BRIELLE, NJ - Two hundred and 99 road racers finished the 32nd annual Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K on the cloudy, sometimes rainy, humid, but fair-racing-weather Saturday morning of September 8. 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 a hundred 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.


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Breaking the finish-line tape held by Manasquan’s Jack and Diane Cheer, race directors, was Dave Slavinsky, 41, of Point Pleasant at a racing time of 34:43 (34 minutes and 43 seconds) this is a minute and 48 seconds faster than last year’s championship time. Coming in a distant second was Jon Scott, 32, of New York City at 37:46 and rounding out the top three male finishers was Paul Giuliano, 49, of Bloomfield at 38:14.


Dave Slavinsky crosses at 34:43

“Right from the 'Ready, Set, Go' I went out in front and it stayed that way the whole race, “ said Slavinsky when asked if he had to pass any other racers to get the lead. “It was 33:15 two years ago,” the champion further offered in regard to his best time on this course and his PR for a 10K overall is 30:30, “maybe twenty years ago,” he guessed. “This course is always hard because of two things: the hills and humidity,” was his comment when asked his thought on this course. He was greeted at the finish-line area by his wife and two children.

“I knew right from the start when he dashed out in front that I was never going to be able to catch him (Slavinsky),” said Scott in describing his runner-up position.  “If there are they’re few and far between,” he said when asked if there are any flat parts on the course. 


Diane Deoliveira crosses at 42:05

Brick Township’s Diane Deoliveira, 41, was first in for the females at 42:05 (10th place overall) and rounding out the distaff top three, respectively, were Meagan Drapkin, 33, also of Brick at 44:02 (17th overall) and Amanda Eltringham, 33, of Marlton (Burlington County) at 44:29 (19th overall).

“Yes,” Deoliveira said and nodded yes at the same time when asked if she were the lead woman for the whole 6.2 miles. In checking race times the runner-up was almost two minutes slower. “I love it,” the women’s champion said of the course and explains: “I love hills and people that I train with on Sundays and myself, we often use this area (of the Brielle 10K) so I’m used to it – I don’t run well when it’s all flat, I like the different terrains,” she also said and of the weather: “it was humid, very humid, but everyone has to run in it so it’s the same for all of us,” said the radio host of her show: Magic 100.1.        

Special-award winners went to Gerard Pearlberg 39:10 and Mercedes Wall 48:32 for Brielle Residents; for Firefighter, Frank Dilello of Ocean at 53:13; for Law Enforcement, James Seidel of Manasquan at 53:48.

Steve Apostolacus, 50, of Asbury Park scored a 46:29 which is a very respectable 7:29 per-mile pace on this hilly challenge. “No, not at all” said Apostolacus if he were satisfied with his performance today and went on to explain: “When I run six miles it’s usually on the boardwalk (can’t get any flatter than that) so I’m not at all used to hills.” He further said that, “I am very impressed with knowing that Phil Hinck (today’s race starter, and race director of many shore-area races, two nationally recognized, and former Christian Brothers Academy/Temple University track star) posted a 30:33 on this course.” 

At the 9:00 a.m. start on Union Lane race-starter Hinck introduced Delaney Burke, a junior and chorus member of Manasquan High School, who gave a fine rendition of our National Anthem. He then informed the assembled racers that there were two water spots available and strategically placed so that 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 on their 6.2 mile trek following a lead police vehicle.

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. Fred 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.

The 32nd Annual Brielle Hill and Dale 10K Challenge did hold true that “It never rains on Brielle Day”. At least it didn’t rain on the runners. Sorry Crafters: the challenging hills of Brielle beat out the threatening dark clouds and muffled echoes of thunder. The challenging hills of Brielle beckoned 299 spirited runners to charge up Union Lane and begin their first ascent up Schoolhouse Road. The beautiful voice of Delaney Burke, a junior from Manasquan High School allowed for the National Anthem to echo and embrace the start of the race.  

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

Many thanks go out to our sponsors for helping make this race a grand event: Acme of Manasquan, Birdsall Engineering of Eatontown, Brielle Cyclery of Brielle, Brielle Sports Club of Brielle, Candy Phenomenail of Manasquan, East Main Street Trattoria of Manasquan, Half-Way to Brielle 5K Race Committee Harpoon Willy’s of Manasquan, Brielle Bagels of Brielle, Jersey Shore Running Club, Kepwell Spring Water Co of Ocean, Miles Ahead of Wall, Montenegro, Thompson, Montenegro, & Genz of Brick, Ocean First Bank, Rella’s of Brielle, 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 River House of Brielle, Third Ave Chocolate of Manasquan & Spring Lake, & Union Landing of Brielle. 

Special acknowledgement to Brielle resident Mary Beth Glaccum and her family for their generous contribution of a gift certificate from Rella’s to the random prize drawings. Special acknowledgement to Dr. Liz Wenslauska for her generous random prize contribution.


