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PHOTO: Start of Asbury Park 5K.  Photos by Bob Both, JSRC

ASBURY PARK, NJ - With cooperation from the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), the Shore Athletic Club (SAC), the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) and the Ocean Running Club (ORC) the Asbury Park Urban Enterprise Zone presented its Tenth Anniversary Asbury Park 5K on a cloudy/sunny, humid, good but not excellent-racing-weather Saturday morning of August 10, and 1,462 racers competed (414 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.

Coming through the chute first was Andrew Brodeur, 23, of Brick Township at 15:38 (15 minutes and 38 seconds [30 seconds faster than his last year’s winning time]) followed by Brian Quilty, 23, also of Brick at 15:48. Third place went to Bradley Beach’s Pat Casterline, 23, at 16:01 and was followed by Patrick D’Alessandro, 30, of Asbury Park at 16:44 and Andrew Dombrowiecki, 18, of Ocean at 17:09. Special awards are granted to the top-five male/female finishers of this event.

“Because it’s a two-loop course you get a chance to see all the racers and they were all very supportive with their cheers,” said today’s champion in his initial comments. “I wanted to be closer to 15 minutes but I’m satisfied with my performance,” he further offered and of the weather, “It’s pretty hot and humid but it’s just a 5K so it isn’t so bad.” In last year’s comments Brodeur informed that his fastest time for this distance was 14:01 on a school track while in college. Andrew has the distinction of being this year’s Spring Lake Five Mile Run winner and that is being first of 9,041 competitors.

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PHOTO: Noel Whitall crosses the finish line.

Noel Whitall, 35, of Toms River was first in for the females at 17:31 (8th place overall) followed by Jennifer Nelson, 23, of Barnegat at 17:54 (15th overall, last year’s champion). Rounding out the top five females:  Jamie Liberti, 27, Middletown at 18:14 (18 overall);  Brianna Feerst, 19, Brick at 18:27 (23 overall);  Bronawyn Oleary, 38, Cliffwood Beach at 18:41 (25 overall).

“I’m happy with my performance; I went out in 5:23 (5 minutes and 23 seconds for the first mile) and it was a good pace and I tried to maintain that – the second mile wasn’t as fast but I still felt good though,” Whitall said in describing her championship performance and of the weather: “It was humid and I expected that so I adjusted to it.” It’s nice to see Noel back in the winners’ circle of our Jersey Shore races.

Tom Zarra, 56, of Point Pleasant competes in many, very many, of our Shore Area racing events and today he finished at 19:56 in 47th place, of the 1462 competitors. But not one of those 46 competitors who beat him was as old as he is. In talking with him he was reluctantly satisfied with his racing time but as he says: “Aging takes its toll and Father Time is relentless!” 

Superlatives galore and many, many typed pages would have to be used to describe Navesink’s Harold (Harry) Nolan’s running accomplishments. So suffice it to say that not many 66-year-olds could come close to finishing a 3.1 mile distance at 21 minutes and zero seconds. He likes the course a lot especially because it’s flat and has two loops.  Nolan was featured recently in Long Branch at Lake Takanassee where he has competitively run the four loops around the lake, at its summer Monday Night 5K Race for fifty years.

More than $2,500 in prize money was awarded at the event in open and age-group categories, presented by Tim McLoone. 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 2.  As part of the Grand Prix, points are also awarded toward overall grand prix standings.

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PHOTO: Andrew Brodeur crosses the finish line.

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 introduced Lisa Kobin of Westfield who gave a fine rendition of our National Anthem. Then he gave a loud “Ready, Set, Go” and the racers followed the lead vehicle driven by Asbury Park police officer Sgt. Robert Ash.

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 young runners enjoyed a morning of races and treats, with medals for all participants.

