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Born to Run 5-Mile Race Results

The nation might think of the day after Thanksgiving mainly as Black Friday but there were 659 road racers whose first concern, on this overcast, breezy, mid-40’s  morning of the 26th of November, was to be competing in the annual Born to Run five-mile race presented at the Monmouth County seat of Freehold.  The title of this event has a connection to Bruce Springsteen, famous American songwriter, singer and guitarist, who was raised in Freehold and has an album by that name: Born to Run.

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Michael Dixon crosses the finish.  Photos by Bob Both, www.jsrc.org

Michael Dixon, 27, of Fanwood was the first to cross the finish line located at Court Street at a racing time of 26:23 (26 minutes and 23 seconds) a highly respectable 5:17 per mile pace. Alan Wells, 47, of Orlando, FL, at 26:44 was second to finish this out-and-back course, with a loop in Topanemus Park (a lake is part of the Park), that also starts at Court Street at 26:44. He was followed by Old Bridge’s Brandan Lyman, 21, at 27:29.

“There were three of us running together for maybe the first mile but after that I was alone to the finish,” said Dixon in describing his championship performance. “I liked it a lot: there were challenging hills and a lot of crowd support especially at the finish-line area,” he said of the course and of the weather: “It was great for running.”

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Lindsey Gallo is first across the line for women.

For the third year in succession, Lindsey Gallo, 28, of Arlington, VA, was the women’s champion of this event at a racing time of 29:26 (7th place overall). Alison Pilkington, 28, Red Bank, was second woman at 31:18 (14th overall) and Marlboro’s Jenna Jensen, 25, came third at 31:31 (16th overall).

“My time was a little slower than last year’s but maybe that’s because I ate more turkey this year,” Gallo said when asked to compare and when reminded that in a five-mile race, according to The Runner’s Handbook by Bob Glover a runner will lose 500 calories, she said, “maybe I’ll go home now and have some well-earned pumpkin pie.”  When asked if she’d be running the Born to Run next year, the University of Maryland graduate student who’s studying for a doctorate degree in accounting said, “As long as my parents continue to live in Freehold, I’ll be home for a Thanksgiving visit and will participate.”

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The leading racewalk finishers male/female respectively were Patrick Heeb, 44 of Freehold at 52:32 and Gail Warshaw, 55, of Demarest at 58:19.

A feature of this event is a Race within a Race whereby the finishers are encouraged to get to the Post Race Party at the Court Jester pronto. The men winners were champion Mike Dixon (26:23, race time) who dashed across the street in 27:22 (27 seconds and 22/100), followed by Steve Apostolacus (33:26) of Wanamasa in 34:38 and Robert Tona (37:09) of Monmouth Junction in 38:36.
For the women it was Meg Foley (39:24) of Grand Junction, Colorado in 41:25 followed by Shannon Weldy (38:59) of New Brunswick in 42:43 and in a tie for third it was Mary Moriarty (45:44) of Highlands and Marilyn Ryder (46:02) of Long Branch in 47:41.

“I really like this course a lot – it has challenging hills and it offers a taste of cross-country and a taste of road running, so we get both,” said Ann O’Dowd, 48, of Colts Neck who finished at 35:42, a very respectable 7:09 per-mile pace. She informed that she had raced the Philadelphia Marathon (26.2 miles) on Sunday so “whatever my time was today, I’m satisfied with it and just glad to finish.” She thought the weather was “a bit windy but overall good for running.”

At the starting line at 11 a.m., thereabout, race director Mike O’Flaherty president of FARC, assembled the racers, thanked them for coming and briefed them on the direction and details of the course. He then introduced Linda Hyer as the official starter who sounded the horn and the racers were underway following the lead vehicle driven by the race director.

Handing out awards of money to the aforementioned top three and gymnasium bags to the winners and age-group leaders at the firehouse on Main Street which served as the staging area was the director, assisted by other club associates. Several members of the Cpl. Reynolds Detachment of the Marine Corps League assisted with traffic control. Computer results were compiled by Fred and Anna Torres of Eliteracingsystems.com.  Open Door Food Pantry and Lake Topanemus Park were the beneficiaries.

“I want to thank all the racers for participating in this year’s 26th anniversary of FARC’s Born to Run and all the volunteers who do the many activities necessary to put on a race such as this. I would also like to thank the Court Jester Restaurants, the Freehold Township girl scouts and the Freehold Borough Fire Dept., First Aid, Police and Public Works Departments. I also want to thank the race committee who always comes together to put on quality running events for our runners/racewalkers: Linda Hyer, Isabel Meldrum and Cathy O’Flaherty for Registration; Tom Wendel for Finish Line; Rich Edwards and Hal Smith for Course; Marcia Shapiro for Volunteers; Fran Kugelmas for Hospitality; and all the other FARC volunteers,” said the race director in an Email summary.

Other Herald area finishers of this calorie-recucing event on Black Friday: Erin McCarthy 31:55, Belford;  Sharon Gillespie 34:39 and Sean Gillespie 36:00, Middletown;  Maureen Fasmo38:14, Belford;  Sarah Stewart 38:25, Little Silver;  Marybeth McDonnell 38:34, Red Bank;  Kerry Gillespie 39:01, Middletown;  Lisa Glavan 39:08 and Thomas Morrison 41:04,  Highlands;  Doug Bailey 41:45, Atl. Highlands;  Martin Dugan 43:53, Middletown;  Mary Moriarty 45:44, Highlands;  Alan Mazzan 47:38, Fair Haven;  Mary Young 48:10, Highlands;  Robert Van Clef 49:44, Middletown;  Jennifer Mellor 50:19, Little Silver;  Karissa Trotter 52:17, Port Monmouth;  Diana Burton 54:23 and John Donelik 57:27, Middletown;  Bill Donnelly 1:06:20, Red Bank.

Other Monmouth County leaders:

Freehold:  Kevin Sumonte 28:39 ( a minute and 23 seconds faster than last year),  Robby Murphy 31:22,  Chad Safran 31:53,  Ian MacLean,  Matthew MacLean 32:27,  George Samaris 32:54,  Dave Abiodun 33:36,  Todd Feuster 34:02,  Paul Greitz 34:10,  Paul Gilly 34:23,  Chris Anselmo 34:49,  Laura Coyne 35:00,  Andrew Freire 35:14,  Reid Levitt 35:17,  Anthony Panzarino 35:23,  Victor Gilberti 35:43,  Megan Phillips 36:10,  Michael Chehanaske 36:11,  Robert Fisch 36:18,  Ryan Myulloch 37:18,  Sebastian Shimmings 37:20,  Jim Price 37:40,  Lianne Price 37:42,  James Gary 37:51,  Cara Nelius 37:52,  Ron Apostle 37:53,  Mike Maltese 38:04,  Chris Parr 38:28,  Rich Johnston 38:45,  Dave Trulli 38:49,  Warren Zwirn 38:57,  Jackie Hall 39:08,  Marisa Borchardt 39:19,  Bob Murphy 39:27,  Tom Apostle 39:28,  Ciara O’Donoghue 39:36,  Janis Ticly 40:17.

