Start of the 2013 Neptune City Day 5K. Photos by Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club. (www.jsrc.org)
NEPTUNE CITY, NJ - Two hundred and seventy-seven road racers (277) competed in the 21st annual Neptune City Day 5K presented by the event’s racing committee in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) on the warm, humid and overcast morning of Saturday, August 3.
Hometowner Pat Ford, 53, broke the finish-line tape held by the town’s Mayor Robert Brown and Neptune High School junior Erinn Edwards, located on Riverview Avenue at Memorial/Municipal Beach Park that overlooks Shark River Bay, and become the 3.1 mile race’s 2013 champion at 17: 41 (17 minutes and 41 seconds). Second and third place males respectively, (third and fourth, overall), were Emmanuel Brody, 61, of Roselle at 19:26 and Greg Young, 27, of Wall at 19:37.
“Yes, I am,” said Ford when asked if he were satisfied with his performace. “I wanted to break 18 (minutes)” and he did that with 19 seconds to spare. “The newly paved Sylvania Avenue was great to run on,” he immediately added and informed that he took the lead about a half mile into the race and kept it the rest of the way. The champion further offered, as he often does: “I want to thank Mary Sapp (race director) and all the volunteers and the public workers for putting on the race – the runners have the easy thing, all we have to do is run – it’s the organizers and the volunteers who have to do all the work.”
Kiernan Delaurier, 32, of Saint Petersburg, FL, was first in for the women at 19:11 (2nd place overall) from the loop course that started on West Sylvania Avenue and Hwy. #35, adjacent to the Neptune City First Aid building, which served as the sign-up area, proceeded west to Oxford Way and turned onto Sixth Avenue and meandered its way to the Park. Wall’s Lauren Karabin, 12, was second at 20: 47 (7th overall) and Malissa Albano, 16, of Neptune City at 21: 41 (17th overall) rounded out the top three women.
“Yes, I was the leading woman the entire way,” answered the women’s champion and likes the course because it’s mainly flat with a few hills (maybe inclines) and of the weather: “It’s perfect but could have been a little cooler.”
Receiving the top three Neptune City male awards: James McAnee 21:15, Matthew Edwards 22:07, Matt Orlando 22:21; top three females: Alyssa Kelegh 22:57, Lauren Arnone 23:06, Julia Cooper 23:45.
Neptune City’s Joe Renzella, 71, clocked a 28:41 racing time (just over 3 minutes faster than last year) and said the weather was “hot and muggy” but then the highly decorated Vietnam veteran, with four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, added that “it was good the race started at 8 a.m.” Renzella’s racing time won him first place award in his 70-79 age group.
Phil Hinck, past president of the JSRC, and race director of many Shore area races including the nationally recognized Spring Lake Five and George Sheehan Classic was, along with being available to assist in the many activities needed for the event, organized the racers at the starting line today. Just prior to the 8 a.m. start, at Sylvania Avenue, he introduced Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown who thanked the racers for participating and wished for them to have a good race and informed them that Sylvania Avenue had just been recently paved. The Mayor then introduced Erica Kostyz of Ocean Township who gave a fine rendition of “God Bless America.” Hinck then assembled the racers to the starting line, advised them to take water at the three designated spots and Mayor Brown voiced a loud, “Ready-Go” and the racers were off following the lead police car driven by Lieutenant Matthew Quagliato and accompanied by councilman Larry Cross.
Eric Lauenstein of the Neptune City First Aid Squad, drove the race’s follow-up ambulance and reported, “All went well; we had absolutely no emergencies.”
Mary Sapp, race director, along with Mayor Brown and Fred Rummel, Monmouth County Parks Commissioner and director of Wall Township’s Fourth of July Firecracker Five, presented gift certificates and medals to the aforementioned winners and age-group leaders from a platform on the scenic grounds of the park. The event’s sponsors were written on the back of the racers’ T-shirts. Bill Boyajian of Best Racing Systems, along with Ray Durborow, organized the finish-line activities and computer results, using B-Tag chips from Chronotrack, all of which can be found on www.bestrace.com.
