On Sunday, November 17, 2013 runners and walkers will meet at Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits located at 208 Main Street in Asbury Park, N.J. They will check in for a unique run hosted by the Jersey Shore Running Club along the Jersey Shore. Many will be dressed for the occasion at the Train Run – Gobbler Express.
Sunday, Nov 17, 10:58 a.m. 1, 2.5, 4.5, 6.5 or 8 miles, Johnny Mac House of Spirit's Train Run Gobbler Express, Asbury Park, N.J.
This will be the third year of the fall train run with one in the fall and another in the winter. Previous years were held in conjunction with Halloween. But due to the busy October race schedule the run was pushed to November and will have a Thanksgiving theme. . According to Vicki Hoagland one of the organizers “The train runs have been so much fun that there were requests to hold two of these one in the fall and the other toward the end of winter. And since it is for a great cause Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits agreed to host us again.”
Last winter’s event took the runners north into Long Branch. This time the group will head south and be able to run on the newly reconstructed boardwalks of Spring Lake, Avon, Bradley Beach, Ocean Grove and Asbury Park..
After checking in at Johnny Mac’s, the participants will walk across the street to the Asbury Park train station and catch the 10:58 a.m. train going south toward Bay Head.
Runners will be given the option of running or walking anywhere from 1 to 8 miles.
Official “turkey” runners will provide direction along the course and escort the participants back to Johnny Mac’s.
The first stop will let the first group of runners and walkers off in Bradley Beach where they will have a choice of routes. Either head east to the ocean front boardwalk make their way along the Bradley Beach Promenade thence into Ocean Grove and through the old Casino building into Asbury Park and then head west along the Wesley Lake back to Main Street and Johnny Mac’s a distance of 2.6 miles or head north on Main Street directly back to Johnny Mac’s which is a distance of almost exactly 1 mile.. Map of Bradley Beach via boardwalk back to Johnny Mac’s. Map from Bradley Beach directly back to Johnny Mac’s via Main Street.
The second stop will be at the Belmar train station where runners will get off and head east to the Belmar Boardwalk and head north over the bridge into Avon along the boardwalk there into Bradley Beach and the promenade there and then into Ocean Grove past the Great Auditorium on the boardwalk and through the Casino building and head west along Wesley Lake back to Johnny Mac’s which is a distance of about 4.5 miles. Map of Belmar to Johnny Mac’s.
The final stop will take runners into Spring Lake where they will get off and run east to the boardwalk there and then into Belmar and follow the route as above for a total distance of 6.5 miles. Map of Spring Lake to Johnny Mac’s route.
Runners can add an additional mile at their option by running to Asbury Park Convention hall and then head back toward the Casino building and then head west back to Johnny Mac’s.
Upon their return at Johnny Mac’s the participants will be treated to a Pizza, Omelets, Beer (or soda) and a party. There will be lots of random awards and giveaways. All per-registered participants will get a quality long sleeve shirt.
Special awards will be presented to the best costumes and “turkeys” at the party.
The event is a benefit for the Jersey Shore Running Club’s Asbury Park Youth Program and the Mount Carmel School in Asbury Park.
According to Vicki Hoagland of Allenhurst, NJ one of the organizers of the event this will be a fun event and will help supports a worthwhile cause.
Get information on more upcoming events on The Race Calendar.
Looking ahead to the spring there is RunAPalooza to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on April 26, 2014. Registration for the Asbury Park Half is now open and a determination on the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park should be forthcoming soon.
There will also be a group that will start training for the half marathon in January. Get information and register for the group.