OCEAN CITY — A large organized walk for wounded soldiers and the annual air show on the boardwalk highlight a busy weekend ahead in the resort. Check out what Ocean City has in store for the first weekend of fall:
Walk for the Wounded
Walk for the Wounded gets underway in Ocean City Saturday morning, Sept. 24, at the city’s Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
Registration starts 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Anyone who raises $50 or more receives a long-sleeved T-shirt. The eighth annual three-mile walk on the boardwalk raises money for Operation First Response, a nonprofit that helps wounded soldiers returning overseas to adjust back to civilian life.
A ceremony honoring the U.S. military will be held 9:30 a.m., according to walkforthewounded.org.
The site also states that The Tidal Wave Band will play from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children who raise $10 or more will receive a wristband for Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, good for between 1 and 5 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to recruit a team of friends, family or co-workers for the walk, the site states. Individual registrations and donations in lieu of attendance are also accepted.
See the site for more information, or call 609-399-6111.
City to Shore Ride for MS
Thousands of bicyclists are set to hit the back roads of South Jersey for a two-day ride to Ocean City that raises millions of dollars each year for multiple sclerosis.
The ride, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, features catered rest stops and bike support. It includes several different routes that start in New Jersey and range from 25 to 180 miles long. All routes feature flat terrains through quaint towns and scenic back roads.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website, event organizers aim to raise $6.6 million this year. As of this week, biking teams and individuals participating in the race had donated a collective $1.7 million.
Registration is $75.
Riders must be 12 or older.
For more information call 1-800-445-BIKE or see mscycling.org.
Airport Festival and Aerobatic Air Show
The annual Ocean City Airport Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the municipal airport on Bay Avenue at 26th Street.
The event will feature ground displays of unusual airplanes, including the B-25J Mitchell Bomber and TBM Torpedo Avenger. There will also be the NJ Pine Barons Radio Controlled Model Airplane Show, a banner pickup demonstration, children’s paper airplane contest, an antique car and truck show, bubble mania, children’s bounce house, food and more.
Visitors will also have a chance to meet the performers appearing in Sunday’s Aerobatic Air Show.
Admission to the festival is free; there is a charge for helicopter and airplane rides. Additional parking is available at Shelter Road off Tennessee Avenue; free shuttle service to the airport will be provided.
On Sunday, Sept. 25 the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will take place 1-3 p.m. in the sky above the ocean and boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street.
The thrill show will feature stunt pilot demonstrations and aerobatic maneuvers plus military aircraft demonstrations.
For information on either event see oceancityvacation.com or call 609-399-6111.
Half Marathon, 10-mile and 5k runs
The city will hold a half marathon Sunday that runs through various neighborhoods on the island, the downtown business district and on the beaches and boardwalk.
The race, which starts 8:30 a.m. on the boardwalk street end at Ninth Street, heads back to its original course this year after the city changed the route for the 2015 run.
The race includes a trek on the Ocean City-Longport bridge and two runs on the boardwalk.
As of Wednesday, registration is $70 until the 4 p.m. Friday deadline. No registration is available Saturday or on race day.
There will also be a non-competitive 10-mile run and walk, which starts with the half-marathon race and runs the first 10 miles of that course. Registration is $60 until 4 p.m. Friday.
The resort will also hold a 5-kilometer run on the boardwalk that starts at 8:35 a.m. Registration is $25, and runners can register for that event on race day.