The Jersey Shore Running Club held what may be considered the First Annual Deal Trick or trot in the ocean side borough of Deal, New Jersey. The event is the combination of the club’s long standing Trick or trot which had been held in Long Branch and the Run thru Deal that had been a long standing event staged by the Deal Fire Company. The morning started off with a few sprinkles of rain but it quickly subsided by the time the first event took place at 10:30 a.m. It was overcast and moderate temperatures ideal for running. It was a festive atmosphere with many of the participants dressed in colorful costumes for the occasion.
The kids races kicked of the day as kids ran various distance on the adjoin lawn of the Deal Casino Swim Club. Most wore costumes and they were rewarded at the finish with medals and snacks. The 5K then took place at 11:00 a.m. The runners lined up on the wide expanse of Ocean Avenue in front of the Casino. Phil Hinck of Monmouth beach dressed in a bright orange suit for the occasion gave the runners instructions and then the runners took off heading north following a Deal Fire Company fire truck. The runners made their way through the tree lined streets which the foliage was in the process of changing colors for a fall. After their jaunt through the streets they headed back to a finish at the Casino first running through an arch that had been set up and then to the finish clock.
Photos – Results
Coming in first overall and for the men was Jeff Propert of Wall Township in a time of 16:41. He was followed by Tom Philips of Spring Lake in 17:36 and then Seng Goh of Ocean Township in a time of 18:46 to round out the top three for the men. For the women it was 18 year old Kerry Dyke of Perth Amboy and a Rutgers University student in a speedy time of 17:47 breaking the tape. She was followed by Amber hart of Asbury Park in a time of 20:37 and then Inez Crismali of East Windsor in 21:28.
A few minutes after the 5K a pet walk was held and many people walked their pets on a mile course. Many of the pets – basically all dogs of various shapes and sizes – were also dressed for the occasion in decorative costumes. After the conclusion of the events a costume parade was held and Race Director, Michael Procopio of Middletown hosted the ceremonies. There were two parades one for the pets and another for the people. Awards were presented in each category. An awards ceremony for the 5K was then held and awards were presented to the overall and age group winners. Festivities continued at the Casino area with the participants treated to hot dogs, sub sandwiches, a variety of snacks and soda and beer for the adults. The event benefited the Monmouth County Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Volunteers from the group were on hand helping out and spreading the word on their cause.
It was a successful event and the organizers from the various groups are sure to be back next year. There is still plenty of upcoming action in the next few weeks to include the following:
- Saturday, October 31, SAC X Country, Shark River Park, Neptune,, New Jersey
- Sunday, November 1,10K, Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, Camden, New Jersey
- Sunday, November 1,5K, Zombie 5K, Forked River, New Jersey
- Sunday, November 1, 5K, Run with the Vikings, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
- Sunday, November 1, Justin Cruz 5K, Wall, New Jersey
More upcoming events can be found on the RunCollege web site and race calendar.