Jersey Shore Half Marathon and 2 Mile Run

Sun September 29, 2024 Highlands, NJ 07732 US Directions


Jersey Shore Half Marathon and 2 Mile Run
Sunday, September 29, 2024


Top 3 men and women in the 1/2 Marathon
Minimum of $200, $150 and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd


Top 3 men and women in the 2 Mile Race



The Jersey Shore Half Marathon, hosted by the Shore Athletic Club, has a rich history that places it as one of the oldest distance events held in New Jersey and the surrounding areas. The first Jersey Shore Marathon was held in 1972. 2023, in fact, was the 50th Running of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon!


This USATF-certified course is a very flat and fast 2-loop course!


Sandy Hook is a scenic and historic 6-mile strip of land tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay.
Racing on Sandy Hook is a great place for a fast 13.1; a friendly place for first-time half-marathoners; and a great way to prepare for your fall marathon!  Runners can enjoy a dunk in the Ocean when you are done!
All entrants will receive a complimentary long-sleeve race shirt, discounts and giveaways from our sponsors and a customized race completion medal. Complimentary food and drinks will be available to all runners after the race. 

$60 early bird "throwback price" discount to the first 50 entrants starting January 3, 2023.
$60 by January 31, 2024
$75 by March 31, 2024
$85 by July 31, 2024
$95 by September 28, 2024
$105 on Event Day*
(credit card or Venmo only) 

$24 early registration discount by January 31 for the 2 Mile Run
$30 by September 28, 2024
$35 on Event Day
(credit card or Venmo only) 

Race to begin 5 minutes after the half start - flat and fast out and back course

$130 by January 31, 2024
$145 by March 31, 2024
$155 by July 31, 2024
$165 by September 28, 2024


Saturday September 29, 2024
11:15 AM – 2 PM

Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury, NJ
Double rewards cash for VIPs and $10 off for anyone who joins VIP plus $20 in awards cash put into their account!
*- Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up bibs and shirts on Saturday if at all possible to save time on race day.

*- Random giveaways throughout the day during Saturday packet pick-up. Join us at Road Runner Sports to get race ready with discounts and some free items.

  *- The first 100 USATFNJ club members to register (using the code USATFNJCLUB at check-out) get an $8 discount. 

September 29, 2024
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sandy Hook, Lifesaving Station Between Lots D and E
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM - Pre-registration bib + shirt pick up in LOT E
9:00 AM - Half Marathon Start
9:05 AM - 2 Mile Start
10:15 AM to 11:45 AM - Enjoy complimentary refreshments!
11:30 AM - Awards & Giveaways at Area E
  • Noon until ? - Post-Race Party - Off The Hook Restaurant, Highlands, NJ - One free domestic draft beer with your race bib 



We will have pacers available who will run 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15 pace. Look for signs and join in their group at the start!
Long-sleeve Jersey Shore Half Marathon & 2 Mile race tees to all registrants.

Special discounts with local merchants on race weekend. Post-Race Party at Off The Hook in Highlands, starting at noon.  

Running photos available for purchase.

LODGING PARTNER (New as of 2023): Our preferred hotel partner is the Sonesta Select of Eatontown, located on Hope Road near Parkway Exit 105.    Ask for the Shore Athletic Club rate when making your reservation. Call 1-800-766-3782. Limited space available.

Sonesta Select in Tinton Falls

The name of the rate is the Shore Athletic Club rate. If guest call the front desk they can mention that.
The Rate Code used to book online.  Just go to our website, put in the dates of stay and enter the rate code into the Corporate/Promo drop down section.
The booking link!  Which takes you directly to where manually entering the code goes
This year we are once again partnering with the Sandy Hook Foundation, the official nonprofit friends' group to the National Park Service at Sandy Hook, NJ, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Established in 1989, the Foundation has funded cultural, educational, environmental, and conservation programs and has helped restore and preserve historic structures of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock — both National Historic Landmarks. During registration, participants have the option to make a tax-deductible donation to The Sandy Hook Foundation through, to support the Foundation's work within the park. Last year we raised $3,000 thanks to the contributions of race participants and friends.
The Sandy Hook Foundation staff will also be present at Area E on race day.
-Participants can enjoy a variety of discounts throughout the weekend compliments of local merchants (
-Post-Race Party at Off The Hook, Highlands - One free domestic draft beer with your race bib and other specials.


Look for more information coming soon!


Plenty of free parking is available within the park, close to the start/finish area. No shuttle needed.
The races start and finish on the main park road located very close to the entrance of parking LOT E. Parking will be available this year in Lot D and Lot E.


CASH PRIZES (minimum of $200, $150 and $100) to the T
op 3 Overall Male and Female Finishers.
Custom Age Group Awards to the Top 3 finishers in each 5-year age group.
All runners (13.1 and 2 Mile events) will get a special long sleeve event tee and other giveaways from our sponsors.  
All 13.1 finishers will receive a custom Jersey Shore Half Marathon 2024 finisher medal.

Jack McCoy Photography - be on a watch for event day photos!


Does not apply to pre-registered runners

Sunday, September 29, 2024
7:00 - 8:15 AM

*- Race day registration is available at the Lifesaving Station between Lots D and E on Race Day for $105 per person. If pre-entry exceeds 1,600 participants, this option may not be available.
Venmo or credit card only (no cash or checks).
Race day registration closes at 8:15 AM.


NO HEADPHONES ON THE COURSE PLEASE!! The course is 2 loops with runners going in both directions and we really want to keep it safe for all)!

2022 Champions - Congratulations to Evan Bush (1:10:28) and Jessica Francis (1:27:35) on their great races this past year!



Race Contact Info

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Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area - Area E
128 South Hartshorne Drive
Highlands, NJ US 07732

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