This Jersey Shore Race Just Got a Makeover (With Help From the Philly 10K Organizers!)

The race — which comes complete with plenty of boardwalk ocean views — just announced a slew of changes. And yes, there will be beer at the finish line.

Photo by Matt Stanley

Big changes are coming to the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon, guys: As Ryan Callahan (you probably know him as the race director for the Philly 10K) tells us, he was brought on to help re-brand the decades-old race. And yes, that does mean that there will now be beer waiting for you at the finish line.

As Callahan tells us, the courses for both races — starting in Oceanport, New Jersey and ending beachside on the boardwalk in Long Branch — will remain the same, though they’ve added a four-person relay option for the marathon (yes, please), and they may be announcing more distance additions as the race nears. But the real changes are seen in the festivities surrounding the race: the pre-race expo will have more party vibes than your typical pick-up-your-bib-and-go vibes (something the Philly 10K is known for). Called the Diadora Race Exposition, it will be held at the Asbury Park Brewery in Asbury Park. Then, they’ve added a post-race finish-line party on the boardwalk in Long Branch that will feature free beer for runners from Asbury Park Brewery (granted you’re over 21) and live music. In essence, the festivities surrounding the race will be more, well, festive.

The race, going down April 29th, is known for being flat and fast (read: a good pick if you’re looking to PR), with about 9,000 people running the half and full marathon each year. Registration will run you $115 for the marathon or $100 for the half marathon through January 7th, with tiered pricing following, and gets you a race shirt, finisher’s medal, a can of beer at the finish line, and more.

Oh! And for our carless Philly friends, we hear there may be a party bus from Philly, so look out for more info on that. You can see the race courses, find out more about the race and register (at their snazzy new website) here.

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