BRADLEY BEACH, NJ - The fifteenth annual Bradley Beach 5K Run was the host road-racing event for 710 road racers on a rainy, breezy but good-racing-weather Saturday morning, August 18. Pat Hayburn, 27, of Havertown, PA was first into the finish-line chute set up by Elite Racing Systems, on Ocean Avenue at the Gazebo area, as the digital clock displayed his sixteen minutes and eight seconds championship racing time as 16:08.

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Start of 2012 Bradley Beach 5K Run.  Photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club, www.jsrc.org

Coming in second from the 3.1 mile course that also started at the Gazebo area at 8:30 with racers following the two lead police vehicles driven by Patrolman James Arnold and Officer Anthony Marino on the loop course that includes the streets adjacent to both Fletcher and Sylvan Lakes was John Trautmann, 44, of New York, NY at 16:22 and third place went to Bradley Beach’s Patrick Casterline, 22, at 16:32.         

“There were a couple of runners ahead of me at the start but by the first half mile or so I caught them and then I was in the lead the rest of the way,” said Hayburn in describing his victory. “A bit humid,” he said of the weather and liked the course mainly because it was flat and offered that 15:20 was his best time for this distance at a course in Havertown.

Sophia Barnathan, 38, of Brooklyn, NY was the women’s winner at 19:23 (29th place overall). Maggie Gousman, 24, of Bradley Beach was second for the women 19:40 (32nd overall) and Chicago’s Carolyn Knapp, 28, was third at 20:01 (38th overall).

“I was the lead female the entire way – at no time did I have to catch another woman,” said today’s winner in describing her championship performance. “It was a lot of fun and I didn’t mind the rain, in fact it was helpful – I thought the course was fabulous,” and explained: “I’ve run it before - this is my hometown and Bradley ROCKS!”

Bradley Beach winners (other than top three), both male and female, went to Luke O’Keefe, 16, at 18:30 (17th overall) and Laura Freeman, 29, at 22:09 (82nd 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, 67, of Ocean Grove, lifeguard in Bradley Beach at LaRaine Avenue, finished at 23:55, 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.”

Lieutenant John W. Zech of the Bradley Beach First Aid Department was glad to report, “No major troubles today – all went well.” 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.

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Pat Hayburn is first across the line at 16:08

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. “A special thanks to the Bradley Beach Fire Department and the Women’s Auxiliary,” 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 wet-from-sweat-and-rain 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 Chronotrack B and provided all the equipment for the finish-line activities.

“I want to thank the Police Department, the First Aid Squad, Public Works Department, the Mayor and Council 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 18:59,  Houston Migdon 19:46,  Shaun Morris 20:19,  Marc Jenkins 20:35,  Patrick McIntyre 21:27,  Michael Procopio 21:39,  Steve Knapp 21:56,  Laura Freeman 22:09,  Tom Moeller 22:10,  Peter Migut 22:14,  Craig Scardapane 22:32,  Maxwell Mandina 22:55,  Michael Gerhardt 23:13,  Frank Gousman 23:19,  Alan Friedlander 23:46,  Chris Cornell 23:47,  Mike Zippo 23:49,  Andy Drechsler 24:14,  Richard Hey 24:16,  Jeff Barr 24:33,  Stephanie Sinck 24:42,  Robert Lews 24:43,  Garrett Rafferty 24:47,  Erin Bellissimo 24:50,  Jennifer Kowalski 25:22,  Jessica Casterline 25:44,  Kate Mulligan 25:46,  Timothy Bourne 25:47,  Ed Mulligan 25:47,  Dave Jacobson 25:48,  Scott Holsess 25:56,  Riley Otoole 25:58,  Dawn Lauer 26:14,  Jamie Cashman 26:15,  Paul Lauer 26:17,  Natalie Lauer 26:18,  Lila Horn 26:29,  Steven Branigan 26:32,  Laura Branigan 26:33,  Steven Delsanto 27:01,  Jen Corner 27:03.      

