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Relay returns to the Jersey Shore

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Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon in 2013 with devastation all along the traditional route from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park, N.J.

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This year The Relay returns on Saturday, April 26, 2014. There are still recovery operations ongoing along the shore and many homes and still destroyed or in the process of being rebuilt. Part of te route that The Relay takes suffered severe destruction particularly from Mantaloking to Seaside Heights to include Brick Beach, Ortley Beach and Lavaletette.

Due to the damage there the route was modified with a start in Point Pleasant Beach. To make up for the lost first leg the teams will be doing the first section two times with a course going into Bay Head and returning back to Point Pleasant Beach. From there to Asbury Park it will be same traditional route encompassing, Brielle, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.

Runners will be treated to a scenic course along the jersey Shore but will also run by remnants of the destruction from the hurricane.

The size of the field also had to be restricted and there were many disappointed tams that could not get in under the cap. Many of the participating teams will be dressed in costumes and unique team uniforms for the event.

Next year the Jersey Shore Running Club hopes to bring back the original route for the 20thAnnverseary of the event which started out with 26 runners each running 1 mile and now has turned into an event all along the Jersey Shore with over 3000 participants.

In addition to the Relay there will also be the Asbury Park Half Marathon and the Jersey Shore 5K which start and finish in Asbury Park. The day’s events are known as RunAPalooza and it is a gathering of runners and a giant celebration at the finish.

The event has always been a fund raiser for Special Olympics New Jersey and this year it has added the Jersey Shore Dream Center located in Asbury Park as a beneficiary,. Last year in addition over $10,000 was donated to assist the towns along the route in Hurricane Sandy Relief.

All the events are sold out but volunteers and spectators are welcome all along the routes.

Information on the event is at the RunAPaloozat Web Site.

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