NJ Event Info

2017 Update: With good news on the way in March of 2017, (a new baby is due!), we have decided to take a one-year hiatus from our spring race event. With the incredible support of our Volunteers, Participants, and Sponsors, it was a very hard decision – but, we plan to be back in the Spring of 2018.

Tremendous thanks to everyone who has helped us to donate $28,000 to school music programs in NJ and PA during these past five years.

- Anne and Joel Simpson


The fifth annual Miles for Music 20K, 5K and 1-Miler will take place in Johnson Park – Highland Park, NJ on Sunday, March 20th, 2016.

Registration & Start Area is in Grove 2 (by the Johnson Park Zoo)

Miles for Music 20K will be a USATF-NJ Long Distance Running Championship Race for All Divisions. Click here for more information on USATF-NJ.


  • 20K – $40 Online Registration (No Fees) – Online registration closes at 9:00pm on March 18th
  • 20K – $45 Race Day Registration
  • 5K – $25 Online Registration (No Fees) – Online registration closes at 9:00pm on March 18th
  • 5K – $30 Race Day Registration
  • ($3.00 Pre Registration Discount for USATF Member)
    Not a member of USATF-NJ? Join Here.
  • 1 Miler – $15


7:30 − 8:45am – Registration/Check In for 20K
9:00am – 20K Start
11:00 − 12:15pm – 1 Miler & 5K Registration/Check In
11:30am – 20K Awards Ceremony
12:15 am – 1 Miler Participants Meet In The Staging Area
12:30pm – 1 Miler & 5K Start
1:30pm – 1 Miler & 5K Award Ceremony


Click here to view the course description and map – Miles for Music Event Map.


Fast Track Timing – Bib Chip Technology


Want to see who is running at this event? Search for Registered Runners.


20K USATF-NJ Cash Awards:
Top 3 USATF-NJ Open Male and Female Finishers
1st Place – $150
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

Top 3 USATF-NJ Age-Graded Masters Male and Female Finishers
1st Place – $150
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50

20K & 5K Awards:
Top 3 Overall Male and Female Finishers
Award Medals

Top 3 Male and Female Age-Group Finishers (5-year age groups)
14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Award Medals

1 Miler Awards:
Finisher Prizes to all Participants


Avoid the hassle on race day and pickup your race bib and swag the day before – and check out the discounts while you’re at it…

Saturday, March 19th – anytime between 11:00am – 2:00pm

  • Stock up on all your race day needs
  • 10% discount on all purchases (20% for VIPs)
  • Free Shoe Raffle

Road Runner Sports is making a donation for every participant that attends packet pickup – so help us to help you and join us on Saturday.

Road Runner Sports
501 Shoppes Blvd.
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Call 732.214.8808


GPS Address: 1281 River Road, Piscataway Township, NJ

NOTE: There’s no street address for Johnson Park, so our GPS address is for the Metlar-Bodine House Museum across the street from our Parking Lot A (the primary parking area).

To Johnson Park, Highland Park, NJ

From Route 18 North or South: Take the exit toward Highland Park.  Turn left onto Co Rd. 622/River Road.  Turn right onto Co Rd. 807/Violet Drive to enter Johnson Park.


Click here to view a map of participant parking lots – Parking Map.

Signs will be posted along River Road to help direct you and Volunteers will be on-site to direct traffic.

Once parked, you’ll see signs directing you to the Registration Area in Grove 2 of Johnson Park.


There’s no better way to train & stay motivated than to join a running group and enjoy a regularly scheduled run with friends. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, or a beginner; join our host – Raritan Valley Road Runners – every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning for group runs from the Highland Park, NJ area. Check out the club running schedule – here.


This event will be held rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, the race may be delayed, modified or, in extreme situations, canceled for safety concerns.  There are NO refunds for any reason.  Transferring or selling your bib to another runner is NOT permitted.


Will there be a bag drop?
We’ll have a secure storage truck in the Festival area for your Bag Drop. It’s a perfect place to store a change of clothes or your keys EssaysCaptain while you’re running – and have everything close by when you finish the race. Simply stop by after you receive your bib and our volunteers will be glad to help.

Will there be water and Sports Drinks on the course?
We’ll have 3 water stations and 1 station with Sports Drink set up on the course. Since the course is a loop, you’ll be sure to pass a water station every 2 miles.

Are iPods or mp3 players allowed during the race?
The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, we encourage a headphone-free environment during the running of the event.

Please note that those competing for awards or prize money may not use such devices and will not be eligible for any award or prize money if such a device is worn. USATF rules state that the visible possession or use by athletes of such devices are prohibited. See more at http://guidedescasinosfrancais.com/.

Are baby joggers or strollers allowed during the race?
Yes, but you must start in the last corral and you may not impede other runners.

Where are the porta potties on the course/at the start?
There will be multiple porta potties placed throughout the course and at the start.

How long do I have to complete the race?
Please note that an 18 minute mile pace or faster is required for both the 5k and 20k race distances. An 18 min. mile pace is roughly three miles per hour, equivalent to a brisk walk.

If you fall below this pace, the race organizers can no longer guarantee course support. Aid Stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will begin to become unavailable to participants. The local police and race organizers will ask you to move up onto the sidewalk for your safety.

Where can my family see me on the course?
The best places for your family to see you is in the Festival area and by the Flag Pole plaza at the start line. Since the race is a loop through the park, your family will have multiple opportunities to see you from these areas.

Is there a family reunion area?
The finish line and Festival area is the best place to meet your family after the event. All participants will funnel into the Refreshment Tent, so that’s your best place to reunite with participants.