   Race area:  Matthew Baker 17:49, Ocean;  Nicholas Dresch 18:45, Ocean Grove;  Jack Goh 19:06, Ocean;  Tony Plast 20:17, Neptune;  Ben Schwartz 20:31, Loch Arbour;  Robert Price 20:35, Neptune City;  Kathy Kropke 20:42, Joe Boyle 21:17 and Michael Devita 21:19, Avon;  Jacqueline Jones 21:47, Ocean;  Natalie Ostrowski 22:02, Neptune;  Madeline Schwartz 22:04, Loch Arbour;  Mike Washakowski 22:21 and Katie Connor 22:25, Ocean;  Steven Schwartz 22:32 Loch Arbour;  Richard Adams 22:40, Neptune;  Frank DiLello 22:50, Ocean;  Steve Surman 23:07, Tinton Falls;  Thom Clark 23:54, Ocean;  Dave Kaplan 23:55, Ocean Grove;  Peter Henderson 24:49, West Allehurst;  David Campbell 24:51, Asbury Park;  Brian Borden 24:53, Neptune;  James Munday 24:54, Ocean Grove;  Emily Henderson 25:11, Allenhurst.   

   Herald area:  James McGovern 16:53, Atl. Highlands;  Jason Gers 17:02, Monmouth Beach;  Sean Ras 17:49, Middletown;  Harold Nolan 19:35, Navesink;  Ben Palermo 20:52, Michael Bouthillier 21:59, Stephen Louie 22:45, Kristina Pachman 23:18, Bridget Walsh 23:35 and Corey Seckular 23:50, Middletown;  Ken Rubinstein 23:52, Red Bank;  Padraic Shay 24:22, Kathleen Shay 24:23 and Jaclyn Dreicer 24:27, Middletown;  Jennifer Marra 24:32, Little Silver;  Brian Walsh 24:39, Middletown;  Lauren Fisher 25:46, Red Bank;  Colleen Walsh 27:17, Middletown;  Mark Wellner 27:45 and Tatiana Burgos 27:46, Red Bank;  Michael Minerva 27:53, Monmouth Beach;  Quin Ahimouic 28:12, Fair Haven;  Loretta Gers 28:41, Monmouth Beach;  Deborah Campion 28:42 and Dave Campion 29:03, Middletown.

   Other Monmouth County:  Jeff Propert 17:01, Wall;  Evan Norwwood 18:33, Matawan;  Zach Bradley 19:11, Shrewsbury;  Scott Linnell 20:01, Colts Neck;  Sean Donohue 21:54, Wall;  Robert Galizio 22:12, Belmar;  Jeremy Braverman 22:14, Manalapan;  Tim Mahoney 22:15, Belmar (director of Memorial Run);  Thomas Flannigan 22:28, West long Branch;

Andrew Mazza 22:31 and  Melissa Mazza 22:37, Manasquan;  Liz Brazier 22:46, Lake Como;  Jack Bleach 22:56, Belmar;  John McPartland 23:26, Manasquan;  Holly Basile 23:41, Sea Girt;  Sean Driscoll 23:50, Spring Lake;  Dana Pelligra 24:01, West Long Branch;  Craig Chikis 24:10, Marlboro;  Ben Baidsley 24:18, Manasquan;  Ben Smutek 24:22, Matawan;  Aaron Rotem 24:24 and David Bleakley 24:35, Howell;  Richard Sanders 24:37, Spring Lake Heights;  Katrina Hand 24:55, Dan Shemanski 25:00 and Daniel Napoliton 25:07, Wall;  Jim Stewart 25:18, Marlboro;  David Gross 25:19, Morganville Marty Driscoll 25:32, Colts Neck;  Rich Davidson 25:33, Brielle;  Blair Quin 25:34, Wall.    

Road-racing events continue with Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K on September 1 in Holmdel Park at 9 a.m. info call 732-571-2162. At the Long Branch beachfront on Monday (Labor Day) September 3 is the Pier House 5K (Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix) at 8:30 a.m. info call 732-571-216. On September 8 is Brielle Day Hill and Dale 10 K at 9 a.m. More info on these at www.jsrc.org

At the Belmar boardwalk, across from Dunkin Donuts on Tuesday, 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.