Others: Jenna Jensen 31:31, Marlboro;  Kevin O’Dowd 31:37, Colts Neck;  Rachel Morris 31:39 and Jonathan Stouber 32:08, Marlboro;  Joseph Donovan 32:46, Manalapan;  Rich Riopel 33:06, Morganville;  Dan Drury 33:17, Eatontown;  Steve Apostolacus 33:26, Wanamassa;  Joe Boyle 33:48, Howell;  Scott Linnell 34:06, Colts Neck;  Evan Sobel 34:40, Manalapan;  Craig Wien 34:55, Englishtown;  Ann O’Dowd 35:42, Cots Neck;  Charles Bringham 36:14, Holmdel;  Kevin Curran 36:24, Hazlet;  Jacob Brichkin 36:26, Englishtown;  Diane Petersen 36:40, Howell;  John Palladino 36:42, Manalapan;  Brian Gaughan 36:43, Englishtown;  Michael Chiera 36:44, Howell;  Kristen Suckow 37:05, Wall;  Todd Julian 37:08, Holmdel;  Susan Jensen 37:29, Howell;  Lauren Kerensky 38:12, Ocean;  Mike Aviles 38:22, Rick Tully 38:23 and Jim Chehanske 38:49,  Howell;  Liz Spector 38:54, Manalapan;  Bill Starkey 39:13, Neptune City;  Diane Williams 39:30, Avon.

Road racing continues on Dec. 5 with the Ocean Running Club’s Reindeer Romp/Mark Catalano 5K at Tuscany Restaurant, 1490 Rte. 88 West Brick at 10:30 a.m., info call 732-370-2948 or oceanrunningclub.org. It’s the Freehold Area Running Club’s Toys for Tots 5K on Dec.12 at 10 a.m., info at www.farcnj.com.

USA Gymnastics Names AH Man to Trampoline Team for Pan American Cup 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– 2010 U.S. trampoline champions Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu headline the eight-person U.S. Trampoline Team that will compete in the Pan American Cup 2010, scheduled for Dec. 4 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event is the selection competition for trampoline for the 2011 Pan American Games, Oct. 14-30 in Guadalajara.

The U.S. Team for the Pan Am Cup is:

  • Men
    • Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J&J Tumbling and Trampolinegluckstein_vercruyssen
    • Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics
    • Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head Over Heels
    • Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite
  • Women
    • Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind./Midwest Training Center
    • Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits
    • Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy
    • Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./Trampoline & Tumbling Express

Qualification for the Pan Am Games will be based on the results in the preliminary round. The countries that finish in the top three in the team rankings will send two athletes each, and the two athletes who finish at the top of the individual preliminary results who are not on one of the top three teams also qualify as individuals. All athletes must be at least 17 years of age in 2011. A maximum of five countries will be represented in each trampoline competition at the Pan Am Games.

The team competition and preliminaries for the individual event finals are held together. The top eight individuals, maximum two per country, advance to the men’s and women’s individual trampoline finals.

Hashathon Six-Mile Trail Race Results

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – Presented by the Rumson Hash House Harriers and the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), 400 racers competed in the 31st annual running of the Hashathon, a rugged, tough, challenging, six-mile trail race through the woods of Cheesequake State Park, in Old Bridge Township, on a windless,  sunny, 60 degrees, good–racing–weather Sunday morning of November 14.

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Hashathon 2010 photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club (www.JSRC.org)

Michael Obsuth, 18, of Fair Lawn was first to break the finish line tape, held by Mark Griggs, race director and his wife Charlotte from the course that starts and finishes in the vicinity of the main pavilion of the Park, and is described in the event’s circular as a “run through winding wooded trails, steep gullies, foot bridges, small streams, fallen trees, dramatic cedar forest & beautiful wetlands,” at a racing time of 41:05 (forty one minutes and 5 seconds). The digital racing clock that displayed that time was attended to and provided by John Kuhi, veteran runner and coach in the Shore area and long-time member of the Shore Athletic Club.

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Michael Obsuth is first across the line.

Rounding out the top three finishers were Joe Pawlish, 38, Haverford, PA at 41:25 and Dan Teichmann, 18, East Windsor, at 42:26.

“I was in second place until about the fifth mile, then I passed the leader and stayed out in front until the finish,” said Obsuth in describing his championship performance. “It’s my first trail race and I find it to be more fun than a road race because it’s more challenging and I like running in the woods, so I’ll be doing more trail races in the future,” he further offered when asked to compare the two styles of racing events.

“I’m a little disappointed – I was hoping to win,” said Pawlish when asked his thoughts on his runner-up position and when asked if he made an effort to catch the new leader he said “I tried – but just didn’t have it today.” He also described a trail race: “This to me is the best kind of running – it’s back to nature, no cars, and if you fall and get dirty, then that’s OK too.”

Third place finisher for the women was Kellee Hand, 22, of Howell at 49:42 (27th place overall). Amy Nalven, 32, of Brick was the women’s winner of this event at 47:21 (15th overall) and that racing time is 14 seconds faster than her last years’s championship time of this event and Lauren Ratigan, also repeated last year’s runner-up finish at 48:27 (20th overall) and she too was faster this year by 13 seconds.

“It’s more challenging and has more scenery than you get at a road race,” said Nalven and Rhatigan offered, in her comparison, that “it’s a whole different spectrum: you got the element of the unknown, you don’t know what’s under those many leaves so you have to be constantly conscious of your footing for the whole six miles.” Rhatigan is hesitant about using the word “perfect” knowing that few things in this world can be so described but “Today, Jim, I have to say it – the weather is ‘perfect!’”

Jared Gonsalves of South Amboy finished at 53:43, good for 48th place overall of the 400 racers and had this to say about a road and a trail race: “They are two totally different races – on the trail you’re running as one with nature in the woods – it’s much different because of the whole aura, the whole feeling of you being one and enjoying running at its core – you are a breeze in the woods.” He further concluded that, “I would choose a trail run over a road race any day in the week.”

“You can’t be using your walkman and daydreaming, you have to be alert for the entire race,” said Belmar’s Larry Bergmayer when asked his thoughts on this Hashathon. He finished 1:00:59. Bergmayer serves the running community by helping out at many races especially the Lake Takanassee Monday Night 5K Races in the summer in Long Branch.

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Amy Nalven crosses first for women’s champion

Ocean Township’s Susan Ardito, active member of the JSRC, finished at 1:09:38. “I was happy to finish the race and not fall down,” she said when asked her thoughts on this annual event. She further said, “it’s more technical, you have to constantly watch where your feet are and your pace therefore is always slower. The hills and terrain make for an interesting challenge.” When asked if she were looking forward to running it next year, she immediately answered: “Absolutely.”

