Go the distance—well, 3.1 miles (5 kilometers)—at spring races around the state. Whether you’re in it to win it or just jogging for fun, these trots—some with food, wine and costume contests—offer something at everyone’s speed.
May 4: Eat tacos and sip margaritas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo when this 21-and-older race ends.
Maria Barnaby Greenwald Park, Haddonfield. 9 am; $40
May 4: Support the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse. 9:30-11 am; $10-$30
May 11: The event helps fund the nonprofit’s addiction services for men and women with substance-use disorders.
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater. 9:30 am; $140-$35
May 11: Dash, then drink. What could be better than a 5K run or 2-mile walk followed by wine? Take a scenic tour of the vineyards while getting in your steps.
Alba Vineyard, Milford. 10 am; $50-$65, wine tasting and race; $35-$45, race only
May 11: A 5K and family fun run/walk benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Mercer and Burlington counties.
Princeton Pike Corporate Center, Lawrenceville. 9 am; $25
Branch Brook Park, Newark. 9 am; $25
May 11: Awards ceremony as well as food and drink specials at Carney’s to follow.
Perry Street and Beach Ave. 8 am; $45-$55
May 11: Benefits Girls on the Run, an organization offering programs for girls in grades 3-8.
White Deer Plaza, Sparta. 8 am; $35-$40
May 18: All proceeds benefit the Surf City Volunteer Fire & EMS.
8th Street and Long Beach Blvd, Surf City. 9 am; $35
May 18: Dress wacky and bring a towel to this run exploding with colorful fun. Chester teachers blast competitors with colored powder. Sunglasses provided.
Gazebo at Municipal Field, Chester. 8 am; $20-$25
May 23: All participants receive a pair of 80s shades. Contests for best dressed, best team and fastest Rubik’s Cube. Post-run party at Landmark Americana with one complimentary drink.
Glassboro. 6:30 pm; $10-$35
May 26: Run with active duty military personnel during a 5K or 1-mile fun run. At the finish line, the U.S. Navy will have military air displays, a dive tank and various military vehicles.
250 Audrey Zapp Road, Liberty State Park, Jersey City (north field). Fun run, 10:30 am; 5K, 11 am; $12-$40
May 26: Come out of your shell and join the 20th annual event. The name of the race is inspired by the Diamondback Terrapins that will be crossing Stone Harbor roads in search of an area to nest. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Diamond Terrapin Program at The Wetlands Institute.
95th Street Beach. 8-10 am; $17.50-$30
15th Street Beach North Wildwood. 9 am; $25-$30
May 26: Enjoy a glass of wine, food vendors, live music and an awards ceremony.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington. 9 am; $44