Every Saturday morning, we meet in Johnson Park in Piscataway for a group run.
Our meeting location is Grove 5 at 8am on Saturdays
Summer at Grove 5 – from April to September (CURRENT LOCATION – AT 8AM)
During the summer we start at 8 a.m. from Grove 5, just 300 meters west of Landing Lane along Johnson Drive. Runners should arrive by 7:50 a.m. for the 8 a.m. start.
Winter at Grove 2 by the Zoo – from September to April
During the winter we move to Grove 2, when it starts to get darker we start at 9 a.m rather than 8am. from the Zoo parking lot, about 0.7 miles east of Landing Lane past the Route 18 bridge and past the horse track. Heading east on Johnson Drive from Landing Lane, the Zoo is on the left and is set about 150 meters back from Johnson Drive.
In Spring and Fall, the location and start times vary, depending on whether the restrooms at Grove 5 are open or if there are Rutgers games that impact access. Check back here for more information and the latest details.
Alternate site during closures
If Johnson Park is closed because of floods, deep snow, football games, special events, etc., we meet at the Tennis Court Parking lot at Johnson Park, right off River Rd.
Where we run
The Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath, a State Park, is one of the best running experiences in New Jersey. It is flat by design and mostly smooth because the Park repairs flood damage by spreading a medium-grained crushed red shale that is delightful to run on. There are many birds and other wildlife to see and seasonal wildflowers to encourage a meditative state on an easy long run. You can run forever. But don’t feel pressured to do so. You can run as little or as far as you want. This does not have to be your “long run,” but it will surely be your most pleasurable. The run is out-and-back from Landing Lane. Typical distances vary from 3 to over 20 miles and runners of all levels and speeds are welcome! Restrooms are available at the start (Grove 2 or Grove 5) and at the Van Wickle house across the Demott footbridge.
Parallel to Johnson Park is River Road, which is the southern limit of Rutgers’ Busch Campus. Many different roads on the Busch and Livingston Campuses of Rutgers allow loops of ~4 to 7 miles, which we call “Dragon loops.” If ice or flood damage makes the Towpath hazardous these loops are particularly popular.
Post Run Eats
Join us for brunch after the run! We usually head to the Somerset Diner on Easton Avenue in Somerset for some food and socializing. In the winter people arrive by 1045 a.m. and in the summer 945 a.m. if you just want to join us for the food.
More about the Towpath
History of D & R Canal