BELMAR, NJ — Fireworks will burst across the sky at Silver Lake Park this evening, Friday, July 7, following the Belmar Kids Races — the kick-off for the 41st annual Belmar Five Mile Run on Saturday.

Open to children age 1 through 14, the running event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features races with distances ranging from 50 yards to one-half mile. Medals will be awarded to all finishers, and all registrants receive a free T-shirt. There will be refreshments and entertainment, with the fireworks display culminating the evening of fun-filled festivities at dusk.

The children’s event serves as the prelude to the Belmar Five Mile Run, which is slated for tomorrow, Saturday, July 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Silver Lake Park, situated at Ocean and Fifth Avenues.

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While children can register for the Belmar Kids Races on race day, the deadline to enter the Belmar Five Mile Run is Friday, July 7 at 10:29 a.m.

Billed as one of the longest-running road races on the Jersey Shore, the run is presented by the Borough of Belmar, in collaboration with the Jersey Shore Running Club, as a fundraiser for Belmar’s Goodwill Hose Company.

More than 3,500 participants are expected on race day. Also offered will be refreshments, random prize drawings, and a health and vendor fair in Silver Lake Park. A post-race beach party will be held at Bar Anticipation, 16th Avenue, Lake Como. All registrants receive a free T-shirt, and medals are awarded to all finishers.

Since 2002, the Belmar Five Mile Run has remembered longtime Belmar resident, Johnny Cobb. In addition to being an originator of the race, he had a 25-year career with the Belmar Police Department, belonged to the Belmar Fire Department, graduated from and supported St. Rose School, and promoted local sports all of his life.

The Belmar Five is the second event of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, a series of races sponsored by McLoone’s held throughout the summer. For more information, visit

Registration for the Belmar Five is $35, plus a $3 sign-up fee. Deadline to enter is Friday, July 7 at 10:29 a.m. Registration for Friday’s Belmar Kids Races is $12 and $15 on the day of the event.

For more information, visit , email or call the Jersey Shore Running Club hotline at 732-571-2162


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