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Sandy recovery continues
Sandy recovery continues
Vito Gadaleta

The Recovery Along the River Foundation will be holding their first 5K race on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in the Shark River hills section of Neptune Township, N.J.

Shark River in Neptune Township
Vito Gadaleta

Sunday, May 4, 5k, 9 a.m. Run the Hills, Shark River Hills, Neptune, N.J.

The Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc. was formed in May of 2013. The group was informally working on Sandy relief beginning the day of Sandy came ashore. The organization is a 501C3 not for profit foundation. Its mission is to raise awareness about the damage and heartache caused by Sandy and to raise needed funds for those residents of Shark River Hills impacted by the storm. In 2013, through its River Concert and other events, the group raised nearly $60,000 and has distributed most of those funds to impacted residents. In addition, they have sponsored community events to re-establish the community spirit in Shark River Hills. The goal is to continue to raise needed funds to return our residents to their homes and make them whole again.

The River Concert will again be held this year on Saturday May 31st. The group decided to add a 5K Run, not only as a fundraiser, but again to bring the community together and to showcase the improvements since Sandy and let people see the strength of community and the beauty of the Shark River.

The 5K course will take participants along South Riverside Drive for most of the race. The course is flat and fast with only a minimal rise in elevation and no hills. According to Vito Gadaleta of Neptune Township and the Foundation, “Our Run the Hills logo is meant to showcase Shark River Hills, not the running of those hills.”

The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised entirely of Shark River Hills residents, some of whom were directly impacted by Sandy. The Race Committee is comprised of the Board and residents, some of whom are runners and will be participating in the race. Some of those Neptune resident runners include Dean Shonts, Rich Silva and Melanie Matthews.

According to Vito, “We have hopes that our first race on Sunday, May 4th, will become an annual event. As of this writing, we have about many participants registered. We are looking to see 300 by the day of the race.”

Runners are encouraged to pre register for the event.

More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.