Find out what other Belmar events have been canceled through early fall

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Five Mile Run will not be held along the beachfront this summer — as it has for more than four decades. Instead, the race will be held as a virtual event from August 22 to August 30.

And although it will not be a competitive, professionally timed run, all net proceeds raised will once again benefit Belmar’s Goodwill Hose Co. Now in its 44th year and billed as one of the longest-running road races on the Jersey Shore, the run is presented by the all-volunteer fire company, in conjunction with the Borough of Belmar and the Jersey Shore Running Club.

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“We understand the disappointment many might feel about the cancellation of the 2020 run. However, due to the uncertainty of the current global health crisis, we have determined that a large gathering of people that results from our race would be unsafe for the runners, our volunteers, and the many spectators that line our course,” according to a statement by race director Dan Napoliton and Goodwill Hose Co. president Eugene Cavanagh on its website.

The announcement of the cancellation came just days after the event was moved from July 11 to August 22 — a date that will now launch the nine-day virtual event.

The decision was made in coordination with officials from the borough, which has canceled all events at least through the early fall due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak (see below).

Despite the cancellation of the race itself, organizers hope that the community supports the virtual event — by either participating or donating their entry fee to the Goodwill Hose Co.

“If you choose to donate your entry fee you are supporting the vital work of our volunteer first-responders who serve our community and you will help us continue to make a difference,” Napoliton and Cavanagh said.

Here are the options available to race participants. Selection must be made by September 1 on its website or a 2020 registration will be automatically transferred to the 2021 race, which is scheduled for July 10.

  • Registration for the in-person 2020 Belmar Five can be transferred to the virtual run, which involves running or walking five miles any place and any time between August 22 and 30, and submitting race results on its website by September 1. All participants will receive a T-shirt and will be able to print a virtual bib on the website. No trophies will be awarded. Participants will be able to pick up their T-shirts at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on a date to be determined or to have them mailed.
  • Entry for the 2020 Belmar Five can be deferred to the 2021 race without having to register next year. Waivers signed by registered entrants for the 2020 Race will be extended and apply to the 2021 Race. No further action is required.
  • A registration fee refund can be requested no later than September 1. They will not be processed until after that date, and after September 15, any runner can transfer their number up to the date of the 2021 race under its transfer policy.
  • An entry fee can be donated to the Belmar Goodwill Hose Co., which responds to nearly 300 calls a year. All donations are fully tax deductible and will be accepted until September 1. Donations from the public can also be made by clicking here.

For more information on the Belmar Five Mile Run, visit its website at

What’s Not on Belmar's Summer/Fall Calendar

In addition to the cancellation of the annual Belmar Seafood Festival, Belmar Boat Show, Friday Night Concert Series in Pyanoe Plaza and other events due to theCOVID-19 crisis, the following upcoming events have been scrapped as well:

  • New Jersey Sandcastle Contest, July 15
  • Belmar Business Partnership Cruise Nights, July 15 and August 20
  • Belmar San Gennaro Festival, September
  • 2020 Autism Beach Bash, September 13 and 14
  • Belmar Pro Surfing Championship, September 10-13
  • Belmar Business Partnership Kite Festival, October 4


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