Run Oregon, Meet RunJersey

A few weeks ago, we got an email from 3000 miles away. The folks at had stumbled upon us and we got to chatting about the best thing in the world – running. Since runners are constantly travelling, both to race or just log some miles while on vacation or work, we thought it would be cool to interview each other as to how we each came about! 

Background:  After coaching “Couch To 5K” for several years, our former students (who we had been emailing on occasion) urged us to start a website.  That was the genesis for, which we started in April of 2014. I have been a recreation director since college 15 years ago and I/we love to see people out and having fun – regardless of ability.  We like to consider ourselves an on-line showcase of all things running in NJ.  We value participation of competition and would rather meet a runner with a great story moreso than someone who is simply fast.  We cover great people and places to run around the running community.

Writers: We have a stable of about 5 regular contributors plus lot of guest writers.  Our lineup includes:

  • Shannon McGinn – certified distance coach,
  • Ed Halper – former Monmouth University Track & Field Coach,
  • Dr. John Connors – US Olympic Podiatrist,
  • Craig Segel – elite runner and coach,
  • and a handful more

Our favorite places: Liberty State Park (with the NYC skyline & The Statue Of Liberty in the background), The D&R Canal, Sunrise Mountain (part of the Appalachian Trail in NJ) and anywhere on the NJ boardwalks.

Our favorite races: The NJ Marathon, NYC Marathon, Philly Half and Full, the Spring Lake 5 (10,000 runners) and the George Sheehan Classic.

Who reads us:  2700+ on Facebook and 4000+ on Twitter.  We have all kinds of readers – HS athletes, college students, elites, average Joe’s and former NJ residents who miss it.

Simply put…we just love it.

If you are planning an East Coast trip, know someone who runs over there, or just want as much diverse running updates as possible, give them a follow!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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