PHOTO: Start of 2014 Asbury Park 5K. Photos by Bob Both, jsrc.org
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 Eleventh Anniversary Asbury Park 5K on a sunny, somewhat humid, good but not excellent-racing-weather Saturday morning of August 9, and 1,740 racers competed (378 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 of Clifton had set up a finish-line chute. The event benefits local organizations, including the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Mary’s Place by the Sea and Play It Forward.
Coming through the chute first was Andrew Brodeur, 24, of Bethesda, MD at 15:42 (15 minutes and 42 seconds [4 seconds slower than his last year’s winning time of this event]) followed by James Rivers, 22, of Barnegat at 15:52.65. Third place went to Holmdel’s Dan Barlev, 19, at 15:52.77 and was followed by Greg Lowing, 19, at 16:07 of Ocean and Matt Turlip, 25, of New York City at 16:31. 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 answered when questioned by this interviewer. In last year’s comments Brodeur informed that his fastest time for this distance was 14:01 on a school track while in college.
Dactilia Booth, 38, of Long Branch was first in for the females at 18:32 (26th place overall) followed by Marissa Alberti, 36, also of Long Branch at 18:42 (30th overall). Rounding out the top-five females: Erin Conroy, 30, New York City at 18:45 (32 overall); Jessica Francis, 33, Brick at 19:05 (42 overall); Shannon McCarthy, 20, Fair Haven at 19:09 (44 overall).
“When we came onto the boardwalk, I took the lead and kept it,” said Booth. Prior to that she and runner-up Alberti pretty much ran together, Dactilia informed.
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 67-year-old racers could come close to finishing a 3.1 mile distance at 20 minutes and 50 seconds (and this racing time is ten seconds faster than last year). He likes the course a lot especially because it’s flat and has two loops. Nolan was featured recently in Long Branch at the Lake Takanassee races where he has competitively run the four loops around the lake, at its summer Monday Night 5K Race for fifty years.
Marilyn Ryder, 73, Eatontown, mother-in-law and mother of Phil (race director) and Penny Hinck does a weekly 5K at Lake Takanassee (mentioned above) and her usual racing time is about 30:20. But today she did the distance in 30:02 and attributes it to all the “hype” at this event, meaning the vast number of competitors and all the loud “cheering” that accompanies it.
Kevin Hill, 51, Rumson, latest director of the former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School 5 mile race finished at 23:10 and likes the double loop of this course because, “It gives us back-in-the pack runners a chance to see who the leaders are as they pass us.”
Highlands’ Dawn Ciccone, 58, posted 23:43 and wasn’t satisfied with that racing time (many other women and men that age would be extremely satisfied and happy to achieve that time): “I wanted to get in under 23 minutes – but I enjoyed it all – we had great weather, a good crowd and the race is well organized.”
More than $2,000 in prize money was awarded at the event in open and age-group categories, presented by emcee JSRC past President Jim Buckler, along with signature tie-dye themed awards, and raffle prizes courtesy of health and vendor fair participants. 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 1. As part of the Grand Prix, points are also awarded toward overall grand prix standings.
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 Maya Jacoby of Long Branch, a ten-year-old fifth grade student of the Ranney School who gave a fine rendition of our National Anthem. Then he gave a loud “Ready, Set, Go” and the racers followed the lead police vehicle driven by Asbury Park police officer, Patrolman Mark Walsh.
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. Ninety five young runners enjoyed a morning of races and treats, with tie-dye shirts and medals for all participants.
"I want to thank all our volunteers, especially the race committee, and the members of area running clubs for their know-how efforts, and the water-stop and course volunteers from Rotary Club, NJ Natural Gas, Jersey Shore Dream Center, Brick Knights Soccer, Bayshore Civil Air Patrol, Asbury Cub Scouts and Trinity Church. 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 many participants this year and support of our sponsors - the success of the race will allow it to present donations our local beneficiaries," said Phil Hinck, race director, and past president of the Jersey Shore Running Club in his final comments. He added whimsically “A new pre-race event this year was the morning ‘Sprinkler Dash’, which consisted of listening for the hiss-hiss of the sprinklers coming on at various times and various locations in the park, and volunteers raced to cover the sprinkler head with a traffic cone, to keep the staging area dry.”
Other leading finishers of the Asbury Park 5K: Asbury Park: Amber Hart 20:06, Peter Donohue 20:10, Clifford Young 21:14, Sydney Fetten 22:23, William Liuzza 22:28, Ronald Marshall 22:37, Kathryn Van Natten 22:51, Nina Vecchio 23:03, Robert Lamont 23:32, Douglas Salom 23:45, Paul Yuro 25:05, Keith Ludwig 25:27, Hide Kaneko 25:30.
Atlantic Highlands Herald area: Antonio Meza Soriano 18:01, Red Bank; Daniel Campbell 18:28, Middletown; Matthew Coleman 18:41, Oceanport; Harley Lefkowitz 19:00, Red Bank; Brian Hill 19:05, Middletown; Shannon McCarthy 19:09, Fair Haven; Matthew Metlitz 19:13, Little Silver; Raymond Castellano 19:35, Middletown; Kyle Maldjian 19:58, Rumson; Dawn Wilcox 20:09, Little Silver; Michael D’Angelo 20:20, Fair Haven; Christine Hill 20:23 and David Zurheide 20:27 Middletown; Michael Matlitz 20:32, Little Silver; Christopher Duffy 20:56, Atl. Highlands; Sean Montgomery 21:29, Little Silver; Nicole Corre 21:37, Red Bank; Katie Szep 22:26, Port Monmouth.
Other Monmouth County leaders: Andrew Dombrowiecki 16:47, Ocean; Jon Smolenski 17:18, Howell; Michael O’Connor 17:32, Spring Lake; Brain Prendergast 17:39, Brick; Alejandro Sanchez 18:10, Freehold; Charles Rogers 18:25, Wall; Matt Dauria 18:29, Ocean; Daniel Dombrowiecki 18:37, Ocean; Chris Whitehead 18:46, Eatontown; Doug Twyman 18:54, Sea Girt; Tom Dauria 18:56, Ocean; Joshua Orsag 19:22, Freehold; Shubhankar Chokra 19:34, Bradley Beach.
Complete results are available at http://asburyparkjrc.org. Road-racing events continue and their schedules can be found on www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com. Next up for the Jersey Shore Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone's, is the 11th Annual Pier House 5K, to benefit local charities, on Labor Day in Long Branch.