Getting To The Race
Directions to Liberty State Park
From Newark Penn Station:Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park. From there, take the shuttle bus to the ferry slip.
From Hoboken Train / PATH subway / Bus station:Take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park. From there, take the shuttle bus to the ferry slip.
From Journal Square, Jersey City:Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park. From there, take the shuttle bus to the ferry slip.
Local Streets:Take Kennedy Boulevard south to Communipaw Avenue. Make a left onto Communipaw. Follow Communipaw east to Grand Street. Make a left onto Grand Street.
Continue on Grand under the Turnpike. Just past the Sunoco Station, make a right onto Pacific Avenue. Go up to Johnston Avenue. Make a left onto Johnston Avenue. Johnston Avenue runs into Liberty State Park.
From Manhattan via Public Transportation:Take the PATH subway to either Pavonia /Newport or Hoboken. From there, take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park. Both the Light Rail and the PATH subway run frequently during the day.
Driving Directions: Take to Holland Tunnel. From there proceed straight to the New Jersey Turnpike. Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 14B. After the tolls, bear left down the hill. Continue straight into the park on Morris Pesin Drive. Turn left onto Freedom Way (last road on the left). When it ends, turn right onto Audrey Zapp Drive (a cobblestone road), then go to the very end of Audrey Zapp Drive and you'll be there.
Race Day Schedule
2015 Top Team
Congratulations United States Army
Eion Wasvick 19th place over all, Christopher Bigelow 20th place over all, Noe Rodriguez 21st place over all
Saturday, May 21, 2017
Lightning Is The Pace
The signature race of the New Jersey Armed Forces Day festival, the Liberty Lightning 9K is a world class race that starts and finishes in the North Field of Liberty State Park at the Armed Forces Day Festival. There are no obstacles or exertion stations for those runner for the cash prize in the race, but with the flow of flat open expanses, gradual slopes and subtle turns, the LL9K will challenge even the most experienced runner. Waterfront landscapes, Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline along Hudson River provide a spectacular background. Forty yards short of 10K, runners and walkers will be racing the perimeter of Liberty State Park, you will enjoy the most famous and picturesque view of any race in the world.
Liberty Lightning 9K
Liberty Run Foundation
Top Overall Finisher - Top Male - Top Female - Top Finishers in six age groups, Top Teams - Top Veteran - Top active Military Team to receive the New Jersey Community Achievement Award
Liberty State Park
2016 LL9K Starts
2015 Liberty Lightning 9K
and Cash Purse
All cash prizes will be announced during the event awards ceremony and winners must be present. Prize money winners must be members of USATF or of their equivalent national athletic federation if not a USA citizen or resident.
Top Male & Female Finishers: First $1,000 - Overall Race Finishers: Second $600, Third $400, Fourth $200
Overall Top Team Finishing Four members across 1st $1,000 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE: $4,200.00
2015 Top Finishers
Top Overall Finisher - Alex King 41:15
2nd Place Finisher Patrick Lyman 41:18
Top Female - Amanda McElroy 45:12