ASBURY PARK, NJ - With cooperation from the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) and the Shore Athletic Club (SAC), the Asbury Park Urban Enterprise Zone presented the 8th annual Asbury Park 5K on a cloudy/sunny, warm, excellent-racing-weather Saturday morning, August 13, and 942 road racers competed.  They raced the 3.1 miles on a two-loop rectangular course that started on the road next to Atlantic Square Park, went south then north on adjacent streets and finished the last ¼ mile on the boardwalk near Convention Hall where Elite Racing Systems had set up a finish-line chute.  The event benefits local organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.

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Start of 2011 Asbury Park 5K 2-loop course.  Photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club. 

Coming through the chute first was Robert Cavanaugh, 33, of West Long Branch at 15:20 (15 minutes and 20 seconds) closely followed, four seconds later, by Highlands’ Craig Segal, 29, at 15:24. Third place went to John Trautmann, 43, of New York City at 16:34 (former Olympian) and he was followed by Morristown’s Philip Hume, 25, at 16:44 and Pat D’Alessandro of Asbury Park at 16:50.

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Robert Cavanaugh, West Long Branch, continues to lead Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, by winning Asbury Park 5K.

“We (Cavanaugh and Craig) were together the whole race until we reached the boardwalk and I gave it and extra push and stayed in front to the finish,” said Cavanaugh in describing his championship performance.

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Erin Lunny, Middletown, is women’s champion in official time of 17:34.

Erin Lunny, 22, of Middletown was first in for the women at 17:34 (9th place overall). Rounding out the top five females: Sarah Peterson, 28, of Belle Mead at 17:54 (14th overall), Marissa Alberti, 33, Long Branch at 17:55 (15th overall), Christy Peterson, 36, Doylestown, PA, at 18:04 (17th overall), Maria Pavkovitch, 27, Hoboken at 18:05 (19th overall). Special awards are granted to the top-five male/female finishers of this event.

More than $2,000 in prize money was awarded at the event in open and age-group categories. The Asbury Park 5K is the fourth event of the five race Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix which ties together the top shore summer races: the Spring Lake 5, the Sheehan Classic, the Belmar 5, Asbury Park, and the Pier House 5K in Long Branch which concludes the Golden Grand Prix on Labor Day Monday, September 5. As part of the Grand Prix, points are also awarded toward overall grand prix standings.

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Category winners pose for group photo

At the starting line at 8:30 a.m., Phil Hinck, race director, informed the racers about the course, warned them to make use of the two water spots, introduced Dawn Ciccone who gave a fine rendition of our National Anthem then started them off with a loud Ready, Set, Go and they followed the lead vehicle driven by Asbury Park police officer Sgt. Robert Ash.

Kids’ races, held with support from the Friends of the Spring Lake Five, followed the main event and featured various distances for children ranging from ages 1 to 12. Seventy five young runners enjoyed a morning of races and treats, with medals for all participants. All 5K and kids' race participants were also treated to free beach access on a perfect beach day.

"I want to thank all our volunteers, especially the race committee, and the members of area running clubs for their know-how efforts, and the water-stop volunteers from Rotary Club, NJ Natural Gas, and Trinity Church of Asbury Park. I want to recognize the continued support of the City of Asbury Park, its residents, and to acknowledge the patience of motorists who were detoured for the safety of the racers.  I would also like to thank Asbury Park Public Works, Fire, First Aid and Police Departments.  Thanks to the many participants this year and support of our sponsors - the success of the race will allow it to present donations to the Boys' and Girls' Clubs and other beneficiaries," said Phil Hinck, race director, and past president of the Jersey Shore Running Club in his final comments.

Other early and pre-registered leading finishers:

Event-area: David Resnick 18:15, Ocean;  Peter Donohue 19:58, Asbury Park;  Brian Rath  20:20, Neptune;  Kathy Kropke 20:40, Avon;  Michael Procopio 20:55, Bradley Beach;  Nicholas Delpizzo 21:12, Ocean;  Douglas Salom 21:20, Asbury Park;   Kelli Cumiskey 21:23, Allenhurst;  Mike Washakowski 21:57, Ocean;  Jack Bleach 22:05, Belmar;  Candice Brockel 22:14, Allenhurst;  Ronald Marshall 22:15, Asbury Park;  Brian Borden 22:18, Neptune;  Patrick McIntyre 22:34, Bradley Beach;  Robert Galizio 22:40, Belmar;  Rachel Resnick 23:13, Ocean;  Michael Lee 23:15, Ocean Grove;  Mitchell Karp 23:18, Bradley Beach;  Danny Lee 23:39, Oakhurst;  J.P. Dempsey 23:44, Neptune City. 

