BRIELLE, NJ - Two hundred and 45 road racers finished the 31st annual Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K on the sunny, non-windy, good-racing-weather Saturday morning of September 10. The course starts at the Elementary School area on Union Lane, meanders through the many picturesque hills of adjacent tree-lined streets, passes by Manasquan River Golf Course, and ends the 6.2 mile challenge at Greenacres Park, also located on Union Lane, amidst over 150 quality crafters and vendors enjoying Brielle Day. The event is staged by the Brielle Day Race Committee with the help of the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) to benefit Brielle Recreation.

Ashley Gorr is the first across the finish line in the Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K.  Photos by Bob Both, 

For all its thirty years the overall winner of this event has been a male finisher but not this year. Breaking the finish-line tape held by Manasquan’s Jack and Diane Cheer, race directors, was Ashley Gorr, 24, of Albany, NY,  at a racing time of 36:31 (36 minutes and 31 seconds). This was exactly one-minute faster than her closest competitor, Tim Ragan, 37, of Brick who scored 37:31. Rounding out the top three males were Marc Altenau, 26, of Belmar at 37:58 and Brian Prendergast, 36, of Brick at 38:07. For the females top three, respectively, they were Jessica Cini, 32, of Fair Haven at 41:33 (10th place overall) and Maggie Freeman, 42, of Spring Lake at 43:31 (15th overall). Freeman informed that she used this as a training day for an upcoming Ironman challenge in Arizona in the fall.

“No.” answered Gorr when asked if she were out in front the whole way. “Just after the three-mile mark the other leaders dropped back and I kept my pace and went ahead and kept the lead,” she added in describing her championship performance. “It’s tough,” she said of the course itself and explained: “I know the title of this event is Brielle Hill and Dale but it seems there were a lot more hills than dales.” She spent Labor Day this year by being the women’s champion of the SEFCU 5K Labor Day presented in the Albany area at a racing time of 17:45 (13th overall of nearly 600). Gorr said that today’s weather “was hot and humid.”


Marc Altenau crosses the finish line.

“She (Gorr) was way out in front so I didn’t even try,” said runner-up Ragan when asked if he had made an effort to catch the leader. “It’s a back breaker,” he said of the course explaining: “of the six miles probably less than a mile is flat.” Ragan spent a lot of Monday evenings this summer racing and winning many of the Long Branch Lake Takanassee 5K Races.

Special-award winners for Brielle Residents were Mick Morris, 44, at 42:21 and Kimberly Herman 51:01;  for Firefighter:  Chris Coughlan 44:26, Farmingdale;  for Law Enforcement: Christopher White 43:55, Wall.

Jim Bergum, 62, of Howell serves on the board of the Freehold Area Running Club as well as being the club’s webmaster and finished at 1:00:14 and as difficult as the hills of this course is he considers it not quite as difficult as the hills of the Indian Trails 15K Race staged in the Middletown/Leonardo section of Monmouth County, during early spring, and that annual event includes the “more difficult” hills of Navesink. But even so when asked if there were any flat parts to this Brielle race he was quick to chuckle, “Not any that I noticed,” but on quick reflection said, “maybe the last third of a mile there seemed to be a slight decline but that’s about it.”

Ocean Township’s Tim Keane, 66, was in at 53:01, which is a respectable 8:32 per mile pace. “Not as good as I did last year but since I didn’t race all summer, I’ll take it,” he said when asked to comment on his performance. When asked to share his thoughts on the course he said, “This course never changes, it’s unforgiving, it’s all hills, and today it was all sun and heat – but I love it!”  Kean served the running/racewalking community as director of the Thursday Summer Evening 3-Mile Races on the Asbury Park boardwalk from 1984 to 1990. 


Start of Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K


At the 9:00 a.m. start on Union Lane, Phil Hinck, race starter, and past-president of JSRC (twice), asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11. He then introduced Delaney Burke, Courtney Hulsart and Allie Nudo, Manasquan High School students, who gave a fine rendition, in harmony, of our Star-Spangled Banner. He then informed the assembled racers that there were two water spots available but each served the racers twice, once on the way out and the other on the way back and that it would be wise to make use of them all four times. He then gave his usual loud “Ready, Set, GO!” and the racers were off following the lead police vehicle driven by Sergeant James Seidel accompanied by the mayor of Brielle, Thomas B. Nicol

The aforementioned winners and other special groups, as well as age-group leaders, were awarded plaques and hooded sweatshirts by the race directors assisted by members of the JSRC in the center of Greenacres Park, which also served as the refreshment area. Many random prizes were offered, due to the generosity of the private business community, the heartbeat of our nation, including the grand prize of a bicycle donated by Brielle Cyclery. Anna Torres of Elite Racing Systems, Clifton, did the computerized results.

In a prepared statement the directors wrote:

Thanks To Another Successful Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K Challenge.    

