Monthly NJ running round up – January 2015

I’m going to attempt a regular monthly round up of NJ running in the news, along with a look ahead. If you come across any NJ running news, or anything that may be of interest to NJ runners, email me at runninginnj (at) gmail (dot) com.

January is the month where you may see a few extra people out running in your local park for a couple of weeks as people start their new year resolutions, but eventually they succumb to the cold, but it’s also the month which sees runners struggling through snow and ice to get the miles in as they prepare for spring races.

For many the year started with New Year’s Day races such as the Hangover 5k in Westfield.

Within a couple of days, a popular tradition called the Freezing Cold Hash was causing controversy (despite a seeming discrepancy between what was being said, and what was actually shown on a video taken at the time) – read about the complaints here (as someone I know said, it’s not often you see the comments section of an article on NJ.com being generally positive), and read a more positive spin on the event here

The new year also brings a change to NJ USATF clubs with
the Sneaker Factory Running Club being disbanded at the end of 2014.

There are also a few changes to the USATF Championship race schedule this year with a couple of new 5k races, and the introduction of a wildcard race for those going for the individual NBGP points.

The very popular Spring Lake 5 miler registration opened today and as usual is expected to see out fast, but it still appears to be open. It’s not a race I have run mainly because I’m not sure how I feel about such a large race over that distance. How do you feel about it? Love it or hate it?

Feel free to leave comments about upcoming races that you enjoy.

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2 Responses to Monthly NJ running round up – January 2015

  1. Dave Schatz says:

    Great job Neil. It’s cool to have all of this in one place. By the way, what’s new this year when it comes to the HP 5K?

    • runnj says:

      Thanks Dave. The HP 5k has a new course. It now starts in the same area as the finish (start is on North 5th, finish on the high school track as before). Other than the start, the course is mostly the same as before, with one deviation up Lawrence Ave to get to 2nd (it used to go up Lincoln). The race is always the same day as the street fair and that is earlier this year (May 3). http://www.runinthepark.org

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