The Jersey Shore Running Club held its 20th Annual Trick or Trot Race on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Long Branch, N.J.
The event consisted of Kid’s Races which started at 10:30 a.m., a 5K which started at 11:00 a.m. and a pet walk which started a few minutes after the 5k.
It was a bright sunny morning with cool temperatures in the 50’s for the start and just a bit of a breeze along the ocean front race.
Runners in the 5k lined up on the Promenade many donned with their Halloween costumes. The National Anthem was sung by Maya Jacoby of Long Branch, N.J. Then the command to start was given by the Jersey Shore Running Club’s Phil Hinck. The runners headed south along the promenade past Pier Village and then headed back for a finish inside Seven President’s Park.
Three were over 300 participants in the day’s events. Many participated in costumes including the many dog’s in the pet walk.
Coming in first overall and for the men was Joe Berardi of Middletown in a time of 17:23. He was followed by Frank Durkin of Whiting in 19:59 and to round out the top three TJ Frabizio of Ocean in 20:57.
For the women the top finisher was Brianne Kilian of Middletown in 20:09. She was followed right behind by Jamie Liberti also of Middletown in 20:10. They were followed by Inez Crismali of East Windsor in a time of 21:49.
Among the finishers in the 5k was Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider.
After the completion of the 5k there was a costume parade for all who came in costumes. Awards were presented to the best costumed runners.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Race Director, Michael Procopio of Ocean Township. He presented the overall and age group awards. The event was also an Road Runners Club of America N.J. championship race and awards were presented in that category as well.
The event was a fund raiser for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and many volunteers from the group assisted at the race.
After the awards many of the participants and volunteers headed over to the Celtic Cottage for a post-race celebration.
This Tuesday many runners will participate in the run to commemorate the year after Hurricane Sandy.
Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m. 5 Miles, Sandy Run, Deal, N.J.
More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.
Looking ahead to the spring there is RunAPalooza to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey on April 26, 2014. Registration for the Asbury Park Half is now open and a determination on the Jersey Shore Relay Marathon from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park should be forthcoming soon.