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New Jersey Marathon Runs Through Oceanport May 1

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OCEANPORT: The following is a message from the Oceanport Police Department:

The Police Department is advising that the 2016 New Jersey Marathon will be starting, and running through Oceanport on Sunday, May 1.

The marathon, which will be split between the half marathon and the full marathon, will begin at Monmouth Park Race Track. Both races begin at 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to Monmouth Park off of Oceanport Avenue.

The race course runs from the Main Gate at Monmouth Park off of Oceanport Avenue onto Crescent Place. Runners will then proceed north on Eatontown Boulevard to Wolf Hill Avenue, east on Pemberton Avenue to Oceanport Avenue. Runners will run south to Port au Peck Avenue and then east to Myrtle Avenue and make a left turn north on Myrtle Avenue to Monmouth Boulevard to Port Au Peck Avenue. The runners will then turn left north onto Port Au Peck Avenue proceed north to Pocano Avenue, then south on Comanche Drive. Runners will then turn onto Monmouth Boulevard and head over the Pleasure Bay Bridge into Long Branch.

Roadways in Oceanport will close at 7 a.m. Roadways will reopen to traffic as the last runners run from west to east, and eventually cross the Pleasure Bay Bridge. All roadways within Oceanport will open to vehicle traffic by approximately 9:30 a.m. Roadways in the western and central sections of Oceanport will reopen much earlier. Oceanport Avenue from the Main Gate of the Racetrack to Port au Peck Avenue will remain closed until 5 p.m.

All residents are asked to plan ahead, as vehicles will not be able to move through the many sections of Oceanport during this time. Residents who reside from Myrtle Avenue and points west can travel out of town via Bridgewater's Drive to Oceanport Avenue/Main Street. Residents who reside east of Branchport Avenue and south of Monmouth Boulevard, can travel out of Oceanport via the Branchport Creek Bridge into Long Branch.

Residents that live north of Monmouth Boulevard, and who reside in the Port Au Peck section between Monmouth Boulevard and Comanche Drive, can pre‐position their vehicles and park them legally (do not block driveways or fire hydrants) on Hiawatha and Algonquin Avenues west of Port au Peck Avenue. They can then exit Oceanport via Bayview Avenue to Monmouth Boulevard to Myrtle Avenue, and travel west or north by crossing into Little Silver.

Parking will be prohibited on Wolf Hill Avenue, Pemberton Avenue, Monmouth Boulevard, Port au Peck Avenue between Monmouth Boulevard and Pocano Avenue, outside of Blackberry Bay Park on Port Au Peck Avenue, Pocano Avenue, and Comanche Drive between Pocano Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard. We ask that all parked vehicles be removed from the above listed roadways the night prior to the event. Any vehicles that remain the morning of the race will be towed. Emergency No parking signs will be posted the night prior to the race.

If an emergency requires you to drive through the Marathon area during this time, contact the Police Department at 732‐222‐6300 for instructions and assistance.

Event and Race information can be found on www.njmarathon.org.

Any questions in regards to road closures, vehicle access during the race, or parking, can be addressed by calling Traffic Safety Officer Lt. Michael Kelly at 732‐222‐6301 ext 1003 or by email at mkelly@oceanportpolice.org.

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