The 19th Annual Just Us Girls 5K will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Sea Girt National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, N.J. bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
The event is a popular one drawing a large field of runners and walkers. It is also open to men although awards are presented only to the women.
Just Us Girls is the only non-profit organization that directly advocates women in Monmouth and Ocean counties who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. All profits are returned to the community through individual financial awards and annual scholarships.
Since its inception, the group has assisted over 700 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer through the profits of this run and walk. In addition to making monetary contributions to women who have a financial need, the group also provides spiritual and physical comfort to the women in our community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Just Us Girls also has an annual scholarship program to provide support to college students whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.
Last year’s event was held on the day before the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy with ideal running weather with temperatures at about 60 degrees and the winds not much of a factor for the 9:30 a.m. start.
Coming in first last year was Lisa Namath of Wall, N.J. in a time of 19:59. She was followed closely behind by Meagan Drapkin of Brick, N.J. in 20:03 and then Katherine McCalley of Haddonfield, N.J. in 21:06.
The first Race Walker was Linda Reeves of Interlaken, N.J. followed by Maureen Swigon of Point Pleasant, N.J. and then Patti Dalgarno of Manasquan, N.J.
In the Mother/Daughter category it was Karen and Megan Gianforte of Brielle, N.J. coming in first followed by Diana and Ashley Meade of Wall, N.J. and then Maureen and Caitlin McDonnell of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.
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Lots of Group Runs are also going strong in the area so there is always some place to run.
Runners will have plenty to choose from in coming weeks to include:
Saturday, October 19, Interlaken 5K, Interlaken, N.J.
Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m. Seaside Half Marathon and 5k, Seaside Hts, N.J.
Many more events can be found on The Race Calendar.