The 13th Annual Navesink Challenge15K and 5k will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in the Navesink section of Middletown, N.J.
It is a benefit for the Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) and many volunteers from the group as well as the Jersey Shore Running Club will be assisting with the race.
The races start at Bodman Park in Middletown and take the runners through some challenging hills – as the event web site declares “It’s a hill get over it” and most runners do.
New this year, according to Race Director, Leslie McKernan of the Jersey Shore Running Club “a terrific new location for the post-race party – The Red Bank Elks Club with food, drinks, music, raffle prizes and a beautiful view of the Navesink River!”
There will also be more information coming out soon on “team competition”. That information will soon be posted on the official event web site.
Last year the organizers faced some “challenges” of their own due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The event was held successfully and sold out with 900 participants. Another sell out is anticipated with this popular event over a very scenic route.
Coming in first last year in the 5k for the men was Brian Conley of Earleville, Maryland in a trime of 18:18. He was followed by Anthony Mazza of Hazlet, N.J. in 19:09 and then Peter Clabby of Middletown, N.J. in 20:11. For the women it was 11 year old Laila Rosenthal of Marlboro, N.J. in 20:26. She was followed by Stephanie Lefergola of Matawan, N.J. in 21:17 and then Rachel Clabby of Ithca, N.Y. in 21:27.
In the 15k coming in first for the men was Jeff Propert of Wall, N.J. in 56;10. He was followed by Antonio Meza Soriano of Red Bank, N.J. in 57:15 and then Daniel Yi of Alexandria, Virginia in 57:31. For the women coming in first was Lisa Namath of Wall, N.J. in 1:04:08 followed by Amanda Tripodi of Marlboro, N.J. in 1:06:41 and then Samantha Christ of Englishtown, N.J. in 1:06:42.
It will be a busy one this coming weekend check out the Weekend Preview for October 26-27.
More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.
Looking ahead to the spring there is RunAPalooza to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on April 26, 2014. Registration for the Asbury Park Half is now open and a determination on the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park should be forthcoming soon.