The George Sheehan Classic 5K was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Red Bank, N.J. The weather was near ideal for the1300 runners as they lined up on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank.
Prior to the start music was blaring all along the street. A few minutes before the start the National Anthem was sung, and then Race Director, Phil Hinck of Monmouth Beach gave the final command to start the race. As the gun went off Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” was blasted along the route inspiring the runners as they made their way south along Broad street. They then made a turn and traveled through some tree lined streets before turning back. Before they hit Broad Street they had to face the notorious Tower Hill at about the 2.5 mile mark.
The first runner to make it to the finish and break the finish tape was Andrew Brodeur of Bethesda, Maryland in a time of 15:19. He was followed by Brian Quilty of Brick in 15:39 and then Cory Smith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 15:47 to round out the top three. For the women it was Noel Whithall of Toms River in 17:46. She was followed by Maeve Evans of New York City in 18:04 and then Tina Morrison of Washington, D.C. in 18:38.
Both Andrew and Noel were past winners of this event and are in contention for the Jersey Shore grand Prix championships. The Sheehan Race is part of the Jersey Shore Grand Prix Series which includes the Spring Lake 5, Belmar 5, Asbury Park 5k and Pier House 5K. Information on the three remaining races can be found here:
Saturday, July 12, 5 miles, Belmar Five Mile Run, Belmar, N.J.
Saturday, August 9, 5K Asbury Park 5K, Asbury Park, N.J.
Monday, September 1, 5K, Pier House 5K, Long Branch, N.J.
According to Series Director Phil Hinck, “Awards will be presented at the final race for those who accumulate the most points for their finishes.” The series highlights the 5 large classic races at the Jersey Shore during the summer and is popular among runners from throughout the area. More events can be found on the JSRC Race Calendar.
After the race awards were presented on a stage set up along the Navesink and runners were treated to a variety of snacks and refreshments. Many of the participants celebrated their accomplishment at local establishments in the town.
The Kid’s Races that were scheduled for Friday Evening had to be cancelled due to the thunder storms in the area. A large crowd of participants did show up but were not disappointed as there were lots of snacks and entertainment at Marine Park along the Navesink.