"For our tenth year, I want to thank all our volunteers, especially the ‘key team’, and the members of area running clubs for their know-how efforts, and the course and water-stop volunteers from Rotary Club, NJ Natural Gas, Brick Knights Soccer, Civil Air Patrol Cadets 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. I would also like to thank Asbury Park Public Works, Fire, First Aid and Police Departments.  Thanks to the overwhelming number of participants this year and dedicated support of our local 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:  Christopher Dunkak 18:43,  Daniel Campbell 18:48,  Brian Hill 18:51,  Raymond Castellano 19:19,  Brianne Kilian 19:47,  Elizabeth Shaw 20:39,  David Zurheide 21:03,  Tara Cangialosi 22:11,  Michael Reuter 22:29,  Michael Glynn 22:41,  William Walsh 23:47,  Cathy Capozzi 23:48,  Stacey Walsh 23:49, Barry McAlinden 24:22,  Mike O’Connor 25:12. 

Other Herald:  Antonio Meza Soriano 17:36, Red Bank;  John Floyd 19:48 and Courtney Howley 20:30, Rumson;  Kyle Drake 20:55, Atl. Highlands;  Dana Jacoby 20:59, Monmouth Beach;  Peter Lyden 21:08, Rumson;  Christen Ambrosio 21:25, Port Monmouth;  Greg McPolin 21:45, Locust;  Tom Shebell 22:30 and Christopher Small 22:32, Fair Haven;  Dawn Ciccone 22:39, Highlands;  Frank Spinillo 22:49, Red Bank;  Bob Linton 22:51, Highlands;  Kevin McGrath 22:59, David Alfano 23:07, Maureen Nocella 23:15 and Ali Marzulla 23:16, Red Bank;  Walter Cuje 23:27, Littl Silver;  Robert Hahn 23:32, Red Bank;  Jack Howley 23:32, Rumson;  Lauren Giannullo 23:34, Red Bank;  Desiree Olivero 23:43, Atl. Highlands;  John Moetz 23:45, Highlands;  Madeline Shebell 23:49, Fair Haven;  Brian Brophy 23:50, Rumson;  Adam Cohen 23:51 and Manolo Teijelo 23:53, Red Bank;  Paul Deykerkoff 23:54, Little Silver;  Joe Hartman 24:02, Red Bank;  Christopher Rodriguez 24:03, Fair Haven;  Denise Moyer 24:08, Atl. Highlands;  Michael Thatcher 24:26, Red Bank;  Robert Morris 24:31, Rumson;  Erin Doherty 24:45, Belford;  Jackie Lamoureaux 24:46, Red Bank;  Brielle Howley 24:55, Rumson.   

Other Monmouth County leaders:  Ron Dickson 17:29, Neptune; Kevin Griffith 17:36, Asbury Park;  Chris Whitehead 18:42, Wall;  Tom Phillips 18:56, Spring Lake Heights;  Richard Ybarra 19:00, Holmdel;  Matt D’Auria 19:20, Ocean;  Amanda Scheer 20:11 and Jayne Condon 20:12, Wall;  Amber Hart 20:14, Belmar;  Scott Linnell 20:19, Colts Neck;  Matthew Coleman 20:22, Oceanport;  Kathy Kropke 20:28, Avon;  Paul Gilly 20:33, Freehold;  Douglas Salom 20:34, Asbury Park;  Kelli Cumiskey 20:48, Allenhurst;  Kellee Hand 20:49, Howell;  Jennifer Gunn 20:59, Aberdeen;  Kevin Ball 21:08, Sea Girt;   Bedward Oswald 21:10, Neptune City;  Michael Rodriguez 21:13, Long Branch;  Kimberly Griffins 21:14, Shrewsbury;  Brian Rath 21:21, Neptune;  Kendal Hand 21:26, Howell;  Michael Reiss 21:27, Hazlet;  Robert Galizio 21:26, Spring Lake;  TJ Frabizio 21:27, Spring Lake;  Marc Sheerin 21:28, Sea Girt;  Matthew Jacobson 21:28, Marlboro;  Tom D’Auria 21:29, Ocean;  Tim O’Handly 21:30, Marlboro;  Jamie Hand 21:31, Howell;  Michael Moore 21:33, Colts Neck;  Michael Ansell 21:34, Asbury Park.     

Road racing events coming up are scheduled on the following websites: www.jsrc.org, www.farcnj.com, and www. oceanrunningclub.org.