2022 HoBOOken 5K Race

IN-PERSON 10/29 AND VIRTUAL 10/29-10/31
FAQ

 

You ask, we answer! Here are the most common questions asked by our HoBOOken5K Runners:

 

What is the HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness?

The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run is Hoboken’s one and only charitable, costumed race! Founded in 2010 the race is an exciting fundraising event that benefits The Hoboken Shelter.

The Hoboken Shelter transforms lives, with the capacity to shelter up to 50 people nightly, serve 500 meals daily, and host 1,000 showers weekly for those in need. It also provides support services to help guests gain employment, achieve independence, and reintegrate into the community. We can only do this with your support! You can find out more about The Hoboken Shelter here.

 

Who organizes the HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness?

The HoBOOken5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It is organized by a team of volunteers from The Hoboken Shelter who give their time to ensure you have a great race!

Volunteers are always needed for race day (Saturday, October 29). It's a great day to meet people, get involved, and support a meaningful cause. You can learn more about our race day volunteer opportunities here. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at volunteers@hobooken5k.com

 

How do I fundraise for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter?

You can help support The Hoboken Shelter by signing up to run and creating a fundraising page. Find more information here.

Don't want to race this year? You can still support the Shelter with a donation here.

 

When is the HoBOOken 5K and what time does it start?

The HoBOOken 5K in person is on Saturday October 29, 2022 at 10am at Pier A Park. The virtual race can be run anytime between October 29 and October 31. 

 

Where is the race?

The race starts and finishes at Pier A Park in Hoboken, New Jersey. You'll run through the beautiful, historic streets of Hoboken and get to take in the gorgeous skyline of New York City along the way.

Get directions here.

 

How long/far is the race?

It is a 5K Race (approximately 3.1 miles). Our team works diligently to make sure the course is as accurate as possible, working around current construction and ensuring a safe course. 

 

What is the course?

The HoBOOken 5K is a flat and fast race that runs along the waterfront in historic Hoboken offering beautiful views of our city as well as the New York City skyline.

 

Is the HoBOOken 5K timed?

The race will be timed by Compuscore. The timing device will be a b-tag that you will receive attached to your bib. We’ll have timing mats at both the start and the finish, which means your net time will be recorded regardless of when you cross the start line. Results will be available at Compuscore about a day after the race.

In order to avoid congestion at the start we’ll have minute per mile signs. Please line up at your expected pace per mile (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11+). Walkers please line up at the back.

Additional information to have a safe start and race is up to the discretion of the race director. 

 
Do I need to be a runner to complete the HoBOOken5K race?

No! The HoBOOken 5K is a charity event for the seasoned vet and newbie runner alike. In the spirit of The Hoboken Shelter, which creates community in Hoboken, we want our race to be welcoming. You can choose to walk the event. Please note, our volunteer crew will complete cleanup by or before noon on race day. There are course marshals all along the course and the course info is sent to runners in advance of the race. 

You can find some suggested training plans here.

 

Is there an age limit for younger runners?

There's a race for every age! Children aged 12 and up can participate in the HoBOOken 5K Run. Children under the age of 12 can participate in the Scary Scurry race. We will allow strollers, however there will be a separate start for stroller runners. Race organizers will comply with all CDC recommendations, in addition to any local, state and federal health and safety guidelines at the time of the race. These are subject to change and are at the discretion of the race director. 

 

What are the health and safety guidelines?

As one of the largest races in Hoboken, the HoBOOken5K is committed to ensuring that all participants, staff, volunteers, and community partners remain as safe as possible while attending the event. As such, we will comply with CDC recommendations, in addition to any local, state and federal guidelines related to health and safety in place at the time of the race.

Race guidelines and procedures may be modified at any time, but will be communicated to registrants prior to race day. All decisions are at the discretion of the race director and when runners sign their waiver they agree to these terms and conditions. 

Currently, there are no mask mandates or vaccine requirements to participate in the race.

 

What happens if there is bad weather?

Rain, wind and even snow has not stopped the HoBOOken 5K in the past. We will be running rain or shine. In the event of severe inclement weather or another dangerous race-day scenario which requires the race to be canceled, we will immediately send an email and post updates to our social media pages.

 
What is the refund policy? (What if I am sick, injured, etc.) or to transfer to another event (virtual to in person or vice versa)

Race fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to next year’s race or another event. You can change events to the virtual option. To see how to transfer events, https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062922-transfer-to-another-event

However, your registration can be transferred to another participant until online registration closes (Friday October 28th at 11:59pm). Registration transfers can be done through the online registration page once you have logged into Race Roster. There is a $15 transfer fee along with any event price difference.

There will be no registration transfers after the online registration deadline or on race day.

