The First Annual CASA 5K was held on Saturday, August 29th at the Joe Palia Park on Ocean Township. A good turn out for the 5K and the Kids races which followed. Despite threats of nasty weather and lots of rain runners were lucky enough to escape with nothing more than some very light showers.
For the men in a very close race the winner was Jaime Mora of Trenton shown on the left breaking the finish tape in a time of 17:35, followed by Billy Donahue of Howell in 17:36 and George Kelly of Atlantic Highlands in 17:42.
For the women the winner was Joy Dusttey of Deal shown on the right finishing in a time of 19:36, followed by Dactilla Booth of Long Branch in 10:49 and Kiernan DeLaurier of Long Branch in 19:56.
After the 5K Kids Races at various distances were held. Awards were given out to the overall winners and age groups. Afterwards many of the runners participated in the post race party where there was a buffet and everyone dried out from the damp weather.
Congratulations to Race Director Matt Shafer and all the volunteers from CASA and the Jersey Shore Running Club who made for a great first year event that will certainly continue into the future.
Among the Club Finishers were:
Mark Ross 1:45:03, Ellen Ross 2:28:14
As Ellen approached the red carpet leading to the finish line, the commentator who was speaking French only, announced “Ellen Ross from New Jersey”. The spectators in the stands responded by chanting, “New Jersey!, New Jersey! …” The Quebecois love New Jersey.
We are currently #7 Nation Wide passing a group from Chicago where they know how to vote so we can expect some last minute ballot stuffing from them.
Check the Training Resources Page for running classes and coaching opportunities.
A beginners class will be starting in September in the Spring Lake/Belmar Area - let your non running friends know and help them get into running. The Fall is an ideal time to run with cool weather and less crowds on the popular running areas along the boardwalks.
Jeff Downing 27:55
A field of nearly a thousand runners competed in the Annual Bradley Beach 5K held on Saturday, August 15. The race started on Ocean Avenue by the Grand Gazebo there and wound its way through the Jersey Shore town and a finish back on Ocean Avenue. It was on the warm side withsunny skies and a bit of an ocean breeze which helped the runners a bit.
Chris Horel of Belford shown finishing on the right was the men's winner in a time of 15:56. For the women it was Krissa Oretto shown finishing on the left of Toms River in 19:25.
Among the any club finishers included: Pat Mastrolli 23:00, Lee Ayala 25:47, Jim Buckler 26:10, Jacquelyn Buckler 26:11, Peggy McKean 32:51,
The very popular series of Triathlons held at Pier Village in Long Branch attracted a huge field of well over 600 tri-athletes who participated in a long course of a .62 mile swim, 18 mile run and a 5 mile run and a short course comprised of a .25 mile swim, 9 mile bike and 5K run. The ocean was exceptionally calm and made for a comfortable swim for the participants. This was balanced out by some hot weather for the run portion along Ocean Avenue..
Congratulations to the Sandy Hookers who put on a very well organized event from start to finish. Lots of course marshals, lifeguards and police who controlled traffic along the way.
Bob Both 2:07:11, Tom Schaefer 2:01:18, Graham Wisdom 1:50, Marty Fitzpatrick 1:53
Luciano DeOliviera 1:19:36, Farnese Dasilva 1:21:29, Colleen Donavan 2:24
Diane Cismowski 5:09:21
Eileen Kean 39:50 (1ag)
Randi Cohen's mother passed away.. Randi is a regular Sunday runner and puts the water out at the Stone Church
With a field limited to 100, Monmouth Mile entrants ran one loop on the Monmouth Park racetrack, to benefit ReRun - a charity that homes and helps retired Thoroughbreds.
Award winners pictured include: 1M Ben Massan, Chatham, 5:23, 2M Kai Sacco, Miami FL, 6:39, 3M David Clark, Middletown, 6:41, 1F Lindsey McKee, Blairstown, 6:59 , 2F Carolyn Rodgers, Bayonne, 7:48 , 3F Jaime Kelly, Freehold, 8:29
The Club's popular Thursday Group Runs will be back in full force this Thursday evening after the conclusion of the Summer Series. Come on out for a run along the boardwalks of Belmar and Spring Lake - once in a while we reverse course and run into Avon, Bradley, Ocean Grove and Asbury Park as well.
The run starts at 6 PM from the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Boardwalk in Belmar by the lake. All paces are represented. We go anywhere from 3 to 8 miles.
Remember if the temperature falls below freezing we get free hot chocolate at Dunkin Donuts.
Condolences to Eric MacKellar and family on the loss of his mother . Eric a past JSRC President recently moved to North Carolina. His mother had been living in Florida.
A huge turnout of over a thousand runners at the Annual Asbury Park 5K race held on Saturday, August 8. Sunny skies with a bit of ocean breeze greeted the runners as they started the two loop course through the City by the Sea. The start was across for the famous Convention hall and Bradley Park, from there the runners went south on Ocean Avenue and through town and then towards the finish on the spectacular boardwalk.
Coming in first overall was Nicholas Pelligrino shown finishing on the left in a time of 15:07. For the women it was Noel Brock of Brick shown at the finish on the right who has been virtually unbeatable on the shore racing scene this season in a time of 17:33.
