Where and when does the race start?

The New Jersey Half Marathon, New Jersey Full Marathon and Marathon Relay race begin at the Monmouth Park Racetrack on Sunday, April 26th at 7:30AM.

The 5K starts at The Great Lawn at Ocean Promenade in Long Branch on Saturday, April 25th at 9:00AM.

Kids Races begin at The Great Lawn at Ocean Promenade in Long Branch, following the 5K at 10:00 AM.

How do I register?

2020 online registration is coming soon!.  Online registration will close at the end of the Friday Exposition, see the Exposition notes for onsite registration days and times by races.


Can I add purchases during registration for Sunday packet pick up, the NYC race-day bus, and/or finish line parking space?

Yes, through NOON April 18 an add-on purchases form is will be available here.  

Can I add race-day Sunday packet pick up past the deadline?

We know that emergencies arise.  Contact gail@runpacers.com and provide your details.  We can share an offer of cash - Fee & Charity Donation - for a pre-arranged exception.  Sorry, absolutely no un-planned race day PPU. 


If I can't race can I get a refund or transfer my entry to another person?

We do not offer refunds but do offer transfers to another runner before April 1, 2020 for a $20 fee. Please see below for transfer protocol.


What about a Defer to next year?

Yes, Deferrals are offered for the one-next following year at a cost of $30 payable during the 2021 registration. Email to gail@runpacers.com before April 1, 2020 to defer to the 2021 event. (Sorry - add-ons are not able to be deferred.)


How do I transfer my bib?

For reasons such as liability, safety, accurate scoring, etc., the transfer process must follow a specific process and requires notification to the event organizer, Pacers Running.

Important things to know:

• Pacers Running does not assist registrants in finding transfer candidates. Any financial transactions involved in registration transfers are strictly between the immediate parties and are not the responsibility of Pacers Events LLC (Transfer at your own risk!)

• Transfers of paid race spots are accepted up through March 31. No transfer requests will be accepted after this date.

• Transfer requests must be submitted via email to gail@runpacers.com by the original registrant using the original registration email and copying in the new participant with the following information included in the email: Original registrant’s full name, Email address, Phone number, City and state and New registrant’s full name, email address, and phone number.

• Upon receipt of request, a code will be sent by “reply all” for the new registrant to complete their own new entry. This new registration must occur within 24 hours of receiving the code and will incur a $20.00 transfer fee to be paid online at time of new registration.


Can I update my basic bio info in my registration like address, name spelling, and new email?

Yes, go to your RunSignUp profile, update the information there, and email gail@runpacers.com to make the same update to your NJM entry.


Can I change my other registration details like predicted pace and shirt size?

Yes, email gail@runpacers.com to have those changes made.


Can I switch my race choice/distance for the NJM weekend?

Yes, up through April 18 go to your RunSignUp profile, and upcoming events to change your race.  There are no refunds for switching down. You will need to pay the difference to switch up. 


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 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.

For any special consideration on age parameters please email specific information to gail@runpacers.com.

Age requirements are based on regulations by IMMDA. For further information and background visit the IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children and Marathoning. Entering any false information in a race registration can be cause for Withdrawl of race entry with out 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 marathon relay and 3 hours and 15 minutes for the half marathon (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 on the 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  be routed to make the right turn onto Ocean Avenue and will be directed to finish the half marathon course.  

Full marathon relay time limit: 6 hours and 30 minutes — All relay teams must complete the course (26.2 miles) with a combined time of 6 hours and 30 minutes or less (chip time) and will follow the same guidelines for arriving at the mile 11.5 marker.  Walking team groups, walking team members  who can meet the same specific checkpoints and overall pace as the Marathon are welcome in the 2019 NJ Marathon Relay.

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 arriving at that mark after 9:15 a.m., half marathon participants  will be routed to bear right to Florence Avenue and go directly to the finish area.  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). 


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.  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 we do require a maximum  average pace of 5:45 minute/mile and the standard  finish within 6 hours and 30 minutes. The Athlete Guide will include details on the specific checkpoints and the required timeline. Please email gail@runpacers.com with any questions.

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 relay and 3 hours and 15 minutes for the half.


Are Strollers Allowed?

Strollers are not allowed in the New Jersey Marathon, New Jersey Half Marathon or Marathon Relay BUT they are allowed in the RWJBarnabas Health 5K. We ask that all stroller participants stay near the rear of the corral to begin the race in order to avoid runner interference. 

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 Marathon and Half course starts in Oceanport at Monmouth Park (location of central parking) and ends on the oceanfront Promenade just north of Pier Village and opposite the stage on The Great Lawn. 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 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 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, affording many runners PRs! 

5K and Kids courses are described in their Lineup pages.


Is there an official race Expo?

Yes, the Diadora Race Exposition and Runner's Mercantile for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon will be held on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at the Asbury Park Convention Center. This two-day exposition is free and open to the public as well as all participants of the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon events. We are expecting 10,000 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 Exposition on Friday for all races and Saturday for the Full, Full Relay, and Half distance races.   (Saturday races can register onsite in Long Branch, Sunday registrations can only be taken through the end of the Saturday Diadora Race Exposition. Visit our Fees page to view race prices.

