Run-4-the-Animals 5K

Update on Run for the Animals! We are still planning on holding our race at Laguna Grill and Rum Bar on Saturday, October 3rd. Social distancing rules will apply. Runners/walkers groups will start at 8 am with 15 minute increments between groups This race is chip-timed. Breakfast buffet will be served outside starting at 9 am until 11 am. To comply with social distancing, there will be no awards ceremony. Awards will be mailed or can be picked up at the MMSC. Participants can pick up their shirt and bib at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center on Friday, October 2nd between 4 and 6 pm, or on race day starting at 7 am. 

OCTOBER 3rd, 2020
Celebrate Marine Mammal Stranding Center's 42nd Anniversary and having responded to over 5,555 stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles! 

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This 5K Run/Walk is one of the best races at the Jersey Shore. 

Baby stroller-friendly AND dog-friendly!

Close to everywhere.  Just 8 minutes from Harrah's, Borgata & Golden Nugget Casinos in Atlantic City. 

Awesome post-race buffet served by Laguna Grill and Rum Bar. 
The best post-race buffet of any race in New Jersey!

$10 fee for buffet for non-participants, $5 for non-participants 5-10 years and free 4 years and younger

  • The Marine Mammal Stranding Center has responded to over 5,555 strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore, over the years throughout New Jersey.  

This is a 5K Race with Chip Timing and Results Kiosks by Second Wind Race Timing.  Results available on kiosks instantly upon finishing!  Online results published and updated while race is in progress!
Walkers welcome (must finish in 50 minutes or less to get an official time, but you are still welcome even if you walk slower than that).  We are aiming for 300 participants this year.


Become a Fundraiser when you enter! Fundraisers who raise at least $200 in online donations get their entry fee refunded!


First Overall Male and Female, plus top three in Age Groups (M/F) for 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+  (walkers welcome, but you must finish 5K within 37 minutes (approximately) to be eligible for awards). This year to comply with social distancing, there will be no awards ceremony. Awards will be mailed or can be picked up at the MMSC.


All runners registered by September 7th will be guaranteed a custom Run for the Animals 5K race shirt. Runners registered after September 7th will be eligible for a Marine Mammals Stranding Center shirt as supplies last.

Advance Registration is only $25

After September 18th, registration increases to $30.  On-site race day registration $40 (cash or credit) and begins at 7:00 am.  Save money by clicking "Register Now".

register now buttonRace Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at 8:00 am (Registration/Packet Pickup begins @ 7:00)

Location: Laguna Grill & Rum Bar, 1400 Ocean Ave., Brigantine, NJ  (View Map)

Event Properties

Event Date 10-03-2020 7:00 am
Event End Date 10-03-2020 11:00 am
Individual Price $25 when registered by September 17th.