The New Jersey running community this week lost a true professional. Fred Torres could be seen over many years at many events all over New Jersey in his capacity of timing road races large and small. His company Elite Racing Systems which he started, timed the Spring Lake 5, Belmar 5 as well as many other events in the area.
Fred was the consummate professional. He was always there well before the start of the race making sure the timing system was in place and ready to go. Always there until the last runner crossed the finish line and results were tabulated and provided to the event organizers to be used in awards.
Fred was always improving his scoring capability and providing first class service to his customers. He was one of the first to introduce “chip timing” to races in New Jersey. He was at 6th Annual ChronoTrack Timers Conference in San Antonio this past week to learn more on how to improve. While at the conference he did have time to go out for a run and that is when he collapsed and his own personal timing clock ran out way much too soon.
I personally remember Fred starting from his timing of the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon many years ago. I had spoken to Fred prior to his going to the conference and he was going to look into enhanced methods of scoring for the event. Whenever someone crosses a finish line in that relay I will be thinking of Fred.
I searched for a photo of Fred at a race as I have literally thousands of finish photos from many events over the years. It was difficult. Fred was always busy behind the scenes making sure everything was just perfect. He never got in the way and you would never know he was there. He just did his job. Even when there were some minor glitches he kept his cool and got the results to us.
Fred was one of the “good guys” and will be missed by the entire running community but most of all by his wife Anna and the rest of his family who were at many of the races helping and timing as needed.
There will be a viewing and services this Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 2 to 6 p.m with a service at 4 p.m. at Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home 1313 Van Houten Avenue Clifton, N.J. More details and directions.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions may be made to Clifton High School Track Booster Club and send to P.O. Box 635, 495 Allwood Road Clifton, N.J. 07012.