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NJ Marathon Will Continue To Finish In Long Branch

LONG BRANCH: The New Jersey Marathon will continue its tradition of finishing in the city this year.

After some discussion that the finish line would have to be moved to a new location this year, Long Branch and marathon officials have come up with a plan to work around the ongoing boardwalk construction near Pier Village.

Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said the Pacers Racing team which helps plan the annual 26.2-mile race was unable to find a "workable solution" with other towns for a new finish location but finally were able to figure something out with the city.

The construction of the new boardwalk that will make up the eastern border of Pier Village Phase 3 is not expected to be completed until Memorial Day, so Schneider said a new route had to be worked out as runners usually run north and south along the boards in that area.

"The race will still come down old Ocean Avenue, but instead of going straight through Pier Village, runners will be sent up Morris Avenue and through the new street that cuts through the construction site (of Pier Village Phase 3)," Schneider said on his Facebook page. "Thanks are due to Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes, the LB police and the general contractor running the site."

There had been some discussions to have the race start and finish in Oceanport at Monmouth Park, but Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey had said that was not an ideal situation.

Schneider said he is happy that the marathon finish will remain in Long Branch.

"The race has pumped several million dollars over the years into the local economy and brings thousands of people to Long Branch on race day so keeping the event alive is important," he said.

The marathon will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29.

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