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Union Beach 5k binds community together

Union Beach 5k 2014
Union Beach 5k 2014

The second annual Union Beach 5k was held on Saturday, June 21, 2014. It was a gorgeous morning g for the run on the first official day of summer which started just about at the 9 a.m. start of the race.

Union Beach 5k 2014

Race Director Alicia Maresco and her dedicated group of community volunteers from various local groups were busy bright and early setting things up for the runners.



Some 600 plus runners lined up for the start. Flags were still flying half-mast in memory of union Beach Firefighter Robert Meyer who died fighting a local fire earlier this month on June 8, 2014. A few moments before the start of the race a moment of silence was held in Firefighter Meyer’s memory.

Dawn Wilcox who was assisting Alia gave the final instructions and then the command to start the race. The runners made their way along a course through the town and then to a finish back at the start location.

The spirits were high as the runners made their way to the finish with many family and friends cheering the runners as they finished.

Scattered all along the route were people with signs encouraging the runners and with signs such as “UB Strong” and “We love UB”.

Breaking the tape for the men was Mike Soroko of Kinnelon in a time of 15:56. He was followed by Matt Alter of Rumson in 18:32 and Joel Rivera of Union Beach in 18:38 to round out the top three for the men.

For the women it was Bronawyn Oleary of Cliffwood Beach coming in second overall in a time of 18:08. She was followed by Autumn Bartlett of Orlando, Florida in 18:45 .

After the 5K race, kids’ races of various distances were held that attracted a field of over a hundred participants.

Here are some running opportunities coming up in the next week:

Sunday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. 5K, Kidney' Fighting for a Cure 5K and 2 Mile Walk, Wall Municipal Complex, Wall, N.J. Race Preview

Sunday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. 3, 6, 10 plus miles, Sunday Run, Bodman Park, Middletown, N.J.

Tuesday June 24 through July 15 - 1 Mile at 6:30 PM, 5K at 6:45 PM, Ocean Running Club Summer Series, Winding River Park, Toms River, N.J.

Wednesday June 25 and continues on July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Freehold Area Running Club Summer Series, Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, N.J.

Thursday, June 26, 5K and 1 Mile, JSRC Summer Series Week 4, Wall, N.J.

Saturday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. 5k, Bayshore Community Hospital 5k, Holmdel, N. J. On Line Registration

Sunday, June 29, 5K, 9 a.m. Dance Dash 5K, Colts Neck, N.J.

Sunday, June 29,5k, Run 4 Recovery, Galloway, N.J. Prize Money

Check the Race Calendar for more upcoming events

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