ASBURY PARK, NJ - With cooperation from the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), the Shore Athletic Club (SAC) and the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC), the Asbury Park Urban Enterprise Zone presented the 9th annual Asbury Park 5K on a cloudy/sunny, humid, good but not excellent-racing-weather Saturday morning, August 11, and 1,048 road racers competed (106 more than last year).  They raced the 3.1 miles on a two-loop rectangular course that started on the road next to Atlantic Square Park, that is next to the staging area of Bradley Park (across from Convention Hall), 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 2012 Absury Park 5K.  Photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club.

 

 Coming through the chute first was Andrew Brodeur, 22, of Brick Township at 15:38 (15 minutes and 38 seconds) followed by John Trautmann, 44, of New York City at 16:30. (4 seconds faster than last year’s time). Third place went to Fair Haven’s Geoff Harrison, 41, at 16:47 and was followed by James Trautmann, 39, of Pittsburgh, PA at 16:53 and Nick Fogarty, 18, of Livingston at 17:04.

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Andrew Brodeur finishes at 15:38

 “No one gave me a chase at all - I was out in front the whole way,” said Brodeur in describing his championship performance. “Not bad at all - it’s very flat,” he said of the course and of the weather: “it was a little bit hot but the sun went in for most of the race.” He further informed that his fastest time for this distance was 14:01 on a school track while in college.  

 Jennifer Nelson, 22, of Barnegat was first in for the women at 17:49 (11th place overall) followed by Cheyenne Ogletree, 25, of Garfield at 18:08 (16th overall). Rounding out the top five females: Dactilia Booth, 36, Long Branch at 18:43 (21 overall); Sophia Barnathan, 38, Brooklyn, NY at 19:26 (29 overall); Amanda Scheer, 25, Wall Township, at 19:28 (30 overall).  Special awards are granted to the top-five male/female finishers of this event.

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Jennifer Nelson finishes at 17:49 (11th place overall).

 “It was beautiful – I like it being next to the ocean and you always knew where you were, it was well organized,” said Nelson when asked her thoughts on the course. When asked what her best time for this distance was she offered: “ I ran for Monmouth University and on its track I ran a 17:06.”  Her answer was, “Absolutely!” when asked if she would be running this race again next year.

 Superlatives galore and many, many typed pages would have to be used to describe Navesink’s sixty-five year-old Harold (Harry) Nolan’s running accomplishments. So suffice it to say Harry won the 65 - 69 age group by over a minute with his 19:52 racing time.  He likes the course a lot especially because it’s flat and has two loops. “The humidity made it tough,” he said when asked his thoughts on the weather.

 Gabby Barrett, 53, of Freehold, would also require superlatives regarding her running record and she also won her age group prize with a 22:07 posting. Her closest competitor was a minute and 18 seconds slower. “It was at the Teterboro 5k, two years ago - I did an 18:58,” she offered when asked her best time for a 5K.

 Kim and Brian Carter, both 39, wife and husband from Mount Laurel ran together and scored a 35:04, but they had a handicap and a beautiful handicap it was! Kim and Brian shared pushing a jogging stroller the whole 3.1 miles and inside the stroller were Nolan, 22 months, and Kendall, 3-years old, both children safely strapped in. Family togetherness at its best!  

More than $2,000 in prize money was awarded at the event in open and age-group categories, presented by co-emcees Tim McLoone and Jim Buckler. The Asbury Park 5K is the fourth event of the five race Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone’s, 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 3. As part of the Grand Prix, points are also awarded toward overall grand prix standings.

 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 water spots and asked that they remove headphones before crossing the finish line. He then gave a loud “Ready, Set, Go” and they followed the lead vehicle driven by Asbury Park police officer Sgt. Robert Ash accompanied by JSRC member Bob Abbott.

 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.

 "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. Eliteracingsystems.com provided and serviced the finish-line equipment and did the professional race results. 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 leading finishers of the Asbury Park 5K:

 Atlantic Highlands Herald-area:

   Middletown:  Brian Hill 19:01,  David Zurheide 20:46,  Douglas Eagles 21:37,  Christine Hill 21:38,  Kevin Fitzpatrick 22:04,  Brian Hill 22:56,  Tilden Featherston 23:13,  Patrick Quinn 23:14,  Tara Cangiaiosi 23:23,  Cathy Capozzi 23:31,  Jerry Robinson 23:42,  William Walsh 24:17,  Stacey Walsh 24:18,  Brian Walsh 24:30,  Bridget Walsh 24:31,  Joe Coccaro 24:55,  Adam Kenney 24:56,  Lindsey Florio 25:07,  Barry McAlinden 26:10,  Troy Hill 26:27.