 With “Old Glory” flowing at half-staff at the starting line; 259 passionateand spirited runners began their ascent up Union Lane. A moment of silence precluded the race in remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01. ThisYear’s national anthem was sung by three girls from Manasquan High school.The beautiful voices of Delaney Burke, Courtney Hulsart, and Allie Nudo echoedin the distance as runners continued the legacy of the 31st running of The Brielle 10KChallenge.  Little did we know that thirty six and 31 seconds (36:31) later; a femaleAshley Gorr of Albany, NY would win the race. This is the first time a female haswon The Brielle 10K Challenge.  Following the leader was Tim Ragan of Brick whowas the first male with a time of 37: 30.     

The Race Directors: Jack & Diane Cheer of Wall would like to thank Brielleresident Michael Storr & his family for the sound system and the American flag for the singing of the National Anthem.       

Special recognition and thanks to the Brielle DPW for preparing the Race Course in time after the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.       

Many thanks go out to our sponsors for helping make this race a grand event: Acme of Manasquan, Birdsall Engineering of Eatontown, Brielle Cycleryof Brielle, Brielle Sports Club of Brielle, Candy Phenomenail of Manasquan,East Main Street Trattoria of Manasquan, Grieco’s Beverages of Brielle, HarpoonWilly’s of Manaquan, Brielle Bagels of Brielle, Jersey Shore Running Club,Kepwell Spring Water Co. of Ocean, Miles Ahead of Manasquan, Montenegro,Thompson, Montenegro, & Genz, of Brick, Ocean First Bank, Sand Bar RestaurantBank, Sand Bar Restaurant of Brielle. Shipwreck Grille of Brielle, Shoprite of Wall,Simko’s Grill of Brielle, Spirit of 76 of Manasquan, Squan Tavern of Manasquan,The Riverhouse of Brielle, Third Ave Chocolate of Manasquan & Spring Lake& Union Landing of Brielle.         

Special acknowledgement to Brielle resident Mary Beth Glaccum and her familyfor their generous contribution of a I-Pod Nano and Nike Sports Kit to the random prize drawings.         

Many thanks to the behind the scenes help: Brielle Borough Hall, Brielle Fire &Police Departments, Brielle Public Works, Brielle First Aid, Brielle Mayor Thomas B Nicol,Jersey Shore Running Club for the Start/Finish and post race refreshments, the Wednesday Nite GNO Divas for the race registration/finish line, and the Church of BrielleWater stop for without their support a successful race could not occur.         

A heartfelt thanks to the unexpected help of water giving and lots of encouraging cheers and support that was provided by the families along the course.  We acknowledgethe patience of motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of the runners.We look forward to your support for the 32nd running of the Brielle 10K Challenge in 2012.

 Race Directors: Jack & Diane Cheer, Wall Township

Other finishers of this 10K hilly challenge:

Brielle leaders:  Tom Saito 42:31,  Sean Savage 43:25,  Ravon McMullen 44:55,  Jonathan Craven 46:29,  Richard Siderko 49:09,  Kimberly Herman 51:01,  Torie Pickersgill 51:13,  Lorene Colon 52:10,  Mark J. Jannarone 52:43,   Mary Beth Glaccum 52:50,  George Polesky 54:01,  Brian Finnegan 54:25,  Patrick Cole 55:32,  Barbara Grasso 56:03,  Joyce Cline-Blasi 56:05,  Tricia Callahan 56:10,  Rory McCornell 56:56,  Vicki Curran 58:03,  Daryl Schambach 58:24,  Tom J. McCrink 58:41,  David Carlson 58:46,  Joe Milancewich 58:47,  Danielle Restivo 58:55,  William Obara 59:01,  Norman Noe 59:14,  Brian Cosgrove 59:19.     

Herald area:  Dana Jacoby 47:19, Monmouth Beach;  Frank Pugliese 54:12, Red bank;  Julie Kush 54:54, Shrewsbury;  Bundy T. McDonnell 1:02:09,  Robert Van Clef 1:11:26,  Robyn Damien 1:11:33, John Donelik 1:26:48, all Middletown.        

Other Monmouth County leaders:  Jim Redeker 43:00, Lake Como;  Christine Thompson 43:46, Matawan;  Christopher White 43:55, Wall;  Chris Coghlan 44:26, Farmingdale;  Deb Stoa 45:09, Manasquan;  Alicia Dibiase 46:07, Spring Lake Heights;  Nicholas Morgan 46:16, Manasquan;  Mike Oconnell 46:17, Belmar;  John Jankowski 46:31, Spring Lake Heights;  Kristyn Suckow 46:42, Wall;  Ed Alburtus 47:00, Neptune City;  Mark Sheklian 47:21, Manasquan;  Jack Bleach 48:16, Belmar;  Patricia McIntyre 48:51, Bradley Beach;  Kerrie Wagner 49:00, Spring Lake.

Road-racing continues with the Boardwalk Races Against Hunger at the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 a.m. More info at