The water spot where racers get a drink was strategically placed at the 1 1/4-mile area going out and was also the 4 ½-mile area coming back. It was serviced by some of the twenty or so on-course members of the host clubs who also served as course marshals.

The event includes a 1 Mile (almost) Fun Run, on the once-around-the-lake course with 29, mainly youngsters, competing. Nine-year-old Landon LeGrand who is in the 4th grade at Marlboro Elementary was today’s champion at 7:10.

Dave Demonico, Ocean, on the trumpet and Chick Albers, Hazlet, on the drum provided music out on the course for their running friends. Demonico also played our National Anthem at the start and prior to that director Griggs asked for a moment of silence for our military members who died in service, as well as Rumson Hash House Harriers who have passed on.

The aforementioned winners and age-group leaders, along with special category recipients were given awards of etched stone tiles in gold, silver and bronze metal frames created by Tom Morrison, past president of JSRC, at the Pavilion by race director Mark and Charlotte Griggs and members of the race committee.

Information in the encyclopedia informs of the history of the Harriers: “Hashing originated in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia, in December 1938, when a group of British colonial officers began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British Paper Chase or ‘Hare and Hounds,’ to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. Its Constitution proposes: To promote physical fitness among the members; To get rid of weekend hangovers; To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer; To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel.”

In keeping with the above sentiment, T-shirts were on sale with the following slogans: The liver is evil and it must be punished; “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin; My Indian name is Runs With Beer; I am not drunk, I’m AWESOME.

“The 31st running of the Hashathon six-mile trail race proved to be outstanding in many ways. With a record turnout of 400 finishers in the main event and 29 in the one-mile fun run, the trails of Cheesequake State Park provided a challenge for all. The mild weather and fall foliage proved a beautiful setting for a brutal race. I want to thank the enthusiastic volunteers from the Jersey Shore Running Club, especially Phil and Penny Hinck; the Rumson Hash House Harriers and a few from communities near the Park. Once again the staff at the Park proved to be helpful and gracious hosts. Local rock band Goldenseal gave a spirited performance at the post-race party held at M.E. Haley Hose Fire Department #1 of Matawan. This was the second year that the Hashathon’s post-race party was held at this location. Thanks also go to the Shore Athletic Club and John Kuhi for the timing clock; to Tommy Morrison for crafting the unique awards; to Rick Valentine of Athlete’s Image for the race clothing; to Atillo’s Pizza for prompt delivery of tasty pizzas; to Johnny on the Spot for its necessary amenities. Griggs Gardens designed the gift baskets that were awarded to three appreciative winners,” said Mark Griggs in an E-mail summary.

Other leading racers of the “brutal” six-mile Hashathon challenge:

Old Bridge: Carl Weiss 49:25,  Joe Mahoney 53:07,  Jessica Reese 57:54 (age-group Award),  Andrew Chon 59:10,  Eileen Lyman 1:01:50 (Award),  Cathy Mahoney 1:06:12.

Herald area: Bob Haithcock 47:43, Middletown (Award);  Craig Kolb 50:49 and Mark Molyneaux 52:39, Fair Haven;  Tom Reardon 54:12, Little Silver;  Jared Rumage 54:30, Fair Haven;  John Cheevers 54:49, Little Silver;  John Kuhner 57:14, Middletown;  Bill Burke 57:22, Atl. Highlands;  Hal Soden 57:31, Little Silver;  Marybeth McDonnell 58:26 (award) and Elliot Olschwang 58:38, Red Bank;  Jason Pawling 1:00:51 and Gil Eckert 1:01:59, Middletown;  John Nichols 1:03:23, Fair Haven;  Britan Murphy 1:04:15, Tracey Murphy 1:04:57, Nick DiBari 1:05:38 and Lenka Forbes 1:06:33, Middletown.

Monmouth County: Joseph Wysocki 46:07, Asbury Park (Award);  Dan DeYoung 47:50, Matawan;  Dan O’Henry 48:42, Wall;  Justin Cabinion 49:09, Matawan (Award);  Frank Cannarozzo 50:56, Holmdel;  Susan Lew icki 51:23, Matawan (Award);  Patrick Friel 51:34, Long Branch;  Russell Carhart 52:49, Keyport;  Laura DeMeo 53:05, Brielle (Award);  Michael Whaler 53:46, Eatontown (Award);  Tom Brieva 54:39, Manalapan;  Chris Dunford 55:38, Tinton Falls;  Jon Brodsky 56:28, Brielle;  Diane Williams 57:18, Avon (Award);  Jon Lalli 57:26, Avon;  Patrick Applegate 57:46, Matawan (thanks for printing neatly);  Chris Circelli 58:23, Belmar;  Thomas Dayback 59:00, Tinton Falls;  Brandon Elimanco 59:51, Freehold;  Lynn Nelson 1:00:00, Matawan (Award);  James DiBari 1:00:30;  Brett Fetter 1:01:57, Aberdeen;  Stephen Luz 1:02:02, Holmdel;  J.P. Dempsey 1:02:06, Neptune;  Mitchell Karp 1:02:07, Morganville;  Shawn Berry 1:02:22, Keyport (thanks for printing neatly);  Jason Turner 1:02:27, Eatontown;  Bridget Dudas 1:02:46, Wall;  Dennis O’Connell 1:03:12, Manasquan;  Kendal Hand 1:03:25, Howell (thanks for printing neatly).

Road racing continues on Friday, November 26, with the Born to Run Five Mile Race in Freehold at 11 a.m. Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Freehold Firehouse, 49 West Main Street. Info at website FARCNJ.com.

Running a Treat for Annual Trick or Trotters

LONG BRANCH, NJ – According to encyclopedia information the Irish brought the end-of-summer season activities of Halloween to America in the 1840’s and the custom that causes our children to say “trick or treat” has its origin much earlier in ninth-century Europe. But it was just 17 years ago that the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), with a play on words of that popular phrase, brought us its annual Trick or Trot Four-Mile Race that kicks off the beginning of fall season’s races and was presented at the Long Branch oceanfront on the sunny/cloudy good-racing-weather morning of October 24. The race benefits homeless animals and the main beneficiary is the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

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Reinaldo Reyes wins the Trick or Trot Four-Mile Race.  Photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club

Reinaldo Reyes, 51, of Maple Shade was first to cross the finish line, placed inside Seven Presidents Park, of the total 332 competitors, at a racing time of 23:12 (twenty-three minutes and twelve seconds – just a week ago he won the East Brunswick 5K Run at 17:34). Carlos Robles, 47, of Trenton was second at 24:12 followed by Eatontown’s Michael Whalen, 14, at 25:07.

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Leslie Eaton is the women’s winner.

