The 21st Annual Saturday in the Park 5K was held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Holmdel Park, Holmdel, New Jersey.
The participants were treated to some great running weather with moderate temperatures and low humidity. The event has been staged by the Jersey Shore Running Club since its inception and over the course of its 21 years has raised money for numerous women’s causes throughout the area. The race has been held at various locations until settling at Holmdel Park about 10 years ago.
The course is a challenging one. The runners start in an open grassy field and start a climb going into the woods going uphill for about a mile. There is a short flat section and then they face the infamous bowl which is trail with several ups and downs before reentering the woods toward the finish. The runners exit the woods with about a half mile to the finish on an open grass field and they can see the finish clock in the distance.
Coming in first at that finish line this year was Lauren Rome of Howell, New Jersey in a time of 19:19. She was in the lead pack most of the way and broke away from the field. It is the first time she has won the event.
Lauren was followed by Kristin Andrews of Manalapan in 19:41 and then 14 year old Alyssa Aldida of Linwood in 20:20.
After the 5K kid’s races were held on the open field. Then awards were presented by Race Director, Penny Hinck of Monmouth Beach to the top finishers and age group winners. Special awards were also presented to the top mother daughter team and the group with the most participants.
Runners will have plenty to choose from in the next few weeks to include:
Tuesday, September 2, 6 p.m. Beginner's Run Class Starts, Spring Lake - Wall, New Jersey
Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.10K, 34th Annual Brielle Day 10K, Brielle, New Jersey
Saturday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. 5k, Fallen Heroes 5K Memorial Race, Lake Como, New Jersey
Sunday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. 5K, Hustle 4 Hannah, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
Thursday, September 11, 6 p.m. 9-11 Memorial Run, Belmar, New Jersey
Sunday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. 5k, Tutu Run, Wall, New Jersey
More upcoming events can be found on the race calendar.