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Local North Jersey 5Ks to Run in This Fall

by Cristina Lombardi
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It’s nearly impossible in Hoboken or Jersey City to venture outside without spotting a runner. Whether you’re a beginner, have been running marathons for years, or land somewhere in between, Hoboken is home to runners of all experience levels. From the countless pathways and routes along the piers, to the local running clubs in town, there are a ton of opportunities to get a good workout in. 5Ks are a total of 3.1 miles and are a great place to start a running journey. Not only are they a great way to stay in shape, but proceeds also usually go to a good cause. From competitive-style races to more relaxed and easy-going ones where you can bring your dog, The Hoboken Girl rounded up a list of local 5Ks to run this fall in North Jersey.

These events are included editorially as a community resource, and The Hoboken Girl is not affiliated with any of these events. For the most up-to-date information — including cancellations due to inclement weather — be sure to contact the host directly. If you know of any local 5Ks that we should add, send us an email at hello@thehobokengirl.com.

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About the 5K Race

The 5K race has become one of the most popular distances in racing. Unlike half or full marathons, this length does not require as strict of a training program or a time commitment. 5K is a distance of exactly 3.107 miles, 5000 meters, or 12.5 laps around an Olympic-sized track. It is also 16,404.2 feet or 5,468 yards. Although it takes the average person about 25-30 minutes to complete, we’ve gathered some impressive world records. Did you know: the current men’s record is 12:49, held by Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi, and the current women’s record holder is Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye with a time of 14:19. Both records were set on December 31st, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain.

Read More: Registration Opens September 1st for the Jersey City 2023 Marathon

A List of Local 5Ks in North Jersey

September 2022

Hudson County’s Strides for Safety 5k A Run Against Gun Violence | 1 County Rd 605, Lincoln Park, Jersey City

  • Saturday, September 10th, 10:00AM
  • Hudson County is hosting the 1st Annual Hudson County Strides for Safety 5k A Race Against Gun Violence along with a Race Day After Party BBQ for all participants. At this event, we are inviting our Hudson County community to run (or walk) to raise awareness and end gun violence here on our home front and across the U.S. Afterwards at the BBQ, there will be a County program with special guest speakers, including Senator Bob Menendez, Governor Phil Murphy, and nationally known anti-gun advocates.

5K for Pizza | Pier A Park, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken

  • Saturday, September 17th, 10:00AM 
  • Join in for Hoboken’s third annual 5K for Pizza on Saturday September 17th, 2022. Walk or run along the flat and fast course, and then hang out for the finish line pizza party. Free pizza will be served to finishers from some of our local favorites – Napoli’s, Imposto’s, H&S Giovanni’s, Benny Tudino’s, Torna’s Pizzeria, Tony Boloney’s, Basiles, and Alessio’s. Registrants will be eligible for a minimum of 2 slices. Gluten-free will be available.
    The event will also be USA Track & Field sanctioned & professionally chip timed.
  • Registration Fee: $35, but price will increase after September 10th 

Mine Hill 5K Race | 34 Green Road, Mine Hill Township

  • Saturday, September 24th, 8:30AM 
  • Kick off the Annual ‘Mine Hill Day’ with the 5K race. The running course is a loop around local residential roads with a beginning and ending point at Mine Hill Beach. Other fun activities at this event include a duck derby, a live DJ, a petting Zoo, games, food, and more.
  • Proceeds benefit: Mine Hill Community
  • Registration Fee: $25 registration for Adults and only $15 for students 18 years and under.

Riverdale First Responders 5K | 2 Dalton Drive, Riverdale

  • Saturday, September 24th, 9AM
  • Hosted by the Borough of Riverdale, the 4th Annual First Responders 5k Run & Walk will be held at Independence Park. This is a USTA-certified course.
  • Proceeds benefit: the Borough of Riverdale 
  • Registration fee: $20

Take the Tower 5K Run — Walk | 60 East Lake Road, Kinnelon

  • Saturday, September 24th, 9AM 
  • The 3rd Annual Take the Tower 5K is hosted by the Smoke Rise Striders. It is a challenging race from the Smoke Rise beach to the top of the tower and back — with an optional addition of a 500-foot vertical climb to the halfway point.
  • Proceeds benefit: Smoke Rise Community
  • Registration fee: $10

The Most Good 5K | Brookdale Park, Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield

  • Saturday, September 24th, 8AM (With a virtual option running from September 23rd to September 25th)
  • Hosted by the Salvation Army Montclair Citadel, this 5K can be run virtually anytime over the weekend or in person at Brookdale Park.
  • Proceeds benefit: Supporting The Salvation Army to help provide guests with breakfast meals, shelter, showers, toiletries, and clothes.
  • Registration fee: $25 + $3.00 sign-up fee

Jack McKeown Memorial Ramsey Run | 75 East Oak Street, Ramsey

  • Saturday, September 24th, 9:45AM
  • The 44th annual run will feature 5K and 10K course options (happening at 8AM).
  • Proceeds benefit: Jack McKeown Foundation 
  • Registration fee: $25

Franklin Lakes Scenic Half Marathon + 5K | 1 Vichiconti Way, Franklin Lakes

  • Sunday, September 25th, 8:05AM
  • The Wyckoff Family YMCA and the Franklin Lakes Mayors Wellness Campaign are hosting the Annual ‘Franklin Lakes Scenic Half-Marathon & 5K.’ Both races are Grand Prix events and awards will be given out to top overall performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: Wyckoff Family YMCA
  • Registration fee: $25

Dog Day 5K — The Achilles New Jersey Hope + Possibility | Darlington County Park, Mahwah

  • Sunday, September 25th, 9AM 
  • Enjoy a run/walk with your 4-legged friend! (All Dogs will receive a dog tag medal)
  • Proceeds benefit: Achilles New Jersey
  • Registration fee: $22.20

October 2022

Mendham Harvest Hustle | Mendham Borough Park, Mendham

  • Saturday, October 1st, 9AM
  • 14th Annual Harvest Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run. Awards are given out to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: Mendham Borough HSA
  • Registration fee: $30 + $2.75 sign-up fee

Carlos Negron Memorial 5K | 75 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park, North Cove Field, Jersey City

  • Saturday, October 1st, 9:30AM
  • 5K Run in memory of Jersey City Fire Fighter Carlos Negron who made the supreme sacrifice at a 3 Alarm fire on March 20, 1993.
  • Proceeds of the run benefit St. Barnabas Burn Center, Livingston
  • Registration fee: $25

Jersey City Fall Half, 5K, 10K | Lincoln Park, West Side Avenue + Belmont Avenue, Jersey City

  • Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30AM Race Start Time
  • 2nd Annual Jersey City Fall Run Fest that includes an unforgettable course with paved, unrestricted roads, bridges, paths, a lake, and historic monuments. Awards and medals will be given out to top qualifiers. Live GPS tracking available courtesy of Racejoy.
  • Proceeds benefit Sustainable Jersey City.
  • Registration fee: $45 for the 5k. Register here.

RUN for WOSAC | West Orange, NJ

  • Sunday, October 2nd, 4PM
  • The third annual run supports the mission of the West Orange STOP Suicide Advocacy Coalition (WOSAC). Awards given out to top performers, and the event also includes a live DJ, vendors, and more.
  • Proceeds benefit: West Orange STOP Suicide Advocacy Coalition (WOSAC) which increases access to suicide awareness and prevention resources and support services in the Township of West Orange.
  • Registration fee: $25

Wrobo Run | 1033 Weldon Road, Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Lake Hopatcong

  • Sunday, October 2nd, 9AM
  • Organized by the Junior Woman’s Club of Jefferson Township, Awards are given out to top performers
  • Proceeds benefit: 60% to go to the Junior Woman’s Club of Jefferson Township, 20% to Blue Star Mothers of Northern New Jersey-NJ6, 20% to Jefferson Township High School scholarship fund.
  • Registration fee: $30 for adults and $20 for students and under 18

P.G Chambers School Walk.Run.Roll 5K | Florham Park

  • Sunday, October 2nd, 9:30AM
  • Proceeds benefit: P.G. Chambers School — a private, non-profit organization located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey serving over 900 children with complex disabilities.
  • Registration fee: $30 for adults and $10 for children

Empty Sky Memorial 5K | Jersey City

  • Saturday, October 8th, Race starts at 10AM
  • Event begins with a remembrance ceremony, done rain or shine. There’s also a virtual option for the race.
  • Proceeds benefit the NJ 9/11 memorial
  • Registration fee: $45

HTFI 5K Race | Lincoln Park, Jersey City

  • Saturday, October 8th, 9AM
  • Join the 13th Annual HTFI 5K Run — to build your fitness and enjoy the beautiful open space of Lincoln Park in the midst of an urban landscape. Amenities include T-Shirts (1st 250 registrants), post-race refreshments, and awards given to top qualifiers. There’s also a virtual option for this race.
  • Proceeds benefit: HTFI — for health to help
  • Registration fee: $35 (in person), $30 (virtual)

Sea Turtle Race 5K  | Orange Reservoir, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange

  • Saturday, October 8th, 8:30AM
  • The fourth annual Sea Turtle Race will travel on a USATF-certified course around the scenic Orange Reservoir in West Orange. This year’s race is nicknamed the “Cold Stun Run” to highlight the busiest time of year — when our hospital will fill with sick sea turtles that are cold-stunned from failing to migrate south before temperatures become too cold. Discounted admission to the Turtle Back Zoo will be available to participants and awards will be given out to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: Sea Turtle hospital
  • Registration fee: $30 for adults/discounts for large groups

Fairton 5K + the ‘Mikey’ Mile Walk | Fairfield Municipal Building, 70 Fairton Gouldtown Road, Fairfield

  • Saturday, October 8thk 9AM
  • The 2nd Annual Fairton 5k Run will take place through Fairfield Township between the Fairfield Township Municipal Building and Fairton Christian Center.  This event will also include a Fairfield Township Community Day Health Fair with family fun activities.
  • Proceeds benefit:  This run supports research for Prune Belly Syndrome. “Mikey” is a local resident who has Prune Belly Syndrome.
  • Registration fee: $25

Grace-In-Motion’s – Run for the Kids 5k | Fort Lee

  • Saturday, October 8th, 10:15AM
  • The 9th annual Run for the Kids at the beautiful Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee.
  • Proceeds: All proceeds will go towards empowering children with disabilities, helping those with autism and other special needs develop in a way so that they may integrate with others.
  • Registration fee: $35

Spectrum for Living’s Family 5K | 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park

  • Saturday, October 8th, 10AM
  • Join Spectrum for Living’s Family 5K, Walk & Doggie Dash. All are welcome to come run, walk, or stroll and roll through the park with (or without) your dog
  • Proceed benefit: support Spectrum for Living and their mission to serve adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • Registration fee: $35

Demarest 5K | County Road School, 130 County Road,  Demarest

  • Sunday, October 9th, 7:45AM
  • The Demarest 5K is a long-standing tradition in the Northern Valley that inspires runners and spectators young and old.
  • Proceeds benefit: Demarest Elementary School
  • Registration fee: $25 + $3 sign-up fee

Richards Run HHK 5K | Ho-Ho-Kus

  • Sunday, October 9th, 8:30AM
  • The 17th annual Richard’s Run/HHK 5K will kick off at Borough Hall in lovely Ho-Ho-Kus. 
  • Proceeds benefit: The Go4theGoal Foundation, a local five-star non-profit organization whose unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer
  • Registration fee: $30

Zero Prostate Cancer North Jersey Run | Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City

  • Saturday, October 15th, 9:45AM
  • This family-friendly event is a great way to unite together to celebrate the prostate cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as those we’ve lost to the disease together. There will even be fun kids activities, including a special Kids Superhero Dash for Dad.
  • Proceeds Benefit: ZERO360, a comprehensive patient support for prostate cancer.
  • Registration: Register for free and create your fundraising page

Miracles for Myeloma 5K | Oak Ridge Park, Clark

  • Saturday, October 15th, 9:30AM
  • The 1st Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K will be in support of Frank Guarino, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and passed away 18 months later. Run on the Oak Ridge Park tree-lined paved paths (wheelchair friendly) and enjoy giveaways, post-race refreshments, acknowledgment on our Remembrance Path, and much more
  • Proceeds benefit: Miracles for Myeloma 5K Committee
  • Registration fee: $30 (until Sep 15th), Children 12 and Under $20

The Calais School 5K | Whippany

  • Saturday, October 15th, 8:30AM
  • First annual 5K for learning, fulfillment, and discovery
  • Proceeds benefit: helps support the life-changing therapeutic services and programs offered at The Calais School
  • Registration fee: $35

Superhero 5K | Stone Point Park, Westwood Avenue, Old Tappan

  • Saturday, October 15th, 9AM
  • Proceeds benefit: Old Tappan Superhero 5K is a fundraiser to support the Old Tappan First Aid, Fire Company and the Police Officer’s Association.
  • Registration fee: $25