As always, special recognition goes out to the Brielle DPW for their laborious work in getting the behind the scenes ready for the race.


Many thanks to other behind the scenes help: Brielle Borough Hall, Brielle Fire & Police Departments, Brielle First Aid, Brielle Mayor Thomas B Nicol, Jersey Shore Running Club for the Start/Finish, H20 stops,  course marshals, and post race refreshments, the Wednesday Nite GNO Divas for the race registration/finish line, and the Church of Brielle Water stop for without there 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 acknowledge the patience of motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of the runners. We look forward to your support for the 33rd running of the Brielle 10K Challenge in 2013."


Race Directors: Jack & Diane Cheer

                            Wall Township

Other finishers of this 10K (6.2 miles) hilly challenge:

Brielle:  Gerard Pearlberg 39:10,  Sean Savage 43:13,  Mick Morris 45:20,  Jonathan Craven 46:18,  Ravon McMullen 47:20,  Mercedes Wall 48:32,  Mary Beth Glaccum, 49:15,  David Rodricks 49:40,  Lorene Colon 49:53,  Richard Siderko 50:34,  Gregory Cuozzo 51:38,  Theodore Sevastakis 52:39,  Andrew Bott 53:07,  Leslie Dettlinger 54:42,  Melanie Viani 55:09,  Dan Viani 55:09,  Wes Erbe 55:37,  Tricia Callahan 56:01, Brian Finnegan 56:17,  Brian Cosgrove 56:46,  George Palesky 57:10,  Julia Reaves 58:13,  Richard Davison 58:36,  Vicki Curran 59:47,  Daryl Schamback 59:55,  Maribeth Poling 1:00:02,  James Mcguire 1:00:03,  Barbara Grasso 1:00:28,  Joe Milancewich 1:00:57,  Liz Cuozzo 1:02:05,  Tim Kellers 1:03:26,  Duncan Hathaway 1:07:46,  Todd Hathaway 1:09:38,  Kathleen Carty 1:10:06,  Allison Milancewich 1:10:48,  Susan Pinto 1:15:10 and Landon Turner 1:21:17.         

Herald area:  Sean Casey 45:01, Atl. Highlands;  Dana Jacoby 47:00, Monmouth Beach;  Patrick Lowe 47:13, Atl. Highlands;  Steve Foley 56:50, Oceanport (director Run Thru Deal);  Barbara Donelik 58:09,  Middletown;  David Mountzouris 59:05, Red Bank;  Bunny McDonnell 1:01:53, Middletown;  Raul Davalos 1:03:01, Atl. Highlands;  Jennifer Woods 1:22:32 and Thomas Walsh 1:28:52, Red Bank.        

Other Monmouth County leaders:  Timothy Ragan 38:59, Sea Girt;  Jack Goh 42:19 and Chris Whitehead 45:05, Wall;  Jim Redeker 45:22, Lake Como;  Matt Shaffer 46:06, Tinton Falls,  Robert Cornell 46:15, Long Branch;  Michael O’Connell 46:16, Belmar;  Steve Apostolacus 46:29, Asbury Park;  Alicia Dibiase 47:44, Spring Lake Heights;  Rob Jaeger 47:48, Marlboro;  John Jankowski 48:24, Wall;  Chris Difeo 48:31 and Kerry Patterson 48:32, Spring Lake;  Patrick McIntyre 48:46, Bradley Beach;  Ed Alburtus 49:11, Neptune City;  Jack Bleach 50:47, Belmar;  Michael Moore 50:52, Colts Neck;  Christie Patla 51:15, Aberdeen;  Manolo Teijelo 51:25, Holmdel;  Robert Davidson 51:55, Wall;  Jesse Elkeberry 52:30, Shrewsbury;  Michael Timmes 52:38, Freehold;  Mary O’Brien 52:52, Manasquan;  Tim Keane 52:54, Ocean (former director of the YMCA Thursday Summer Nights 3-mile Runs at the Asbury Park boardwalk);  Kate Couture 53:02, Howell;  Frank Dilello 53:13, Ocean;  Diane Williams 53:15, Avon;  John McPartland 53:19, Manasquan;  Robert Galizor 53:39, Spring Lake;  James Seidel 53:46, Manasquan;  Christopher Whitehead 54:03, Wall;  Richard Adams  54:14, Neptune;  John Saracco 54:18, Spring Lake;  Lean Sitar 54:19, Manasquan;  Robert Erdelyi 54:27, Howell;  Jamie Guftakis 54:51, Manasquan;  Robert Wyatt 54:52, Colts Neck;  Robert Brundage 54:59, Manasquan;  Armida Caldwell 55:26, Eatontown;  Caroline McLoughlin 55:42, Manasquan;  Gerry Cooney 55:44, Spring Lake Heights.                    

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