Jersey Shore race looks to start a local tradition and improve quality of ocean water

SANDY HOOK, NJ – Today Peak Projects, a full-service event management and production company, has announced a brand new road race in one of the Jersey Shore’s most iconic areas, Sandy Hook National Park. Run The Hook will take place on Sunday, May 15 at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook in what will be its inaugural run, and the start of a Jersey Shore tradition for years to come. The race will include 5K and 10K distances for runners of all abilities and will benefit Clean Ocean Action, a local charity with a mission to improve and protect the water quality of the oceans along New Jersey and New York coastlines.

The race will offer one of New Jersey’s most scenic backdrops for their run and aims to expand the base of casual and competitive runners in the area. Joey Garofalo, who was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and is one of the Co-Founders of race organizers Peak Projects is excited to bring the new event to Monmouth County, in what will also be the company’s debut event.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to produce a race in such a historic and important venue to the local area,” said Garofalo. “We hope to contribute to an already incredible local running community and invite more people to join in on the fun. Our plan is to continue hosting Run The Hook for years to come and for it to become a staple in the local road race circuit.”

Garofalo’s partner at Peak Projects, Daragh Kneeshaw, agrees and is excited for their first event to be right in their backyard; "We could not think of a better way to kick things off as a new company then to bring the shore together for what is sure to be an incredible race. Our hometowns and beaches have seen more than their fair share of hardships over these past several years so it’s a thrill for us to be able to showcase Sandy Hook in our debut event, and simultaneously help the area through our partnership with Clean Ocean Action, who work tirelessly to improve the quality of our area."

Registration for the race is open for sign-ups. Runners can register for the 10K race for $40 and the 5K race for $30 for a limited time only. Registration includes access to the race, custom t-shirt, gift bag with products and coupons from race sponsors, timed chip results, and entry an after party at a nearby bar after the race.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Clean Ocean Action. In addition to the food offered before the race, there will be a lineup of local food trucks on the venue grounds for spectators to enjoy as they take in the breathtaking views of the Sandy Hook Bay. 

More information on Run The Hook:

www.runthehooknj.com