 

Registration & Bib/Shirt/Swag Pick Up

 
How do I register?

You can register online and in person at packet pickup. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. 

Prices, dates, locations, and times to register for the HoBOOken 5K can be found here.

Everything you need to know about registering for the Scary Scurry Kids Race is here.

 
Is there Race Day registration?

In 2022, there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Sign up today. 

 
What is included with my HoBOOken 5K registration?

Each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt, medal, and digital swag bag with goodies from our sponsors! There are also swag add-ons! 

 
When / where can I pick up my bib, swag, and race packet?

Packet pickup for the 2022 race will take place at The Hoboken Shelter, 300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, New Jersey. Information will be forthcoming. 

Help us make packet pickup quick and easy. Please bring a COPY of your registration to packet pickup. If you do not have a copy or registration or lost the original email, please go here, to the Find a Participant section on our website. Enter your name, click "more details," and you can receive a copy of your registration at the email you used to sign up for the race. 

Remember, registration is not available on the day of the race.

 

Can I pick up my friend/relative's bib and packet?

Yes, you can pick up a packet for a friend or relative. Remember to bring a copy of your friend/relative's registration to the package pickup location at 300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, New Jersey. 

 
How does a “team” work compared with a "solo runner"?

When you register as a team (versus an individual), you get perks like choosing a groovy custom team name and team costume (always encouraged!). Team members can run/walk together (optional). There is no “relay” component to this race, so team members can finish together as a unit or separately.

Don't forget, there are super sweet team fundraising prizes, find out more here!

 
Will team bibs and packets be grouped together?

Team packets can be grouped together if you registered as a team and request ‘team pick-up’ by emailing us.

 
How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are always needed for race day (Saturday, October 29). It's a great day to meet people, get involved, and support a meaningful cause. You can learn more about our race day volunteer opportunities here. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at volunteers@hobooken5k.com

 

Race Day

 
Can I wear a costume? How do I enter the costume contest?

Yes! We encourage you to wear costumes during your run. That's what makes this race fun and memorable for so many of our participants and spectators! Details on our Race Day costume contest are coming soon.

 

What time should I arrive?

The race begins promptly at 10am.  If you need to pick up your packet, the race site will be open from 8am to 9:45am. Please give yourself enough time for whatever you need to take care of before race day and be at the start for 10am. If you are coming in from out-of-town, please note parking is extremely limited in Hoboken so give yourself ample time to find a spot or garage and arrive to the race start. Bear in mind the start may be on the Pier so you may need to walk down to the end of the Pier to get in line to start the race.

 

Will you have a bag check?

Yes, you can check your bag and swag on Pier A, but please do not hand over your crown jewels—we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please consider not bringing a bag.

 
Can spectators attend?

Information on spectators will be forthcoming. Pier A Park is a public park, but please keep in mind, we will ask spectators to help us keep the finish clear so runners can come through safely. 

 

Can I run with a stroller?

We will allow strollers, however there will be a separate start for stroller runners. We will comply with CDC recommendations, in addition to any local, state and federal guidelines related to health and safety in place at the time of the race.

 

Can I run with my dog/cat/turtle?

For the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals at our race — but you can come dressed in costume as a dog/cat/turtle/Scooby Doo! 

 
Will there be someone to watch my kids while I run the 5K?

As much as we love hanging out with cute kids, alas, we will not have activities for the kids during the 5K—nor can we guarantee your kid’s safety!

Consider involving your little one's in our Scary Scurry race.

 

Scary Scurry Kids Race


Check back soon for more information about our Scary Scurry race for young athletes! 

 

Transportation & Parking

 

Will you provide parking?

We do not provide parking. You are responsible for your parking and need to plan accordingly. There are several parking garages nearby, as well as on-street metered parking. Hoboken utilizes the ParkMobile app to help you manage your parking throughout the city. Arrive early if you plan to find a spot, and please obey all Hoboken Parking regulations. Certain parts of city streets are reserved for residents only so please read the parking signs carefully. The race is not responsible if you receive a parking violation. This Hoboken Parking Primer is very helpful.

It is easy to get here by public transport, find out how here.

For more information on Hoboken municipal garages, please see here

For parking information in Hoboken via Spothero and to reverse parking, please see here

For parking information via parkwhiz, please see here

For parking information via spotangels, please see here

 

Everything else...

 
I’m from the media, who should I contact?

Contact us at info@HoBOOken5K.com

 

How do I donate products for use in the race?

Contact us at info@HoBOOken5K.com

 

What if I have a super-sweet question that isn’t answered here?

You can reach out to us at info@HoBOOken5K.com and we will do our best to answer all your questions!

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy.

If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.