8 New Year’s Day Road Races in New Jersey — From the Taproom to the Boardwalk

Getting up bright and not-so-early on January 1 to run a road race might not sound like a traditional New Year’s celebration, but it’s one that several clubs and towns in New Jersey are embracing. While many races tout the health benefits of a New Year’s Day road race, some others acknowledge that runners might be a little worse for wear and could use a little “hair of the dog” afterward.

Here are several New Year’s Day 5Ks to get your 2018 off on the right foot. If we missed your New Year’s Day race, email us at editor@newjerseynext.com.

Central Jersey Road Runners Club 36th Annual Hangover 5K — Westfield

Start the new year off right with Central Jersey Road Runners Club’s Annual Hangover 5k. 2018 will mark its 36th year. The race had 730 finishers welcoming the New Year with CJRRC in 2017. Held in Tamaques Park in Westfield, NJ this race begins at noon (no need to get up early for this one), and is a fast, flat, and scenic loop. The loop is traffic controlled. There are water stops and mile splits. Hot chocolate and bagels will be waiting for you at the end.

Once again Wegmans of Woodbridge has generously donated the water fo the Hangover 5k 2018. Bagels & Hot Chocolate will be provided. Hangover hooded sweatshirt guaranteed for ALL Pre-Registrants. Very limited sweatshirts available for Race Day Registrants.

Pre-Registration until Wednesday Dec 27th at 11:59 p.m.
Race Day Registration 10:30 AM-11:45 AM

More information here.

Resolution Run 5K — Hillsborough

The Resolution Run 5K is held in centrally located Hillsborough Township in Somerset County, New Jersey. It’s a low-key, fun celebration of the New Year for all levels of runners and walkers. You can even stay up late the night before for your own celebration.

The race starts at 11 am in Hillsborough, NJ and is “walker-friendly” for those who partied a little harder the night before.

This race also offers a quality, custom designed long sleeve “Resolution Run Hoody Sweatshirt” with pockets. Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

The event and the course is USA Track & Field-NJ Sanctioned and Certified. (Certification # NJ12030LMB.) USATF-NJ members can earn points in the 2018 Grand Prix competition. Our race is being timed by Compuscore, NJ’s foremost timing and finish line coordinator. Finish times and placements will be available immediately after the race and official results are also available at the Compuscore website.  You can choose to be notified by email or text of results.

Registration for the Resolution Run 5K closes when full or on Midnight, December 25.

Finishers ribbon to all. There are also 90 prizes and medals.

Details at http://resolutionrun.org or go directly to registration, https://register.compuscore.com/resolutionrun

Runners who are 18 and under (as well as USA Track & Field members) get a $3 discount.

Boardwalk 5K — Ocean City

Registration is open now for Ocean City’s First Day 5K Boardwalk Run.
The annual race starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. The event travels north this year and extends beyond the boardwalk (due to a boardwalk reconstruction project between Eighth Street and 10th Street). It includes a non-competitive 5K Walk.
Pre-register for $20 through 9 p.m. Dec. 30 at runsignup.com/Race/NJ/OceanCity/FirstDay5KBoardwalkRun .
Race day registration ($30) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street. This year’s event includes chip timing.
More information:
  • Computer chip timing by JB Sports Timing
  • Shirts for all pre-registered and as supplies last on race day. (Shirts are available only for the first 500 who sign up)
  • Refreshments are available after the race.
  • Walk is non-competitive.
  • Course will start and finish near 7th street on the boardalk. Go north on the boardwalk and streets. This will be an out-and-back course.
  • Parking will be available near the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center, including the lot just off the boardwalk between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.
  • Awards for top three male and female overall finishers and in the following age groups: 14-and-under, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70-and-over
  • For information, call Race Director Mike Givens at 609-861-0674 or runawayac@comcast.net

St. Mark’s New Year’s Day 5K — Long Valley

This New Year’s Day race is the only one in Northwestern NJ, located in the quiet township of Long Valley and within short driving distance of Morris, Sussex, Washington and Hunterdon counties. Get more than a few steps ahead on your New Year’s resolution and start your year off with 3.1 fun miles. Finish the race, enjoy bagels & hot cocoa, and share the story of your first race of 2018 with your fellow competitors. The race starts at 11:30 am so you don’t have to get up early after ringing in the New Year! As a bonus, you get a jump on your new wardrobe with out Long Sleeved T-shirt.

Registration ($30) ends December 27, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

Additional race information can be found at https://newyearsday5k.wixsite.com/race.

The One-One Run — Haddonfield

Celebrate New Years Day and your commitment to good health by running with fellow runners through the beautiful communities of Haddonfield and Haddon Township, NJ. This is a fun group run (not a race) which helps support The Boys and Girls Club of Camden County. After completing either the 10K, 5K  or 1 mile walk/run, there’s an after party with raffles, drinks and food specials, and music at The Taproom and Grill!  Raffle items will include race swag, race entries, and a couple awesome gift cards!

All participants will receieve a One-One Run swag item (Pint Glass or bottle opener)/

The run will start and finish at The Taproom and Grill and will begin at 11:30am. Check-in starts at 10:45am. Raffles and door prizes will take place between Noon and 1pm in The Taproom. Due to space limitations, the run is capped at approximately 125 participants. Runners are expected to run on sidewalks, use crosswalks, and follow pedestrian laws as roads are not shut down for this event.

Other New Year’s Day NJ races include:

Commitment Day 5K — Mt. Laurel

1st Day 5K Run & 3K Family Walk — Fair Lawn

6th Annual Williamstown Badgers Hangover 5K — Williamstown