OCNJ Half Marathon Anticipates Record Field

The 8th annual OCNJ Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event also includes a 10-mile non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race. The combined races included more than 1,400 finishers last year with 897 completing the half marathon. Pre-registration for the half marathon already has exceeded 1,000 this year, and organizers expect a record field for all of the races.

The increasingly popular event showcases Ocean City’s boardwalk, downtown and neighborhoods with ocean views throughout a fast, flat course.

The public is encouraged to come out and cheer for runners. Local “celebrities” are on hand, including Ocean City mascot Martin Z. Mollusk and the OCHS Red Raider mascot. Volunteer groups man “peppy” water stations and are judged for their themes. Music along the route provides a boost for all the participants.

Here is what you need to know about the event:

• RUNNERS: It’s not too late register for any of the events. Half marathon and 10-miler registration closes at 4 p.m. Sept. 22. For complete information and registration, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

• FANS: See attached map for the course route and spots to cheer. Contact Lisa Rumer at lrumer@ocnj.us if your group will like to volunteer.

• RESIDENTS: The OCNJ Half Marathon and 10-Miler start at 8:30 a.m. The event will include some brief road closings, including the closing of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 24. Motorists on other streets and boardwalk pedestrians/bicyclists should anticipate delays as the field of runners passes by. Thank you in advance for your patience. See map of course and written description.