RED BANK, NJ – The George Sheehan Classic 5 Mile Run is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011. More than 3,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate in what has become one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular road races. In addition, thousands more participate in the pre- and post-race events held on June 17th and 18th.

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Start of 2010 Sheehan Classic 5 Mile Race

Race organizers moved the race to June from it's traditional date in mid-August and the response from the runners was overwhelming in favor of the move. “The George Sheehan Classic is an extremely popular race for both elite and local runners, but New Jersey’s hot, humid August weather had been a problem,” said race director Philip Hinck. “… and hosting the event on a June weekend provides a chance for the entire family to enjoy the early summer weather.”

The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. George Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. “The Doc” has been called the “father of the running boom” in the United States.

As part of the George Sheehan Classic, the Friday evening Sheehan Kids' Classic is a series of children's races of various distances, from toddler to age 13. Kids will be treated to face painting, characters and ice treats. Free music entertainment accompanies the kids' races on the banks of the Navesink. 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 17         2–9 p.m.         Runner’s Expo Village                       Marine Park
An opportunity see the latest in running, health and fitness, and pick up some great bargains. Free admission.

Friday, June 17         6:30 p.m.         Sheehan Kids' Classic             Marine Park
A series of races for kids ages 1-13. Medals to all finishers. Registration - $15.

Saturday, June 18     7 a.m. – 2 p.m.           Runner’s Expo Village           Marine Park
More great items showcased and on sale for runners and athletes of all abilities.

Saturday, June 18     8:30 a.m. start           Sheehan Classic         Broad Street
A five-mile road race that attracts the sports' top competitors. Registration information is available online at www.sheehanclassic.org or call 732.571-2162.

Saturday, June 18     8:32 a.m. start           2-Mile Health Walk       Broad Street
The GSC presents the annual family two-mile health walk, which follows part of the five-mile course, and finishes with the runners on Broad Street.      

Saturday, June 18     10:30           Awards Ceremony & Post Race Party     Marine Park
Runners, friends and members of the community are invited to enjoy music following the awards ceremony. Free admission.

Over $2,500 in prize money will be distributed in the five mile run to Top Five overall finishers, top New Jersey finishers and age-category winners. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of road racing: Americans Bill Rodgers and Keith Brantley, Norway’s Grete Waitz, Australian Lisa Ondeiki, Zimbabwe’s Phillimon Hanneck, Kenya’s Veronica Kanga and Russian Olga Markova.        

The George Sheehan Classic was named one of the Top 100 Road Races by Runner’s World magazine, and the Best Memorial Race in New Jersey by the New York Times. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, CBRichardEllis, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey sponsor the Sheehan Classic. Other sponsors include:, Chapdelaine & Co. Riverview Medical Center, Howley Financial Group, Zais Group, Miller Lite, Jersey Mike's, Wakefern, Whole Foods, and Front Street Trattoria.

The race is part of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, a series of races that offers prize money to overall winners and age group category winners. The five 2011 events are: Spring Lake 5, George Sheehan Classic, Belmar 5, Asbury Park 5K & Pier House 5K. www.jsgrandprix.com

For Sheehan Classic information and registration, call 732.571-2162 or check the website, www.sheehanclassic.org.