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Jeep Invasion and OCNJ Half Marathon Set for This Weekend

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Hundreds of Jeeps will now roll down the Ocean City Boardwalk on Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)

Jeeps will be displayed on the Boardwalk on Saturday, and runners will take over on Sunday for two traditional events: the Fall New Jersey Jeep Invasion and the OCNJ Half Marathon.

About 400 Jeeps will roll down the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 23, and remain on display in lines that stretch from Fifth Street to 14th Street. The Jeep Invasion runs from noon to 5 p.m.

The event raises money for local charities, and trophies are awarded to the best Jeeps in various categories. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show started in Ocean City in 2013. Visit njjpinvasion.com for more information.

Organizers of the OCNJ Half Marathon are expecting a strong turnout for three races on Sunday, Sept. 24, and registration is still open. In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event includes a 10-mile, non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race.

Online registration for the races continues through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. In-person registration will be available with packet pickup 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 22) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 23) at the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).

There will be race-day registration for the 5K starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. There will be no race-day registration for the Half Marathon and 10-mile event.

For complete information and registration, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events. The increasingly popular event showcases Ocean City’s Boardwalk, downtown and neighborhoods with ocean views along a fast, flat course.

The half marathon is this Sunday.

The public is encouraged to come out and cheer for runners. Volunteer groups man water stations and are judged for their themes. Contact Lisa Rumer at lrumer@ocnj.us if your group would like to volunteer.

The OCNJ Half Marathon and 10-Miler start at 8:30 a.m. The event will include some brief road closings, including the closing of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on race day. Drivers on other streets and Boardwalk pedestrians/bicyclists should anticipate delays as the field of runners passes by. The 5K will start at 8:40 a.m. 

COMING UP SOON

Boardwalk and Downtown Table Sales (Sept. 30-Oct. 1): Merchants offer special deals from Sixth Street to 14th Street along Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk.

MS City to Shore Ride (Sept. 30-Oct. 1): About 7,000 cyclists raise millions of dollars through a two-day charity ride from Philadelphia area to Ocean City and back. For more information, call 1-800-445-BIKE.

Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular (Oct. 7): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Fifth Street to 14th Street on Asbury Avenue. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks over the Boardwalk from 6th Street to 14th Street.

Boardwalk and Downtown Table Sales (Oct. 7, 8, 9)

Merchants offer special deals from Sixth Street to 14th Street along Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk (Oct. 8): The American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides” is a fundraising 5K walk honoring more than 250 survivors in Ocean City. The event is run from the practice field at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. Stage program at 9 a.m.

Survivor Runway Lap is at 9:50 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m. Participants can register online at makingstrideswalk.org/OceanCityNJ.

Bike MS City to Shore Ride finishes in Ocean City each year.