The Race benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Awards and many random prizes were presented after the race. Post race party was held across the street at the Wonder Bar.
Among the many club finishers were: Liz Wenslauskas 20:37(1ag), Jill Evarts 18:57, Luciano DeOliviera 16:32, Geoff Schroeder 20:31, Marty Fitzpatrick 20:28, Gabby Barrett 20:03, Amber hart 19:29, Dactilla Booth 19:42, Liz Ireland 29:09, Dawn Ciccone 22:25, Ann O'Dowd 20:24, Christine Gaeta 20:17, Tom Zarra 19:19, Mike Myktok 17:04
Jaime Gallagher 1:23:11
Dave Stretanski 5:22:12
Congratulations to Kevin Gaine and Dianne DeOlivieara on the birth of their baby boy on Thursday August 6.
The Club's Summer Series of Races concluded with its traditional handicap run. Runners were given a handicap start time based on their fastest time of the season. Awards were presented to the top finishes.
Kids half mile and mile were also run.
After the races, series awards were presented to top finishers in all the age groups. In the 5 K the overall men's series winner repeating from last year was Pat Ford. For the women it was Dactilia Booth. In the one mile it was Megan O'Dowd for the girls and Sam Lucid for the boys.
After the awards everyone was treated to pizza..
Club Finishers reporting included: Jim Mulvaney 21:59, Liz Wenslauskas 20:40(2ag)
A field of over 400 participated in the Annual Neptune City Day 5K on Saturday, August 1st. The 5K course started near Rt 35 at the First Aid Squad Building and took runners through the streets of Neptune City with a finish at the park overlooking the Shark River Inlet.
In the men's race the overall winner shown breaking the tape on the left was Craig Donnelly of Hillsborough in a time of.15:27 For the women it was JSRC's Gabby Barrett of Freehold shown finishing on the right in a time of 19:32.
Neptune City Mayor Thomas Arnone who ran in the race handed out awards to the overall, age group and Neptune City Residents as well as the youngest and oldest participants.
Among the many club finishers were: Matt Shafer 20:18, Graham Wisdom 24:00, Nick Wisdom 21:19
Chicago Half Marathon
Kristin Houston 3:01:38
Bob Both 1:26:35 (3 AG), Jaime Gallagher 1:25:32 (1st Athena)
Wendy McKnight 2 AG (with flat tire), Raman Lakshmanan - Fixed Wendy's Flat Tire, Matt Lewis 1:19:49, Chris Fotache 1:17:08(2ag), Loreena White 1:43:28(3ag)
Larry Perlberg 1:46:49, Laura Perlberg 2:08:15
Week 5 of the Summer Series sizzled with the hottest weather of the series with temps in the mid 80's and high humidity. Still a large crowd of about 200 participated in the evening races of half mile, mile and open 5K.
In the 5K for the men it was Luciano DeOliviera who made his first appearance of the season coming in first. For the women it was Dactilia Booth, a repeat winner who came out on top. Luciano and Dactilia received Mizuno Running Shoes for their wins.
The series continues next week with our handicap race. We will take your fastest time and then assign you a start time. The slowest runners will go first and fastest last. Slow runners should be prepared to start at about 6:45 PM. Please plan to get there a few minutes earlier so we can assign everyone their start times and get going on schedule. We will run the 5K course in reverse starting where we normally finish.
We will also have our regular Kids Races.
After the races we have our Post Race Party with Pizza, soda and other snacks. We will also be handing out Series Awards to all the top finishers - we will be going deep in age groups so hang around for your award as you must be there to get it.
Yosemite and SF Marathon Report
San Francisco Marathon 5:40
Peggy McKean 6:39 (29th Marathon in 24th State)
Registration for the Second Annual Asbury Park Boardwalk Relay sponsored by Liberty Natural Gas and the New Jersey Bankers scheduled for Saturday, September 26th is now open. The event is in commemoration of National Hunger Action Month and will benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County.
You can register for the Three Person Team, Two Person Team or as an individual in either the 15K or 5K.
Congratulations to All who got into this Year's NYC Marathon. The JSRC will again be running busses to the NYC Marathon. Last year we had three busses and we anticipate at least three again. Busses will pick up and drop off at the commuter parking lot at the Red Bank Exit of the Parkway and the Cheesequake Service area on the Parkway. As soon as you get word on your entry its best to sign up for the bus. Its the best way to get to and from the marathon. To guarantee your seat sign up by July 15. After that it will be on a space available basis as we need to reserve busses well in advance.
Check these out if you are interested in participating in this Year's NYC Marathon. They all worthwhile causes and fine organizations
Its not too early to gear up fore your planned Fall Marathon or Half Marathon. As we always do our Sunday Runs at Bodman Park are an excellent location to get your training in. The course is mostly shaded from the summer sun and has plenty of water stops, good company at all paces and post run refreshments. We meet every Sunday at Bodman Park in Middletown which is just off of Navesink River Road. We run on back roads and trails with very little car traffic so its a safe place to run. Start your training at an upcoming Sunday Run. Runs start at 8 AM and in the summer the long run group usually goes out early to beat the heat..