.

Headphones
For safety reasons, the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon organizers STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you DO NOT use your headphones during the races. We all need to be aware of our surroundings, including fellow runners and the possibility of errant traffic or emergency personnel traffic on the course. Please take time to notice spectators, bands and the beautiful scenery.

Fluid stations
The official on-course fluid stations are located approximately 1.5 miles, or less, apart. As you approach, each station will have a a fuel beverage first and water second. Race-specific food fuels  will also be available at three locations between miles 13 and 22.

Medical aid
EMT ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations along the course in addition to the volunteer medical personnel from Monmouth Medical Center who will staff our medical tents along the course.

If you become sick, extremely fatigued or injured, each fluid station will have communications to race officials who will alert EMTs. It is best if you DO NOT leave the course. However, if you do, you must notify an official and hand in your number. In addition, bicyclists will be patrolling the course to both assist and seek assistance as needed. A “sweep van” will pick up anyone retiring from the course.

Port-a-Johns
There will be an abundance of toilet facilities at the start and finish areas as well as on the course near each fluid station.

Start Line Procedures

Be sure that your race bib is visible on the front of your shirt (so that you will receive your “official” marathon photo) and the timing strip is securely fastened.

Amenities at the start area
Water, Gatorade, Vaseline, sunscreen and Port-a-Johns. Greeters and a help/info desk will be available to provide directions and last-minute answers to questions.

Official pacers
The official pacers will be wearing bright pacing time bibs on their front and back and holding pennants with their pace times. Your pacer will meet you at the appropriate sign.

Timing mats
Please avoid the timing mats while waiting for the start of the race.

Switching races
There are NO CHANGE OF EVENTS on race day. Your timing chip will time you for the event length for which you registered. Changes of event must take place prior to race day.

On The Course and During The Race

Clothing
Please note: All discarded clothing will be donated to charities. We cannot return clothing discarded either at the start or along the course.

Animals and children in strollers, bikes, etc.
For safety and insurance reasons, animals of any kind, regular or jogging strollers, bikes, kettle-bells, and in-line skates are NOT permitted on the course.

Headphones
For safety reasons, the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon organizers STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you DO NOT use your headphones during the races. We all need to be aware of our surroundings, including fellow runners and the possibility of errant traffic or emergency personnel traffic on the course. Please take time to notice spectators, bands and the beautiful scenery.

 

Nutrition

Fluid stations
The official on-course fluid stations are located approximately 1.5 miles, or less, apart. Each station will have Gatorade Endurance Formula first and water second. Bananas and gels will also be available at three locations between miles 13 and 22.

 

Honey Stinger Energy Gels
Orange Mango and Fruit Smoothie will be available at three locations on the marathon course between miles 13 and 22. If you’ve been training with other Energy Gels please be prepared to carry your own favorite gel packs and only take the Honey Stinger if necessary. We will have approximately 7,000 gel packs on the marathon course.

Medical aid
EMT ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations along the course in addition to the volunteer medical personnel from Monmouth Medical Center who will staff our medical tents along the course.

If you become sick, extremely fatigued or injured, each fluid station will have communications to race officials who will alert EMs. It is best if you DO NOT leave the course. However, if you do, you must notify an official and hand in your number. In addition, bicyclists will be patrolling the course to both assist and seek assistance as needed. A “sweep van” will pick up anyone retiring from the course.

Port-a-Johns
There will be an abundance of toilet facilities at the start and finish areas as well as on the course near each fluid station.