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Saturday, September 28, 2024

New Jersey Half Marathon & 5K at Newport

EVENT BEGINS - 6:30 AM | 5K & Half - 8:30 AM

Jersey City, NJ


Starting and finishing in the Newport neighborhood of Jersey City, the half marathon course will take you on a tour of historic Jersey City and will feature world-class views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the stunning Manhattan skyline. You'll see a little less on the 5K course, but what you see will have you coming back for more.

These fast, flat courses are ideal for beating your PR. Post-race, we'll celebrate your accomplishments with refreshments, music and more

This race was formerly known as the Newport Liberty Half Marathon and 5K.


The race starts and finishes outside of Newport Green Park, passes through funky and historic Jersey City and features iconic views of NYC and the Statue Of Liberty. Fast, flat, and, of course: USATF-certified.

Mile marker clocks will be present at every mile and there will be split points at the 5K, 10K and 10 mile marks for half marathoners.

Pacers provided by the Marlboro Running Club for the following half marathon goal times: 1:25, 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00. The Marlboro Running Club is based out of Marlboro township in Central New Jersey. There are currently over 280 members. The Marlboro Running club is for runners on all levels to chat, learn, share, motivate and RUN. We even have supervised group runs for kid.

All NYCRUNS courses are USATF certified.

Course Map
Half Marathon Certification
5K  Certification


Bag Check - If you plan on checking a bag, you must use the single clear bag provided by NYCRUNS. You may not put another full bag/backpack/briefcase inside the clear bag. All items must fit inside the clear bag. NYCRUNS reserves the right to search your bag at any time.

Toilets - Portable restrooms will be available for use throughout the event.

Refreshments - Water and electrolyte beverages will be available on the course and at the finish. Bagels, spreads and fresh fruit will make up the usual great NYCRUNS post-race grub so you can begin refueling soon after you cross the finish line.

Swag - The giveaway for this race will be a medal and a tech shirt. In order to cut down on waste, we avoid ordering more than we need; thus, sizes are not guaranteed. If you have your heart set on a size, we recommend picking up your shirt before the race starts.

Photos - You will receive an email from MarathonFoto several days after the race with information about how to purchase photos or you can get them now at the best price! Secure ALL your digital photos now, and all you'll need to do on race day is smile.


See chart below. NYCRUNS members receive a 25% discount on this race, race withdrawal rights, and other perks. You can become a member when you check out.

Race Credit may be used to pay for up to 50% of this race.

Race day registration (if available) is online only.

Half Marathon Members Non-Members
Through 5/8 $67.50 $90
Through 6/9 $75 $100
Through 7/24 $82.50 $110
Through 9/18 $90 $120
Until Online Registration Ends $101.25 $135


5K Members Non-Members
Through 5/8 $37.50 $50
Through 6/9 $41.25 $55
Through 7/24 $45 $60
Through 9/18 $48.75 $65
Until Online Registration Ends $56.25 $75


You may pickup your bib and shirt in the festival area on race day. NYCRUNS does not host a pre-race pickup for this event.

If you register thirty days or more before the event using a domestic address, you can also have your bib mailed to you. This service is free if you are an NYCRUNS Member, and you can become one when you register. You can also add this service to your registration for $20. Please make sure the shipping address provided at the time of registration will be valid in the month preceding the race. For an additional $20, your shirt will be mailed to you as well.

If you register less than 30 days before race day, or you have an international address, you must pick up your bib on race day no more than an hour before your start time.

If you need to switch distances, please do so on your NYCRUNS dashboard. You may only switch distances if the distance you are looking to switch to is not sold out. You may need to contact customer service if there is a difference in price. You also must pick up the appropriate distance bib on race day from the Bib Pick-Up tent. Runners who participate with a bib designated for a different distance (e.g., you run the 5K with a Half Marathon bib or vice versa) will not be scored, eligible for awards or appear in race results.


