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Race Details

Schedule of Events

Tentative Schedule

Friday May 27, 2022

> 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, 2022

> 6:30 AM Race Day 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!

Bibs are mailed to all runners in early May 2022.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup schedule to be announced closer to the race.


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. Since 2002, the Friends of the Spring Lake 5, Inc. race has raised over $2,690,000 for Spring Lake Recreation, the numerous volunteer groups that support the event and many worthy charitable organizations. 

The 2022 will be the 44th 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.
> Entry fee for 5 Miler is $50.
> No refunds.
> USATF Certified Course.
> Custom Designed T-Shirts to all entrants, with option to select cotton or technical shirt.
> Commemorative pint glass for all entrants.
> Medals for all finishers.
> 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.


  • No Headphones, Baby Strollers, In-Line Skates or Pets.
  • For the safety of all, there will be enhanced security at this year’s race. No backpacks will be allowed.
  • Pay attention to all race signage: “KEEP OUT” means “KEEP OUT”.
  • No refunds or deferring to another year.

Registration Information

After careful consideration, the Spring Lake 5 Committee has decided that the 2021 Spring Lake 5 Mile Run will unfortunately need to be cancelled again this year.

We were hopeful that after the cancellation of last year’s race, the 2021 Spring Lake 5 Mile Run would be able to proceed as historically run on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  However, after contact and feedback with the Governor’s Office, Spring Lake Borough of Emergency Management, and health care professionals, it is unlikely that a race of our size can be currently anticipated for clearance in May.  We understand the continued disappointment many might feel about the cancellation of the Race for a second year.  Nevertheless, we are confident that the race will continue in 2022.  Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our runners, volunteers, and many spectators that line our course.  

All currently registered entrants will be automatically entered into the 2022 Race which will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022, without having to register next year.  All waivers signed by registered entrants for the 2020 Race will be extended again and apply to the 2022 Race. No further action is required.

Any runner who wishes not to participate in next year’s race or rescind such waiver must opt out through RunSignUp no later than July 2, 2021, and they will be eligible for a full refund, less any processing fees.  There will be no refunds after July 2nd.   There will be limited registration for the 2022 race for any remaining open spots. After July 2, 2021, any runner can transfer their number up to the date of the 2022 Race under our transfer policy. 

We look forward to seeing you next year, and hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.

FOR THE 2021 SPRING LAKE FIVE MILE RUN - Stay tuned for more information on registration options due to the rescheduled race date.

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. There are Homeland Security and First Aid identification policies that we have to follow.

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@SPRINGLAKE5.ORG requesting transfer information. Transfer opportunities will be limited.  We do not offer refunds or deferring to another year..


Sorry, Strollers are strictly prohibited in this race. The crowd is just way too big as well as well as our insurance company does allow them.

Our insurance company policy below Safety - For the safety and enjoyment of all runners, the course is restricted to registered runners, wheelchair division athletes and official race personal. Dogs, skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, bicycles, and baby joggers/strollers are prohibited. We also strongly discourage the use of radio/recorder head phones.

Headphones and Earbuds


It means all headphones and earbuds. This is a race with 12,500 runners and at times you need to be able to hear directions from course officials and in the case of an emergency you need to be able to hear First Aid and Police and Homeland Security announcements. We had an incident a couple of years ago with a runner who had an health emergency and collapsed on the course. It was extremely hard to get Emergency personnel to him because of the number of people wearing headphones and not being able to hear instructions.




Update for 2020 Scholarships:

You are allowed to email your transcripts directly to; please put in the subject line: SL 5 Scholarship