Running Races in New Jersey
Running races on the roads and trails, as well as cross-country is well organized in New Jersey. The New Jersey Association of USA Track and Field (USATF) has been a guiding force through their creation and administration of the New Balance Grand Prix. There is both a team and individual grand prix. For information about running for our teams and USATF team championship races click here. An individual grand prix also links races to a points system that ranks runners; both the individual and team grand prix and foster competition and comradery among the running clubs in the state.
RVRR hosts races throughout the year (some of which are USATF individual and team championships) and others that are more low key.
The Miles for Music 20K started in 2012 with RVRR members piloting the race. The race director and committee continue to put on a great race in March in Johnson Park every year with the continued support from RVRR and RVRR members. For complete details visit the official race site.
For the more adventurous runners, the Chimney Rock 5 Miler might be for you. Run on rocky terrain and trails in Chimney Rock Park, it's a great way to get out into the woods on a cold end of March day. This is also completely run by RVRR members and supported by them volunteering their time. For complete details visit the race site.
The first Saturday in June is designated as National Trails Day and RVRR, through the leadership of longtime club member and former RVRR president Ray Petit and volunteers, take to the towpath. Runners choose their pace (from 7:30 up to 15 minute a mile pace) and distance (up to 34.6 miles) and pickup runners along the way, finishing all together and enjoying a BBQ in Johnson Park. For complete details, visit the race site.
Going on over 30 years of races, our June and July summer cross-country series is a great summer time event to do! Until 2007 it was held on four summer evenings in Donaldson Park, Highland Park, NJ. In 2007 it was moved to Buccleuch Park because Donaldson Park is closed for construction. After construction was complete, the race has been moved back to Donaldson Park in 2013! The race historically attracts both fun runners and hardcore team-oriented competitors from all over the state. The 5K cross-country course consists of two laps with challenging short hills. It is grass, cinder and hardpack dirt, so you may wear spikes if you choose. Read more and register here.
The East Brunswick Road Races have been alive for over 35 years! The race director and committee mainly consists of fellow RVRR members, and every fall they continue to put on a great race with the support of RVRR, East Brunswick, and the Central Jersey running community. For complete details visit the official race site.