BRADLEY BEACH, NJ - The fourteenth annual Bradley Beach 5K Run was the host event for 728 road racers on a clear, somewhat humid, Saturday morning, August 20, and Richard Angelillo, 33, of Philadelphia, PA, was first into the finish-line chute set up by Elite Racing Systems of Clifton, on Ocean Avenue at the Gazebo area, as the digital clock displayed his sixteen minutes and 16 seconds championship racing time as 16:16. Coming in second from the 3.1 mile course that also started on Ocean Avenue at the Gazebo area at 8:30, with racers following the lead police vehicle driven by Patrolman James Arnold, on the loop course that includes the streets adjacent to both Fletcher and Sylvan Lakes, was John Jankowski, also 33 years old, of Point Pleasant at 16:40 and third place finisher went to Short Hills’ Matthew Deshaw, 15, at 16:51.

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Richard Angelillo crosses the finish at 16:16.  Photos by Bob Both, jsrc.com

“We were a pack of five for about the first mile, then it slimmed down to a pack of three, then at mile two there were just two of us, then at 2 ¼ miles I went out in front and kept the lead,” said Angelillo in describing his winning performance. “It was in September of last year in Philadelphia, I did a 16:02,” the champion informed when asked his best racing time for this distance. “With the lakes and ocean the course is beautiful,” he further added and of the weather: “It’s gorgeous!”                 

Tina Morrison, 26, of Philadelphia, PA, was the women’s winner at 18:44 (13th place overall).  Kristne Claussen, 34, of Atlantic Highlands was second for the women at 19:31 (25th overall) and Brooklyn’s Sophie Barnathan, 37, was third at 19:34 (27th overall).

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Tina Morrison crosses finish at 18:44

“Yes,” Morrison answered when asked if she were the leading lady for the whole 5K distance and she knew that because she could hear the cheering crowd say, “Here’s the first woman” or “here’s the first female.” She thought the weather, “was just great – it was nice and sunny with a little breeze.”

Bradley Beach winners, both male and female, went to Patrick Casterline, 21, at 17:57 (8th overall) and Maggie Gousman, 23, at 20:13 (34th overall).   

Course records, both male and female, were set by Harry Norton, Massachusetts, in 2007 at 15:24 and Michelle Lilienthal, Iowa, in 2006 at 17:08.

Dave Kaplan, 66, of Ocean Grove, lifeguard in Bradley Beach at La Reine Avenue, finished at 23:56, (8 seconds faster that two years ago) and said, “This is my fastest time for this course,” and added that 18:53 was his fastest time ever for a 5K, raced about 25 years ago at Lake Takanassee (in Long Branch). Kaplan likes the course because, “It’s fast and flat.”

Michael LaMonte, 40, of Elizabeth, finished at 35:10 and this 11:20 per-mile pace is fine. He was in 616th place overall meaning he beat 112 other competitors. But LaMonte had a handicap - a self-imposed precious handicap. He had pushed a double stroller the whole 3.1 miles with his adorable daughters Olivia, 3, and Isabel, 20 months, comfortably nestled inside that stroller.  

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Start of Bradley Beach 5K

“I’m very satisfied for a 75-year-old,” said Farmingdale’s Olie Nelson whose 28:37 earned him 2nd prize in his age group, when asked if he were satisfied with his racing time. Other septuagenarians also receiving awards were: David Gross, 70, Morganville at 24:56; William Richardson, 77, Mantoloking at 32:18; Sandra Risley, 70, Whiting at 33:15; Rae Tutela, 73, Bradley Beach at 59:05. Non-award septuagenarians: Richard Held, 71, Bradley Beach at 32:40; Joseph Delgardo, 72, Jackson at 33:39; Alfred Cinter, 75, Freehold at 40:23; Bill Smith, 72, Sea Girt at 41:33; Pat Ward, 70, Neptune City at 46:17; John Chin, 71, Bradley Beach at 48:09; Tony Kuhn, 78, Manchester at 51:30.

