Are you a runner looking for your next big race? Sign up for the Novo Nordisk Marathon! The event takes place every spring and is one of the most popular races in the state. Admire endless ocean views as you cruise through Ocean Grove, Allenhurst, Monmouth Beach, and other Jersey Shore towns. Then, celebrate your achievement with a local beer!
Accommodations for marathon weekend are filling up fast, so don’t wait — check our availability and book your stay today. The Ocean Plaza Hotel is the best place to stay in Ocean Grove and has everything you need to relax post-race.
Your Guide to the Novo Nordisk Marathon
Each April, this New Jersey Marathon attracts athletes of all levels with its scenic, mostly-flat course. Start at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. As you pound the pavement, you’ll pass historic music venues, quaint neighborhoods, boardwalk shops, and more. Cross the finish line at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch and enjoy the post-race party with complimentary beverages and entertainment.
Another great way to celebrate is to unwind with friends and family. Head to an Asbury Park brewery for a cold beer, or indulge in some delicious NJ pizza. You can even visit the Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe and treat yourself to something sweet post-race.
Info for Race Day
- The Novo Nordisk Marathon occurs rain or shine
- On race day, the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 63ºF
- Race bibs must be picked up at Packet Pickup at the Diadora Race Exposition
- Runners must maintain a 15 minute per mile pace
- Course maps are available for information on restrooms, aid stations, and medical tents
Note: The two-day event includes a 4-person relay, marathon, half-marathon, and 5K run. Be sure to register in advance for the event of your choice!
Other Local Events
If you can’t make it to the marathon in April, there’s no need to worry. The Jersey Shore offers a variety of fun and unique races throughout the year. Some of our favorites include:
- Runapalooza | April
- Monmouth Beach 5K | May
- Annual Avon 5K Run/Walk | June
- Bradley Beach 5K | August
- Jersey Shore Half Marathon | October
- Asbury Park Polar Bear Race | December
Come Home to The Ocean Plaza Hotel
Now that we’ve convinced you to register for the Novo Nordisk Marathon, it’s time to secure your lodging! Our bed and breakfast is just 25 minutes from the start line and offers exceptional accommodations for the event. Get a good night’s sleep in one of our guest rooms, relax on the wrap-around porch, and join us for a delicious breakfast each morning of your stay.
Why not explore Ocean Grove while you’re in the area? Access our free Vacation Guide for restaurant recommendations, family activities, shopping, and more. We look forward to seeing you soon!