Leslie Eaton, 39, Shrewsbury, was the women’s winner from the out and back course, that starts on the road just outside the Windmill restaurant, a main sponsor and used for registration, then proceeds to the promenade/boardwalk and continues south to a turnaround block of streets that includes Bonforte Avenue, then returns to the Park, at a racing time of 27:06 (7th place overall). She was followed by Gabby Barrett, 51, of Freehold at 27:41 (9th overall) and third women’s finisher was Joanne Cinter, 43, of Kaneohi, Hawaii at 27:57 (13th overall).

The large field battled some winds but still put in some impressive times and many costumes were sported on the course. The top “Costumed Runners” to finish were Chris Simon, Rumson, 27:51; Dave Nase, Oceanport, 27:53; Scott Wood, Washington, 29:42; Jason Turner, Eatontown, 29:59; Mark Ross, Colonia, 30:19 in the male division. Females were Gabby Barrett; Christie Patla, Matawan, 28:19; Dawn Ciccone, Highlands, 30:13; Inez Crismali, Hightstown, 30:57; and Lorianne Megill, Long Branch, 31:08.

“I just love this course!” exclaimed Long Branch’s Nancy Thorne, 51, who finished at 35:09 a respectable 8:48 per-mile pace. “It’s like so many races we’re lucky to have with the ocean as our beautiful scenery; and some of them have lakes to go along with the ocean.” Thorne is referring to the summer events such as the oceanfront Spring Lake Five Mile Run which includes Lake Como; the Belmar Five Mile Run which also includes that same lake and Silver Lake too; the Avon 5K which has Sylvan Lake; the Bradley Beach 5K also has that same lake and Fletcher Lake to boot. When Thorne is not running these highly picturesque ocean/lake races she will be directing the annual memorial Michael Thorne Scholarship Run in West Long Branch, also a rare 4 miler, which, in contrast to this race, meanders through the well-paved, well-policed streets among manicured lawns during the month of May and honors the memory of her fireman brother who was killed while on duty.

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At the starting line at 11 a.m., Phil Hinck, race starter, informed the awaiting runners of necessary details concerning the course, including the one water spot that would service the racers going to and from the turnaround block of streets and that they should make use of it. He introduced Dawn Ciccone of Highlands who gave a fine rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.  Phil then shouted a loud, “Ready, Go!” and the racers were off.

Mary Moriarty and Tom Morrison, co-race directors for the Trick or Trot were pleased with the results of the day and grateful for all of the support that was provided.  “In particular, we would like to thank all of the runners, volunteers and spectators who helped make the 17th Annual Trick or Trot a great success.  We were fortunate to have good weather compared to the prior few days. The events included a 4 mile run, a 4 mile fitness walk, kids’ races, and a pet walk along with a costumer parade.  It was amazing to see the number of runners who ran the race in costume!  The events benefit the Monmouth County SPCA and we are grateful to all of the volunteers from the Jersey Shore Running Club, the Monmouth County SPCA, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and numerous other organizations who helped put together this event.”

Other Long Branch finishers who were either early or pre-registered:  Tom Oakley 28:55,  Gilbert Santos 30:17,  Lorianne Megill 31:08,  Gary Balter 33:41,  Bryan Mejia 34:16,  Charles Howard 36:36,  Marilyn Ryder 36:37,  Robyn Herman 37:27,  Adam Schneider 39:05 (mayor),  Maria Mejia 39:25,  Orit Carmiel 42:25,  Jill Mergel 43:51,  Joanne DeFazio 44:52,  Elisa Perez 45:59.

Herald area finishers:  Matt Boyle 27:50, Monmouth Beach;  Chris Simon 27:51, Rumson;  Dawn Ciccone 30:13, Highlands (National Anthem singer);  Bill Burke 30:20, Atl. Highlands;  Chris Pegut 31:27, Middletown;  Michael Brennan 32:20, Fair Haven;  Michael Brady 32:56, Sea Bright;  Carol Finley 33:38, Red Bank;  Martin Dugan 34:04, Middletown;  Frank Demarco 35:01, Highlands;  Sherry Walsh 35:19, Red Bank;  Irene O’Rourke 36:22, Little Silver;  Kathleen Boylan 37:00, Atl. Highlands;  Walter Olson 37:54, Middletown;  Matt Damm 38:13, Red Bank;  John Booth 38:17, Sea Bright;  Mark Bizub 38:31 and Mahin Booth 40:04, Red Bank;  Karissa Trotter 40:18, Port Monmouth;  Joelle Bonanno 40:22 and  Kate Damm 41:15, Red Bank;  Angie Moerlein 41:37, Rumson;  Jason Post 41:38, Fair Haven;  Janine Mullahy 42:35, Middletown;  Janice Turner 44:52, Highlands;  John Lewandowski 46:45, Middletown;  Roberta Adams 47:04 and Kat Murphy 47:34, Monmouth Beach;  Suzy Riegelman 49:28, Red Bank;  Kevin Mullahy 51:59, Middletown;  Jim Booth 55:19 and Madeline Bizub 55:34, Red Bank;  Donna Post 56:29, Fair Haven;  Mary Lou Burden 57:10 and Diana Magos 1:01:51, Red Bank.

Other Monmouth County leaders:  Robby Murphy 25:19, Freehold;  Jarrett Lynn 27:09, Farmingdale;  Dave Nase 27:53, Oceanport;  Christie Patla 28:19, Matawan;  Jack Bleach 29:03, Belmar;  Chris Dunford 29:29, Tinton Falls;  Jason Turner 29:59, Eatontown;  Michael Antczak 30:24, Hazlet;  Karen Skillings 30:45 and Scott Main 30:52, Freehold;  Inez Crismali 30:57, Hightstown;  David Gross 31:23, Morganville;  Ralph Garfield 31:36, Englishtown;  Jennifer Colarusso 31:47, Tinton Falls;  Chelsea Knight 31:57 and Aaron Levine 31:58, Howell;  Frank Dilello 32:00, Ocean;  Brian Brady 32:12, Manalapan;  James Bergum 32:21, Howell (webmaster of Freehold Area Running Club);  Stephen Bugge 32:28, Keyport;  Stephanie Sterlazzo 33:11, Sea Girt;  Michael Lynch 33:19, Lincroft;  Rosevelyn Medvigy 33:28, Keyport;  Emily Lagrotteria 34:07, West Long Branch;  Karen Kelly 34:24, Oceanport;  Patty Carroll 34:25, Neptune City;  Joseph Renzella 34:43, Neptune City;  James Murphy 34:46, Howell.

All results are posted at Eliteracingsystems.com.

Road-racing events continue with the Justin Cruz Memorial 5K in Wall Township on Nov. 7 at 9 a.m., info call 732-223-2206. In Long Branch on Nov. 13 is Beauty and the Beach 5 Mile Run at 9 a.m., info [email protected].

Atlantic Highlands Man Wins Syncro Trampoline World Cup Title

Albacete, Spain – Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif. won the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Cup Series title for synchronized trampoline, a first for the United States. They took top honors for the seven-event series based on their one silver- and two gold-medal finishes.

