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OCNJ Half Marathon Anticipates Record Field

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/19/17

The 8th annual OCNJ Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event also includes a 10-mile non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race. The combined races included more than 1,400 finishers last year with 897 completing the half marathon. Pre-registration for the half marathon already has exceeded 1,000 this year, and organizers expect a record field for all of the races.

The increasingly popular event showcases Ocean City’s boardwalk, downtown and neighborhoods with ocean views throughout a fast, flat course.

The public is encouraged to come out and cheer for runners. Local “celebrities” are on hand, including Ocean City mascot Martin Z. Mollusk and the OCHS Red Raider mascot. Volunteer groups man “peppy” water stations and are judged for their themes. Music along the route provides a boost for all the participants.

Here is what you need to know about the event:

  • RUNNERS: It’s not too late register for any of the events. Half marathon and 10-miler registration closes at 4 p.m. Sept. 22. For complete information and registration, visit ocnj.us/race-events.
  • FANS: See attached map for the course route and spots to cheer. Contact Lisa Rumer at lrumer@ocnj.us if your group will like to volunteer.
  • RESIDENTS: The OCNJ Half Marathon and 10-Miler start at 8:30 a.m. The event will include some brief road closings, including the closing of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 24. Motorists on other streets and boardwalk pedestrians/bicyclists should anticipate delays as the field of runners passes by. Thank you in advance for your patience. See map of course and written description.

MS CITY TO SHORE RIDE

The MS City to Shore ride will end in Ocean City on Saturday, Sept. 23. The annual bicycle trek begins in Cherry Hill and finishes at the parking lot at Fifth Street and Boardwalk with many of the estimated 6,000 riders returning the next day. The event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The MS Society changed the route this year, and riders will enter town on the Route 52 causeway and Ninth Street, before traveling down Bay Avenue and Fifth Street. Expect delays and detours throughout Saturday. For more information, visit www.bikems.org.

MORE FALL EVENTS

WALK FOR THE WOUNDED (Sept. 30): The 9th annual Walk for the Wounded will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. A ceremony honoring soldiers is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Enjoy a three-mile walk on the boardwalk that begins and ends at the Music Pier. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to wounded soldiers and their families. For more information and registration, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (Sept. 30-Oct. 1): Shop outdoors for merchandise from Ocean City stores between Sixth Street and 14th Street.

CHILI CHOWDER FESTIVAL (Oct. 1): The second annual Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The event features an opportunity to sample the finest chili and chowder from Ocean City Restaurant Association members. This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the O.C. Fire Fighters Foundation. Wristbands for the event ($15 adults and $5 for kids) are on sale at www.eventbrite.com, at all three Ocean City fire stations and on weekends at Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor (14th Street and Asbury Avenue).

‘8-TRACK’ (Oct. 6 to 8): The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s In Concert,” conceived by Rick Seeber with musical arrangements by Michael Gribin. Put on your leisure suits, halter tops and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of groundbreaking music. With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, “8-Track” is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. The show features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Patti Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, the Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band and more. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $15 to $20 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, the City Hall Welcome Center or the Route 52 Roy Gillian Welcome Center.

FALL BLOCK PARTY AND FIREWORKS (Oct. 7): More than 400 crafters, food vendors, musicians and more line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean caps off the evening. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND (Oct. 7 to 9): Seafood vendors at the Ocean City Music Pier. Local merchant table sales between Sixth Street and 14th Street on the Boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue.

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