Terri Roemer Paramus Run | Fairfield Inn + Suites, Paramus

  • Sunday, October 16th, 7:30AM Check-in 
  • The event includes a full day of activities taking place at Fairfield Inn & Suites. Awards will be given out to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: Paramus Scholarship Fund. Proceeds will also benefit the Pediatric Section of the Emergency Department in the Valley Hospital in Paramus, and Butterflies, a specialized program for seriously ill children.
  • Registration fee: $30

Woodcliff Lake Run for Education | 134 Woodcliff Avenue, Woodcliff Lake

  • Sunday, October 16th, 10:30AM
  • The 36th Annual Run for Education race (10K, 5K, Fun Run) takes place on a paved, USATF-certified course with tree-lined residential streets with water stops and posted mile markers. The event will include a DJ, vendors, bounce houses, and more. Awards will be given out to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: The Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation (WCLEF)
  • Registration fee: $25

Riviera Mayo Taco Trot | County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph

  • Sunday, October 16th, 9:15AM
  • All runners will receive delicious tacos courtesy of Riviera Maya Restaurants and a beautiful one-of-a-kind Finisher’s medal!
  • Proceeds benefit: Think Pink Rocks, whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment, and research.
  • Registration fee: $32

Run for Rwanda | Liquid Church’s Broadcast Campus, Parsippany

  • Saturday, October 22nd, 9AM
  • Join Liquid Church’s 5k or 1-Mile Fun Run in Parsippany, NJ.  All ages are welcome to run, walk or stroll either in person or virtually.
  • Proceeds benefit: Run for Rwanda — where you’ll be taking steps to bring clean, safe drinking water to the people of Rwanda — a country striving to be the first in Africa with 100% access to clean water.
  • Registration fee: Varies based on when you sign up and whether you are attending virtually — will likely be around $30 to $40

Heroes for Children 5K | Essex County South Mountain Recreational Complex, West Orange

  • Saturday, October 22nd, 9AM
  • 9th annual 5K run, walk, or ride
  • Proceeds benefit: Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Registration fee: $30 + $3 sign-up fee

New Beginnings for Tomorrow 5K | 20 Just Road, Fairfield

  • Sunday, October 23rd, 9AM
  • NB4T is committed to creating the bridge between the end of educational services and the beginning of adult life.
  • Registration fee: $20 + $2.46 sign-up fee

Thunderbird Run | Mahwah High School, Mahwah

  • Sunday, October 23rd, 8:30AM
  • Annual – USA Track & Field Sanctioned 5K Run, 2Mile Walk, and Kids Run. This year’s event promises to be a memorable one, featuring a scenic race route through Mahwah beginning and ending at Mahwah High School
  • Proceeds benefit: The Mahwah Schools Foundation (MSF)
  • Registration fee: $20 (to increase after September 5th)

5K Spirit Run | 71-127 Broad Street, Bloomfield

  • Saturday, October 29th, 8AM
  • Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K race. Awards given to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Cottage Place in Bloomfield.
  • Registration fee: $28

HoBOOken 5K | Pier A Park, Hoboken

  • Saturday, October 29th, 10AM
  • In-person and virtual
  • Proceeds benefit: The Hoboken Shelter, transforms lives, with the capacity to shelter up to 50 people nightly, serve 500 meals daily, and host 1,000 showers weekly for those in need.
  • There is also an option to register as a charity runner for $100. With your purchase of a charity bib, $60 of your sign-up will be tax-deductible and you will receive a cotton t-shirt,  race medal, custom race tote, custom race Beanie, custom water bottle, a digital race bib, and access to our digital goodie bag.
  • Registration fee: $40

FC5krun | 10 Microlab Road, LifeTown, Livingston

  • Sunday, October 30th, 11AM
  • Enjoy a jam-packed day with family-friendly activities, food, and a carnival.
  • Process benefit: Funds raised help support a wide array of programs at Friendship Circle and LifeTown – creating a greater acceptance and understanding of the unique needs and the unique gifts of people with special needs.
  • Registration fee: $30

RWJBarnabas Running with the Devils 5K | South Mountain Recreation Complex, West Orange

  • Sunday, October 30th, 9AM 
  • 100% of proceeds from the event will be used to support our Healthcare Heroes in their efforts to protect and build healthier communities.
  • Registration fee: $35