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Steven Gluckstein and Logan Dooley
photo by Tatiana Kovaleva

“Logan and Steven have just been incredible, and this is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “We are so encouraged about their results both individually and as a team. They are raising the bar for trampoline in the United States, and are to be commended on their hard work and dedication.” Continue reading Atlantic Highlands Man Wins Syncro Trampoline World Cup Title

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selects Long Branch Standout

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Miles Shuler of Long Branch High School, Long Branch, NJ, has been selected to play in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

“Miles is a talented athlete whose exemplary leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Long Branch High School,” said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The strength, dedication, leadership and teamwork skills necessary to succeed on the football field are the same qualities mirrored in Army Strong Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of our U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and congratulate them on their selection.”

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Miles Shuler selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Shuler was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games’ network of regional directors, Rivals.com and Tom Lemming. U.S. Army All-American players are eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins Game MVP Award, and the Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard U.S. Army Awards.

As a result of Miles Shuler being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, his head coach Dan George is invited to travel to San Antonio and attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience featuring NFL and NCAA coaches, as well as participate in game-week activities.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the country held each January in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  The game features the best high school football players in the nation, and has helped launch the careers of Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Michael Oher (from the movie “The Blind Side”), and many other college and NFL stars since its inception in 2001.  The game also crowns the U.S. Army Player of the Year during Bowl Week in San Antonio.

The U.S. Army Accessions Command (USAAC), a subordinate command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, meets the human resource needs of the Army by transforming volunteers into officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers.  In providing the force, the 18,400 men and women of Accessions Command prepare these future Soldiers and leaders for their initial military training. Commanded by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USAAC is located at Fort Knox, Ky.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sport marketing and event management company. National sponsors of the All-American Bowl include the U.S. Army, American Family Insurance, Athletic Republic – the Official Performance Training Center, beRecruited, Choice Hotels, DCI-Drum Corps International, DeMoulin Uniforms, Football University, Jupiter Band Instruments, Rivals.com, Russell Athletic, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Schutt Sports, The National Association for Music Education, and Zildjian Cymbals. For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com/events/aab.

Jersey Shore Half Marathon Results

Seven hundred and sixteen (up from 670 last year) road racers competed in the 38th running of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon presented by the Shore Athletic Club (SAC) with the cooperation of the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) and the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) on the windy, Sunday morning of October 3, at the federal park of Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook.

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Start of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon

The first competitor to break the tape at the finish line, held by sixth grader Claire Studer of Freehold and race-director Isabel Meldrum, located on the main road outside Parking Lot E, which was also the starting area, and receive a medal as all finishers would, was Mark Kitz, 32, of Brick at 1:15:29 (1 hour, 15 minutes and 29 seconds.) Coming in second was Jay McGovern, 31, followed closely by his twin brother David at 1:15:37, both of Atlantic Highlands.

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Half Marathon winner Mark Kitz crosses the finish

All three finishers stayed pretty close to each other the whole race with Kitz going out front during the beginning of the second loop. “It was beautiful a nice flat course and my family and I have a lot of fun here on Sandy Hook during the summer so it makes it nice,” said today’s champion when asked to comment on the course. “It (the wind) was rough for about the first mile or so but then you just got used to it,” he added in regard to the weather. Runner-up McGovern said: “Other than the wind it was great running weather.” He also informed that it was here at this race in 2007 that he had his fastest half marathon at 1:14:03.

Katherine Peetz, 24, of Spring Lake, was first in for the women, from this double-loop course which goes to a turnaround at the lighthouse area at the north end of Sandy Hook to complete the 13.1 mile distance at 1:29:16 (30th place overall). She was followed by Alyssa Douma, 23, of West Milford at 1:31:14 (36th overall) and third woman’s finisher was Colts Neck’s Ann O’Dowd, 48, at 1:32:45 (43rd overall).

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Katherine Peetz crosses the finish

Peetz agreed with the men’s runner-up: “The wind was a little tough but the temperature was perfect.” She liked the water stations because “even though you got a lot of encouraging from the other runners along the way it was there that they were cheering the most.”

Women’s runner-up Douma informed, “I was out in front for the first half but she (Peetz) caught me at the beginning of the second half and she set a pace that I just couldn’t catch.” She too said of the weather: “It was a lot windy but still very nice.”

Racewalk finishers: Marcus Kantz, 64, at 2:22:20, Westfield;  Ron Salvio, 62, at 2:25:04, Whiting;  Ray Funkhouser, 59, at 2:32:22, White Stone, VA;  Maria Paul, 45, at 2:34:17, Long Branch;  John Molendyk, 68, at 2:58:02, Barnegat;  Elliott Denman, 76, at 3:00:14, West Long Branch (Olympian racewalker in 1956). During the 1990’s, maybe before, Ray Funkhouser lived locally and frequented the summer Monday night 5K races at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch that has awards for runners and racewalkers. A new racer (this writer, 1992) was impressed with the speed in which Funkhouser would racewalk (not run) the orbital Lake, passing me early in the 4-lap course, even after having the racewalk start being two-minutes later than the runners. In conversing before the race today he offered that he often had raced at a “sub-seven pace.” That’s racewalking under a 7- minute mile! That causes me to be even more impressed.

Matthew Shafer of Tinton Falls was in at 1:35 :10 and said that, “I really like this seaside course – it’s flat and I like the double loop because I have a lot of friends from the different running clubs that were participating and it was fun seeing them.” Shafer directs during the spring the annual CASA 5K (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children.

“I love it, it’s scenic, it’s peaceful, takes in the beautiful sky,” said Dawn Ciccone of Highlands in regards to this Sandy Hook course who was very satisfied with her racing time: “I wanted to get in under 1:50:00 and I did way better than that.” She scored 1:42:24.

Bill Winterbottom of Jackson has been president of the Ocean Running Club of Ocean County three times and was in at 1:36:16.  “It was OK,” he said of his performance today. His lack of enthusiasm is surprising because a lot of 54-year-ols would be very happy to be running a 7:21 per-mile pace. “All I know is I sure was looking forward to that second turnaround because that was when the wind was at your back!” he further exclaimed.

A special feature of this race is that water-drinking stations are strategically placed on the scenic course and serviced by cross-country teams from different schools. A money donation is awarded to the school that expresses the most enthusiasm to the runners/racewalkers. This is decided by the racers’ votes. “Monmouth University Cross Country Team easily won this year’s Best Water Stop Award, and resumed their domination in this category.  Competing against Monmouth this year were: runner-up Georgian Court Cross County Team, and tied for third place were Marlboro High School Cross County team and Georgian Court Track and Field Team.  Our thanks to all the young people and their coaches for their assistance.” wrote Donna Cetrulo, feature organizer.

At the starting line, Phil Hinck, past president of the JSRC (twice) and director of many local races, two of which are nationally recognized, informed the racers of the water stops and encouraged the participants to make use of them. Hinck then introduced road-racing champion of many Shore area events David Demonico of Ocean who gave a fine rendition of our Star-Spangled Banner on his trumpet, accompanied by Hazlet’s Chuck Albers on his bass drum and all were encouraged to sing along. Hinck then got the Half Marathoners ready and voiced a loud “Ready, Set, GO” and the racers were off at 9 a.m. following the lead vehicle driven by the race director.  

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K is part of this annual event and that race of 3.1 miles went off a few minutes after the main event and was led by bicyclist Wayne Baker of Westfield (listed in the Writers-at-Large of the Runners Gazette). Its course was part of the main course, including the same finishing-line chute, along with the vast parking lot itself. Ivo Casas, 23, of Elizabeth was the winner of the 116 total competitors at 18:53 and Taryn Landers, 27, of Wall was the women’s winner at 19:12 (2nd place overall). “It was too windy – it’s nice and flat,” said Casas in regard to the weather and course and further informed that 16:30 was his best time for this distance recorded in 2005 in Washington D.C. while competing in the Race for the Cure.

Post registration is a problem for this event since the Department of Interior prohibits any money exchange on its federal property so registration has to be off site. Tim McLoone was generous enough to offer the parking lot of his Sea Bright restaurant for post-registration purposes.  The committee members set up for this were retiree from the Long Branch school system and SAC officer Donna Cetrulo, Ocean; Nate Byrd, Hamilton; Dick and Carolyn Heuser, Freehold; Janet Bergum, Howell; Patty Hitman, Ocean.

Paul Roman, Emergency Medical Coordinator for the race and Assistant Howard Suffill, said that, “There were a few serious cases and we did have the normal amount of expected cuts and bruises.” They further informed that several organizations were on hand in case of need: the first aid squads of Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Rumson and Middletown Township, which also included its bike team; the representatives of the Civil Air Patrol Bayshore Composite Squadron; the Field Communication Unit of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department; Paramedics from MONOC; Physicians from Jersey Shore Sports Medicine; chiropractors from the NJ Chiropractic Society; staffing and logistics from the Jersey Coast Chapter of American Red Cross.

Race director Isabel Meldrum, former president of both FARC and SAC and active racewalker, presented models of sailboats to the aforementioned winners and age-group leaders at the Parking Lot E’s concession section, which served as the staging area. Random prizes of a 15-inch Flat Plasma TV was available for the Lighthouse 5K participants. And the Half Marathoners had four prizes: 24-inch Plasma TV, a sea scape painting by renowned artist Avram Shapiro, two free-shoe certificates from Road Runner Sport in Shrewsbury. The race also had a special raffle for the over 200 volunteers: a 24-inch Plasma TV and a Road Runners’ gift certificate for free shoes. A great picnic was provided at this oceanside location: hot soup, hot dogs, bagels, fruit and soft drinks. This race has been voted the best food race at the Jersey Shore.

“I’m very excited about the excellent turnout, 760 half-marathoners and 116 in the Lighthouse 5K, and want to thank all the racers for their support.  I want to acknowledge also the know-how cooperation we get from the volunteers (250 total) of the area clubs (SAC, FARC, JSRC).  Compliments, too, to the chairpeople of the organizing committee who did an outstanding job of food preparation and distribution for the athletes. I want to thank Donna Cetrulo, Linda Hyer, Mike O’Flaherty, Tom Wendel, Marcia and Avram Shapiro, Phil and Penny Hinck, Manny and Roberta Eisner, Fred and Anna Torres of Elite Racing Systems for all their help. I also want to recognize our sponsors: Charlie Rooney, Shore Runner and McCloone’s Riverside Restaurant. A special thank you to the National Park Service Rangers who coordinate the traffic on the roads. The Half is a very special Jersey Shore event as it has its roots right here at Sandy Hook and this year marks 38 years of running at the Shore. It keeps on growing and my philosophy is that when you put on a quality event the runners will come out and support it. The Jersey Shore Half Marathon is a runners’ race put on for runners and by runners. I want to pay gratitude to you one and all. We hope to see you on October 2, 2011. Our website is http://jerseyshorehalfmarathon.com.”  said director Meldrum in an E-mail overview.

Other finishers of the 13.1 mile challenge:

Atlantic Highlands Herald area leaders:  Richard Bayer 1:31:19 and Colin Wright 1:31:33, Fair Haven;  Claire Fernandez 1:32:57, Atl. Highlands;  Anthony Scaturro 1:36:28, Monmouth Beach;  Steffen Hertel 1:36:45 and Adam Bellincampi 1:37:13, Atl.Highlands;  Bridget Dowd 1:38:56, Fair Haven;  Andrew MacLane 1:39:32, Middletown;  Ronald Kane 1:39:34, Highlands;  Thomas Schaefer 1:40:48, Keansburg;  Jared Rumage 1:41:01, Fair Haven;  Tammi Delaney 1:41:03, Atl. Highlands;  Michael Melso 1:41:07, Fair Haven;  Anthonie Zimmerman 1:41:58, Middletown;  Dawn Ciccone 1:42:24, Highlands;  Jason Kushwara 1:43:04, Atl. Highlands;  Mark McGuigan 1:43:35, Fair Haven;  Kevin Hill 1:43:41, Sea Bright;  John Elliott 1:43:56, Middletown;  Doug Mallach 1:44:06 and Heather Wolkkom 1:44:28, Rumson;  Glenn Grzybowski 1:45:48, Atl. Highlands;  Jackie Merlette 1:46:04, Middletown;  Christen Ambrosio 1:46:06, Port Monmouth;  Allison Wagner 1:46:15, Red Bank;  Jason Pawling 1:47:03, Middleetown;  Diana Pittet 1:47:24, Atl. Highlands;  Vanessa Berry 1:47:32, Fair Haven;  Buddy Walters 1:47:41, Rumson;  Christopher Zatorski 1:47:50, Red Bank;  Chara Bellincampi 1:47:59, Atl. Highlands.

Other leaders in Monmouth County:  Stephen Addis 1:21:54, Tinton Falls;  Pat Ford 1:22:41, Neptune City;  Scott McGhee 1:23:32, Neptune;  Walter Zahray 1:28:47, Matawan;  Edward Alburtus 1:30:17, Neptune City;  Jim Redeker 1:30:42, Wall;  Rich Riopel 1:31:42, Morganville;  Christopher Adams 1:33:21, Colts Neck;  Edwin Hale 1:34:31, Spring Lake;  Rich Cuttrell 1:34:40, Neptune;  Chelsea Knight 1:34:50, Ocean Grove;  Joseph Kanaszka 1:35:59, Aberdeen;  Evan Sobel 1:36:15, Manalapan;  Aaron Rose 1:37:14, Matawan;  Dan Drury 1:37:16, Eatontown;  Sandy Sanders 1:37:41, Tinton Falls;  John Behrens 1:37:48, Howell;  Richard Macko 1:38:00, Matawan;  Carl Ehnis 1:38:29, Long Branch;  Richard Brugger Jr. 1:38:30, Neptune City;  Christopher Elliott 1:38:42, Matawan;  Joseph Liberti 1:39:13, Howell;  Jose Rivera 1:39:47, Hazlet;  Joseph Reagle 1:39:50 and Richard Veith 1:40:35, Long Branch;  Rosario Miano 1:41:03, Tinton Falls;  Edward Mahalick 1:41:08, Freehold;  Mary Beth Glaccum 1:41:21, Brielle;  Katherine Dunn 1:41:27, Lincroft;  Joseph Strempek 1:41:50, Spring Lake;  Kenneth Marowitz 1:42:11, Long Branch;  Todd Desimone 1:42:40, Tinton Falls;  Przemyslaw Nowicki 1:42:43, Holmdel.

