Anyone not satisfied with just running a marathon is in luck.
The Atlantic City Marathon and eight races in the northern half of the state will be part of the inaugural NJ Grand Prix, A.C. Marathon organizers announced Tuesday.
There will be individual and team standings for performance, participation, fundraising as well as overall standings. Performance points will be based on finishing time, as well as each runner's age and gender.
Runners who finish six of the nine races will get an "I Ran to Restore the Shore" medal.
The series, organized by the New Jersey chapter of the Road Runners Club of America, will benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foun-dation.
The goal, according to a news release, is to raise $100,000. The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series (ACMRS) will donate a portion of every entry fee.
"We are excited about the opportunity to bring people back to Atlantic City, to run the Boardwalk in an effort to support those families that are still in need," ACMRS committee chair Steve Brog said in the news release.
The ACMRS also includes a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and kids 1-mile run.
But the RRCA chose the full marathon - which is the country's third-oldest continually run marathon - for the grand prix.
In addition to being the only South Jersey race in the grand prix, Atlantic City is the only full marathon. There are also two half-marathons, one 10K, two 4-milers, two 5Ks and one 1-mile run.
"For runners who decide to take on the challenge of running the grand prix and participating in six of the nine races that were chosen, they'll have the opportunity to participate in races that maybe they didn't previously know about or in towns they haven't been," ACMRS race director Genia Chapman-Bittner said in a phone interview Tuesday.
"And I think that it brings the New Jersey running community together somewhat. … It brings some camaraderie, so to speak, to New Jersey races big and small."
The ACMRS drew about 4,000 entrants last year, and Chapman-Bittner said the grand prix could increase that number. This year's A.C. Marathon is Oct. 13.
"We hope that it brings new faces to our race as well," she said. "If people are looking at that schedule and want to participate, hopefully they choose our marathon."
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