(The Essex Running Club will be providing buses for the NYC Marathon again in 2019 but this page is still showing the information from 2018. We expect to open registration for 2019 no later than July 1.)


The Essex Running Club is providing buses for the NYC Marathon again this year departing from Fleet Feet Sports (603 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair) at 5:30 am for runners and 9:00 am for spectators. They will take runners directly to the starting area on Staten Island and spectators to Columbus Circle near the finish in Central Park. Free parking is available on local streets but please do not park at the parking meters close to the store.

(Note: the buses will not be leaving from Grove Pharmacy this year as they have done in the past!)

We expect to have one bus returning from New York City at 4:30 pm and another at 6:00 pm, depending on the projected finish times of the runners. The buses usually leave from Central Park West between 86th and 90th St. 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 to help runners after the race and to coordinate the return trip.

Bagels, bananas, and water will be provided on the bus in the morning. Additional food and beverages will be provided after the race and on the way back to Montclair. 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 $20 for members of the Essex Running Club or their immediate family, $40 for non members and $15 for any children (18 and under) accompanied by an adult (NO REFUNDS!). There are three ways to register for the bus:

Visit for information on how to become a member of the Essex Running Club.

Click here to download a reservation form.

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!