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Union Beach 5K to bring grieving community together

2013 Union Beach 5k was a special event
2013 Union Beach 5k was a special event

The Jersey Shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Union Beach along the Bay Shore was particularly impacted. Just about every home and business was affected significantly. The rebuilding and recovery will take a long time. Many people are still recovering from the devastation.

2013 Union Beach 5k was a special event

On June 21, 2014 the second annual 5K run and walk to help raise some needed funds and give some Hope to the community. The race is being organized by Alicia Maresco of Union Beach along with many friends and volunteers.

Union Beach was also impacted with the loss of firefighter Robert Meyer who died fighting a local fire earlier this month on June 8, 2014. His loss will be recognized in a special way at the event and help bring the grieving community together..

Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. 5k, Union Beach 5k, Union Beach, N.J. Web Site.

Last year’s event

Photo from last year


Coming in fist overall last year and for the men was Antonio Meza Soriano of Red Bank in a time of 17:35. He was followed by Scott Penick of North Brunswick in 17:44 and then David Allen of Metuchen in 18:22.

For the women it was Caren McCormack of Little Silver breaking the tape in a time of 20:01. She was followed by Macey Marko of Somerset in 21:23 and then Ashley Forsyth of Freehold in 22:08.

According to Race Director, Alicia Maresco. “last year’s event was a complete success and reached its limit on the number of entries. Another large crowd or runners and walkers is expected.” The event raised money which was used to build a community playground that was devastated by the storm and assist those in need. The event is again teamed up with the RAINE Foundation (Reaching All in Need Everyday) which is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2001 to assist children and their families who are in crisis.

Runners or walkers can sign up on line or visit the event web site for information on day of and in person registration and packet pick up.

More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.

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