The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon is this weekend. It will draw thousands of runners and even more spectators. Several roads will be closed on Sunday.
The marathon, half marathon and relay races on Sunday morning run through Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, and Long Branch before heading north to Asbury Park, then looping back to Long Branch.
Several roads will be closed to traffic, and residents will need to remove their cars from the street before the race starts.
In Oceanport, police say the marathon and all races will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Monmouth Park Race Track’s Main entrance off of
Oceanport Ave. The race course begins at the Main Gate and the runners will run onto Crescent Place. Runners will then proceed north on Eatontown Blvd. to Wolf Hill Ave , east on Pemberton Ave. to Oceanport Ave. then south to Port au Peck Ave., to Myrtle Ave. to Monmouth Blvd. to Port Au Peck Ave. They then turn to Pocano Ave. then south on Comanche Drive, before again heading to Monmouth Blvd, and crossing the Pleasure Bay Bridge into Long Branch.
Affected roadways in Oceanport will close at 7:00am. Roadways will reopen to traffic as the last runners run from west to east. All roadways within Oceanport will open to vehicle traffic by approximately 9:30 a.m.
In Long Branch, the roads affected are: Atlantic Avenue, Long Branch Avenue, Broadway, Third Avenue, Franklin Avenue, Second Avenue, Brighton Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Ocean Blvd. Again, these will reopen when runners have finished.
The final road is scheduled to reopen by 2 p.m.
For a list of Monmouth Beach roads on the route, see Around Monmouth Beach, page 17.
There are several events leading up to the marathon on Friday and Saturday, including kids’ races and expos. More about these, and race information, can be found on www.njmarathon.org.