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You ask, we answer!
Here are the most common questions asked by our HoBOOken5K Runners!
Please note that COVID-19 is still a factor as we plan the race and we want to have a safe and fun race.
As one of the largest races in Hoboken, the HoBOOken is working to develop a safety plan for returning to racing responsibly amidst the COVID-19 concerns. Our goal is to ensure that all participants, staff, volunteers and community partners remain as safe as possible while attending the event. We will comply with CDC recommendations, local, state and federal guidelines to ensure runner safety and volunteer safety.
These steps may be modified at any time, but will be communicated to registrants prior to race day. All decisions are at the discretion of the race director and when runners sign their waiver they agree to these terms.
The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run is Hoboken’s one and only charitable, costumed race! Founded in 2010 the race is an exciting fundraising event that benefits The Hoboken Shelter.
The Hoboken Shelter transforms lives, sheltering 50 people nightly, serving 500 meals daily, and hosting 1,000 showers weekly for those in need. It also provides support services to help guests gain employment, achieve independence, and reintegrate into the community. We can only do this with your support! You can find out more about The Hoboken Shelter here.
We encourage all participants to be vaccinated, in line with that only children ages 12 & up can participate in the 5K on race day. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you please wear a face covering. We will allow strollers, however there will be a separate start for stroller runners and we encourage them to socially distance. However will comply with all local, state and federal guidelines so health and safety guidelines are subject to change and subject to the discretion of the race director.
The HoBOOken5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year!
It is organized by a team of volunteers from The Hoboken Shelter who give their nights and weekends to ensure you have a great race!
If you would like to get involved contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a fundraising contest and we award prizes to teams and to individuals. We will have some great prizes this year from one of our sponsors and that information will be coming shortly!
The HoBOOken 5K in person is on Saturday October 30th, 2021 at 10am at Pier A Park. The virtual race can be run anytime between Oct. 30 - Nov. 6th.
The race starts and finishes at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. We offer the most gorgeous views of NYC!
Get directions here.
Course info is forthcoming and good race views are guaranteed.
It is a 5K Race (approximately 3.1 miles). Our team works very hard to make sure it is as accurate as possible, working around current construction and ensuring a safe course.
The HoBOOken 5K is a flat and fast race that runs along the waterfront in Hoboken offering amazing view of Manhattan.
Course info forthcoming.
The race will be timed by Compuscore. The timing device will be a b-tag that you will receive attached to your bib. We’ll have timing mats at both the start and the finish, which means your net time will be recorded regardless of when you cross the start line. Results will be available at Compuscore about a day after the race.
In order to avoid congestion at the start we’ll have minute per mile signs. Please line up at your expected pace per mile (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11+). Walkers please line up at the back.
Additional information to have a safe start and race is up to the discretion of the race director.
NO! The HoBOOken 5K is a charity event for the seasoned vet and newbie runner alike. In the spirit of The Hoboken Shelter, which creates community in Hoboken, we want our race to be welcoming.
You can find some suggested training plans here.
We encourage all participants to be vaccinated, in line with that only children ages 12 & up can participate in the 5K on race day. We will allow strollers, however there will be a separate start for stroller runners and we encourage them to socially distance. However will comply with all local, state and federal guidelines so health and safety guidelines are subject to change and subject to the discretion of the race director.
The race is rain or shine! Rain, wind and even snow has not stopped the HoBOOken 5K in the past! But, if we feel there is a dangerous situation and the race needs to be cancelled, we will immediately send an email and post updates to our social media pages.
Race fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to next year’s race or another event. You can change events to the virtual option.
However, your registration can be transferred to another participant until online registration closes (Friday October 29th at 11:59pm). Registration transfers can be done through the online registration page once you have logged into Race Roster. There is a $15 transfer fee along with any event price difference.
There will be no registration transfers after the online registration deadline or on race day.
You can register online and in person at packet pickup. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Prices, dates, locations and times to register for the HoBOOken 5K can be found here.
Everything you need to know about registering for the Scary Scurry Kids Race is here.
In 2021 there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Sign up today.
Each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt, medal, and digital swag bag with some goodies from our sponsors! There are also swag add ons!
Packet pickup information will be forthcoming.
You can pick up a packet for your friend.
When you register as a team (versus an individual), you get perks like choosing a groovy custom team name and team costume (always encouraged!). Team members can run/walk together (optional). There is no “relay” component to this race, so team members can finish together as a unit or separately.
Don't forget, there are super sweet team fundraising prizes, find out more here!
Team packets can be grouped together if you registered as a team and request ‘team pick-up’ by emailing us.
You can find more information here or email us to register at email@example.com.
Yes, please do!
You enter the costume contest on Race Day, more information will be forthcoming.
Yes, you can check your bag on Pier A, but please do not hand over your crown jewels—we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please consider not bringing a bag.
Information on spectators will be forthcoming. Pier A Park is a public park, but please keep in mind, we will ask spectators to help us keep the finish clear so runners can come through safely.
We will allow strollers, however there will be a separate start for stroller runners and we encourage them to socially distance. However will comply with all local, state and federal guidelines so health and safety guidelines are subject to change and subject to the discretion of the race director.
For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals at our race — but you can come dressed in costume as a dog/cat/turtle/Scooby Doo!
As much as we love hanging out with cute kids, alas, we will not have activities for the kids during the 5K—nor can we guarantee your kid’s safety!
We do not provide parking, but you can pre-reserve your space with Spot Hero - find out how here.
Please note, you are responsible for your parking. The race is not responsible if you incur a parking ticket. Arrive early if you plan to find a spot, but please obey all Hoboken Parking regulations!
It is easy to get here by public transport, find out how here.
Contact us at info@HoBOOken5K.com
You can reach out to us at info@HoBOOken5K.com and we will do our best to answer all your questions!