   Other Herald:  Sean Rath 17:25, Atl. Highlands;  Harold Nolan 19:52, Navesink;  Michael Metlitz 20:05 and Dawn Wilcox 20:07, Little Silver;  Adolfo Castillo 20:20, Red Bank;  Clay Heller 20:54, Belford;  John Floyd 21:06, Rumson;  Dana Jacoby 21:16, Monmouth Beach;  Grace Cashman 21:20, Little Silver;  Lisa Zino 21:30, Atl. Highlands;  Dawn Ciccone 21:50, Highlands;  Paul Ganun 22:31, Fair Haven;  Bob Linton 22:48, Highlands;  Meg Boushie 22:54, Little Silver;  Maria Carroll 23:20, Atl. Highlands;  Lauren Giannullo 23:32, Robert Hahn 23:54 and Mark Giannullo 23:59, Red Bank;  Jay Whalen 24:10, Little Silver;  Denise Moyer 24:16, Atl. Highlands;  Marybeth McDonnell 24:35, Red Bank;  Danielle Testa 24:48, Monmouth Beach;  Thomas Shore 24:57 and Joe Shore 24:58, Rumson;  Jerry Kaufman 25:04 and Grant Heller 25:15, Belford;  Raul Davalos 25:25, Atl. Highlands;  Robert Walsh 25:54, Leonardo;  Jim Kennedy 25:54 Rumson;  Jason Wallace 25:55 and David Satterthwaite 26:04, Red Bank;  Richard Houghton 26:25, Leonardo;  Lisa Swayze 26:26, Red Bank;  Louis Giordano 26:32, Fair Haven;  Carol Irwin 26:33, Rumson.

 Other Monmouth County leaders:  Tyler Gillies 17:36, Howell;  Anthony Femia 18:05, Spring Lake;  Ron Dickson 18:09, Neptune City;  Colin MacFarlane 18:24, Asbury Park;  Victor Desario 18:39, Holmdel;  Jack Goh 19:13, Ocean;  Amanda Scheer 19:28 and Lisa Namath 19:33, Wall;  James Segal 19:38, Holmdel;  Scott Linnell 19:48, Colts Neck;  Meil Martin 19:50, Ocean;  Kathy Kropke 20:14, Avon;  Brenna Clark 20:15, Ocean;  Dan Rosenblatt 20:16, Oakhurst;  Matthew Jacobson 20:22, Marlboro;  Chris Whitehead 20:30, Wall;  Steeve Ludeking 20:34, Spring Lake;  Will Spector 20:38, Manalapan;  Michael Oconnell 20:43, Belmar;  Ben Schwartz 20:46 Loch Arbour;  Tara Gangi 20:54, Manalapan;  Marty Fitzpatrick 21:00, Loch Arbour;  Przemek Nowicki 21:01, Holmdel;  Jennifer Gunn 21:09, Aberdeen;  Michael Procopio 21:17, Bradley Beach;  John Fraebel 21:19, Morganville;  Robert Galizio 21:23, Spring Lake Heights;  Patrick McIntyre 21:26, Bradley Beach;  Jacqueline Jones 21:34, Ocean;  John Dennehy 21:35, West Long Branch;  Scott Newbold 21:36, Long Branch;  Mike Washakowski 21:37, Ocean (director of Pre-Father’s Day 5K);  Ronald Marshall 21:47, Asbury Park;  Paul Gilly 21:49, Freehold;  Carl Ehnis 21:52, Long Branch;  Richard Macko 21:57, Aberdeen;  Pete Bruno 22:02, Howell.  

 Road-racing events continue with the Bradley Beach 5K on August 18 at 8:30 a.m. staged at the Gazebo on Ocean Avenue with Kids’ Races the night before, info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Captain George E. McCormack Memorial 5K on Sunday, August 19, Lake Como. Information on upcoming races can be found at www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com.