PHOTO: Start of 2014 Bradley Beach 5K Run. Photos by Penny Hinck.
BRADLEY BEACH, NJ - The seventeenth annual Bradley Beach 5K Run was the host road-racing event for 771 road racers on a sunny, cloudy good-racing-weather Saturday morning, of August 16. Sean Swift, 29, of Hoboken was first into the finish-line chute set up by Elite Racing Systems on Ocean Avenue at the Gazebo area (the Gazebo was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and a different structure was used while plans for a new Gazebo is underway) as the digital clock displayed his sixteen minutes and twenty-eight seconds championship racing time as 16:28.
Coming in second place from the 3.1 mile course that also started at the old Gazebo area at 8:30 a.m. with racers following the two lead police cars on the loop course that includes Ocean Avenue and the streets adjacent to both Fletcher and Sylvan Lakes was Kyle Clohan, 22, of Tinton Falls at 16:38 and third place went to Wall Township’s Jeff Propert, 34, at 17:25.
“During miles 1 and 2 we (Swift and Clohan) were pretty much together but on the turn at Ocean Avenue, I took the lead and kept it,” said Swift in describing his championship performance. “I like the course a lot.” offered the champion and explained: “There aren’t too many turns and the straightaways are designed for speed.”
Dianne DeOliveira, 43, of Brick, was the women’s winner at 18:57 (15th place overall). Amy Bernstein, 35, of East Windsor was second for the women at 19:44 (20 overall) and Brooklyn, NY’s Sophia Barnathan was third at 20:25 (28 overall). “After about a quarter of a mile I took the lead and kept it,” answered DeOliveira when questioned and thought the weather was “near perfect because of NO humidity,” and she stressed that negative aspect. “The course is beautiful with the ocean and two lakes,” the women’s champion further offered.
Bradley Beach winners both male and female, went to Scott Isgett, 45, at 18:08 (9th overall) and Beth Mayer, 27, 20:30 (30th overall).
Course records, both male and female, were set by Harry Norton, Massachusetts, in 2007 at 15:24 and Michelle Lilienthal, Iowa, in 2006 at 17:08.
Dave Kaplan, 69, of Ocean Grove, lifeguard in Bradley Beach at LaReine Avenue, finished at 23:58, and this time was just three seconds slower than his fastest time of this Bradley Beach course, earned two years ago. He added that 18:53 was his fastest time ever for a 5K, raced about 25 years ago at Lake Takanassee (in Long Branch). Kaplan likes this course because, “It’s fast and flat.”
If, about at the two-mile mark you heard a trumpet blowing, that was Dave Demonico, Rutgers alumnus and champion runner who was serenading all his running/racewalking friends. So thank him when you see him.
Captain John W. Zech of the Bradley Beach First Aid Department was glad to report, “No major troubles today – all went well.” He also informed that two Bradley Beach medical vehicles were available for emergencies along with two from Avon as well as the Neptune City First Aid vehicle and the Monmouth County EMS Task Force vehicle.
This annual event actually begins at 6:30 p.m. the night before with the Kids’ Races held on Bradley Boulevard adjacent to Sylvan Lake and consists of distances of 25 yards to a half-mile and is organized by new director of the Bradley Beach 5K, Todd Migdon, along with other Bradley Beach residents. “A special thanks to the Bradley Beach Fire Department and the Environmental Commission,” said Migdon.
Race director Migdon awarded trophies to the aforementioned 5K winners and age-group leaders at the area next to where the Gazebo used to be with its many benches where the racers were relaxing and enjoying refreshments of bananas, oranges, power bars and bottled water provided by members of the food committee headed by Jennifer Twomey. Many random prizes were offered due to the generosity of the Bradley Beach business community. The Elite Racing Systems, Clifton, did the computer results on Chronotrack B and provided all the equipment for the finish-line activities.
“I want to thank the Police Department, the First Aid Squad, Public Works Department, the Mayor and Council and our sponsors for their financial aid. We had over 70 volunteers whose assistance made things run smoothly and a special thanks to Phil Hinck and other members of the JSRC. I also want to acknowledge the patience of motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of our racers,” said director Migdon in concluding comments.
Other leading finishers of the Bradley Beach 5K Run:
Bradley Beach: Houston Migdon 18:28 (a triplet of the race director), Shaun Morris 19:08, Michael Hahn 19:32, Marc Jenkins 19:51, Daniel Suozzo 20:17, Richard Nardone 21:27, Dan Cooperman 21:44, David Falk 21:45, Evan Bardinas 22:16, Doug Dowd 22:20, Catie Ferrara 22:29, Patrick McIntyre 22:38, Sarah Falk 22:54, Ben Bogdan 22:56, Thomas Moeller 23:09, Laura Freeman 23:10, Nale Harmony 23:19, Hugh Jareckson 23:39.
Atlantic Highlands Herald area leaders: David Zurheide 20:31, Middletown; Patrick Kollman 21:46 and Kevin Kollman 21:49, Little Silver; Khyrin Jenkins 22:09, Laurence Harbor; Oscar Moreno 23:49, Sea Bright; Kathleen Shay 23:43 and Padraic Shay 23:44, Middletown; Peter Sposato 23:50, Laurence Harbor; Corey Seckular 23:53, Middletown; Ted Wheeler 24:16, Atl. Highlands; Barbara Donelik 25:23, Middletown; Tom Morrison 25:29, Highlands (First Aid aficianado); Christine Osborn 26:09, Middletown; Denis Higgins 26:17, Rumson; Sue White 27:27, Little Silver; Mary Moriarity 28:52, Highlands.
Other Monmouth County leaders: Alejandro Sanchez 18:08, Freehold; Scott Linnell 19:49, Colts Neck; Zack Rovner 20:26, Freehold; Nicholas Bowden 20:38, Hazlet; Marco Salvatore 20:39, Howell; Rachel Kenney 21:25, Matawan; John Swenarton 21:49, Wall; Meghan Adams 21:52, Spring Lake; Katie Bardsley 22:21, Manasquan; Francesca All 22:22, Howell; Chris Martin 22:23, Manasquan; Jack Bleach 22:29, Belmar; Vincent Salvatore 22:30 and Rick Tulley 22:39, Howell; Mike Rodriguez 22:40, Long Branch; John Walsh 22:41, Belmar; Shane Reilly 22:54, Belmar.
Road-racing events continue with Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K on August 30 in Holmdel Park at 9 a.m. info call 732-571-2162. At the Long Branch beachfront on Monday (Labor Day) September 1 is the Pier House 5K (Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix) at 8:30 a.m. info call 732-571-2162. More race info and schedules can be found on www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com.