NEPTUNE CITY, NJ - One hundred thirty-four road racers competed in the 22nd annual Neptune City Day 5K presented by the event’s racing committee in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) on the rainy, but warm morning of Saturday, August 2. (Last year the number was 277 but the weatherman, then, was in a better mood and gave the runners an overcast [runners love overcast in the hot summer] morning).
Kyle Clonan, 22, Tinton Falls (alumnus of Red Bank Catholic High School) broke the finish-line tape held by the town’s Mayor Robert Brown and Councilman Joseph Zajack, located on Riverview Avenue at Memorial/Municipal Beach Park that overlooks Shark River Bay and become the event’s 5K (3.1 miles) 2014 champion at 17:22 (17 minutes and 22 seconds). Second and third place males, respectively, were hometowner Pat Ford, 54, at 18:07 (runner-up this year and last year’s champion, but 26 seconds slower) and Houston Migdon, 17, of Bradley Beach at 18:14.
“I’m not sure but I think it was about the first half mile mark,” Clonan said when asked, where in the race he was when he took the lead. “The rain was not a factor,” he said when asked if it slowed him down at all.
“Yes, I am,” said runner-up Ford when asked if he were satisfied with his performance today and felt that the rain might have slowed him a bit. Ford then 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, especially today with the rain – 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.”
Dactilia Booth, 38, of Long Branch was first in for the females at 18:53 (7th 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, 13, was second at 20:00 (9th overall) and Marissa Allano, 17, of Neptune City at 20:06 (11th overall) rounded out the top three females.
“Yes, I was the leading female the entire way,” answered Booth and didn’t think the rain affected her racing time at all.
Receiving the top three Neptune City male awards: Sidney Wells 19:59, Garth Greer 21:56, Stephen Sternik 23:39; top three female awards: Laurie Nolan 23:40, Karlyn McGuigan 24:32, Susan Cousins 25:13.
Neptune City’s Joe Renzella, 72, clocked a racing time of 30:50 and this highly decorated Vietnam veteran with four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, informed that it won him first place award in his 70-79 age group.
Retired New Jersey State Police officer Tim Mahoney, 54, of Belmar, past president of the JSRC, posted a 23:24 racing time and that’s good for a 7:32 pace. Mahoney continues to serve the club’s membership and all the running/racewalking community as the director of the annual 9/11 Memorial Run that is presented on that infamous date at 6 p.m. on the Belmar/Spring Lake boardwalk and he insists on all knowing that it is not a race but a highly dignified leisurely run, jog, fast walk, or even bicycle as long as you stay with the group, so as to invite the general public. So please remember the 9/11 Memorial – Mahoney’s parting comment: “I will never, never forget 9/11.”
Phil Hinck, past president of the JSRC, and race director of many Shore area races including the nationally recognized Spring Lake Five Mile Run and George Sheehan Classic was, along with being available to assist in the many activities needed for the event, organizer of 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 on such a rainy day and wished for them to have a good race. 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 and Mayor Brown voiced a loud, “Ready-Go” and the racers were off following the lead police car.
Eric Lauenstein of the Neptune City First Aid Squad, drove the race’s follow-up ambulance and reported, “Even with the rain 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 names of 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, all of which can be found on www.bestrace.com. You can get your race results on your smart phone or tablet (iphone, ipad, android).
“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 Stop and Shop and TFH Publication. 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 leading race finishers:
Atlantic Highlands Herald area: Oscar Moreno 24:16, Sea Bright; Vin Green 25:33, Oceanport; Amy Faber 25:36, Barbara Donelik 25:58, John Donelik 30:54, Middletown; Thomas Walsh 45:19, Red Bank.
Other Neptune City leaders: Jack O’Connell 24:31, Ted Wardell 24:37, Chris Kifner 24:42, Josh Sovza 24:57, Luke Cousins 25:05, Susan Cousins 25:13, Meghan Greene 25:51, Rachel Weir 26:27, Batur Yaman 26:30, Erin Maciorowski 26:39, Jennifer McGovern 26:43, Keira Albano 27:10 Alexander Tallman 27:11, Gavin Latshaw 27:24, Charles Latshaw 27:25, Christopher Tallman 27:26, Sue Mitchell 27:50, Byron Mikayla 28:07, Kristin Martin 28:12, Thomas Arnone 28:24 (Monmouth County Freeholder, former Neptune City Mayor).
Neptune leading finishers: Tony Plaster 20:49, Luis Fernandez Jr. 21:15, Scott Imbriaco 21:21, Jett Tinik 23:38, JP Dempsey 23:44, Bryon Horner 24:46, Brendan Schmalzel 24:53, Jack Tinik 27:39, Maureen Ann Barry 28:25, Jacki Dempsey 29:57, Barbara Schmalzel 30:36, Theresa Armstrong 31:35, Lori Quagliato 32:54, Gina Garrison 34:37, Gina Villano 34:50, Kelly Carpenter 34:54, Donna Isley 39:46, Liz Morris 39:47.
Other Monmouth County leaders: Alejandro Sanchez 18:35, Freehold; Scott Linnell 20:14, Colts Neck; Jose Sanchez 20:21, Freehold; Jason Skislak 20:28, Asbury Park; Jason Colavita 20:44, West Long Branch; Michael Badger 21:08, Ocean Grove; James Segal 21:20, Colts Neck; Tim Mahoney 23:24, Belmar; Stephen Badger 24:44, Ocean Grove; Kevin Benkoil 26:11 and Jim Benkoil 26:41, Avon; Lori Kaczala 26:50, Hazlet; James Murphy 27:17, Howell; Nancy Thorne 27:53, Long Branch (director of the Michael Thorne Race in West Long Branch).
Road racing continues on Saturday, August 9, with the 11th annual Asbury Park 5K at 8:30 a.m. at Convention Hall, Ocean Avenue. More info on upcoming races can be found at www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com.