The Jersey Shore Half Marathon is a great long distance race for the fall. It can serve as a training run for a spring full marathon, or a way to get in multiple halfs in a year (my goal). It also is one of the best NJ races for a PR. This is because to course is mostly flat and race. The course consists of out out and back loop—that is done twice. As someone who is not big fans of out of back races, this can be a bit boring for some runners. There was changes to the course to not pass the lighthouse, so be prepared not to have many views. There are no hills, but a section or two with an incline. It is completely ran on the paved road.
This race is on the smaller scale as far as participants compared to the other big NJ ones, but still has a nice turn out. There is no race expo or pre-race packed pick up. But there is free and ample parking and all races get a T-shirt and medal (upon finishing.) There are plenty of aid stations along the way with enthusiastic volunteers. Family and friends can even bike along the course to cheer on their runner.
Overall, this was a great fall race for a PR (which I did) while getting ready for spring halfs.