jsrc brielle 2014 groupPhotos courtesy of Brielle 10K Race Committee.

BRIELLE, NJ - Two hundred and 55 road racers finished the 34th annual Brielle Day Hill & Dale 10K on the sunny, hot and humid but fair-racing-weather Saturday morning of September 6. The course starts at the Elementary School area on Union Lane, meanders through the many, very many, picturesque hills of adjacent tree-lined streets; passes by Manasquan River Golf Course, and ends the 6.2 mile challenge at Green Acres Park, also located on Union Lane, amidst over a hundred quality crafters and vendors enjoying Brielle Day. The event is staged by the Brielle Day Race Committee with the help of the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) to benefit Brielle Recreation.

First into the finish-line chute, set up by Elite Racing Systems.com of Clifton, and breaking the tape held by Wall’s Jack and Diane Cheer, race directors, was John Jankowski, 39, of Point Pleasant at a racing time of 37:28 (37 minutes and 28 seconds). Coming in second place was Jason Protonentis, 40, of Toms River at 38:48 and rounding out the top three male finishers was New Egypt's Jonathan Mitchell, 17, at 39:09.


jsrc brielle 2014 male"It was hot and brutal," said Jankowski in initial comments and further offered that, "there was a bit of shade maybe during the first mile but that was about it." He also added that, "it was a good thing the residents gave us not only good and loud cheers that we appreciated but provided us with water and that's what we needed, today - water and a lot of it.”

“He (Jankowski) was too far in front of me so I decided not to try,” said runner-up Protonentis when asked if he made an effort to catch the leader.

“It was hot and the course was challenging,” said Mitchell, the youngest of the top three and offered that the challenge came from the many, very many, hills.

Brick Township’s Dianne DeOliveira, 43, was first in for the females at 41:29 (8th place overall) and rounding out the top three distaff competitors, respectively, were Allison Kmetz, 20, of Spring Lake at 45:17 (10th overall) and Brielle’s Sheila Mellody-Gonzalez, 40, at 48:42 (15th overall).

“Yes, I was the lead female for the whole distance,” said today’s female champion when questioned.  At this event two years ago, Dianne also won (but 36 seconds slower) and surprise, surprise she said, “I love hills and people that I train with on Sundays and myself, we often use this area (of the Brielle 10K course) so I’m used to it – I don’t run well when it’s all flat, I like the different terrains.”

jsrc brielle 2014 femaleHighlands Dawn Ciccone, 58, finished at 50:31, a highly respectable 8:08 pace (racing time for each mile) and said, “This course is beautiful, Jim, but too many hills for me, I like flat, the flatter the better, so to your question ‘No, I’m not satisfied with my time.’” Many a distaff competitor and also a lot of men runners 58 years old would be very satisfied and happy with that pace. Dawn trains a lot on the flat roads of Sandy Hook. (She also sings).

At the 9:00 a.m. start on Union Lane race-starter Phil Hinck introduced Dawn Ciccone, an active member of the JSRC, who gave a fine rendition of our National Anthem as the Boy Scout Troop 63 stood Color Guard. He then informed the assembled racers that there were two water spots available and strategically placed so that each served the racers twice, once on the way out and the other on the way back and that it would be wise to make use of them all four times. He then gave his usual loud “Ready, Set, Go!” and the racers were off on their 6.2 mile trek following a lead police vehicle.

The aforementioned winners and other special groups, as well as age-group leaders, were awarded plaques and hooded sweatshirts by the race directors assisted by members of the JSRC in the center of Green Acres Park, which also served as the refreshment area. Many random prizes were offered, due to the generosity of the private business community, the heartbeat of our nation, including the grand prize of a bicycle donated by Brielle Cyclery.

The Torres family of Elite Racing Systems, Clifton, did the computerized results.  Dave Demonico played his trumpet at the two-mile area for all his running/racewalking friends.

jsrc brielle 2014 startPHOTO: Start of 2014 Brielle Day Hill and Dale.

Race Directors Jack and Diane Cheer noted that they wished to thank everyone who made the day possible including the Brielle DPW, Brielle Borough Hall, Brielle Fire & Police Departments, Brielle First Aid, Brielle Mayor Thomas B Nicol, Jersey Shore Running Club, the Wednesday Nite GNO Divas, BSA Troop 63 and the Church of Brielle.  They also wish to recognize and thank all of the sponsors of the event including Simko’s Grill, Union Landing, The River House and Brielle Cyclery of Brielle, Montenegro, Thompson, Montenegro, & Genz of Brick, Leon S. Avakian Inc. of Neptune, and Ocean First Bank.

Other leading finishers of this 10K (6.2 miles) hilly challenge:

Brielle:  Kyle McDermott 40:44, Lisa Tobin 40:49, Mich Morris 41:43, Sean Savage 47:10, Melanie Viani 49:17, Daniel Viani 50:29, Jack McCrink 51:20, Gerard Gallagher 51:58, Richard Siderko 52:09,  Ted Sevastakis 54:05,  Kimberly Herman 54:42, Anne-Marie Scala 54:46, John Williams 54:53, Greg Cuozzo 55:50, Richard Davidson 57:28,  Matthew R. Schmidt 58:11, Joseph J. Hague,  Benjamin Amorelli 1:00:35, Brian Cosgrove 1:01:06,  Patricia Cole 1:01:35, Tom McCrink 1:01:54, Jason Lorenzo 1:02:00, Hannah Moore 1:02:00, Christopher Waller 1:02:00, Kathy Drent 1:02:03, George Polesky 1:03:18, Daryl Schamback 1:03:59.  

Atlantic Highlands Herald area:  Lauren Giannullo 51:30, Red Bank;  Steve Foley 55:18 and Karen Kelly 55:29, Oceanport;  Craig Kurdes 56:16, Middletown;  Sherry Walsh 56:41, Red Bank;  Barbara Donelik 57:06 and Daniel Radice 58 :01, Middletown;  Daniela Solomon 58:23, Fair Haven;  Jim A. Walsh 58:40, Red Bank;  Tom Gorman 58:55 and Gail Walsh 1:02:56, Middletown;  Mary White 1:07:42, Fair Haven;  Kelley Ford 1:08:48, Atl. Highlands;  Kendall Axt 1:10:15.

Monmouth County:  Jeff Propert 40:35, Wall;  Matt Doyle 48:44, Brick;  Ryan McGrath 49:21, Manasquan;  Jack Bleach 49:52, Belmar;  Mark Weston- Dawkee 50:12, Asbury Park;  Megan Becht 50:26, Manasquan;  Bettina L. Shepard 51:29 and Charles Kiesnowski, Brick;  Rick Tully 52:03 and Kate Couture 52:39, Howell;  Diane Williams 52:45, Avon;  Mark Colasanto 52:49, Brick;  John Saracco 52:52, Spring Lake Heights;  Michael Timmes 52:55, Freeehold;  Drew Gouveia 53:04, Howell;  Margerie O’Connor 53:08, Spring Lake;  Dave Pettit 53:31, Manasquan.           

Road-racing events continue and schedules can be found on these websites: www.jsrc.org and www.farcnj.com.

Friends and relatives of runners and racewalkers, as well as the general public, should be aware that at the Belmar boardwalk, across from Dunkin Donuts on Thursday, September 11, at 6 p.m., is the annual Jersey Shore Memorial Run (not a race) which will memorialize all from the Jersey Shore who tragically died on that infamous day. There is no fee. Show up and jog quietly to Spring Lake with other fellow mourners and enjoy a special, solemn occasion. You won't regret having given of your time.