Run the Hook 5K: Supporting Clean Ocean Action and Honoring Sandy Hook

Run the Hook 5K in Sandy Hook, New York

Run the Hook benefits a local non-profit, Clean Ocean Action. They use science, law and education to improve the quality of our local bodies of water.

The Sandy Hook tragedy gave birth to a new kind of conspiracy theorist, writes Elizabeth Williamson. Infowars host Alex Jones provided a platform for these lone wolves, and Trump picked up the playbook.


The course is a fast and flat USATF-certified double loop that unfolds on the sandy barrier spit of Gateway National Recreation Area that juts out into Sandy Hook Bay. Starting near Parking Lot E, the race takes runners to the southern end of this 6-mile strip of land tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay, a sheltered anchorage for ships entering Upper New York Harbor.

The National Park Service oversees much of the peninsula as the Sandy Hook Unit, which offers miles of scenic beaches, overnight camping, a decommissioned army base (Fort Hancock Historic Post), and the oldest lighthouse in the county. It also has a Multi-Use Path that provides opportunities for walking, roller blading, and biking.

It’s a popular place for locals to stroll, swim, fish, bird watch or work on their tans and many come for the great food and drink at nearby restaurants. For runners, it’s a unique way to take in the scenery and get some exercise in a place that’s closed to cars for the day.


The race will take place under breezy skies in the Gateway National Recreation Area. Runners will run along a scenic, historic barrier spit surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay. The course is flat and fast and is a USATF-certified double loop. The event is held in support of local non-profit Clean Ocean Action, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the organization.

The event will feature a 5K and a kids fun run. The entry fee for the 5K is $30, and registration for the kid’s runs is $10. All registered runners will receive a t-shirt and a Ben’s Bells Kindness Coin race medal. The race is being run in partnership with the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation will be accepting donations on behalf of those who lost loved ones on December 14, 2012. The funds will be distributed to nonprofit organizations chosen by the families.


All registered runners will receive a long sleeve race shirt and finisher’s medal. In addition, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view and post-race refreshments at Off the Hook! Early registration is $60 until January 31, 2023, and event day registration will be $100.

Run the Hook is proud to be a single-use plastic free event as part of our mission to rid the beaches and oceans of plastic litter and pollution. We are pleased to work with local non-profit Clean Ocean Action for this purpose.

To find the best fit for your tee, measure your body using a tape measure around the largest area of your bust and your chest/abdomen. Keep in mind that these shirts are made to be fitted – not boxy like unisex tees. Use this sizing chart as a guideline. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thanks! We can’t wait to see you at the Hook! The shirt and t-shirts will be shipped to you before the race.

Finisher’s Medal

The Sandy Hook 5K is a great local race that benefits a good cause. Runners get to enjoy the beauty of Sandy Hook National Park while they run and receive an impressive custom finisher medal. The race is an excellent opportunity to raise funds for Clean Ocean Action, a non-profit organization that works to improve water quality at swimming beaches.

The race is hosted by Shore Athletic Club and takes place at Gateway National Recreation Area, more commonly known as Sandy Hook. The course is a two-loop route on the paved roads of the park. It is a flat and fast course that features beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay.

Providing runners with an awesome finisher’s medal can help your race stand out from the crowd. It also increases the perceived value of your event, making it more attractive to potential sponsors and participants. It’s a great way to reward the hard work and dedication that goes into training for a marathon.

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