The Expo hours are scheduled for Friday from 3:00PM – 9:00PM and Saturday, from 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Official Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon merchandise will be available for purchase at the Exposition and also on race day.


How do I receive my bib, timing chip, T-shirt and clear gear bag?

For the 5K and Kids Race, packets can be picked up on Friday at the Diadora Race Exposition, or Saturday ONLY at the race venue

For the Sunday Full, Relay and Half races, packet pickup items MUST be collected at the Diadora Race Exposition on Wednesday at the pre-event, Friday, April 24, or Saturday, April 25, OR have had the $25 Sunday race-day PPU reserved through registration (packets cannot be mailed.) 

Race Packets may be collected for all races by another person.

For Full, Relay, and Half athletes not arriving until race day, the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon offers a Race-Day Packet Pickup Program for a $25 cost paid during registration.  Advance purchase is REQUIRED for Sunday packet pickup and will be the only packets available on Sunday morning starting at 5:30 AM in a signed tent in the Monmouth track open space across from the main track building. NOTE - new in 2020, Sunday packet pickup will be bib-only pre-race, all Tees will be avail;able at the finish line festival post-race.

Sunday NYC Bus Riders $35 ticket includes the Sunday packet pickup in that purchase.

How are the events timed?

The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon events will be electronically tag timed - look for the strip on the back of your race bib and be sure not to crimp it.  Marathon Relays will be provided a hard timing chip on a band which will be the hand-off baton for the team.


Where should I park on race day?

Parking for the Saturday races is located at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch. Parking is FREE on Saturday and first come, first served.

Primary parking for the Sunday races will be at the Monmouth Park Racetrack, at 175 Oceanport Avenue, in Oceanport, the location of the start line. Parking at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Sunday is FREE. 

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). Race Day parking at the Monmouth Park Race track is free to all participants in 2019! . For both safety and  convenience plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your race start (and use carpooling!)

Free looping shuttle service is provided throughout the day for spectators (and finishing runners) between the start and approximately mile 9.5 of the race course, four blocks from the finish area.


Will there be a gear check or bag drop?

Sunday races will have a gear bag drop-off area near the start line and a bag pickup area near the finish line. Look for signs for “Bag Drop” and “Bag Pickup.” Bags will be transported from the start area to the finish to be  available after finishing.   For security reasons, the race issued, clear plastic given out  in the race packet will be the ONLY accepted gear bag!

Note - Please DO NOT leave valuables in your clear Gear bag as we cannot be responsible for the contents.  Be sure to leave your clear gear bag  ONLY in the designated areas  Bags left outside or unattended may be confiscated due to Homeland Security requirements. Any items dropped at the start line or along the course will either be donated to charity or destroyed by the authorities.

Will there be Pace Teams on Sunday for the Full and Half Marathons?

We have the BEST! The official pacers will be wearing Race singlets and have bright pacing bibs on their front and back.  They will carry pennants showing the group pace time. The Pace team runners will be matched to the projected run times for each corral, look for the leaders in your corral on race morning.

Members of the Full Marathon and Half Marathon Pace Teams will be available to answer your questions at their booth at the Diadora Race Exposition.


Can I run with my headphones on?

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.


How does the 4-person Marathon Relay work?

The marathon relay will start on Sunday morning at the same location and time as the full and half solo marathons. It will be a four person team relay with 4 legs.   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 members need to also complete  entries, selecting the 4-person Marathon Relay choice,  Join a Team, the team category and then selecting the team name the Captain created  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 20. 

How does the relay packet pickup work?

A relay will be issued ONE packet for the entire team.  Relay bibs and timing band will be distributed at the special Relay table at the Exposition.  One runner can collect the team packet and will be required to show photo ID.  The team roster must be complete with online entries for each and all team members for a packet to be issued. 

How does the relay timing work?

Relay team members will each wear the same bib number and share a hard  electronic timing chip on a band which will be the "baton" for tag off in each  transition area.

How does the transportation work for the relay team members?

Pre-race shuttles will be available to take each leg  runner from the start line to the respective  relay transition area.  Relay Buses will leave the start area BEFORE the start of the race (please don't plan on watching the start or you will miss the bus!)  There will also be shuttles to take the each relay runner from their leg-end  transition area to the finish line for a team reunion.  Relay team members are not required to get to their transition spot on our buses but are on their own if not using our buses.

How do Relay members receive medals?

Four finishers medals for the entire team will be given to the last leg team member as they turn in the timing chip.  Due to course finish area logistics we cannot offer a group-relay-finish. the last leg runner will collect 4 medals and meet up with the team members in the post-race area.

How can I learn all of the details of race preparation?

The website pages are meant to provide information for the full range of 2020 New Jersey Marathon weekend.  Please be prepared to read the Athlete Guide - all sections - for the details details details that you will want to know to be prepared to have a successful race NJM experience.

The 2019 Athlete Guide is available now, 2020 will be published by February 1, 2020 - Runner Info > Athlete Guide.


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