Frequently Asked Questions

You Ask, We Answer!

Here are the most common questions asked by our HoBOOken5K Runners!

What is the HoBOOken5K?

The HoBOOken5K Halloween Run is Hoboken’s one and only charitable, costumed race! Originally founded in 2010 by the Hoboken Elysianettes Running Society, the race has evolved into an exciting fundraising event that benefits the Hoboken Shelter.

The Shelter transforms lives, sheltering 50 people nightly, serving 500 meals daily, and hosting 1,000 showers weekly for those in need. The Hoboken Shelter provides support services to help guests gain employment, achieve independence, and reintegrate into the community. We can only do this with your support.

The HoBOOken5K race directors volunteer their nights and weekends to ensure you have a great race!

You can help support The Shelter by signing up to run and by creating a fundraising page through RaceRoster. Find more information here. There is a fundraising contest and we award prizes to teams and to individuals. This year, our top individual fundraisers will receive a bag of HoBOOken goodies on race Day. We also have a bigger fundraising contest open until Nov. 13th and our top individual fundraiser will be awarded an overnight stay at the W Hotel and the second prize winner will get a month pass to Cyclebar Hoboken. The team that raises the most money by Nov. 13th will receive dinner for 6 at Elysian Cafe. We also have a costume contest, our judges will be on site that morning, and you can go by the judging station, which is near the DJ booth and the Step & Repeat from 9:00 – 9:45 am for a chance to enter. Winners will be announced when we announce the winners of the 5K at 11:15 am. Categories include Best Costume (Individual), Best Couple/Duo, Best Group, Most Creative & Honorable Mention.

There’s lots of useful information in the Press Release, you can download it here.

When is the HoBOOken5K and what time does it start?
The HoBOOken5K starts Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00am promptly! Following the 5K race for adults is the Scary Scurry Kids’ Run (at 11:00am).

Can I wear a costume? How do I enter the costume contest?
Please do! Just make sure you can run/walk in it! To enter our costume contest you must be judged between 9:00 and 9:45am at the judging station – arrive early. The judges for the Costume Contest will be on site that morning, and you can go by the judging station, which is near the DJ booth and the Step & Repeat from 9:00 – 9:45 am for a chance to enter. Winners will be announced when we announce the winners of the 5K at 11:15 am. Categories include Best Costume (Individual), Best Couple/Duo, Best Group, Most Creative & Honorable Mention.

Will you have a bag check?
Yes, you can check your bag, but please do not hand over your crown jewels—we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please consider not bringing a bag.

When / where can I register?
You can register here. Registration is open online until Thursday, October 26 and closes at 11:59pm.

Is there Race Day registration?
We cannot guarantee Race Day registration. Registration is capped at 1,500 runners for your safety—and we are almost there. We’ll keep you posted—check our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information.

In the event that the race sells out, we will have a limited number of charity bibs available at the race.

What is the refund policy? (What if I am sick, injured, etc.)
Race fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to next year’s race or another event. Sorry, no exceptions. However, your registration can be transferred to another participant until online registration closes (Wednesday, October 25 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.

What happens if there is bad weather?
The HoBOOken5K race is rain or shine! Rain, wind and even snow has not stopped the HoBOOken5K in the past! But, if we feel there is a dangerous situation and the race needs to be cancelled, we will immediately send an email and post an update to our Facebook page.

What is the course?
The HoBOOken5K is a flat and fast race that runs along the waterfront in Hoboken, offering amazing view of Manhattan. In the past, we have had to make changes to the course due to construction in Hoboken and we’ll post the updated course map soon. (Please note that the course was subject to change, but you are guaranteed a great view and a great time!)

How long/far is the race?
The HoBOOken5K is a 5K Race and is approximately 3.1 miles. Our team works very hard to make sure it is as accurate as possible, working around current construction and ensuring a safe course.

Where is the race?
The race starts at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. We offer the most gorgeous views of NYC!

When / where can I pick up my packet?
Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet on Thursday 10/26 and Friday 10/27 between 12pm-9pm. You can also pick them up on race day on the pier starting at 8am; expect long lines, please arrive early.

Will team packets be grouped together? Can I pick up my friend’s packet?
You can pick up a packet for your friend. Team packets can be grouped together if you registered as a team and request ‘team pick-up’ by emailing us. You can pick up those packet at packet pickup or on race day. If you choose to pick up on October 26, it will have to be after 3pm.

Will you provide parking?


Now you can reserve your parking in advance and get here on time and stress free!

To book convenient and affordable parking, we recommend using SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the HoBOOken 5K SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app

By booking with SpotHero, a portion proceeds goes to the Hoboken Shelter!

You are responsible for your parking. The race is not responsible if you incur a parking ticket. Arrive early if you plan to find a spot, but please obey all Hoboken Parking regulations! We highly recommend that you look into public transportation, utilize SpotHero, or park in a municipal parking garages. There are garages near Pier A in Hoboken that are a little hop, skip and jump away from the PATH trains! We have more details about parking and public transportation on our Contact page.

I’m from the media, who should I contact?
You can download the Press Release here. If you would like more information you can contact us at

What is the Race Day schedule?

8:00am – 9:40am Packet Pickup @ Pier A
9:40am Pre Race Stretch with Powerflow Yoga

9:45am Warm Up with Retro Fitness
9:55am Race Announcements and National Anthem
10:00am HoBOOken5K Race

10:45am Post Race Stretch with Powerflow Yoga & Post Race Celebration with tacos from Surf Taco
11:00am Scary Scurry Kids’ Run
11:15am Costume & Race Awards

12:00pm Race Ends – after party hosted at Wicked Wolf featuring drink specials for runners

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! If you are running the 5K, please bring someone to attend to your child while you run. Also parents must be present during the Scary Scurry Kids’ Race.

What about the Scary Scurry Kids’ Race?
Parents must be present during the Scary Scurry Kids’ Race. Learn more about the Scary Scurry here.

Do I need to be a runner to complete the HoBOOken5K race? 
NO. The HoBOOken5K 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. To accommodate those who would like to test their speed and endurance along Hoboken’s wonderful, flat and fast waterfront, we ask that you please line up according to your estimated per-mile pace. If you’re a walker, please stand towards the back of the lineup.

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.

What is included with my HoBOOken5K registration?
Each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt and swag bag with some goodies from our sponsors!

For our Charity runners, each registered runner will receive a custom race t-shirt, custom race bag, and goodies from our sponsors. You also receive a special charity bib. Charity bibs are $100 and the funds directly benefit the Hoboken Shelter.

Is there an age limit for younger runners?
If they can cover (running, jogging, or walking) the 3.1 miles of the HoBOOken5K race course, then they can absolutely participate! Make sure your young runner is registered! If they cannot cover the course, consider enrolling them in the Scary Scurry Kids’ Race.

Can I run with a jogging stroller?
Yes, you can run with a baby stroller. We ask that you start in the rear of the race with the walkers.

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!

Is the HoBOOken5K 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.

Can spectators attend?
Absolutely!! Invite your grandma, dad, mom, aunt, uncle or your bff to see you finish!

What if I have a super-sweet question that isn’t answered here?
You can reach out to us at and we will do our best to answer all your questions!