Since the Milton & Betty Katz JCC took over operation of the Atlantic City Marathon in 2009, it has grown into a multi-faceted, weekend-long event that now sees about 4,500 competitors.
Atlantic City and the entire southern New Jersey coastal community has honed a reputation as an entertainment hotbed over the years. That’s particularly true during the summer months, but last year the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series committee decided to tie its flagship fall event in with some of the area’s top musical talent.
This year four Equity Communications radio stations have combined to amp up the entertainment slate with eight bands/artists/DJs strategically placed along the entire marathon route.
“The live entertainment on the course provides the sound, energy and motivation that runners need to make it through the 26.2-mile course,” says race director Genia Chapman. “It also encourages the local community to come out along the course route to cheer on runners.”
“Our goal is to entertain and encourage participants in all four races, plus to generate excitement within the community,” says A.C. Marathon entertainment chairperson Shannon Wray. “All four FM stations [95.1 WAYV, 100.7 WZXL, 96.1 The Touch and 99.3 Kiss FM] have had a call out to bands looking for entertainers of all kinds to join the fun. Locations were chosen along the race route to coordinate with ‘cheer zones,’ ‘water stops’ and natural gathering spots.”
Atlantic City Marathon Entertainment
DJ Nicky G, at Dennis Courtyard at Bally’s A.C. — The afternoon drive host at 95.1 WAYV, Nicky G has had a career in radio spanning 35 years, and will serve as the AC Marathon emcee.
Dan Marro, on the Boardwalk between Bartram and Columbia avenues in A.C. — Marro has performed acoustic classics in the area for more than 20 years.
Either Way, at Kennedy Plaza at Boardwalk Hall — A local pop/rock band handling an eclectic mix of covers and original music.
Beyond Therapy, at the Gazebo on the Boardwalk at Neport Avenue in Ventnor. A trio covering classic and modern rock.
Motherload, at the Margate Library on Atlantic Avenue — A five-piece band playing ‘70s music through today, with a little funk and reggae mixed in.
JD & Bluesbox Delux, at Steve & Cookie’s on Monroe Avenue in Margate — A quartet playing original and classic blues, roots, soul and rock, and possessing strong improvisational skills.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beaches of New Jersey and beyond, the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series will welcome over 3,000 runners back to the Atlantic City Boardwalk to participate in the 2013 Revel April Fools Half Marathon and Shore Medical Center 11K & 7K races.
The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has joined forces with Road Runners Club of America and eight other races in a “Restore the Shore” effort to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Marathon has also upped the prize pool for the race to about $18,000. The marathon winners, male and female, will receive a $2,500 cash prize...
Even the dunes can be beautiful this time of year with their seagrasses blowing in the wind. Down by Brigantine, where the bay and the Atlantic come together, waters are calm and can appear as a dark sheet of granite. Once the cranes and boulders are gone, the view in front of Revel will be an endless panorama of sand and ocean waves rolling in one behind the other.
A comprehensive listing of entertainment coming to the Atlantic City casinos, Boardwalk Hall and Bader Field.
The Wrecking Crüe
Laughing with George Lopez
Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall