LONG BRANCH: The biggest road race in the state is coming to Monmouth County this month.
The 2015 New Jersey Marathon has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26 with a full weekend of events preceding it.
New Jersey Marathon weekend begins on Friday, April 24 with the Health and Fitness Expo at Monmouth Park in Oceanport from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
The expo will continue the next day, April 25, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. There will also be races for children held throughout the day with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Great Lawn on the Long Branch promenade.
The half marathon, half marathon relay, full marathon and wheelchair start will once again be held at Monmouth Park with participants beginning their long runs at 7:30 a.m.
The half marathon runs through Oceanport and Monmouth Beach before finishing at the Long Branch promenade. The full marathon runs through the same three towns but continues as far south as Ocean Grove before looping back to the the finish line at the promenade.
An awards ceremony and post-race celebration and festival will also be held at the Great Lawn once all the participants have finished.
Here's a list of all the local street closures (on both sides of the street unless noted otherwise):
Long Branch: Patten Avenue (Florence to Bridge), Long Branch Avenue (Avenel to Broadway), Broadway (Ocean Boulevard to Third), Third Avenue (Broadway to Franklin), Franklin Avenue (Third to Second), Second Avenue (Franklin to Brighton), Brighton Avenue (Second to beachfront), Ocean Boulevard (Brighton to Cedar), N. Lake Drive & S. Lake Drive, West End Avenue (south side Ocean to oceanfront), Pier Village, Madison Avenue (Ocean to oceanfront), both Great Lawn parking lots, Ocean Terrace from Marine to Old Ocean Avenue, Cooper Avenue from Ocean Boulevard to breakfront, Seaview Avenue from Ocean Boulevard to beachfront, Union Avenue from Third to Liberty (angled parking area)
Oceanport: Wolf Hill Avenue, Pemberton Avenue, Monmouth Boulevard, Port au Peck Avenue between Monmouth Boulevard and Pocano Avenue, outside of Blackberry Bay Park on Port Au Peck Avenue, Pocano Avenue, and Comanche Drive between Pocano Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard.