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19th Annual Avon Day 5K shines

2014 Avon 5k
2014 Avon 5k
Penny Hinck

The 19th Annual Avon Day 5K was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Avon by the Sea N.J.

2014 Avon 5k
Penny Hinck

It was a near ideal morning for the 1200 runners as they lined up along Ocean Avenue for the 8:30 a.m. start.

There was a strong wind coming out of the north for the runners but moderate temperatures with low humidity made for some great running weather under sunny skies.



Breaking the tape first overall and for the men was John Jankowski of Point Pleasant in a time of 17:07. He was followed by Rich Grandelli of Manalapan in 17:28 and then Justin Carlton of Jackson, N.J. in 17:30 to round out the top there.

For the women it was Dactilla Boothe of Long Branch in a time of 18:47 breaking the tape. She was followed by Sarah Peterson of Baltimore, Maryland in 18:56 and then Alivia Carlton of Jackson in 19:21.

After the race awards were presented to the top finishers and age group winners.

Many of the participants celebrated their accomplishments at one of the many local establishments.

Coming up next weekend is a very busy weekend of running. Check the Race Calendar for all the action.

And for those interested in running their first 5K a group will be starting on July 1, 2014. Check it out so your non running friends can join in on an upcoming 5K.