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The Spring Lake Five Mile Run - May 28, 2022


It is with great sadness that the Spring Lake 5 mourns the passing of Thomas Zarra.  Tom was a local runner, loving husband and father who lost his courageous battle with cancer on May 21, 2022 at the age of 64. Tom was a staple in the running community and very accomplished runner having run a sub 3 hour marathon, part of the Penn Relay 4x400 50 year old Masters Team that ran sub 4 minutes, and local club Shore AC Runner of the year.  Tom ran the Spring Lake 5 race for over 30 years along with hundreds of other races in the area.  Tom loved running, mentoring students where he was employed at HW Mountz School in Spring Lake, and singing and playing his guitar.  Tom fought like a warrior whether he was sprinting to the finish line in every race, or fighting his battle with cancer.  Tom was not only a great runner, but also an inspiration to every person he met with his Christian faith, kindness, and humility.  Even towards the end of his life, Tom's smile and warm heart continued to touch people's lives.   The Spring Lake 5 and running community will sorely miss Tom, and heaven has gained a wonderful soul who will be always be remembered.


Welcome to the Spring Lake 5 Mile Run and Kids Race.

We look forward to getting back to kicking off the summer by racing Memorial Day Weekend!  Registration for the 2022 race is now sold out.  Kids' Race registration is available onsite at pre-packet pick up and the night of the race click here for more information:  (NOTE:  ALL 2020 Kids' Race registrations were refunded on July 16, 2020.  You will need to re-register your child/children)

Not sure if you are registered?  Click here to "find a participant" 
Log into your profile on and see if your registered.

Note:  At this time, it's impossible to predict what the health conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be, or the precautions which might be required of our race and each runner. Whatever precautions that might be put in place or required, it will be impossible for the Spring Lake 5 Mile Run to guarantee that registrants/runners in our 5 mile run will not become exposed to, or infected with, the Coronavirus/COVID-19, whether from other runners, race volunteers, the public along the race route, or race officials. 

Ed Hale, Race Director

Rich Sciria, Chairman, Spring Lake 5 Trustees



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. Over the past 17 years, Friends of the Spring Lake 5, Inc. has donated over $2.4 million to local charities, volunteer organizations, town initiatives and Spring Lake Recreation.

Winners of the 2019 event were Brian Quilty in 24:48 and Lindsay Ritchings in 28:30.

Results Posted Here    Runner Photos Here 

YES Network TV Coverage (video on Facebook)

Facebook video of Start     

SL5 Facebook Photo Albums



 "Summer at the Shore begins w/ the Spring Lake 5!"

Great race, great party, it's hard to imagine the summer without it!