The eighty-year-olds or octogenarians were also competing and all won age-group awards: Pete Semple, 80, Spring Lake at 40:17; Arthur Hoenig, 81, Lakewood at 42:01; Hal Smith, 81, Freehold at 42:21.

The Clarence Lurch Award, a trophy mounted on a plaque, had its beginning ten years ago when Lurch asked his grandson to phone the Bradley Beach 5K event and ask if there were awards for eighty-year-old participants.  Lacking any, it was decided that Lurch should come and that an award would be presented to him. Thus the award was created and Lurch had raced for many of the last nine years to receive the award.

Lurch, now a nonagenarian, can no longer win the Clarence Lurch award, that went to Pete Semple (see above) because he simply is too old. Yes, the founder of Lertch (sic) Wrecking did race today and many of the waiting-for-awards racers were asked by the race director to go to the finish line and welcome their Wall Township racing friend as he officially scored a 1:19:20. It might be time for Lurch’s grandson to make another telephone call.

One might conclude after reading the immediately above paragraphs that these very mature (not old) racers would agree wholeheartedly with the famous quote by baseball legend Jackie Robinson: “Life is not a Spectator Sport.”

Captain John W. Zech of the Bradley Beach First Aid, was glad to report, “No major troubles today, but we did have two minor problems that we treated: one was of dehydration, the other a bloody arm.” He also informed that two Bradley Beach medical vehicles were available for emergencies along with two from Avon as well as the Neptune OEM, which included an air-conditioned bus if needed and could serve as many as 32 patients.

This annual event actually begins at 6:30 p.m. the night before with the Kids’ Races held on Bradley Boulevard adjacent to Sylvan Lake and consists of distances of 25 yards to a half mile and is organized by Todd Migdon along with other Bradley Beach residents. Because of the weather the total event had to be shortened: “ The races were started about 6:15 - we tried to beat the lightning and the intending rain - we only ran about five heats, but all in all things went well,” said Migdon.                  

Stu Coogan, race director, awarded gift certificates and trophies to the aforementioned 5K winners and age-group leaders at the area next to the Gazebo with its many benches where the wilted racers were relaxing and enjoying refreshments of bagels, bananas, oranges, power bars and bottled water provided by members of the food committee headed by Amanda Wheeler.  Many random prizes were offered due to the generosity of the Bradley Beach business community. Fred and Anna Torres of the Elite Racing Systems, Clifton, did the computer results on ChronotrackB and provided all the equipment for the finish-line activities.

“I want to thank the Police Department, the First Aid Squad, Public Works Department and our sponsors for their financial aid.  We had over 70 volunteers whose assistance made things run smoothly and a special thanks to Phil Hinck and other members of the JSRC.  I also want to acknowledge the patience of motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of our racers,” said director Coogan in concluding comments.

Other leading finishers of the Bradley Beach 5K Run: 

   Bradley Beach:  Daniel Suozzo 19:03,  Marc Jenkins 19:35,  Steve Prefontaint 19:50,  Mike Indelicato 19:54,  Brian Litt 19:58,  Annette Young 20:59,  Quinn McKay 21:24,  Eli Gordon 21:34,  Max Mandina 21:35,  Cara Pescatore 22:05,  Jens Gesser 22:38,  Peter Migut 22:43,  Bradley York 22:50,  Ratchahon Tiajavoen 22:51,  Ehab Ali 23:06,  Patrick Mazzola 23:11,  Thomas Moeller 23:34,  Dennis Wolfe 23:48,  Krista Defilipo 23:54,  Mitchell Karp 23:58,  Kevin Barr 23:59,  Kenneth Thompson 24:19,  Sean Driscoll 24:21,  Matt Gordon 24:22,  Jenna Weed 24:31,  Andy Drechsler 24:49,  Meger Meyer 25:01,  Kristin Corpi 25:16,  Houston Migdon 25:20 (a 14-year-old triplet),  Paul Peoples 25:27,  Nancy Rine 25:32,  Robert Scordato 25:43,  Gary Engelstad 25:45,  Barry Massarsky 25:48, Mary Wiernasz 26:06,  Jamie Cashman 26:08,  Harmen Westrea 26:13. 