Complete results are at Eliteracingsystems.com.

Road racing continues with the Fear the Pier 5K in Leonardo on Oct 9 at 10 a.m., info at 732-866-2119. On Oct.10 is the Run Thru Deal 5K at 11 a.m., info 732-531-1994 and the Little Silver Classic 5K at 9:30 a.m., info at 732-383-5817. In Shrewsbury on Oct. 17 is the annual Shrewsbury Classic 5K at 9 a.m. info at 732-747-8713.

Highlands Man Competes with Genoa Racing Team in Petit Le Mans

Genoa Racing Finishes Fifth in LMPC Class In Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 2 – Genoa Racing finished fifth in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) class in Saturday’s Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda2 at Road Atlanta, completing 307 laps in the 1,000-mile/9-hour-and-10-minute race. That was just four laps shy of the number of laps that would have made the podium, but the top-five finish still helped the Zionsville, Ind.-based team to finish third unofficially in the class’s point standings for the year.

Officially 124,200 people attended the season finale for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron during practice, qualifying and the race, which was a new record.  The 13th annual event was also covered live on SPEED.

The first goal of any endurance race is to finish, and Genoa Racing accomplished that even though it had to battle back from an accident that forced it to spend about an hour and a quarter behind the wall to make repairs. It was not the only team to run into difficulties by any means, as there were nine full-course cautions. Genoa Racing’s incident was not one of them, however.

The team’s all-American driver line-up consisted of 19-year-old Frankie Montecalvo of Highlands, N.J.; 27-year-old Alex Figge of Denver and 22-year-old Eric Lux of Williamsville, N.Y. Montecalvo and Lux were making their first start in this particular event, and Figge was making his second start.  Lux and Figge were also making their first start with Genoa Racing.

The team’s bright-green Oreca FLM09 No. 36 promoted the sponsors of its sister car, the Green Earth Team Gunnar No. 99 – G-Oil, Bayshore Recycling and the Zais Group – as well as Lux’s sponsor, the Monticello Motor Club.

Montecalvo qualified fourth in class and 14th overall on Friday with a time of 1:16.250 for the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course.  He was up to second in class by the one-hour mark of the race, and he was third in class when he turned the car over to Figge about one hour and 25 minutes into the event.

About 13 minutes later trouble struck. In trying to avoid a slower car Figge backed the car into a tire wall off Turn 7, damaging the left-rear bodywork. When he pitted for repairs the crew quickly realized the damage was more extensive than they first thought, and they were forced to take the car back to the transporter for more repairs, including welding the gearbox, replacing the rear-wing’s uprights and repairing the muffler and exhaust.  Figge returned to the fray about an hour and 15 minutes later but by then the car was sixth in class, 37th overall, and 32 laps down to the class leader.

Figge drove for about another hour after the repairs were completed and then turned the car over to Lux.  The latter drove for the next three and a half hours, setting the car’s fastest race lap in the process when he turned a

1:17.582 on lap 136.  About five hours and 36 minutes into the race Lux had a minor off-and-on-course incident in Turn 5, but his main challenge during his stint was an errant water bottle floating around near his feet.

With six hours and 48 minutes gone the team was still fifth in class, but other teams had experienced problems too and now it was only two laps behind fourth place and 17 laps behind third place in class.

Most American Le Mans Series races are two hours and 45 minutes long.  With that time left in the 10-hour maximum distance the third-, fourth- and fifth-place LMPC cars were all on the same lap, having completed 225 circuits.

Genoa’s No. 36 was still fifth, but it was going full-steam ahead.

Montecalvo drove the last hour and a half without any incidents but the gap was too great and the team finished fifth in class and 35th overall, three laps behind the fourth-place car.

Boardwalk Races Against Hunger in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ – Liberty Natural Gas and the New Jersey Bankers Association, in recognition of September being National Hunger Awareness Month, presented, in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), the third annual Boardwalk Races Against Hunger – A Running Festival on a sunny, breezy Saturday morning, Sept. 25, at the Asbury Park-Ocean Grove-Bradley Beach boardwalk. Nearly fifty teams made up mainly of three runners each, some had two, competed on the course, a 15K (9.3 miles) distance made up of three 5K legs, that starts and finishes on the boardwalk just south of Convention Hall and continues south for 1.55 miles to a turnaround marker at the fountain in Bradley Beach. Also individual runners who signed up for a 5K, 10K and 15K (220 total) used the same course for their challenge of the Boardwalk Hunger races.

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Start of 2010 Boardwalk Races Against Hunger – photos Bob Both, JSRC

Off the Couch was the name of the winning team of the Relay with Rui Nogueiro, Paulo Oliveira, Louis Olivo all from North Jersey contributing to the combined racing time of 58:29 (58 minutes and 29 seconds). “The course is nice because it’s flat and it’s out and back – the weather is great, this is perfect running weather – I like flat and you can’t get any flatter than the boardwalk,” each offered in general comments.

Runner-up to the champions was Bravo Company a three-man team of West Point Prep Cadets stationed at Fort Monmouth: Nick Maynes, Richard McCabe and Conor Kane at 1:01:43. A full busload of Cadets competed in the event.

First in for the 5K (3.1 miles) was Bobby Hutton, 46, of Constellation Energy wearing a New York Harrier singlet, of New York City (Manhattan) at 19:40. “Yes, it was pretty good – a little hot – a good race, a good course,” said Hutton when asked if he were satisfied with his performance.  “About ten years ago I did it under 19 minutes,” he offered when asked his best racing time for this distance.

Dana Miscia, 24, of Montclair was the first female 5K winner at 24:40. “It was really fun – I’ve been looking forward to doing this race for awhile – it’s a pretty warm day, but it’s certainly better than rain,” Dana said in initial comments. She further informed that she just came off doing an ironman last Sunday in Cancun “and that qualifies me for the world championship.” (Encyclopedia informs of the Ironman race: 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon run, 26 miles and 385 yards, raced in that order and without a break).

