BELMAR, NJ — The 43rd annual Belmar Five Mile Run will be held this morning, July 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. along the banks of Silver Lake.

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

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.

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Up to 3,000 participants are expected to run the five-mile course, which starts at Silver Lake at Fifth Avenue and proceeds south along Ocean Avenue to Lake Como. Runners will then return back to Silver Lake Park.

The event will also feature refreshments, random prize drawings, and a health and vendor fair in the lakefront 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.

Registration is $35 during race week and $40 on race day.


There will be a host of road closures to make way for the Belmar Five Mile Run along Ocean Avenue.

According to the Belmar Police Department, the following Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake streets will be closed to traffic starting at about 7:45 a.m. until the race has finished at about 11 a.m.:

  • Ocean Avenue (entire length)
  • Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Avenues from Ocean Avenue to Main Street
  • Ocean Avenue to B Street on 10th Avenue
  • Ocean Avenue to A Street from 11th through 20th Avenue
  • 19th Avenue and B Street South
  • 19th Avenue and Snyder Avenue South
  • 18th Avenue and Parkway South
  • 18th Avenue and Fernwood Road South
  • North Boulevard (entire length)
  • Main Street at 22nd Avenue South
  • South Boulevard in Spring Lake

In addition, parking will be prohibited on Ocean Avenue beginning at 1 a.m. to noon.

Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful of the street closings while the runners are on the course and cooperate with public safety officials and race volunteers who will be stationed along the route. The streets will reopen as soon as the runners pass.

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