"Step Up for The Arc" Walk & 5K Event Info

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Asbury Park Boardwalk & Convention Hall
  • 8:15 am –   5K registration opens inside Convention Hall (Free bagels & coffee all morning)
  • 9:00 am –   5K run begins on the boardwalk
  • 10:00 am -  5K awards ceremony inside Convention Hall
  • 10:00 am – Walk registration opens
  • 11:00 am – Walk begins on the boardwalk
  • 11:45 am – Free BBQ, live music & carnival games inside Convention Hall!

Parking lots on Ocean Avenue are typically free this time of year, but we will be monitoring the situation in case that changes. The closest lot is located on 4th Ave. and Ocean Ave. near the Wonder Bar. There is another lot between 2nd & 3rd Ave. and Ocean Avenue, across from the Silverball Museum. PLEASE NOTE: Metered parking on Ocean Ave. and near the boardwalk have rates of  $2 per hour and need to be renewed after 3 hours. There is a very convenient Asbury Park Parking app that allows you to add to your parking time remotely.


This is a rain or shine event!  But, don't worry....Convention Hall is always warm and dry!  And, remember that it's always a few degrees cooler at the shore. Dress in layers that feel the most comfortable to you while running or walking.


Q: Where do I pick up my bib and t-shirt?

You will receive your bib and t-shirt the morning of at the check-in table inside Convention Hall. Check-in begins at 8:15 AM. NOTE: There are no “early pick-ups” this year.  Bibs and t-shirts are available on race day only.  

Q: What is the race route?

This year’s boardwalk route begins outside of Convention Hall and runs south along the ocean through beautiful Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach and back again. Check out the race route map here:  NOTE:  The Boardwalk is under construction in Ocean Grove. Runners will be detoured along the road for a small portion of the race route. 

Q: Will there be a bag drop area?

There will not be an attended bag-drop area in Convention Hall. Please allow extra time to lock valuables in your car during the run.   

Q: Will there be water stations along the route?

There will be a water station on the boardwalk.

Q: How does race timing work, and how do I get my results?

Split Second Racing will handle timing, using bib chips. You can see your results and a photo – plus all 5K results -- instantly once you cross the finish line! You will also get an email of your results. Or, keep your phone handy. We will have QR codes posted inside Convention Hall directing you to a Split Second Racing link.

Q: What happens after I finish my run?

You will be asked to return your bib at the end of the run.  Make your way back inside Convention Hall for free Starbucks coffee and bagels provided by Costco. When the last runner has finished (approximately 9:45 AM), we will hold a short awards presentation inside Convention Hall at approximately 10 am. Live band begins at 10:30 am, with a free BBQ to follow. Show your "Step Up for The Arc Walk & 5K" wristband for unlimited free pinball at the Silverball Museum. There are also plenty of shops and bars right inside Convention Hall!  Enjoy your day!!


Q: What time should I get there and where should I go?

Registration and check-in opens at 10:00 AM inside Convention Hall for walkers. There will be balloons and signs welcoming you inside. The Walk begins at 11:00 AM with Tillie the Clown and the Asbury Park High School marching band bringing walkers from Convention Hall to the boardwalk.

Q: I am on a team, what should I do?

If you and your team are pre-registered, please check in at the team registration table inside Convention Hall.

Q: How long is the Walk, and is there a distance requirement?

Our walk route follows a similar path to the 5K, running south from Convention Hall. However, there is NO requirement on the distance you must walk.


All registered walkers and runners are invited to our rocking after-party inside Convention Hall! When you check-in, you will receive an all-access wristband for the day's activities, including:

  • Hot dogs, sausage and peppers, homemade chicken soup, and snacks from the 17th Masonic District
  • Ice cream, compliments of Days Ice Cream of Ocean Grove
  • Live music in concert setting by Shuffle -- plus DJ Nicky
  • Carnival games, prizes and photo booth fun
  • Free all-day entry into the Silverball Museum Arcade on the boardwalk

Contact the Development Office:

732-493-1919  |