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Best Dressed Team

Ben Sterett, one of the West Point Prep Cadets was today’s 10K winner at 36:27. “It’s really nice, I love the beach, I’m from the beach area of North Carolina so I’m familiar with it,” he offered and liked the weather because it was hot and sunny. “It’s very well set up, very well organized,” he said of the Races Against Hunger event and that “we’re (speaking of all the cadets) all glad to be doing this for such a worthwhile cause.”

Meagan Drapkin, 25, of Brick was the women’s 6.2 mile winner at 45:54. “It was nice, it was scenic running beside the beach and ocean,” she said of the course but gave a resounding “No!” when asked if she were satisfied with her performance. “I ran very slow,” she explained and that “39:56 is my fastest time so I’m disappointed.” She didn’t seem happy about the weather either, “It was hot and humid,” she said.

Joshua Ostroski, 33, Philadelphia, PA, was the 15K, (non-team-lone) winner of the 3-leg, 9.3 miles challenge at 1:01:25, a bit slower than the Relay time of 58:29, but excellent nevertheless.

Amy Volek, 37, Oakhurst at 1:11:42 was the women’s winner of the lone 15K. “Everything was perfect, even though the breeze cooled us off just one way,” (she changed direction three times). She further offered that, “the course is very beautiful, it has the ocean, the sand and it’s in Asbury Park!”

Long Branch’s Marilyn Ryder, along with Donna Mehler, Spring Lake Heights and Carolyn Heuser, Freehold, sexagenarians (don’t run to the dictionary or be frowning at that term, it means sixty-year-olds) all with the title DCM (Donna, Carolyn, Marilyn) Express, did their team-of-three 15K boardwalk challenge in 1:39:12, somewhat slower than last year, but they’ll take it.  All three are running club active members and help out as volunteers often when they are not racing.

At the 8:30.a.m. beginning of the event, race-starter Phil Hinck instructed the waiting runners about the course and the necessary details concerning the passing of the relay batons by team members and instructed them to drink water at the two stations available. He then introduced Angela Huenerfauth of Bradley Beach and St. Denis church choir in Manasquan who gave a very fine rendition of our National Anthem. He then gave his usual, very loud “Ready, Set, Go,” and the racers were off.

Bob Both, race director, assisted by Roger Welan, president of Liberty Natural Gas, John McSweeney, president of New Jersey Bankers Association and Susan Kelly presented awards to the aforementioned winners at the Wonder Bar which served as the staging area for the event.

“The weather has cooperated for the third annual Boardwalk Races Against Hunger and I hope all participants had a great day at the Jersey Shore. On behalf of the JSRC, I would like to thank Liberty Natural Gas for its generous sponsorship. I want to also recognize the New Jersey Bankers Association and a special thanks to all teams that participated and to all the volunteers for their know-how efforts. The Foodbank, main beneficiary,  prepared refreshments at the Wonder Bar’s post-race party. Golden Seal led by Joe Hughes of West Long Branch performed on stage featuring their new release Feed the Hungry,” said Bob Both in an Email.

More results are available at Eliteracingsystems.com or www.jsrc.org.

Road racing continues at Sandy Hook on Oct. 3 with the annual Jersey Shore Half Marathon and Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5K at 9 a.m., info call 732-409-7644 x 3 or [email protected]. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Also on Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. is the Allaire 5K Cross Country Run in Wall, info call 908-618-5357. It’s the Fear the Pier 5K in Leonardo on Oct 9 at 10 a.m., info at 732-866-2119 or [email protected]. On Oct.10 is the Run Thru Deal 5K at 11 a.m., info 732-531-1994 and the Little Silver Classsic 5K at 9:30 a.m., info at 732-383-5817. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Boardwalk Races Against Hunger to Culminate National Hunger Action Month

ASBURY PARK, NJ – Hunger Action Month (September), led by Feeding America, is the nationwide effort to mobilize the public in the fight against hunger in America. Hunger Action Month, formed to help those in need, bloomed from a day of service into a month-long campaign as the economy has taken a turn for the worse, with high unemployment, the increases in health care costs, and home foreclosures the demand for food assistance has increased. Through collaboration between Feeding America’s national office, their network of 205 food banks, corporate sponsors and engagement of celebrities, Feeding America aims to raise awareness this September to help the 36 million Americans who struggle with hunger through the universal message “Give a Little, Feed a Lot.”

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Start of 2009 Boardwalk Run, photo by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club

The Liberty Natural Gas Boardwalk Running Festival Against Hunger to be held in Asbury Park on Saturday, September 25, 2010 will mark the culmination of a month long series of events to raise awareness locally on the issue of hunger in the community.

“The FoodBank is proud to be partnering with the Jersey Shore Running Club for the third annual Boardwalk Running Festival Against Hunger. Sponsored by Liberty Natural Gas and the NJ Bankers Association, this event continues to grow and to make a difference in the fight against hunger. It is a perfect example of community partnerships working towards the greater good,” said Susan M. Kelly, Executive Director of the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties.

The Liberty Natural Gas Boardwalk Running Festival, now in its third year, has grown into a favorite on the Jersey Shore race calendar. Started as the Relay by the Sea about ten years ago and held at the Sea Girt Army Camp, it evolved into the Boardwalk Relay three years ago when it moved to Asbury Park. It also marked the beginning as a benefit for the FoodBank. This year it has expanded to a festival of running with the continuation of the15K three- or two-person relay, and this year includes individual events of 5K, 10K and 15K as well as a 5K walk.

Liberty Natural Gas has been a sponsor of the race since its move to Asbury Park and has taken an active role in the planning and organization of the event. The New Jersey Bankers Association has also been a key force behind the event during the same time and has marshaled many of its member banks to support and participate in the event. There is a special “Banking” division for banks to compete.

There are open, masters, family, corporate and bank team categories each with male, female and mixed divisions, and awards will be presented to the top finishers in each. Awards will also be presented in the individual 5K, 10K and 15K.

The race starts on the Asbury Park Boardwalk in front of Convention Hall and makes its way south along the boardwalk going past the Stone Pony through the Casino, into Ocean Grove past the Great Auditorium and into Bradley Beach with a turnaround at the Giant Gazebo there.

This year the race will include chip timing professionally timed by Elite Racing Systems.

All pre-registered runners and others, while supply lasts, will receive quality long-sleeve shirts. The post-race party will again be festive and this year will be at the Wonder Bar where “Tillie” sits atop the building smiling down on everyone. Joe Hughes and Golden Seal will be playing live on the stage there and runners will enjoy a post race buffet.

Last year over 120 teams competed and a large field is again anticipated. Monmouth University was the winning team last year in a time of 54:41. The team was comprised of three cross-country members: Chris Delfattore, Aron Hollibough and Cody Kulik.

Special awards will also be presented to top fundraising teams and individuals.

Information, including registration information, is available on the event website at www.boardwalkrelay.org. or the Jersey Shore Running Club at www.jsrc.org or by emailing [email protected]