100-Plus Runners will ‘Start High, Finish Higher‘
HIGHLANDS, NJ — The ultimate uphill battle in the 5K world has moved from its traditional August date to Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 am. The Twin Lights 5K starts from the parking area of the Twin Lights National Landmark, loops through the town of Highlands and finishes in front of the lighthouse with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline.
The final 500 yards has been called the most grueling of any 5K in the region.
According to Doug Rice of RaceForum.com, for this reason the Twin Lights 5K—established in 2014 as a Sunday evening “Twilight Run”—works better in a cooler climate.
“The 2016 race took place on the warmest day of the summer and around 20 individuals who registered backed out when they saw the temperature and the location of the finish line. It is not for the faint-hearted!”
The race starts at an elevation of approximately 199 feet. The finish line is at approximately 205 feet. Hence the new slogan: Start High, Finish Higher. It is staged by the Twin Lights Historical Society and sponsored by local businesses.
“This is what returning runners find most intriguing about the event,” says Race Chairman Mike Kelly, a trustee of the Twin Lights Historical Society. “Those last few hundred yards really test your stamina, but the payoff at the finish line is worth the pain.”
“As an April race, the Twin Lights 5K is a good way to gauge where you are as you head into the 2017 running season,” says Tom Mullins, President of the Twin Lights Historical Society. “It also enables us to get the names of our sponsors out there earlier in the year. Every dollar they donate goes toward improving our museum exhibits and programming.”
Registration is $25 at RaceForum.com. Because of the small size of the start and finish areas—and the narrow roadways weaving up and down the hill—the number of runners is limited. Every runner participating in the Twin Lights 5K receives a swag bag that includes a race t-shirt and Twin Lights souvenirs, discounts at the Twin Lights Museum Store, and a one-year $50 membership to the Twin Lights Historical Society. Registration info and a course map can be found at RaceForum.com/twinlights, or on the home page of the lighthouse, twinlightslighthouse.com.