Spring Lake 5
The Spring Lake Five 2014
Race Date: Saturday, May 24
Start Time: 8:30 am
Starting Line: Ocean & Sussex Avenues
At first glance it may seem odd that a small town on the Jersey Shore would be home to one of the largest and best running events in the nation. Since it was first held in 1977, the Spring Lake Five Mile Run has grown from a small local fun run into New Jersey's largest road race and a nationally recognized event. Despite this growth the race has remained a low key, non-commercial event.
The first race, held on the afternoon of Memorial Day was an instant success. Over five hundred runners of all abilities completed the course that May afternoon. While this sure seems modest by today's standards, it was an extraordinary turnout in 1977. Road racing was a cult sport at that time and very few events could attract hundreds of participants.
The next three years saw the race grow steadily. By 1980, over a thousand runners came to Spring Lake. The challenges of managing this growth were large. During this period of time, it seemed that every local town was starting its own run. In the face of this competition, the success of Spring Lake's event continued and it soon became a fixture on the shore area's running calendar.
To see results for the 2014 Spring Lake 5, please click here.