New Jersey Marathon

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The New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon is a set of races that take place in and around Long Branch, NJ. It started in 1997 as a revival of the Jersey Shore Marathon, which was held from 1972 to 1985. The name was changed to the New Jersey Shore Marathon in 1999, and changed again to the New Jersey Marathon in 2001. Then-governor James McGreevey declared it the official state marathon in 2005.[1]

In its present form, the weekend of racing includes a marathon, a half-marathon, a half-marathon relay, a 5K, and several short children's races.

History[edit]

The original Jersey Shore Marathon was held from 1972 to 1985 every November, which was too close to the New York City Marathon, and the marathon dissolved in 1985 due to lack of participation and sponsorship.[1]

In 1995, the idea of staging a world class marathon was promoted and a feasibility study showed great interest within the racing community. By 1997, the dreams of a world class marathon returning to the Jersey Shore became a reality and the first New Jersey Marathon was held on April 27, 1997. Over 1,000 runners registered for the race and over 800 of them finished.

In 2005, race officials were told by the governing body of Sea Bright, NJ that they could no longer use Ocean Ave., a critical section of the course, in the town for the race. Sea Bright officials cited safety concerns as the reason for the banning of all sporting events on the road.

The race moved south to Long Branch, and the finish of the course has been there since 2006. The Long Branch half-marathon was also added in 2006.

The Course[edit]

The New Jersey Marathon starts within the parking area of Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. It winds its way through the residential areas of Oceanport and Monmouth Beach before turning south into Long Branch.[2] It then continues south through the beach communities of Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, mostly within a block or two of the beach itself.[3] The final 1.7 miles is run on the Long Branch boardwalk.[4]

The course has no significant hills and is virtually flat, outside of some gentle rolling stretches early on and several bridge crossings.[3] It is USATF-certified, which allows runners to use the full marathon course to qualify for the following year’s Boston Marathon.[5]

Past Champions[edit]

Men

Year Won Name Finishing Time Home State/Country
1997 Brain McCourt 2:39:34 NJ/USA
1998 Brett Albert 2:37:43 NY/USA
1999 John Gouveia 2:40:55 NJ/USA
2000 Michael Harrison 2:41:02 VA/USA
2001 Michael Harrison 2:29:19 VA/USA
2002 Maciej Ciepak 2:44:19 Poland
2003 Peter Heimgartner 2:37:22 NY/USA
2004 Gyula Szabo 2:33:55 NY/USA
2005 Jacob Cooper 2:36:55 NY/USA
2006 Richard Tessier 2:31:37 QC/CAN
2007 Anthony Cioce 2:32:27 NJ/USA
2008 Oz Pearlman 2:33:09 NY/USA
2009 Michael Arnstein 2:38:42 NY/USA
2010 Michael Arnstein 2:37:53 NY/USA
2011 Oz Pearlman 2:28:19 CR NY/USA
2012 Jason Page 2:33:13 NC/USA
2013 Oz Pearlman 2:28:23 NY/USA
2014 Oz Pearlman 2:29:24 NY/USA
2015 Thomas McConville 2:32:30 NY/USA
2016 Robert Dennis 2:33:16 NJ/USA
2017 Jeff Powers 2:32:22 PA/USA

Women

Year Won Name Finishing Time Home State/Country
1997 Kimberly Keenan 3:09:53 NJ/USA
1998 Laurie Corbin 3:02:59 NJ/USA
1999 Kate McCoy 3:01:52 PA/USA
2000 Laurie Corbin 2:59:55 NJ/USA
2001 Wendy Locke 3:04:03 NJ/USA
2002 Dorian Meyer 2:57:28 NJ/USA
2003 Dorian Meyer 2:52:46 NJ/USA
2004 Dorian Meyer 2:51:43 CR NJ/USA
2005 Jennifer Meyer 3:09:05 CT/USA
2006 Connie Grace 3:04:22 NY/USA
2007 Molly Mahany 3:10:03 NY/USA
2008 Kathryn Bowser 3:04:51 PA/USA
2009 Lauren Uhler 2:52:10 NY/USA
2010 Holly Parker 3:13:37 MA/USA
2011 Bronawyn Oleary 3:02:22 NJ/USA
2012 Megan DiGregorio 3:00:44 MD/USA
2013 Elizabeth Drews 3:00:11 NJ/USA
2014 Rachel Clattenburg 2:57:58 NJ/USA
2015 Sara Belles 3:05:01 CT/USA
2016 Greta Sieve 2:53:06 NJ/USA
2017 Annie Onishi 2:54:17 NY/USA

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