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"Not Today" FREE Documentary Virtual Screening - This Saturday, August 15th


The JSRC is proud to announce the first peek at this documentary starring club member Kelly Herron.  Many of our club members already know Kelly's story, and we have been glad to support her efforts since she permanently moved here to call the Jersey shore her home.  We were hoping to do an in person viewing, but will have to settle for a virtual screening until a future date. 

"Not Today" produced by Hearst Media brings an unflinching look at personal safety while running through the eyes of victims and their families, and the impact they are making within the running community both nationally and locally through their courage, strength and hope.

The Monmouth Film Festival will be streaming an abbreviated version of this documentary featuring the stories of Wendy Martinez and Kelly Herron for FREE!

All you need to do is sign-up or login to your free MFF Member Account and then visit the LIVE STREAM CENTER on the dates your favorite films are screening. It's that easy! (see ticket link)


When: Saturday at 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM
Where: Online Event - LIVE STREAM CENTER (must login to free account)
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Run4Fulfill post race T-shirt pickup


Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported and participated in this virtual race to support Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  We had over 190 runners and walkers participate and many more sponsors and donations.  We are still finalizing the totals, but once we do, we will be presenting a check to Fulfill that will help feed many area families in need during this COVID-19 pandemic.  

Post Race T-Shirt Pick up schedule: The Run4Fulfill t-shirt pickup schedule below.

Thursday, July 23rd, 5-7:30p, Bar Anticipation - Mahogany Room
Thursday, July 30th, 6-7:30pm, West Long Branch Fire Department, 15 Oceanport Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ

Ralph will be missed!


The JSRC family lost a valuable member to our family over the weekend.  Ralph, our unofficial club mascot, was taken from us way too soon.  Ralph was loved by everyone who encountered him at any of the races the JSRC was part of.  Ralph volunteered at numerous races along with his human owner and talented trumpeteer, Dave DeMonico.  Ralph always was happy for anyone to stop and say hi along the course.  His void will be felt at all the usual race spots where you would expect to see Dave and him.  Rest in peace Ralph.

Thank you for participating and supporting the JSRC's "Run4Fulfill" Virtual Race!

The JSRC hosted a virtual race from June 19 through June 28th to benefit Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean counties.  We had over 190 participants and raised money for our charity partner.
Here are the details of the Run4Fulfill race:

  • Participants could either run 4 miles or walk 2 miles between June 19th and June 28th.
  • Each Participant will receive a unisex technical shirt.
  • Custom Bibs were able to be Printed out to wear while running.
We appreciate eveyone's participation to help us support this great cause as COVID-19 has created a demand for food since soup kitchens and schools are closed.  Click Here to see results and photos or to make a donation.  Please help us to raise as much for this cause as we can.  Remember that for ever $1 raised we can turn it into 3 meals!

More About Fulfill: Fulfill provides a full suite of programs to provide the resources people need to become self-sufficient. Key Facts include:
  • Fulfill has experienced a 40 percent increase in the demand for food since March 13, 2020.
  • Fulfill has provided 950,000 additional meals since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
  • Fulfill’s food costs have grown exponentially, as we work to meet the ever-increasing demand. In fact, they are now putting out bids and purchasing food from all over North America. Whichever vendor can get the food to Fulfill the quickest, gets the business. Despite our efforts though, they are still struggling to get many of our staples in a timely fashion.
  • Fulfill provides food to 289 feeding partners throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including local pantries, soup kitchens, senior and community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs, to name a few.
Click Here to see results and photos.  Donations are still being accepted.  Please help us to raise as much for this cause as we can.  Remember that for ever $1 raised we can turn it into 3 meals!

June 3rd is Global Running Day


June 3rd is Global Running Day, which is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. This day plays an important role, reminding us of the positives that running can offer and the power of unification. It's mission seems more important than ever right now, as people everywhere attempt to stay active and healthy. During these challenging times, many people are turning to running as a solution to help release anxiety, gain perspective, cope with cabin fever, and keep up well being.

Run Safe -  As you celebrate Global Running Day, it’s important to run only when and where it’s safe to do so for both you and your local community. Running during this pandemic is about keeping yourself and others healthy. You can take basic precautions to avoid spreading the virus, particularly if your runs take you onto crowded paths or trails.  Local regulations vary from state to state, and even neighborhood to neighborhood, so learn how your community is impacted and what rules and guidelines are in place. When you run, always follow Centers for Disease Control & Prevention best practices and social distancing guidelines.

Please Support Our Sponsors & Partners as they Re-Open their Businesses!


The JSRC would appreciate any support of our sponsors and partners in the community as they re-open their businesses.  All of our race sponsors and partners have always supported our club and its members by promoting and supporting our races and the races in the towns that we all participate in.  This is the time for our club members to show our appreciation and do whatever we can to support our partners.  Each week we will attempt to promote different sponsors and partners on our web site.

It has been a long 2 months and many of us need new running shoes, so if you can, please contact or drive over to RoadRunner Sports in Shrewsbury, NJ and pick up some gear.  They just opened their doors on May 20th.  You can either call them at 732-212-1165 and press #2 to speak to a FIT EXPERT or you can go to their web site and order something for curb side pick up.  To go to the local web site Click Here.   The JSRC appreciates the continued support of our sponsors and partners.

Many of the Area Boardwalks are Now Open for Runners!


