SPRING LAKE, NJ - Since the literal English translation of the French term “Déjà vu” is “already seen” then Déjà vu has happened on showery Saturday, May 29, at the 34th annual The Spring Lake Five Mile Run by Holmdel’s Craig Segal, 26, and Toms River’s Noel Brock, 32, by being the male/female champions: Craig for the third year in succession with his racing time of 24:49 (24 minutes and 49 seconds, that is 5 seconds faster than 2009); Noel for the sixth consecutive win with a 28:14 time (32 seconds faster than last year).
Start of the 2010 Spring Lake 5 Mile Run - photos Bob Both, Jersey Shore Running Club, jsrc.org
“Surprisingly it turned out to be perfect,” said Segal when asked his thoughts on the weather. Surprisingly because it was very showery prior to the 8:30 starting time and the resulting overcast and no sun and no wind is the “perfect” atmosphere. Segal further informed that he was running with a group of two, sometimes three other runners, until about the fourth mile and then he was alone to the finish.
Men's winner Craig Segal
Like Segal, Brock also was out in front but she was the lone woman from the start and also agreed that the weather was just perfect: “no heat, no wind, no sun.”
Seven thousand and 581 racers (4, 079 men – 3502 women, 9500 registered) was the total amount competing in this 34th annual Memorial Day weekend event which is, according to race director Phil Hinck, the largest race in New Jersey, and the largest five-mile race in the nation. The competitors race on a basically rectangular course that begins on Ocean and Warren Avenues proceeds north to and around Lake Como, passes the imposing edifice of Saint Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church, continues to the Sea Girt border and back onto Ocean Avenue to the finish line at Atlantic Avenue.
Course records for The Spring Lake Five Run were set in 1984 for the men by Gene Stacha of Poland at 23:16 and for the women it was our own Alicia Kelly of Spring Lake Heights in 1995 at 26:57.
Women's winner Noel Brock
Rounding out the top ten finishers (male-female) who received crystal awards, added to the roses received by the first 300 women and medals to everyone:
Men: Rich Ryan 25:03, Easton, PA; David Slavinski 25:16, Point Pleasant; Timothy Mulligan 26:07, Whiting; Gene Mitchell 26:40, Ardmore, PA; Jeffrey Dichiara 26:44, Atl. Highlands; Daniel Bailey 26:52, Creamridge; Mark Lee 27:35, Lincroft; Eric Boucher 27:37, Spring Lake; Mark Lampert 28:06, New York City.
Women: Cate Robbie 28:42, Red Bank; Megan Guiney 29:29, Red Bank; Kristan Lucas 30:21, Brooklyn, NY; Kingsley Carson, New York City; Taryn Landers 30:50, Belmar; Jamie Liberti 31:02, Middletown; Marissa Alberti 31:24, Monmouth Beach; Alison Pilkington 31:46, Toms River; Eileen Petito 31:51, Alton, IL.
Neptune City’s Vietnam veteran Joe Renzella, 68, finished today at 45:18 (slow for him) but he was satisfied knowing that because of such a huge crowd, “You’re just not going to make good time - the first mile or so you just have to shuffle along with the crowd until you can get in the clear where you can run your own pace, and that isn’t until you’re well into the second mile, beyond the lake. But I was happy to be running as a member of Team Freedom, that I joined three years ago,” he said. Team Freedom is a veteran’s organization dedicated to reminding us of the true meaning of Memorial Day which is to remember those who have died in our nation’s service. The many members of Team Freedom who ran today are sure to be proud of having Renzella in their midst. He is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran with numerous military awards including four Bronze Stars, two with Valor, and a Purple Heart. He was a member of the First Infantry Division, historically known as Big Red 1, and when his first tour of duty was over he volunteered for two more tours because he felt that his experience would benefit his fellow soldiers. On the back of Team Freedom’s racing shirt is printed: “The Brave Never Die – Their Courage Inspires Us For Eternity.”
Nancy Thorne, 51, Long Branch, was satisfied with her 44:15 racing time and randomly commented: “I love the course because I love seeing all the beautiful homes in Spring Lake and the ocean and lakes make it picturesque. It’s a great way to start the summer.” Nancy said “absolutely” when asked if she were looking forward to continue directing the Michael W. Thorne Scholarship 4 Mile Run/Walk presented annually in West Long Branch during the third Sunday in May that honors the memory of her fireman brother who was killed while on duty.
We octogenarian racers have just a few more months before competitive 79-year-old Harry Papirman of Whiting, who scored a highly respectable 45:17 racing time, good for a speedy 9:04 per-mile pace, will be entering our age group. “September!” Papirman gleefully shouted out when asked what month he would be turning 80. He further offered, “I really like this race a lot – many times other races will always have some expected glitches or screw-ups, but not this one – it is well organized and I just love it - the crowd out there too is just great giving us a lot of support.”
“Not bad for an old lady,” said Jane Erbe, 50, of Bricktown who finished at 37:23, when asked what she thought of her performance today. Erbe is a former women’s champion of the popular Firecracker Five Mile Race staged at the Wall Township Municipal Complex on the Fourth of July. “It’s great, not hot, it’s overcast and no wind,” she said in regard to the weather. She too was glad for the supporting fans, “They’re cheering for us the whole way, the whole five miles – it picks you up a little when you hear your name called out.”
Women’s record holder Alicia Kelly, not competing this year, was in charge of the volunteers and organized the different service groups to do the myriad activities necessary. Veteran members of the Freehold Area Running Club, Bob Hyer, Isabel Muldrum, Tom Wendel, Ed Wendel and Donna Cetrulo of the Shore Athletic Club and other club members supervised the volunteers, made up of Girl and Boy Scouts and school groups, servicing the four water spots at the mile markers.
At the starting line was a large banner of the event’s name strung along the aerial ladder (extends 100 feet) of the Spring Lake Fire Company #1 which also served as the vantage point from which photographer Bob Both, webmaster of the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) website, is able to take his panoramic pictures of the thousands of assembled racers.
The 8:30 a.m. start was preceded by a fine rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by Heather Flynn of Sea Girt and the lead vehicle was driven by Robert Dawson, police chief.
“Because the weather was cooler this year, we didn’t have difficulties with breathing, from overheating, as we did last year,” said Margie Braun, officer in the Spring Lake First Aid Department, when asked to comment on emergency activities. Braun further informed that there were 55 members of first-aid squads and 13 vehicles available for medical service including some from neighboring towns. The trailer for Mon-Oc Emergeny Services from Jersey Shore Medical Center was also on hand.
This annual event includes the Spring Lake Five Kids’ Races presented the night before, starting at 6 p.m., also on Ocean Avenue at Atlantic Avenue, two blocks south of the Essex and Sussex Condominium, with some costume characters provided by Kids Kollection, featuring Bubbles the Clown, to greet them and pose for picture taking. Patty Burrus of Spring Lake, member of the JSRC, organized the activity that consists of a series of races of 25 yards for the 2-year-olds to a half-mile for the 14-year-olds. Nearly 2,000 children participated with many having parents and grandparents and siblings and friends to cheer them on and take lots and lots and lots of pictures. Each participant received medals.
“I’m glad they like to run and I enjoy bringing them and watching them,” said April Cifrodella of Herbertsville when asked her thoughts on her children’s racing performance. Cifrodella’s children are Maya, 6 and Nicholas, 8 and are the grandchildren of Marilyn Ryder, actve member of the JSRC and the niece and nephew of Phil (race director) and Penny Hinck.
Early-morning volunteers were busy at setting up the two hundred and forty-four 3’ x 9’ tables, provided by Party Corner of Shrewsbury, that were needed for all of the 7,800 bagels, the 9,000 bananas, the 17,280 bottles of water, the 205 cases of Skinny Water, the 4,200 cans of soda, the 4800 containers of sports drinks (all iced down from the 125 of 20 lb. bags) and 7,500 half-subs, 20,748 cookies along with packages of 1,000 potato chips, 2,000 pretzels, 1,000 Nachos that wilted racers would eventually consume. Those edibles and drink amounts were compiled by Linda Horowitz, food chairperson of Neptune and Jim Rich, also JSRC member, would be responsible for distributing. These yawning volunteers, who never saw the 5:30 a.m. sunrise because of the showers, were treated to breakfast goodies on the steps of the Essex and Sussex Condominium Association by the Association’s The Spring Lake Five Welcoming Committee.
“The Spring Lake Five Mile Run is organized by the Spring Lake Race Committee under the guidance of the Friends of the Spring Lake 5 Inc., a not-for-profit organization. After payment of race expenses, all proceeds are donated to charitable organizations or allocated for town projects. Since 2002 the race has raised over $500,000; we expect to raise over $75,000 this year. In addition, our charity partners hope to have raised over $30,000 from runners’ donations and pledge collections. Many thanks to the Spring Lake police, public works and fire departments and area First Aid Squads for their cooperation and for the many volunteers from the local service organizations and the area running clubs (JSRC, FARC, SAC) for their know-how efforts. Former president of JSRC, Bill Koch, headed up the Security Team of JSRC members that assisted police in keeping order. Fred and Anna Torres of the Elite Racing Systems organized the Chronotrack (B-Tag) computer scoring system and Chris Tatreau Consulting Ltd. of Philadelphia did the finish-line logistics. Main Street Productions and Synergy Sounds provided the speaker system as well as motivational music for the racers. The committee appreciates the patience of area motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of our racers. Next year's running of the race will be the 35th anniversary and the planning process has already begun to ensure another great event for all participants. A very special thanks to my wife, Penny, who is the very heart of racing at the Jersey Shore,” wrote Phil Hinck, race director, in a summarizing E-mail.
