The year 2013 was a memorable one for runners. Many events continued to be impacted b the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Popular running routes along the boardwalks and parks were impacted but most recovered by the start of the traditional summer season by Memorial Day. The Boston Marathon bombing had an impact on events creating a need for additional security and vigilance.
The local running club’s continued strong with annual parties, group runs, and winter and summer series all over the area.
Here is a month by month highlight of some events in 2013:
The Ocean Running Club was forced to cancel their long standing winter series due to the damage in Ocean County Park but other series did continue.
February was a popular month for local running clubs to hold their Annual parties.
The Freehold Area Running Club held another successful St Paddy’s Day 10 Miler and 5K.
The Jersey Shore Running Club and Special Olympics New Jersey held RunAPalooza in Asbury Park. The popular Jersey Shore Relay Marathn though had to be cancelled due to the destruction along the shore and many of the boardwalks. The half marathon was held under tight security coming the same week as the Boston Marathon bombing.
The traditional Memorial Day weekend kicked off with the huge Spring Lake 5 which attracted about 10,000 runners.
June is always a busy month for all types of local races. In 2013 a new event was held in Union Beach which was one of the worst hit towns in New Jersey. The event attracted a large field and raised money for much needed relief efforts in the town which still continue.
The Wall Firecracker 5 Mile on Independence Day always seems to be a hot one and this year it was no different with a patriotic theme of lots of red, white and blue.
The Asbury Park 5k attracted a record field this past year as many of the local running clubs banded together to volunteer and run the event which was part of the Jersey Shore Grand Prix Series of races.
The Liberty Half Marathon held in Liberty State Park in Jersey City again attracted a large competitive field with the New York City skyline as a spectacular bak drop.
The Ocean Running Club held their annual Seaside Half marathon as scheduled despite the damage from Hurricane Sandy and a huge fire on the boardwalk that destroyed the planned host venue as well as the start area of the race.
The Shore AC had to cancel their Jersey Shore Half Marathon due to the government shut down.
Manasquan was another shore town that was seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The annual Turkey Trot did go off as scheduled and attracted another sell out field of runners.
The highlight for December is sure to be the 50th running of the Polar Bear Races in Asbury Park. It has a long history and it is sure to be a very special event for its golden year.
2013 was certainly a memorable one with many more events which deserve recognition.
With 2013 coming to an end its time to start thinking about 2014 and your own running resolutions.
Also coming up and closing out 2013:
And coming to Asbury Park on April 26, 2014 is the Annual RunAPAlooza which includes:
Information on more upcoming 2014 events can be found on the Race Calendar.