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Race Details

Schedule of Events

Tentative Schedule

Friday May 28, 2021

> 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 29, 2021

> 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 2021.

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 2020 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

2021 Spring Lake 5 Update:

This notice is to advise all participants on the status of the 2021 Spring Lake 5 race.  Usually at this time, you would be receiving an email from the Spring Lake 5 Mile Run that registration is opening on the First Sunday in February/Super Bowl Sunday.  This year all 2020 registered runners who did not opt out of the 2020 race are already officially registered for the 2021 race.  Any additional registration/entries will be capped at a limited amount based upon any remaining openings for the race.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration will NOT be opening the first Sunday in February 7th/Super Bowl Sunday.  We will be following events over the next couple of weeks to make a final determination as to whether we will have a race this year.  All details regarding registration, event planning, and any other information will be forthcoming at that time.  We thank you for your patience in this matter and hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy during this difficult time.

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