PHOTO: Start of 2012 Pier House 5K
LONG BRANCH, NJ - The revitalized Long Branch beachfront will be the site of the 10th Annual Pier House 5K road race on Labor Day Monday, September 2nd. Racetime is 8:30 am. The goal of the race is to bring runners to Long Branch to witness first-hand the amazing growth, and recent post-Sandy rebirth in that area.
"The Pier House believes deeply in strong community relationships and this is just one indication of that", said co-race founder Tim McLoone, whose restaurant was one of the first projects opened in Pier Village. In the past 9 years, race proceeds of over $17,000 have been donated to several area charities, including Habitat for Humanity, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Long Branch Recreation and the Long Branch Fire Company. The 2013 event will benefit the Valerie Fund, whose mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.
Participating volunteer groups from Monmouth University, local running clubs and area high school cross country teams have also been presented with donations. The Jersey Shore Running Club is the largest running club in New Jersey with well over 1,500 members. Dedicated to both running and to the community, JSRC events support local community and charitable organizations.
As the concluding race of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone's, prize money will be awarded to the top open and age group finishers. A commemorative gift will be presented to every runner who finished all five grand prix races - the Spring Lake 5, the Sheehan Classic, the Belmar 5, the Asbury Park 5K, and, of course, the Pier House 5K. For the tenth anniversary of the series, those who participate in all five 2013 races will get a $50 McLoone’s restaurant gift card, plus entry into a drawing for a Grand Prize ($1000 value).
Current Grand Prix leaders after four races are Andrew Brodeur of Brick for the men with 399 points, Joe Lesniak of Point Pleasant, 362 points and Pat D’Alessandro, Asbury Park, 351 points. The women’s race is closer as point leader Jennifer Nelson of Barnegat, 391 points, is followed by Brianna Feerst, Brick, with 384 points. Kathy Kropke, Avon, with 302 points, rounds out the current top three females. Champions will be crowned at the Pier House 5K on Labor Day.
This year the Pier House 5K will again feature the addition of kids’ races following the main event on Monday on the Great Lawn of Long Branch, with various distances for children ranging, from ages 1 up to 12. All kids will receive a commemorative medal.
"The day will be a festive one with music, prizes, and refreshments for all the participants", continued McLoone. "We hope lots of runners will conclude their summer seasons in Long Branch.”
Registration information for the Pier House 5K can be found at http://pierhouse5k.jsrc.org or (732) 571-2162.