   Race area:  Pat Ford 17:50, Neptune City (Neptune City Day 5K champion);  Kathy Kropke 20:51, Avon;  Derek Ruebling 21:26, Ocean Grove;  Joe Boyle 21:49 and Michael Devita 22:13, Avon;  Nicholas Dawe 22:40, Ocean;  Brian Borden 22:41, Neptune;  Haley Roussell 23:18 and Richard Maloney 23:24, Avon;  Dave Kaplan 23:56, Ocean Grove;  Steve Surman 24:07 and Bill Starkey 24:18, Tinton Falls;  Amanda McGovern 24:33, Avon;  Perry Neare 24:44, Ocean Grove;  Roxana Brede 24:56,

Neptune;  Eric Fandrick 24:58, Asbury Park;  Tom Delisa 25:16, Ocean.

   Herald area:  Dughn Ahimovic 19:27, Fair Haven;  Kristine Claussen 19:31, Atl. Highlands;  Segio Campos 22:06 and Robert Blauvelt 22:31, Red Bank;  Janine Louie 23:08 and Stephen Louie 23:45, Middletown;  Meredith Leo 24:15, Sea Bright;  Michael Bouthillier 25:24. Middletown;  Mark Wellner 25:38, Rumson;  Jaclyn Dreicer 26:04, Middletown;  Suzanne Ritger 26:19 and John McGowan 26:43, Red Bank;  Cory Seckular 27:04, Middletown;  Bob Hartman 27:33 and Debbie Digianno 27:44, Highlands;  Brian Walsh 27:48 and Bridget Walsh 27:48, Middletown;  George Blauvelt 28:11, Red Bank. 

   Monmouth County area:  Jeff Propet 17:11, Wall;  Matthew Jacobson 18:51, Marlboro;  Scott Linnell 19:33, Colts Neck;  Zach Bradley 19:59, Shrewsbury;  Steve Ludeking 20:19, Spring Lake;  Dan Drury 20:22, Eatontown;  Michael Sarnoff 20:37, Long Branch;  Ben Hoe 21:13, Marlboro;  Brendan Coffey 21:23, Manasquan;  Tim Mahoney 21:46, Belmar (director of Memorial Run/Jog/);  Aaron Jacobson 22:15, Marlboro;  Jack Bleach 22:23, Belmar;  Robert Gulbin 22:28, Wall;  Alexis Stenftennagel 22:29 Manalapan;  Kevin Bleyker 22:43, Jessica Pall 22:49 and Nikki Pall 22:50, Sea Girt;  Aine Donohue 25:53, Sean Donohue 25:53 and Garth Greer 23:04, Wall;  Melissa Borodunovich 23:10, Morganville;  Rick Tully 23:19, Howell;  Nina Vecchio 23:31, Long Branch;  Frederick Faffetto 23:39, Spring Lake Heights;  Marilyn Gargiulo 23:44 and Shannon Ciprut 24:17, Belmar;  Richard Shaklee 24:22, Wall;  Greg Smith 24:24, Shrewsbury;  Blair Quin 24:38, Wall;  Lauren Coffey 24:41, Manasquan;  Daniel Napoliton 24:46, Wall;  David Gross 24:56, Morganville;  Katie Bardsley 25:06 and Len Bardsley 25:07, Manasquan.               

Road-racing events continue with 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.   

At the Belmar boardwalk, across from Dunkin Donuts on Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m. is the annual Jersey Shore Memorial Run (not a race) to memorialize all from the Jersey Shore who tragically died on that infamous day. There is no fee. Show up and jog quietly to Spring Lake with other fellow mourners and enjoy a special, solemn occasion. You won't regret having given of your time.