The official New Jersey Half Marathon training program will help you Win Your Race! This 12-week customized program is based on your running history, racing goals and schedule. Lose the one-size-fits-all PDFs and let us help you get to the starting line healthy and ready to crush it.

The program is fully automated and will kick off on the July 8.

Program features include:

  • Customized training program that will incorporate various types of training including intervals, hills, tempo and long runs as well as easy runs and days off
  • Goals and program content that update based on your ongoing training journey
  • Ability to log your miles manually or via MapMyRun, Garmin Connect and Strava (not officially supported)
  • Other training content including cross training, strength training and nutritional guidance


Results will be emailed and the full results will be posted on our Results Page after the race. If you do not see your result online or receive an email with your finish time, please fill out this form.

Awards will be given to the top three male, female and non-binary runners overall in each race.

Age group awards in the 5K will be awarded to the top three in each the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.

Age group awards in the half marathon will be awarded to the top three in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-29 and 80 and over.

Read more about our awards' policies here.


Within the Half Marathon division, athletes meeting the following criteria will be eligible for prize money:

  • You must be an NYCRUNS Member and your account must be in good standing prior to and on race day.
  • Men: 1:20:00 or faster (gun time)
  • Women: 1:30:00 or faster (gun time)
  • Non-Binary / Gender Non-Conforming: 1:30:00 or faster (gun time)
  • You must have competed only in your registered gender in the 90 days prior to the event
  • Your gender must not have been changed on your NYCRUNS profile in the 90 days prior to the event

Prize money will be distributed as follows:

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Fourth Place: $200
Fifth Place: $150
Sixth - Tenth Place: $100

Additionally, any athlete who meets or exceeds the times above in one of these races will receive discounted entry to all NYCRUNS races until the end of the calendar year.

Additional information about our prize money program can be found in our help section here.


No matter how you are getting to the Newport Liberty Half Marathon, this map will help you find the Festival Area and get you on your way to the Start.

PATH: Take the PATH Train to Hoboken Station, NOT the Newport station for the quickest access to the start. Please note that the Path does not go to either station from the World Trade Center on Saturdays. If you are coming from Manhattan, we recommend you board you use the Journal Square Line with stops between 33rd Street and Christopher Street on the west side.

Please check the NJ Transit Site for up-to-date service information.

When you exit the Path station at Hoboken, you will be directed by team members to Newport Green Park. If you do not see a team member, please use Newport Green Park as waypoint with your favorite mapping app.

Driving From Manhattan: Take the Holland Tunnel. Upon exiting in Jersey City, make the first right at the Speedway service station. Make a right onto 18th Street which becomes Washington Boulevard. Proceed south. Use the Newport North Garage as your waypoint.

From New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike Extension (from NJ Turnpike North or South or Rt. 78 East) to Exit 14C. After coming down the ramp, make right at traffic light onto Jersey Avenue. Bear left onto 11th Street Viaduct which becomes Newport Parkway. Pass Newport Centre Mall on right. Make right onto Washington Boulevard. Use the Newport North Garage as your waypoint.

Parking: The following garages are recommended:

  • Newport North Garage (Closer To Start):
    • Enter on 60 Mall Drive East or 561 Washington Blvd
    • Costs $23 max daily.
  • Newport South Garage:
    • Enter on 2 Mall Drive East or 479 Rear Washington Blvd
    • Costs $27 max daily.

We recommend you enter the garage no later than 7:00 AM to avoid being impacted by street closures.

Please check MTA Trip Planner for up-to-date and detailed mass transit directions and Google Maps for driving directions. Parking is limited at all of our events, we strongly encourage you to use mass transit.


The standard no-refunds, no-transfers policy applies. Withdrawals for race credit are only applicable to those signed up for the NYCRUNS Membership Program.

Strollers and dogs are not allowed in NYCRUNS races.

You may be disqualified if earbuds or headphones hinder your awareness.

You must remain on pace to finish within the time limit in order to receive course support and an official finish time. Should you fall behind pace, you may be directed off the course by a race marshal.

Please familiarize yourself with our complete rules of competition.