The Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) 5K was held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The race took place at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center located in Neptune, N.J.
Some of the fastest 5k times in the area in recent memory were run for both the men and women.
It was a bright sunny morning with chilly temperatures barely 60 degrees at the start of the race.
The event was the culmination of the Meridian Heart and Sole Cup. The series of races included the Bayshore 5k and the Ocean Medical Center 5k. The series included $12,000 in total prizes in the series.
The race was organized by a staff from Meridian led by Race Director, Robert Cavenaugh of West Long Branch, N.J.
Runners lined up on the side of the Center. A Color Guard stood in the front of the runners as the National Anthem was sung and the runners all stood in solemn attention.
Last minute instructions were provided by Jersey Shore Running Club’s Phil Hinck. A cannon marked the start of the race. The runners took off down along the road on the side of the Center. They then exited onto the adjoining Route 33 for a short stretch and then turned into the neighboring community. Once in the neighborhood the runners were presented with some challenging hills. They then made their way back toward the finish on the side of the Center.
Waiting for them were a doctor and nurse appropriately attired at the finish line.
Many departments in the hospital participated and wore distinctive colored shirts either running or walking as a group the course.
Afterwards runners were treated to a huge barbecue and plenty of post-race snacks.
Awards were presented by Race Director, Robert Cavenaugh to overall and age group winners.