The weather was near ideal for the runners, volunteers and many spectators. It was a cool 70 degrees at the start with little wind and low humidity under a bright sun for the 8:30 a.m. start. What appeared to be a record crowd for the event of 1700 plus runners lined up alongside Sunset Lake in front of Convention Hall where they were given last minute instructions from Race Director Phil Hinck of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.
After the singing of the National Anthem, Mr. Hinck gave the order to start and the large field made their way through the city to Grand Avenue past many truly “grand” homes and churches then made their way back to Ocean Avenue past the old carousel building, The Stone Pony and Wonder Bar with Tillie looking over the runners. From there a second loop through the city and then back to the famous boardwalk and finish near Convention Hall.
Many groups and clubs were represented in the event. Patty Hancock of the Ocean Running Club was there wearing her placard promoting the Seaside Half Marathon set for October 19, 2014. John Schwartz was there with a large contingent of Old Bridge Road Runners inn their distinctive fluorescent green shirts. Team Wakefern led by Bob Chavez had a large group of runners. Team Red White and Blue wore patriotic uniforms and Jaimie Gallagher of Wall Township carried the American Flag the entire way.
Volunteer groups from the Jersey Shore Running Club, Shore AC, Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore Dream Center in Asbury Park were among the groups assisting at the race.
In the race finishing first overall was a familiar face at the Jersey Shore, Andrew Brodeur of Bethesda, Maryland in a time of 15:42. He was followed by James Rivers of Barnegat in a time of 15:52 and in a photo finish Dan Barlev of Holmdel in 15:52 to round out the top three.
For the women it was Dactilla Booth of Long Branch breaking the tape in a time of 18:32. She was followed by Marissa Alberti also of Long Branch who battled Dactilla most of the way running neck and neck and finished I 18:42. Rounding out the top three was Erin Conroy of New York city in a time of 18:45.
After the 5K, Kids Races of various ages and distances were held on the lawn in Bradley Park in front of Convention Hall. Awards were then presented to the top overall and age group winners.
All participants received distinctive tie dyed shirts for which the event is known. All the finishers received medals for their accomplishments.
Afterwards participants celebrated at many of the local establishments. It was an awesome day at the Jersey Shore for all the runners.
Action continues with lots more summer racing left for the season. Check The Race Calendar for upcoming events.