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Jersey City will host the marathon in 2023

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Stretch those legs and put on the sneakers. You have one year to prepare for the first-ever Jersey City Marathon in April 2023.

The April 23 race will be the first marathon in Hudson County since the 1988 New Jersey Waterfront Marathon which started in Jersey City and passed through the townships of North Hudson. The race served as the United States Olympic Trials.

Jersey City Road Runners executive director Steve Lipski said he expects thousands of people to take part in the marathon and half marathon that are scheduled for that day. He says runners will get a view of Jersey City’s “culture, community and running greatness.”

This race will take place entirely in Jersey City and will allow participants to qualify for the Boston Marathon the following year.

“We’re looking to cover maybe three, maybe four neighborhoods of the city, and then it’ll be two loops,” Lipski said. “The first loop would be 13.1 (miles), the second would be very similar, not necessarily identical but almost identical to the first.

“Hopefully it will spark some people’s careers and help others and it will give people a sense of accomplishment and a sense of hope that 26.2 miles does for one person.”

Mayor Steve Fulop, who completed the 2017 New York City Marathon, said the event will inspire and inspire residents to participate in races and community events leading up to the race. He noted that the race will be on the 35th anniversary of Marc Conover’s upset victory in the 1988 race that qualified him for the Olympics.

“I like to think he was inspired by the spirit of our city to do something amazing that no one thought was possible,” Fulop said. “Marc passed away this year, and I know the Jersey City Marathon…will embody Marc’s racing spirit and once again become an important race for the region.

“This is an exciting opportunity to build on our efforts to promote healthy living and encourage the community to prioritize their health and fitness goals.”

Depending on age and gender, runners must complete a sanctioned marathon in less than five hours and 20 minutes to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon attracts up to 30,000 runners and 500,000 spectators to its event each April.

Lipski hopes to include Liberty State Park in the route runners will take for the marathon. He said a professional course designer had been recruited to develop the course.

“To date, we’ve been able to maintain the elevation level … between 100 and 200 feet, which for the running community, it’s very flat and there are minimal turns,” Lipski said. “If it’s flat and it’s straight, then the laws of gravity, unless there’s friction to counter it, you’re just going to fly.

“And that’s what we hope will flow through our community and capture the energies and dynamics that make our city so great.”

Lipski said they are currently working to recruit sponsors for the event, which is expected to include prize money, jerseys and medals. The marathon will be a USA Track & Field New Jersey sanctioned event.

Legendary track and cross-country coach John Nagel, who coached runners for 44 years at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City, said anything that showcases Jersey City is worth it.

“You would think that when the race is over, a percentage of the participants who are with their families will go to the various restaurants and bars. …Jersey City is about to happen and this has every chance of illustrating that,” Nagel said.

For those who will be running a marathon for the first time, Nagel said “start short.”

“You can feel good for 22 miles and then the so-called wall kicks in,” Nagel said. “Don’t come out too fast, especially if you’re a beginner. Do all the common sense things that will give you the best opportunity to excel and maximize your abilities.