In Jersey City, great races seem to happen every weekend. The Jersey City Half will be held on October 27, 2019. It starts and ends in beautiful Lincoln Park with a 2-loop course that winds through the park’s grounds. If you’re not feeling up to a half marathon, there will also be 5K and 10K runs.
All entrants receive a goodie bag with a commemorative t-shirt and finishers receive a fun medal. There’s also a post-race party with bagels, flavored spreads, fruit, and apple cider. Award plaques will be given to the top three male and female runners in various age groups. Registration for the half marathon costs $85.
There are a few things to do in this area that are fun if you are coming from out of town for the race, especially if you want to meet up with other runners and enjoy the historical sites nearby. If you pick hotels close to Statue of Liberty, you can easily stay close to the top sights in New York as well.
Where to Stay in Jersey City
Lincoln Park is a particularly beautiful area of Jersey City. The marathon takes you around the most popular dining and shopping areas as well as residential neighborhoods. There are also some great hotels in the area if you are planning to make a trip out of it.
Hyatt House Jersey City
Near the Jersey City Half, you’ll find this affordable hotel, conveniently located by Lincoln Park. The Hyatt House Jersey City is an extended stay hotel within minutes of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Dining and shopping are right around the corner at the Exchange Place District.
Ramada by Wyndham Jersey City
Within proximity to the marathon, the Ramada is a top place to stay in the city close to the best restaurants and areas like Battery Park.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City
This modern, waterfront hotel is a little bit further down than Hyatt House. It’s close to many of the sights including the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty.
Things to Do in Jersey City
The Skyline Tour of New York City is one of the best things to do if you’re in Jersey City. This tour takes you around the perimeter of Manhattan to give you a picture-perfect view of the state’s skyline at night. If you love taking photographs, you’ll get the best view and scenic selfie opportunities.
However, you may want to check out the Rock the Yacht Party Cruise on the New York harbor. This tour takes you on a fun, lively boat tour under the Brooklyn Bridge and across the Manhattan harbor to see the skyline.
The Highlights of New Jersey tour takes you to historic eateries, bakeries, cafes, and historic sites around Jersey City. If you love to taste local dishes and want to meet new people during the marathon, this tour offers it all.
Where to Eat Near Lincoln Park
There are some fun places to eat around the half marathon. If you’re looking for a place to meet up with other runners, here are some of the options:
7 Plates Café
For breakfast, quick bites, and lunch, the 7 Plates Cafe is the best place to go if you want to meet up with other racers near Lincoln Park.
This restaurant offers exceptional Italian dishes in an upscale setting. You’ll love the small neighborhood feel and house-made pasta after the race is over.
Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern
For celebratory drinks, this old school tavern and barbecue joint has some historical roots in the area as it dates back to 1932.