Other area leading finishers of the 5-mile picturesque course:
Herald area men: Ryan Corbett 29:45, Fair Haven; Ken Shatzer 29:55, Middletown; Brenden Kirchner 30:45, Rumson; Brian Hill 30:49, Middletown; Harold Nolan 31:32, Navesink; James Mulvaney 31:34, Middletown; Artie Bulsson 32:32 and James Allingham 32:33, Atl. Highlands; Sean Leonard 32:59, Red Bank; Raymond Bierly 33:00, Fair Haven; Bill Chaney 33:05, Red Bank; Henry Mercer 33:11, Locust; David Zurheide 33:27, Middletown; Tim Walsh 33:35, Monmouth Beach; David Richards 33:54, Little Silver; Brian Vieth 34:14, Middletown; Eric Jacobsen 34:20, Red Bank.
Herald area women: Dawn Wilcox 33:35, Little Silver; Molly Harrington 33:44, Red Bank; Nicole Corre 34:35, Little Silver; Jackie Hall 34:45, Monmouth Beach; Kristine Toland 36:07, Middletown; Roberta Hilton 36:12, Little Silver; Mary Latore 37:17, Middletown; Dalia Viggiano 37:24, Little Silver; Dawn Ciccone 38:29, Highlands; Allison Wagner 38:31, Red Bank; Courtney Howley 38:36, Rumson; Patti Siciliano 38:43, Red Bank; Christine Clifton Bekes 38:50, Highlands; Emily Dooley 39:02, Atl. Highlands; Quinn McKay 39:09, Rumson; Jennifer Vieth 39:16, Middletown; Lauren Kaiser 39:27, Atl. Highlands.
Monmouth County men: John Quinn 28:29, Tinton Falls; Luciano DeOliveira 28:52, Long Branch; Sean Rath 29:24, Lincroft; Farnese Dasilva 29:50, West Long Branch; John Reagan Jr. 30:17, Eatontown; Bob Miller 30:49, Spring Lake; Dactlia Booth 30:51, Long Branch; Brian Swan 30:52 and Brendan Swan 30:53, Freehold; Donald Griffin 30:56, Belmar; Miles Hersey 31:05, Hazlet; Dave Hoch 31:19, Bradley Beach; Mike Mangan 31:43, Howell; Justin Bennett 31:46, Oceanport; Kevin O’Dowd 31:52, Colts Neck; Stephen Apostolacus 31:57, Wanamassa; Doug Twyman 31:59, Sea Girt; Matthew Jacobson 32:09, Marlboro; Brian O’Sullivan 32:19 and Tommy Fleming 32:28, Spring Lake; Justin Cabinian 32:31, Holmdel; Michael Mulroy 32:42, Sea Girt; Scott McGhee 32:46, Neptune; Chester DeOliveira 32:50, West Long Branch; Billy Drew 32:52, Spring Lake Heights; Matthew Shafer 32:56, Tinton Falls (director of the annual Casa 5K in Ocean, member of Team Freedom); Jim Schlentz 33:01, Freehold; Vinnie Papandrea 33:08, Spring Lake; Daniel O’Henry 33:22, Wall; Mark Davis 33:23 and Declan Tozzi 33:25, Spring Lake; Brian McGhee 33:29, Wall.
Monmouth County women: Amber Hart 32:06, Belmar; Bernadette Taylor 32:26, Spring Lake; Kerri Walker 32:59, Tinton Falls; Madelyn Noe-Schlentz 33:01and Gabby Barrett 33:44, Freehold; Erica Skola 33:46, Wall; Ann O’Dowd 33:47, Colts Neck; Susan O’Connor 34:25, Freehold; Jennifer Gunn 34:43, Aberdeen; Kathy Kropke 35:01, Avon; Rebecca White 35:07, Spring Lake; Diane Pettersen 35:27, Howell; Shannon Lonergan 35:39, Shrewsbury; Barbara Sabaltis 35:43, Spring Lake; Joy Gulga 35:44, Eatontown; Kimberly Birdsall 36:08, Oceanport; Colleen Prior 36:12, Sea Girt; Allison Campbell 36:15, Spring Lake Heights; Courtney Munro 36:29, Spring Lake; Nina Vecchio 36:36, Holmdel; Katherine Dunn 36:40, Lincroft; Kate Miller 36:44, West Long Branch; Liz Alvino 36:46, Wall; Heather Langan 36:57, Manalapan; Karin Wingard 37:00, Spring Lake; Maura McKenna 37:12, Sea Girt.