10 Best Road Races in New Jersey!

Cruise the New Jersey streets without getting stuck in traffic when you take advantage of one of the state’s many fantastic road races. From the gorgeous oceanfront views of RunAPalooza to the incredible cause behind Running 4 Answers, check out these 10 best road races in New Jersey.

OCNJ Half Marathon and 5K, Ocean City, NJ

Ocean city knows how to throw a great race. Every September, this popular race at Ocean City Music Pier will get your heart pumping with a half marathon, 10-miler, and 5K.

RunAPalooza, Asbury Park, NJ

Everyone loves a run with a great view, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with RunAPalooza in Asbury Park. The beautiful course runs along the oceanside, and that goes for the full marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon as well as the 5K.

Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon, Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City has far more to do than casinos. If you’re looking for an exciting run, you’ll love the Atlantic City Marathon, which also offers a half marathon, 10K, and 5K. It’s been around since 1958, making it the third oldest continuing marathon in the US.

MudHen Brewing Company IPA 5K and Beer Mile, Wildwood, NJ

A beer mile is one of the most unique types of races. You may only be running a mile but you stop at every quarter mile to drink a beer as quickly as you can - your drinking time factors into your race time! Try out this unique event or opt for the 5K, but either way, you’ll love this spirited event in Wildwood.

Polar Bear Run and Walk for Autism, Sea Isle City, NJ

Get a chilly run in and help to raise money to support people with autism at the Polar Bear Run and Walk for Autism. The event offers a 5K and a one-mile walk so anyone can get involved.

Princeton 5K, Princeton, NJ

Want to spread the joy of running to more people? Sign up for the Princeton 5K. This fantastic local race benefits the cross country and track teams at Princeton High School and has both in-person and virtual options.

Run the Vineyards Willow Creek 8K and 5K, West Cape May, NJ

After you run a race, you deserve wine. Get your race and your reward all in one at the Run the Vineyards Willow Creek 8K and 5K. Head to the Willow Creek Winery for this fun road race and don’t forget your free glass of wine at the finish line.

Running 4 Answers, Roseland, NJ

Alzheimer’s disease is a heartbreaking illness for those who suffer from it and their loved ones. You can help with Running 4 Answers, whether you choose the 5K race or the 2-mile walk.

NYRR Newport 5K, Jersey City, NJ

The New York Road Runners typically host races in New York, of course, but they recently added a Jersey City race with the NYRR Newport 5K. Check it out for yourself and join a fantastic running community.

George Washington Bridge Challenge, Fort Lee, NJ

Conquer the George Washington Bridge with the GWB Challenge. Sign up for the 5K or the 10K to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

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