celtic 5k race startLong Branch, NJ - On Saturday, April 4, 2015 the Jersey Shore Running Club is proud to bring back and host the 24th running of our Spring 5K run, the Celtic Tribute 5K, on the Long Branch promenade, boardwalk, and great lawn, overlooking the scenic Atlantic Ocean. Our hope is that this local event will have a large turnout from the community to join us in remembering all of Long Branch's fallen officers: Patrolman Herman Emmons, Patrolman William Richards and Sergeant Patrick King.

The Celtic Tribute 5K race is presented by Long Branch PBA #10 with proceeds benefiting the PBA Local 10 Scholarship Fund in Memory of our Fallen Officers, for scholarships to deserving graduates at Long Branch High School.  This year we are also proud to support FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures).

Along with the Long Branch PBA, past beneficiaries of the event have included the NJ State PBA Survivor and Welfare Fund, American Lung Association, Sgt. Patrick King Foundation, Oceanport PBA 364, Holiday Express, Habitat for Humanity, Habcore, Mental Health Assoc. of Monmouth County, Shoot for the Stars Foundation, NephCure Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The 2013 event had over 500 participants and was able to raise over $10,000.

The 5K course is completely flat and fast. All paces are welcome, including walkers. Kid's races of various distances, held on the Great Lawn, will follow the 5K event. Amenities include T shirts to participants and everyone will enjoy post-race refreshments while awaiting the awards ceremony, raffles and grand prize drawing. All are then invited to a free Pasta Party at Post-Race Headquarters: the Celtic Cottage.

In the 5K, we offer 5-Year Age Group awards. In addition, we are encouraging the participation of area police departments and law enforcement groups by challenging them to a competition: there will be awards to the first 5 Law enforcement finishers, both male and female, and awards to the PBA Local and the Law Enforcement Agency with the most participants and the PBA that traveled the furthest.

The 5K Run will begin at 11:00am and Children's age group races at approximately 11:45am.  Post-Registration will take place the day of the race beginning at 9:30am. Entry forms are available at several running stores in the area, and can be downloaded from the website: www.celtictribute5k.com. Please call Race Director Philip Hinck, 732-571-2162 for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.