Herald-area:  Matt Metlitz 17:51, Little Silver;  Harold Nolan 19:27, Navesink;  Michael Metlitz 19:49, Little Silver;  Sara Amitrani 20:07, Red Bank;  Peter Lyden 20:46, Rumson;  Joe Compagni 20:56, Highlands (Monmouth University track coach);  Richard Batting 21:43, Rumson;  Nicholas Pizzonia 21:57, Red Bank;  Dawn Ciccone 21:58 (National Anthem singer) and Bob Linton 22:14, Highlands;  Elliott Olschwang 22:54, Red Bank;  Christina Hill 22:56, Middletown; Lauren Giannullo 23:27, Red Bank;  Christian Ambrosio 23:28, Port Monmouth;  Beth Goodes 23:37, Little Silver;  Richard Brugger Jr. 23:40, Atl. Highlands;  Carol Defazio 24:03, Little Silver;  Emily Miller 24:08, Red Bank;  Brian Hill 24:23 and Michael Glynn 24:30, Middletown;  Meredith Leo 24:49, Sea Bright;  Barry McAlinden 24:54, Cathy Capozzi 25:02, Martin Dugan 25:49, Mike O’Connor 26:26 and Cory Seckular 26:27, Middletown;  Mollie Falcetono 26:29 and Mark Wellner 26:38, Rumson;  Peter Rowe 26:47, Middletown;  Richard Masella 27:21, Little Silver;  Jennifer Quigley 27:42, Middletown;  Amber LaFrance 27:43, Highlands;  Pat Quigley 28:18, Middletown;  Louis Giordano 28:45, Fair Haven;  Frank Demarco 28:51, Highlands;  Edward O’Neil 29:09 and Gretchen Hayes 29:18, Red Bank;  Stephen Acquaviva 29:31 and Jack Weakley 30:02 Middletown;  McKenna Kingdom 30:58, Fair Haven;  Hiliary O’Neill 31:14 and Richard Boniecki 31:17, Red Bank;  Paul Dolan 31:43, Atl. Highlands;  Elizabeth Ireland 31:51, Red Bank (past president of JSRC).

Other Monmouth County area:  Charles Rogers 18:04, Wall;  Dactilia Booth 18:10, Long Branch;  Dan Barlew 18:17, Holmdel;  Doug Twyman 18:35, Sea Girt;  Matthew Jacobson 18:40, Marlboro;  Ronald Dickson 19:01, Neptune City;  Scott Linnell 19:17, Colts Neck;  James Segal 19:33, Holmdel;  Lisa Namath 19:53, Wall;  Benno Bachmann 20:08 and Michael Ansell 20:12,  Long Branch;  Amin Stryker 20:14, Brielle;  Victor Desario 20:28, Holmdel;  Michael Reiss 20:54, Hazlet;  Tracy Kochian 21:03, Morganville;  Richard Macko 21:08, Aberdeen;  Luke Miller 21:13, Spring Lake;  Jack Usurin 21:42, Long Branch;  Allie Flott 21:48, Freehold;  Jr. Viglione 21:49 and Aaron Jacobson 21:57,  Marlboro;  Kenneth Coles 22:09, Howell;  Robert Gulbin 22:29 and Garth Geer 22:39, Wall;  Bob Kallok 22:57, West Long Branch;  Robert D’Agostino 22:59, Oceanport;  John Buckley 23:02, Lincroft;  Glenn Funk 23:08, Marlboro;  Kate Dunn 23:09, Lincroft;  Sally Gough 23:13, Long Branch;  Scott Main 23:17, Freehold;  Manolo Teijelo 23:18, Holmdel;  Nikki Pall 23:19, Sea Girt;  Carl Ehnis 23:25, Long Branch;  Aaron Barlev 23:29, Holmdel;  John Orsag 23:30, Freehold.        

Road-racing events continue with the Bradley Beach 5K on August 20 at 8:30 a.m. staged at the Gazebo on Ocean Avenue with Kids’ Races the night before, info call 732-775-3789.  It’s Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K on September 3 in Holmdel Park at 9 a.m. info call 732-571-2162 or www.saturdayinthepark5k.org. At the Long Branch beachfront on Monday (Labor Day) September 5 is the Pier House 5K (Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix) at 8:30 a.m. info call 732-571-2162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On Sunday, September 18, at 10 a.m. (registration 8:30 a.m.) is the Jersey Shore University Medical Center 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk and Community Day on Route 33 in Neptune, info call 732-776-4075 or www.jerseyshoreuniversitymedicalcenter.com.