The Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23.

DALE GERHARD / photographer/

The AmeriHealth New Jersey Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon returns to the city Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23.

The third oldest marathon in the country, the weekend draws thousands of participants from all over the world. Both runners and walkers will travel scenic routes along the shoreline while enjoying the fresh salt air.

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The weekend starts off with the Sports & Fitness Expo from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Bally’s Atlantic City’s ballroom, 1900 Pacific Ave.

The race series begins with the 5K and 10K beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the marathon and half-marathon events starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. Both days’ events start on the boardwalk at Michigan Avenue outside of Bally’s and are followed by award ceremonies.

New this year is the Coors Light Finish Line Beer Garden provided by Harry’s Oyster Bar. The beer garden will be available 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday inside Bally’s courtyard. Try seven of Harry’s best seasonal brews and enjoy free food samples, live music and vendors. The public can purchase wristbands for $20, while race participants will have free access to the site.

The race series is $115 for the marathon, $100 for the half marathon and $55 for the 10K or 5K. Other racing combinations are available. Go to

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