“I want to thank Phil and Penny Hinck of the JSRC and all the volunteers who do the many things necessary to put on a race. A special thanks to all our sponsors especially Retro Fitness of Neptune City. I want to especially recognize the Neptune City Police Department and neighboring police departments for excellent traffic control. Thanks, also, for the patience of motorists who had to be diverted for the safety of our racers,” said Mary Sapp, race director, in concluding E-mail comments.
Other race finishers:
Atlantic Highlands Herald area: Kevin McGrath 23:17, Red Bank; Michael Brady 24:26, Port Monmouth; Nick Nicolosi 28:02, Rumson; Caitlin Dismore 28:40, Oceanport; John Donelik 29:41 and Walter Olson 30:46, Middletown; Amanda Patterson 35:11, Little Silver; Thomas Walsh 41:09, Red Bank;
Other Neptune City leaders: Michael Herbert 22:26, Laurie Nolan 23:48, Ted Wardell 24:42, William Wells 24:44, Erin Macioroski 25:04, Alexander Tallman 25:22, Jack O’Connell 26:21, Jamie Sommer 26:22, Ryan Gallagher 23:36, Sue Mitchell 26:45, Patty Carroll 26:47, Amy Dancisin 26:54, Christopher Tallman 27:35, Thomas Arnone 27:55 (former Neptune City Mayor, now Monmouth County Freeholder) Keira Albano 28:15, Joshua Souza 28:39, Luke Cousins 28:40, Joseph Renzella 28:41, Meghan Greene 28:43, Gracie Winberry 28:44, Hogg Starkey 29:17, Olivia Winberry 29:32, David Winberry 29:33, Christein Albano 29:51, Dan Hewitsan 29:52, Steph Orlando 29:57, Joseph Tallman 30:04, David Case 30:33, Adam Oppegaard 30:39, Michael Stern 30:43, Mairin Barbiere 31:09.
Neptune leading finishers: Alec McNees 21:04, Michael Radwanski 21:06, Tim Walsh 21:27, David Radwanski 22:17, Neil Carberry 22:26, Luis Fernandez 23:03, Sarah Colmer 23:26, Kaitlyn Lavender 23:52, Kelly Wojciehowski 24:11, Kevin Cusick 24:12, JP Dempsey 24:31, Bryn Horner 24:55, Jett Tinik 24:59, Steve Shebell 26:11, Steve Cattacho 26:43, Melanie Matthews 27:18, Scott Imbriaco 27:54.
Other Monmouth County leaders: Greg Young 19:37, Wall; Jose Maria Sanchez 20:57, Freehold; John Wolfson 21:09, Ocean; Jason Colavita 21:37, West Long Branch; Dianisio Diaz 21:49, Farmingdale; Michael Rockgiez 22:02, Long Branch; Robert Gahizio 22:09, Spring Lake; Ginny Barrett 22:28, Freehold; Tracy Julian 22:45, Holmdel; Amanda Karabin 22:50 and Karen Galloway 23:04, Wall; Mike Zippo 23:07, Bradley Beach; Robert Davidson 23:32, Wall; Patrick McIntyre 23:34, Bradley Beach; Jeff Rogle 23:36, Ocean; Dave Kaplan 24:16, Ocean Grove (lifeguard at LaReine Avenue, Bradley Beach); Sean Crowley 24:17, Manasquan; Alejandro Rodriguez 24:39, Freehold; Molly McGhee 25:23 and Brian McGhee 25:24, Wall; Robert Lones 25:59, Ocean; Michael McEvilly 26:02, Tinton Falls; Philip Zippo 26:08, Holmdel; Francesca Piangone 26:26, Manasquan; Nancy Thorne 26:29, Long Branch (director of Michael Thorne Memorial Run in West Long Branch); Hoover Cano 26:43, Tinton Falls.
Road-racing events continue and schedules are posted at www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com.