Don't believe all the signs you read!  Many of the key area boardwalks that are run by club members and used for group runs are now back open.  Below is a list of boardwalks and their status of if they are opened or are opening soon:

Long Branch - Opened May 9th 
Asbury Park - Opened May 15th. Visit for updates.
Ocean Grove - Has remained open during COVID-19.  South end boardwalk construction is almost complete.
Bradley Beach - Opened May 3rd
Avon - Opened May 9th
Belmar - Opened May 8th 
Spring Lake - The Boardwalk remains closed and there are no plans to open any portions until May 23rd. There is access to the beach at Pitney, Lorraine, Tuttle, Washington, Sussex, Salem, Union and Brown Ave walways. There is NO PARKING on any street in the town.  Visit for updates.
Sea Girt - The Boardwalk remains closed. Beach only access is permitted at Brooklyn Boulevard, Philadelphia Boulevard, Trenton Boulevard, Neptune Boulevard and Seaside Boulevard. All private entrances are closed. Visit for updates.

JSRC's 1st Official Race of 2020 ended on April 30th. Lake Como Spring Bash Virtual 5k


The Jersey Shore Running Club had cancelled all prior events for 2020 due to construction and COVID-19.  The16th Annual Lake Como Spring Bash 5k, which was planned as an in person race on April 25th, became a Virtual Race.  The requirements for those that had was to complete a 5k between Saturday, April 25 and the 30th in your neighborhood/home or other safe spot. 

The "Spring Bash" portion of the event at a later date TBD in July at Bar-A, with the post race party and Shirt pickup.  AWARDS & PRIZES will be given to Top 10 overall male & female; 16th place (years we've been doing this); 85th place (average Spring temp) The proceeds from this race benefit BPOE Elks Camp Moore for Children with Special Needs & Lake Como Giving Tree.

Click Here
for more information.  Click Here for Race Results!

COVID-19 Update

As a result of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Jersey Shore Running Club is monitoring the situation with public health officials to follow and implement measures dictated by health agencies and governments. We will continue to take appropriate actions on an event-by-event basis, following the decisions made by these respective authorities and agencies.

Additional information will be shared with members, athletes and our partners as appropriate and will be made available on specific event pages and social media accounts. We ask you to stay updated with respect to the impact of the outbreak in your location, follow governmental and agency recommendations to minimize risk, and follow any potential restrictions put in place. Anyone traveling for competition purposes should make themselves familiar with respective national and world health organization updates in those locations as well as travel policies from airlines and hotels. As always, athletes should monitor their personal health appropriately and not race or travel to any event if they are unwell.

Athletes are also reminded to practice hygiene protection measures recommended by the WHO.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey Click Here.

If a Race is Cancelled or Postponed - Don’t Be a Jerk

In the March 14th, 2020 New York Times there is an interesting article that the club thought we would share with our members.  We know that many of our members and runners in the community have trained hard for races of various distances.  Below is an excerpt that it is important to keep in mind until the COVID-19 lock down is lifted. We all need to be patient and remain good run citizens and let the the towns, race directors and state and county departments sort all of this out.  So, please read below and do you best to comply:  

Don't Be a Jerk.

Social Media:

  • Don’t tweet in all caps at the event’s Twitter account.
  • Don’t post nasty comments on their Facebook page.
  • If you’re awaiting word on whether the race you’ve entered will be run, don’t berate the race director.
  • Don’t take out your frustration on people who are, no doubt, just as upset as you are that they had to cancel their event.
Please keep this in mind: 
Most events don’t offer refunds. It’s not really going to help to scream at them about that, either. If you signed up for the race, you agreed to this. Again, it’s OK to be mad (see above), but don’t take it out on the race directors who have been put in a difficult position.

When the Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run was canceled in October because of predicted flooding in the Jersey Shore towns where the race is held, people left furious comments on the race’s Facebook page. The race is put on by a local Catholic church. People were yelling at a church. What does this accomplish? Nothing.

Click Here to read the entire article from March 14th in the New York Times.

Recap of March 5th “Not Today” Attackiversary Group Run  

On Thursday, March 5th, 2020 the Jersey Shore Running Clubs held a speciai "Attackiversary" event and group run to commemorate the assault on club member Kelly Herron.  On March 5, 2017, Kelly Herron was assaulted while training for her first marathon in Washington state. She fought back using skills she learned in a self-defense class and trapped her assailant until police arrived.  Kelly’s Instagram post of her GPS lines tracking the encounter went viral, attracting worldwide attention.  Women around the world were inspired to fight back - whether it be against assault or even against someone who is underestimating them.  Through Not Today, Kelly continues to promote runner safety, personal protection and other forms of badassery.  Her advocacy efforts have landed her on the November cover of Runners' World and she also stars in their documentary entitled, "Not Today", which premiers on March 12th in Chicago and will have an upcoming viewing dates locally.

The JSRC was proud to have supported Kelly’s efforts around runner safety by promoting this special event.  Thank you to all of those that attended including JSRC and She Runs! members.  Stay tuned for future Not Today promoted events.  Click Here for more information about Kelly’s journey in the February 10th, Asbury Park Press feature article.


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Runner Safety Awareness Week wraps up with JSRC Citizen Run!


The JSRC participated in the Runner Safety Awareness Week as events were held each day in either New York City, all of the boroughs, Boston and Ocean Grove, NJ  Industry experts and community leaders gathered to talk about how runners can face the road or trail with confidence

On Sunday, January 26th, the JSRC  held a "Citizen Run" during the normal weekly Sunday Runday Group Run in Ocean Grove, NJ.  We were honored to be joined by Kelly Herron.  Through her organization "Not Today", Kelly promotes runner safety and personal protection.  Her advocacy efforts landed her on the November cover of Runners' World and she also stars in their documentary entitled, "Not Today", which will have an upcoming release date.  Thank you to all the JSRC and She Run's members that came out and supported the event.


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