The Jersey Shore Running Club’s 15th Annual Navesink Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in the Navesink section of Middletown Township, New Jersey. The event includes challenging 5K and 15k courses through the hills of the Navesink. The races start at Bodman Park in Middletown and take the runners through some challenging hills – as the event web site declares “It’s a hill get over it” and most runners do. The 15K will start promptly at 10 a.m. and the 5K immediately following at 10:10 a.m.
This is the 15th year of the event and covers a very challenging course through some dirt roads. The race starts in Bodman Park rather innocuously in a path through the park surrounded by tall trees with fall leaves scattered on the ground and some still on trees making for a scenic start. It then goes to Cooper Road which is a dirt road. The 5K course will then turn back and return while the 15K runners will, head toward the first big hill known by the Jersey Shore Running Club’s Sunday Runners as “Kick Ass Hill”. That is the start of several more hills though roads adjoining Huber Woods. The course then winds back to Cooper Road going down that first hill and a long incline back toward the park. Runners then enter the park for a spring to the finish – that is if their legs have anything left.
It is a benefit for the Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) and many volunteers from the group as well as the Jersey Shore Running Club will be assisting with the race.
Last year the post-race party was very popular and will be returning to the Red Bank Elks located directly across the river, according to Race Director, Leslie McKernan of the Jersey Shore Running Club “it is a terrific location for the post-race party – The Red Bank Elks Club with food, drinks, music, raffle prizes and a beautiful view of the Navesink River!” There will also be “team competition”. That information will soon be posted on the official event web site.
The event is “sold out” but a limited number of charity spots are available. Visit the Navesink Challenge web site for details.
In last year’s race coming in first overall in the 15K was Gerard Sclafani of Rutherford, New Jersy age 24 in a time of 52:32 which is a 5:38 pace on a truly tough course. He was followed by Jason Gers, age 41 of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey in 53:55 and then Andrew Dombrowiecki age 20 in 54:52. On the women’s side breaking the tape first was Caitlin Dorgan of Red Bank, New Jersey age 26 in a time of 59:12. Caitlin’s Dad, Patrick is one of the founders of the race and he also participated. Caitlin was followed by Jacqueline Gottuso of Fair Haven, New Jersey age 18 in 1:02:50 and then Hannah Arntz of South Plainfield age 16 in a time of 1:05:14.
15K Photos – 5K Photos
15K Results – 5K Results
In the 5K last year breaking the tape first was Zachary Velasquez of New London, Connecticut age 20 in a time of 17:20. He was followed by James Rimmele also of New London, age 19n in 17:43 and then Joseph Rimmele of Belford, New Jersey age 15 in 18:40. For the women it was Maddy Marrone of Belford, New Jersey age 17 in 19:45 followed by Erin Weber of Avon, New Jersey age 14 in 20:34 and then Rachel Kenny of Matawan, New Jersey age 14 in 20:38.
This coming weekend features some other long standing events to include:
- Thursday, November 26, Annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot, Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Medford Lakes Turkey Trot, Medford Lakes, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Mercer County Turkey Trot, West Windsor, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Moorestown Turkey Trot, Moorestown, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Morris Township Turkey Trot, Morris Township, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Green Brook Turkey Trot, Green Brook, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Ridgewood Thanksgiving Day Run, Ridgewood, New Jersey
- Thursday, November 26, 5K, Trinity Turkey Trot, Princeton, New Jersey
- Friday, November 27, 5K, Friends of Colin Turkey Trot, Cranford, New Jersey
- Friday, November 27, 5 Mile, Born to Run, Freehold, New Jersey
- Friday, November 27,5K, Avalon Turkey Trot, Avalon, New Jersey
- Saturday, November 28, 5K, Burn the Bird, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
- Saturday, November 28, 5K, EHT Nature Reserve Turkey Trot, Egg Harbor, New Jersey
- Saturday, November 28, 5K, Matawan Boro Turkey Trot, Matawan, New Jersey
Runners will have plenty to choose from in the next few weeks as the fall racing season is well underway. Check out some great opportunities on the RunCollege Web Site and race calendar.