November 2022

Run for Liberty | Liberty State Park, Jersey City

  • Saturday, November 5th, 9AM
  • The Run for Liberty is a 5K. While this run/walk is not officially timed, there will be a clock at the finish, food for runners, and all runners will get an official race shirt. Runners will enjoy inspiring vistas of Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, the Manhattan skyline, and the New York harbor!
  • Proceeds benefit: The Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP), an all-volunteer non-profit – dedicated to supporting Liberty State Park; an inspiring recreational open space, natural and historic public resource behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • Registration fee: $20

Dash for Dignity 5K | Ridgefield Park

  • Sunday, November 6th, Time TBD
  • Proceeds benefit: Yad Leah — which provides support, comfort, and dignity to families in Israel through the distribution of new and gently-used clothing.
  • Registration fee: $43 for an individual

Harrington Park 5K Fall Spectacular | Harrington Park

  • Saturday, November 12th, Time TBD
  • The 5K “Fall Spectacular” event includes a 5K Run & Walk for all ages, a Mile Fun Run, and a kiddie dash. Amenities include long sleeve shirts, an indoor gym, and refreshments.
  • Registration fee: $25 + $2.50 sign-up fee, to increase to $30 after November 5th

Salute to our Veterans 5K  | Liberty State Park, Jersey City

  • Saturday, November 12th, 10AM
  • This race will include Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop — who served in the USMC from 2003-2006, completing his service to the Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of Corporal,  and will be firing the starting gun. Mayor Fulop, a United States Marine Corps veteran, is a triathlete and also plans to run the race. The race will be scored and awards will be given out to top performers.
  • Proceeds benefit: To benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark’s Veterans Initiative supporting local veteran homeownership and veterans at risk of homelessness.
  • Registration fee: $35

HERO 5K | Bergen Community College, Paramus

  • Sunday, November 13th, Time TBD
  • Proceeds benefit: The Paramus Veteran community with a scenic and fast course.
  • Registration fee: Check back here for updates

Hot 2 Trot 5K | Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark

  • Sunday, November 13th, 9AM and 10AM (depending on age)
  • A Pre-Turkey Day Competitive 5K featuring 2 races with different age groups
  • Registration fee: $29

Hoboken Turkey Trot | Pier A Park, Hoboken

  • Saturday, November 19th, 10AM
  • Starting at Pier A Park in Hoboken, the route runs alongside the Hudson River with priceless views of Manhattan. Runners, joggers, walkers, and strollers are welcome. The event includes professional photos, official times results, drinks, and snacks for finishers, free giveaways from sponsors and vendors, and more. 
  • Proceeds benefit: The Hoboken Shelter, Community Lifestyle, and Team Wilderness
  • Registration fee: starts at $30

Racefaster Thanksgiving Day Run | Garden State Plaza Mall, Paramus

  • Thursday, November 24th, 9AM
  • Options for a 5K race and a Kids Fun Run. The event includes shirts, medals for top performers, prizes, free race photos, sponsor giveaways, and food and drink vendors.
  • Registration fee: $30

Upper Saddle River 5K | Upper Saddle River

  • Thursday, November 24th, 9AM
  • Start your Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot — Come celebrate the 23rd running of the USR 5k Run! Awards given out for top participants. The event will also include a DJ, refreshments, and an indoor facility. 
  • Proceeds benefit: USR Community Center
  • Registration fee: $30

See More: A Guide to Running Clubs in Essex County

Jersey City Turkey Trot | Jersey City

  • Friday, November 25th, 10AM
  • Registration fee: $30

Squatchy Leftovers Trail Race | South Mountain Reservation, West Orange

  • Saturday, November 26th, 9AM
  • You can register to run/hike a 5K, 10K, 25K, or 50K. All runners/hikers will receive a handcrafted wood medal, a finishers’ item, and receive official results.
  • Proceeds benefit: The charity Operation Chillout“. Proceeds will be used to purchase warm clothing for homeless Veterans in New Jersey.
  • Registration fee: $35

Smiles for Maragaret | 332 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown

  • Saturday, November 26th, 9AM
  • This race is in memory of Margaret Walling, a young Hackettstown resident who lost her battle with a malignant brain tumor in December of 2013.
  • Proceeds benefit: Smiles For Margaret — which gives money raised to families with children fighting cancer.
  • Registration fee: $25

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