Running Big Sur?
Put the famed Big Sur Course & Hurricane Point on Your Wrist with a Pace Band plus Elevation Profile on the Back.
1-3 Day Shipping Available

Get Yours Today!

Did You Run a Marathon in 2016 or 2017?

We are compiling our "Best of 2016" Lists (revealed in June) and want to make sure your opinion is counted.
Rate and Review Your 2016 & 2017 Marathons

New Jersey Marathon

Long Branch, NJ

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.22
Course Score: 99.22

Race Size

2016: 1,951 Finishers
2015: 1,919 Finishers
2014: 2,128 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 14.6%
2015: 11.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

Marathon Pace Bands & Elevation Wrist Bands

See what splits you need to run for the New Jersey Marathon or other marathons, adjusted for the specific terrain of each marathon, your goal time and pacing strategies.

Create and Order your Waterproof, Snap-on Pace Band for only $6.99.

Course Description

The New Jersey Marathon course is very flat and has no significant inclines. There are only a few small bridges to cross. A PR or Boston Qualifying time course as long as the weather is on the cool side for this time of year.

Marathon Rankings

The New Jersey Marathon was the 45th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 51st largest in 2015.

Last year 14.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the New Jersey Marathon the 101st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 138th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.22 ranks it as the 142nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in New Jersey.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the New Jersey Marathon a PR Score of 99.22. This PR Score ranks it as the 103rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in New Jersey.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 40 feet (12m)
Min Elevation: 2 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the New Jersey Marathon

3 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 New Jersey Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very flat. Interesting first half, monotonous second half, but it's on the boardwalk and near the shore.

Race Tips

Do not start out too fast and train on flat courses. anticipate cold+wind+rain or humid+hot for early May or late April

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 New Jersey Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Great marathon expo and venue.
flat course
skilled pacers

pre race bottleneck traffic and parking issues medical tent woefully underprepared for cool weather post race shuttle busses were a long walk in the cold and mud.

Race Tips

Pace evenly 1st half/2nd half. Careful not to go out too fast. Be prepared for warm or cool (cold) weather. Could be breezy.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Get to start line extra early...only 1 main entrance to race track

review of 2016 New Jersey Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Nice flat course, cool weather, liked waiting to start inside, good expo.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 New Jersey Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Severe bottleneck during parking and entrance caused me to barely make it to the start line in time despite leaving 2 hours before the start from a nearby hotel. Gear trucks left before the race even began, and the volunteer manning the last truck became belligerent upon asking him if the truck could still accommodate my gear. Ended up having to hide my gear at the start line and didn't have dry clothes to change into at the end of the cold, rainy race. Long walk through the mud to get to the bus that would drive us back to the start. Overall a pretty miserable experience, but the course itself was flat allowing for an acceptable time.

Race Tips

My best tip is to choose another race. But if you must, allow excessive amounts of time to get to the start as parking and pre-race logistics are not coordinated well.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the New Jersey Marathon in 3:15:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.