ATLANTIC CITY – Few marathons across America can match the longevity of the one held in Atlantic City. The race has been a mid-October mainstay in the community for more than half a century, since the seaside city unveiled its version of the 26.2-mile run.

The Atlantic City Marathon has become an icon of sorts, currently ranking as the third oldest marathon in the United States. The race takes center stage again Sunday, Oct. 21 as part of an eventful weekend.

The 54th installment of the Atlantic City Marathon is expected to attract more than 4,200 competitors. Runners travel to South Jersey from hometowns across the globe.

An action-packed slate of activities awaits them. Aside from the marathon, featured races include a 5K, 10K, half-marathon and a one-mile children’s run.

The 5K and 10K are sponsored by Shore Medical Center and take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 on the historic Atlantic City boardwalk. The Kids Fit Final Mile run follows at 11 a.m. and gives young runners a chance to compete.

The unique race setting is among many factors that continue to draw competitors to the region each autumn.

The marathon and half-marathon begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and guide runners throughout the surrounding shore communities. Marathon competitors navigate a scenic path that winds through the streets of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport.

The race begins and ends on the boardwalk, where a large crowd of onlookers and supporters will spend the day. Marg Mancuso, the Director of Race Services, explained that the success of the Atlantic City Marathon extends far beyond the finish line.

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