LONG BRANCH, NJ - It was just a split second difference between the champion David Allara, 24, of South Plainfield and runner-up Luciano Deoliveira, 31, of Long Branch at the annual Sgt. Pat’s 5K race staged at the Long Branch oceanfront on a windy, cool and misty Easter Saturday morning, April 3.  Allara’s time, scored by Eliteracingsysstems.com, was 16:58:03 (16 minutes, 58 and 3/100ths of a second). DeOliveira scored 16:58.99.  “We were racing together, side by side, all the way but with about 10 yards to go I gave it an extra dash and won,” said Allara in describing the dramatic finish.. Brielle’s Gerard Pealberg, 46, almost a minute later rounded out the top three leaders at 17:56.

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Start of Sgt. Pat's 5 K -  photos by Bob Both www.jsrc.org

“This is my best time ever for a 5K,” (his PR [personal record]), said the champion and of the weather, “I think the temperature is just perfect but a bit too windy.”

The event is organized and presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) and the PBA Local #10 and benefits the Sgt. Patrick King Foundation.

The women leaders of this 3.1 mile distance starting at the promenade and traveling south on the boardwalk to a turnaround had a less dramatic finish than the men with Bronawga Cleary, 34, of Cliffwood Beach coming in first at 18:43, followed by Marissa Alberti, 31, of Monmouth Beach at 19:17 and third woman was Long Branch’s Dactilia Booth at 19:25.

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Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider crosses the finish

“ I wouldn’t miss this memorial race - I’ve raced in everyone of the Sgt.Pat’s races except two times when I was away on business,” said Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider who finished in 479th place of the total 608 and at a respectable racing time for the 55-year-old of 32:26, a 10:27 per-mile pace.

Most, if not all the participants of this event, many of whom are employed in police departments of the area and state, were here to enjoy the race but also to honor the memory of police officer Sergeant Patrick King.  According to Footnotes, the newsletter of the JSRC: “On November 20, 1997, Sgt.Patrick King was killed while on duty in a town (Long Branch) that he had lived in most of his life. Sgt. King was on his dinner break at the Ming Ying restaurant in the West End section of Long Branch. While waiting at the counter after ordering his dinner, a lone gunman walked into the restaurant and fired two bullets into the back of Sgt. King’s head.  Sgt King never had a chance to use the knowledge that he had learned in all his years of training to protect the public. The race is done in his memory.”

Nancy Thorne, 50, of Long Branch finished at 25:49 (27:28 was her time last year during the Northeast storm), an 8:19 per-mile pace. Like Mayor Schneider, Thorne tries to make all of this event’s races.  She has a similar reason: “On July 3, 1984, at the age of 20, while working as a volunteer Fireman for the Borough of West Long Branch Fire Co. #2 Michael W. Thorne paid the supreme sacrifice… his life,” so says the flier of the Eighth Annual Michael W. Thorne Scholarship 4 Mile Run/Walk. Nancy Thorne is the sister of Michael and director of this event scheduled for Sunday, May 16, at 9 a.m at Franklin Lake in West Long Branch. Mayor Schneider has been at many of these events and was once overheard jesting that, “Long Branch is the best city but West Long Branch is a close second!”

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David Allara is top man in Sgt. Pat's 5K

Top ten male PBA finishers:  John Liebfried 19:00, Lake Como;  Michael Monahan 20:22, Long Branch;  Sean Roye 22:05, Roselle Park;  Vincent Pedalino 22:19 and Gene Bachonski 22:20, Toms River;  Ronnie Bayer 22:44, Forked River;  Christopher Grimm 22:50, Hazlet;  Russell Flynn 23:13, Middletown;  Jay Wall 23:22, Colts Neck;  Robert Shamrock 23:37, Long Branch.

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Bronawga Cleary is Top Woman finisher

Top ten female PBA finishers:  Maggie Freeman 20:03, Manalapan (former vice-President of Freehold Area Running Club);  Amy Gregory 25:45, Monroe Twp.;  Danielle McGivney 26:21, Port Monmouth;  Donna Gonzalez 26:40, Tinton Falls;  Margarita Incle 27:36, Aberdeen;  Helen Finley-White 27:48 (town unknown);  Kimberly Leavy 28:01, Tracey Barrett 28:20 and Heather Hollis Valdes 28:24,  Long Branch;  Kristie McCrone 28:27, North Caldwell.

The top three PBA local winners for best representation were Monmouth County Prosecutors Local 256 with 32 officers, Monmouthe County Sheriff’s Office with 21 officers and Keansburg Local PD Local 68 with 19 officers.

At the 11 a.m start of the race Phil Hinck, director, introduced Diane Johantgen wife of Long Branch police officer Bruce Johantgen who gave a fine rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Also providing bag-pipe music was Paul McCue of Fair Haven featuring, Wearing of the Green and Minstrel Boy. Hinck then gave the commands "Ready, set, go" to start the race. Awards of custom tote bags and coffee mugs were presented on the Bandshell stage at the oceanfront Great Lawn, which served as the staging area, to the aforementioned winners and age-group leaders by Hinck, assisted by JSRC Board Member Penny Hinck and her mother, also a JSRC active member, Marilyn Ryder.  Raffle prizes were offered due to the generosity of the local business community. The Grand Prize winner of a beach cruiser bicycle was Jayson Moore, of the West Long Branch Police Department. This event benefits PBA Local #10 Sgt. Patrick Scholarship Fund and Sgt. Pat's Foundation.

