The Jersey Shore was full of runners from Bay Head in Ocean County to all the way north into Deal in Monmouth County for the 19th Annual event now known as RunAPalooza on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
The morning started out with showers covering the area but as the 8:30 am start approached the clouds scattered and the sun started to blanket the 3000 plus participants in what has become a tradition for many runners at the jersey Shore.
The event is a benefit for Special Olympics New Jersey and staged by volunteers from the Jersey Shore Running Club and many local community groups.
This year the Jersey Shore Dream Center a community outreach program in Asbury Park also played a prominent role in the event.
The Jersey Shore Relay Marathon returned this year after a break due to the destruction along the shore from Hurricane Sandy. It was a modified route since re construction was continuing along the traditional route which started in Seaside Heights. The runners started in Pont Pleasant Beach this year. The first team to cross the finish line in Asbury Park carrying custom batons was Team Training Room from Sea Girt, N.J. in a time of 3:01:23.
In the 5K started and finished in Asbury Park with a loop through neighboring Ocean Grove. The first runner to break the tape was Drew O’Neill of Metuchen, N.J. in a time of 19:15. He was followed by Tim Boyer of Columbus, Ohio in 21:08 and then Micah Crump of Bernardsville in 22:15.
For the women it was Melissa Fariello of Atlantic Highlands in 23:36. She was followed by Adina Crump of Bernardsville in 24:29 and then Marissa Sharenow of Old Bridge in 24:34.
In the Asbury Park Half Marathon the top finisher was Timothy Clarke of Brooklyn, N.Y. in a time of 1:18:06. He was followed by Jan Stofan of Helmetta in a time of 1:19:17 and then Farnese Da Silva of West Long Branch in 1:19:33.
Notably Alexandra Trig of Hernando, Mississippi appears to have set a world record in the half marathon for eight year olds in a time of 1:54:07
Notably Alexandra Trig of Hernando, Mississippi appears to have set a world record in the half marathon for an eight year old in a time of 1:54:07
For the women it was Jayne Condon of Wall in 1:33:30 followed by Barbara Finnegan of New York City in 1:33:45 and then Sheila O’Grady of Manasquan in 1:34:39.
In the RunAPAlooza Marathon the top finisher for the men was Lou Rettino of Rumson, N.J. in a time of 3:3124. He was followed by Steve Antczak of Northfield, N.J. in 3:43:42 and then Qraig De Groot of Jersey City in 3:55:55.
For the women it was Christine Stinton of Manasquan in 4:01:39 followed by Nora-Jean Mishkin of Monmouth Beach in 5:30:36.and then Stephanie Gerena of Wayne, N.J. in 5:30:37
Awards were presented at the Jersey Shore Dream Center a few blocks from the finish on Grand Avenue in Asbury Park. Refreshments were also served along with an expo.
Afterwards any runners continued the day and celebrated ther accomplishments at one of the many establishments in the city.
Anyone interested in getting ready to run their first 5K can check out the beginner’s running group that is starting on May 13, 2014. And its not too early to think about getting ready for fall half marathons like the Seaside half Marathon and full marathons like the NYC Marathon. Check out some training opportunities.
And check out many upcoming running events at the jersey Shore with the Jersey Shore Running Club.