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Spectator Info
Cheer on your favorite runners

A truly successful marathon, half marathon and half marathon relay needs four components: Participants, spectators, volunteers and sponsors. This section is devoted to you, the spectators.

Our point-to-point courses were conceived to be “spectator friendly” by allowing both residents and visitors to watch athletes at several locations during the races (point-to-point race courses start and finish at different locations). The marathon, half marathon and half marathon relay start at 7:30 a.m. All races begin at Monmouth Park in Oceanport and end by 2:30 p.m. at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch. Shuttles will be available to bring you back to the central parking area near the start line.

Central parking is located at Monmouth Park at 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757. Parking near the finish area is limited, and many of the local streets will be blocked starting no later than 7:00 a.m. on race day.

Shuttle buses will be available to take spectators and volunteers to the finish/relay transition area and back to central parking.

Suggested Viewing Locations

Here are a few excellent locations to view the athletes during the races:

  1. Finish area: On the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch.
  2. Eastern end of Broadway: A short walk across Ocean Blvd. brings you to Broadway (the future location of the Broadway Arts Center).
  3. Pier Village is at miles 12.8 (half and relay) and 25.9 (marathon): In addition to being a great vantage point, it’s also a great place to relax during the races as it is full of shops and restaurants right at the beach!
  4. Corner of Ocean Ave. and Brighton Ave., West End and Long Branch: This beautiful, tree-lined stretch is closed to traffic (park west of Second Ave.) and is at mile 11.5 of the marathon, half marathon and relay. At mile 24.5 of the full marathon it comes back north toward the finish line. This avenue is full of shops and restaurants. Plus, a bandstand with live entertainment is on the corner of Brighton Ave. and Ocean Blvd. The beach is one block east.
  5. Asbury Park Boardwalk: The Boardwalk in Asbury Park is another great location to watch the full marathon. The stretch of Boardwalk south from Convention Hall is lined with shops and restaurants and is another great location to relax and watch the race.
  6. Ocean Grove between the Great Auditorium and Ocean Ave.: At this southern most point of the full marathon course the street is lined with B&Bs and pleasant ocean views. This is the point of the race when many of the marathoners start to have difficulty and would greatly appreciate your encouragement. Please cheer them on as they turn north toward the finish line, which is still about about seven miles away.

Security Measures

Start Area Spectators 

  • There will be NO backpacks, purses, diaper bags, etc. permitted to enter the start venue.

Finish Area Spectators

  • There will be NO backpacks, purses, diaper bags, etc. permitted to enter the finish venue.

Good-to-Know Facts

If you make a simple plan before going to the race it will make your experience almost as rewarding as the participant’s, and your participation will enhance the experience for ALL!

Please keep the following basics in mind:

  • The full, half marathon and half marathon relay will start at 7:30 a.m.
  • The half marathon course is 13.1 miles long.
  • The full marathon course is 26.2 miles long, so please remember to encourage these athletes along the course.
  • A NJ Transit train from NYC Penn Station along the Jersey Coast line is a good way to commute to the races for spectators viewing the finish line. Check the NJ Transit schedule for departure times.
  • There will also be a special Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon race-day bus leaving NYC and several locations in New Jersey. The buses will bring all passengers to the start line area. The schedule will be posted on this website in late March along with scheduled stops and arrival/departure times. This bus will cost $10 one way, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
    > Buy your race-day bus ticket
  • The return trip via NJ Transit will be on their regularly scheduled trains from the Long Branch station only ,which leave every hour. These trains are listed in the NJ Transit schedule. Tickets can be purchased at Long Branch Station or on the train, but not through our website.
  • Make a parking plan and walk to your choice of viewing location from there.
  • Bring paper towels, tissues, hard candy, gummy bears or other small, but appreciated amenities for the participants. Don’t forget to bring a strong voice to cheer (or a noise-maker).
  • Yell encouraging words, and unless you’re within sight of the finish line, do not yell “almost there.”

Every year there are about 30% “First Timers” for the 26.2 mile marathon distance. Your support is in many cases vital to their ability to finish! These “First Timer” participants are sure to remember your support for the rest of their lives. No matter how many marathons these athletes complete in the years ahead, they will always remember their first marathon. Your encouragement could make the difference between it being a positive or negative experience.