"I want to thank the race committee members: Maureen King, Pat Joyce, Scott Beaver and Guy Beaver. I want to recognize the race-day volunteers who contributed their time and effort through an un-forecasted chilly foggy morning in making the race successful, especially my wife Penny who really does all the work on raceday. Fred and Anna Torres of www.eliteracingsystems.com did the computerized results. The event has been growing every year due to the help of our sponsors and we hope to continue doing it for such great causes," said Hinck in an E-mail message.

Other leading finishers of this memorial race:

Herald area:  Kristine Clausen 19:32, Atl. Highlands;  David Zurheide 20:07, Middletown;  Geoffrey Nicholas 20:46, Leonardo;  Jeff Luma 21:58, Atl. Highlands;  Elliot Olschwang 21:59, Red Bank;  Daniel Campbell 22:09, Middletown;  Christopher White 22:15, Highlands;  Chris Fotache 22:25, Middletown;  Marc Tauro 22:42, Red Bank;  Anthony Iacouzzi 22:54, Keansburg;  Adrienne Verba 23:12, Sea Bright;  Russell Flynn 23:13, Middletown;  Wayde Davis 23:34 and Theresa Krause 23:39, Fair Haven;  Daniel Lamorte 23:43, Red Bank;  Tim MacAluso 23:59, Monmouth Beach;  Ismael Nibot 24:00, Middletown;  Bill Burke 24:27, Atl. Highlands;  Edward Dziedzic 24:33, Monmouth Beach;  Lauren Giannullo 24:34 and Linda Lewis 24:36, Red Bank;  Lori Marrone 24:43, Fair Haven;  Danielle Testa 24:52, Monmouth Beach;  Martin Dugan 25:11, Middletown;  Justine Poser 25:18, Monmouth Beach;  Jennifer Muscharello 25:35, Fair Haven.

Other Monmouth County leaders:  John Liebfried 19:00, Lake Como;  Timothy Murphy 19:30, Neptune;  Justin Cainian 19:41, Holmdel;  Amber Hart 19:45, Belmar (last year’s women’s winner describing the weather as “Wet and windy, windy, windy!”);

Louis Malizicso 19:49, Wall;  Dennis Campbell 19:50, Eatontown;  Richard Bishop 19:54, Long Branch;  Chelsea Knight 20:24, Ocean Grove;  Martin Fitzpatrick 20:43, Bradley Beach;  Gabby Barrett 20:48, Freehold;  Nicholas Moccaro 20:55, Hazlet;  Carl Williams 21:05, Tinton Falls;  Nichole Delpizzo 21:07, Ocean;  Stephen Zecca 21:10, Howell;  John Pfleger 21:27, Oceanport;  Amapola Espinoza 21:35 Colts Neck;  Jennifer Crombie 21:49, Belmar;  Dave Nase 21:55, Oceanport;  Andrew Kelly 21:57, West Long Branch;  Chris Rumph 21:57, Oceanport;  Leslie Eaton 22:02, Shrewsbury;  Keith Repack 22:13, Wall;  Mary Incremona 22:27, Freehold;  Evan Yeung 22:30, Morganville;  Denis Ryan 22:31, Long Branch;  John Moetz 22:34, Manalapan;  Christopher Rodriguez 22:35, Spring Lake;  John McLoughlin 22:39, Neptune;  George Schepp 22:43, Shrewsbury;  Gilbert Santos 22:47, Long Branch;  Christopher Grim 22:50, Hazlet;  Justin Feintuch 22:51, Aberdeen;  Wes Erbe 22:58, Brielle;  Audrey Ging 23:01, Long Branch;  Padraic Dillon 23:06, Ocean;  Mike Jovania 23:17, Wall;  Jay Wall 23:22, Colts Neck;  Arthur Veilleux 23:23, Belmar;  Daniel Lee 23:29, Ocean;  David Laconte 23:32, Eatontown;  John Dempsey 23:38, Neptune City;  Jorge Contreras 23:41, Long Branch.

Road racing events continue on April 10 in Ocean Township at Joe Palaia Park with the CASA Step Up For a Child 5K at 10 a.m., info call 732-539-7380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In Middletown on April 11 is the annual Indian Trails 15K Road Race & 3 mile Run/Walk at Croydon Hall, Leonardville Road, at 9 a.m., info at sandyhookers.org.  On April 17 is the annual Jersey Shore Relay, 26.2 miles from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park, 8 a.m. and the Asbury Park Half Marathon, 8:30 a.m., info call 732-681-9464 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In Lakewood on April 18 is the Blue Claws 5K Run at 10 a.m., info call 732-901-7000 X 120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It’s the Run for the Animals 3K at 10:15 a.m. and 40 yard Doggie Dash at 10 a.m. on April 24 in Manalapan, info call 732-761-1945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also on April 24 is the Lake Como 5K at 10 a.m., info call 732-223-5307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..