Running is Back 5K Series at Liberty State Park

Thu September 17 - Sat December 19, 2020 Jersey City, NJ 07305 US Directions

Tri Series Pass (3 runs)

$80 $75 09/17 - 12/19 10:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EST
17 spots left. Registration ends October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Halloween Scary Run

$40 $35 10/31 10:00AM EDT
88 spots left. Price increases after October 12, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K

$35 $30 11/21 10:00AM EST
174 spots left. Price increases after October 12, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Jingle Bell 5K

$35 $30 12/19 10:00AM EST
283 spots left. Price increases after October 26, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
30 Audrey Zapp Drive
Jersey City, NJ US 07305


PHOTOS: Use this link to download, save, and share race day photos from our series opener with the world!

LIVE races are back, with preventive measures, at Liberty State Park. Our team is excited to produce Four runs in Four months this fall at Liberty State Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Overcome COVID one mile at a time with our uniquely themed runs. Runs are capped at 500 runners per event. We suggest you join early before they are Sold Out. 

Each run is uniquely themed:

Running is Back 5K is our series opener. Celebrate health,fitness, family, and community with us on September 17th. 

Halloween Scary Run takes place October 31st. Dress up in your favorite superhero or scary costume. 

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot happens November 21st just in time to burn some calories prior to the Thanksgiving Day festivities!

Jingle Bell 5K run with hundreds of Santa's as we celebrate the joy of the holiday season. While this run is not timed all runners will get a free Santa Suit.


COURSE: is USATF certified, flat,  fast, and with very few turns (runs do not include obstacles). 

TIMING: All runners will have custom bibs & will be chip timed. Runners will be ranked by USATF standard 10 year age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and over 60 (does not include Jingle Bell 5K).

THE FINISH: will include refreshments, water bottles, Gatorade, fruits, and giveaways from our sponsors. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Free professional photos for all runners. 

COST: as low as $25 per participant. 

TEAMS: You can create a team or join individually. 


  • After discussions with local authorities & health experts masks will NOT be required on course/during the run.
  • Masks WILL be required in the festival area, starting corrals, and where social distancing is not possible.
  • Staff & volunteers will wear masks at all times.
  • Small waves of 50 runners per start time (every 5 minutes).
  • Hand sanitizer available throughout the event.
  • Early packet pick up, to avoid crowds, prior to race day strongly suggested. 
  • Results will be streamed live and no paper results will be printed.
  • To avoid congregations of groups runners are “encouraged” to leave the finish area after their run.
  • Runners with symptoms of covid are not allowed to participate.
  • Chip timing will be used and all awards calculated based on Chip Time, NOT GUN TIME.
  • Spectators will be limited. 



First responders we admire your courage and resiliency during this pandemic. Join as we celebrate health, freedom, and community. Privileges that have been restored thanks to your efforts these past 6 months. Please use discount code HERO and join our events at 50% off. *Please show work identification at check in.

Students can use discount code STUDENTS20 (20% off). *Please show student identification at check in.


If you have any questions or would like to learn about our various sponsorship opportunities please email


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City Challenge Athletics

City Challenge Athletics is a 501c3 not for profit. Our community events are made possible thanks to generous donations & sponsorships. Your registration and donation dollars allows us to keep cost per participant low and helps sponsor children at risk who take part in our events at no cost. Our group supports local charities and gives back to our communities by hosting free events locally. 


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