Race Details

Schedule of 2016 Events

Friday May 27:
> 6:00 pm Kids Races (Start line Ocean & Atlantic Avenues)
> 10 am to 8 pm PM Packet Pickup for SL5 at the Spring Lake train station.

Saturday May 28:
> 6:30 AM Packet Pickup
> 8:00 AM Roads on race course will be closed to traffic. Get there before 8 if you want to park close to the start.
> 8:30 AM Start of 5 mile race (Start line at Ocean & Sussex Avenues)
> Post-Race Beginning-of-Summer Party!


In 1977, five hundred runners lined up for the first Spring Lake Five. Thanks to your help, the race has grown into one of the country’s biggest and best running events. Last year, the Friends of the Spring Lake 5, Inc. race raised over $65,000 for Spring Lake Recreation, the numerous volunteer groups that support the event and various charities. Funds were also used in conjunction with the Borough of Spring Lake to finish the work on extending the Spring Lake Boardwalk to enhance the safety of runners and walkers at its north end terminus.

The 2016 will be the 40th Running of the Spring Lake Five Mile Run!

No Headphones, Baby Strollers, In-Line Skates or Pets.
> Entry is strictly limited to 12,500 participants.
> No refunds.
> USATF Certified Course.
> Custom Designed T-Shirts to all entrants, with option t0 select cotton or technical shirt.
> Signature June-to-May calendar and commemorative pint glass for all entrants.
> Medals for all finishers.
> Stoneware Mugs for the top 100 male & top 100 females.
> Digital clock & aid stations at each mile.
> Electronic chip timing.
> Awards to first 10 male & 10 female finishers.
Important – No Headphones, Baby Strollers, In-Line Skates or Pets.

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The 2016 Spring Lake Five Mile run is looking for volunteer groups to help with the race. Donation will be made to your organization and all volunteers receive a t-shirt. Please contact send email to springlake5@hotmail.com

Registration Information


Thanks to The Friends of The Spring Lake 5, a limited number of entries will also be available through charitable organizations. A listing of organizations is posted on the Charity Partners page.

Bibs – are mailed to registered runners in early May.

Bandits Beware! If you run the race with an invalid number, or someone else’s number and are caught, you will not be allowed to register in the future. If you are not registered and the race is closed, please consider working with one of our charity partners to gain entry. Unregistered runners are prohibited from running the event.

Transfers – If you are a registered runner, and find that you cannot make the run, the Spring Lake Five has a transfer policy in place; please send an email to springlake5@hotmail.com requesting transfer information. Transfer opportunities for 2016 will be limited.  Non-Official runners are a major concern for First Aid and for Homeland Security, and will be dealt with according to new standards for race procedures.

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Past News & Updates

Friends of the Spring Lake Five Mile Committee thank all the runners and volunteers who came out for the 39th Annual running of the 2015 Spring Lake 5 Mile Run. 

Click here for 2015 RESULTS LINKS.  Click here for OFFICIAL RACE PHOTOS 

2015 Media coverage:

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We are proud to be part of Spring Lake, Stronger Than the Storm.

Click here for 2014 RESULTS LINKS.  Click here for OFFICIAL RACE PHOTOS
2014 Media coverage: NJ Examiner  article http://www.examiner.com/article/38th-annual-spring-lake-5-is-huige.  RunJersey.com article http://runjersey.com/the-spring-lake-5-an-iconic-event-to-kick-off-summer/. Penny Hinck article http://www.jsrc.org/raceresults/sl52014recap.pdf.

Want to run the Spring Lake Five, and make a difference? You can! Just talk to one of our charity partners.