There were two great 5k events in Ocean County, New Jersey on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
In the north it was the Shark Run 5k in Bay Head which was a benefit for the Bay Head School which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. In the south it was the Beechwood 5k that benefited Beechwood Recreation held in Beechwood, N.J.
It was a beautiful morning for both events with unseasonably mild temperatures in the 60’s.
In the Beechwood 5k there were 106 finishers. The race was directed by Steve Komsa of Beechwood. The event featured some interesting volunteers on the course in Star Wars garb.Many Ocean Running Club members were on hand running, helping and promoting their upcoming Seaside Half Marathon on October 20, 2013.
Coming in first overall and for the men was Kristopher Neff of Tuckerton f 17:54. He was followed by Matt Cookson of Toms River in 18:46 and rounding out the top three was Anthony Guevara of Jackson in 20:07.
For the women it was Carolyn Rogers of Toms River crossing the finish line first in a time of 21:46. She was followed by Mary Blais of Manahawkin in 22:18 and then Beth Merrill of Bayville in 22:31 for the top three.
In the Shark Run 5k in Bay Head there were 350 finishers.
Coming in first overall and for the men was Dave Slavinski of Point Pleasant Beach in a time of 16:07. He was followed by Mark Zamek of Macungie, Pa. in a time of 17:06 and then Eddie Carvente in a time of 17:22.
For the women it was Jocilyn McNally of Kensington, Md. in 18:52. She was followed by Jacqui Gordon of Point Pleasant Beach in 20:30 and then Amy Cooper of New York City in 21:27 to complete the top three.
Runners will have plenty of action coming up the remainder of the weekend and more to come. Check The Race Calendar for all the details.
Due to the government shut down the 41st Annual Jersey Shore Half scheduled for this Sunday was cancelled. And if the shot down continues it may impact the NYC Marathon.
Coming up next weekend is the Run Thru Deal and lots of other interesting events including the Atlantic City Marathon..
Saturday, October 12 ,9 a.m. X-Country Series, Wolf Hill Park, Oceanport, N.J.
Saturday, October 12, Heights Pride 5K, Spring Lake Hts, N.J.
Saturday, October 12, 5k, 10 a.m. Step by Step 5k Run/Walk for EG, Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck, N.J.
Saturday, October 12, 5k, Toast Pancake Run, Asbury Park, N.J.
Sunday, October 13, 8:45 a.m.5k, Running to Rebuild, Freehold, N.J.
Sunday, October 13,18 Miles, 10;30 a.m. LBI 18 Miler, Long Beach Island, N.J.
Sunday, October 13, 1 p.m. 5k, 10K, East Brunswick Races, East Brunswick, N.J.
Sunday, October 13, Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon, Atlantic City, N.J.