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Saturday in the Park 5K 'three peat'?

Saturday in the Park 5K turns 21
Saturday in the Park 5K turns 21

Hundreds of individual women runners and walkers are expected to join together at Holmdel Park in Holmdel, New Jersey on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, August 30. 2014 to raise funds for and promote awareness of organizations that provide essential services to women and their children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Brianna Gees two time winner of Saturday in the Park 5K

Presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club, the twenty first Saturday in the Park 5K "Women Taking Steps to Help Women" will be a fun-filled, rain or shine event featuring a Women's 5K Run and Scenic 3-Mile Walk at 9:00am and Children's Races at approximately 10:00am.

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Breaking the finish tape first last year was 15 year old phenom Briana Gees of Haddonfield, N.J. in a time of 18:39. Brianna was a repeat winner and easily broke her winning time of 19:08 in the 2012 race. Can Brianna “three peat”?

She was followed by Amanda Marino of Jackson, N.J. in a time of 18:50, Shelby Cain of Haddonfield in 20:10, Jacqueline Gottuse of Fair Haven in 20:32 and then Dianne DeOliviera of Brick in 20:39 to round out the top 5 overall finishers..

"The main reason for celebration is knowing that this race annually supports programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in both Monmouth and Ocean counties." said Penny Hinck, Race Director, Jersey Shore Running Club. Past participants of Saturday in the Park have consistently remarked about how they have been touched by the ceremony at the start of the race when the runners and walkers join hands and realize the need for all of us to come together to support these "safe harbors" for women and their families.

The Saturday in the Park event was first staged at Bodman Park in Middletown, and was then held at Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College, before finding its home at Holmdel Park in 1999.

There is also a spirited team competition with awards going to the largest teams. It is always a very competitive aspect of the event.

For more information on Saturday in the Park 5K, visit the event web site.

And looking ahead is the first annual Tutu 5K to be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014. It is open to men and women too. The first 200 to sign up get a free Tutu.

More events can be found on the race calendar.

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