ERC NYC Marathon Bus

ERC NYC Marathon Bus The best way to get there and back in Northern NJ

NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon

Once again, the Essex Running Club is providing buses for the NYC Marathon this year departing from Grove Pharmacy (123 Grove Street, Montclair) at 5:30 am for runners and 9:00 am for spectators. This is the most convenient way to get to and from the race for runners and spectators in the northern New Jersey area. The buses will take runners directly to the starting area on Staten Island and spectators to Columbus Circle near the finish in Central Park. Runners should plan to arrive by 5:15 am so the buses can leave on time. Free parking is available near the pharmacy but please do not park on Grove Street in front of the store.

We expect to have one bus returning from New York City at 4:30 pm and another at 6:00 pm depending on the expected finish times of the runners. The buses will probably leave from Central Park West between 86th and 90th St but we are also looking at some alternate locations that might work better. We will confirm the time and location for the return trip via e-mail the week before the race. We will have someone stationed on Central Park West where you exit the park to direct you to the buses and help coordinate the return trip.

Bagels, bananas, and water will be provided in the morning, other food and drinks after the race and on the way home. There will be a bathroom on each bus and you will be able to leave your bag on the bus.

Book your reservation early to be sure of a seat. Registration will close when we reach capacity. The cost is $25 for members of the Essex Running Club or their immediate family, $35 for non-members and $15 for any children (18 and under) accompanied by an adult. NO REFUNDS!

There are three ways to register:

The reservation form is found here:

All checks should be made payable to Essex Running Club. You will receive an e-mail soon after you register to confirm your registration and another e-mail with final instructions the week before the marathon.

Please contact Mark Frankel at with any questions about the bus. NO REFUNDS!