The revitalized Long Branch beachfront will be the site of the 12th Annual Pier House 5K road race on Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015. The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. The goal of the event is to bring community-minded runners to Long Branch to witness first-hand the amazing growth and post-Sandy rebirth in the area. Organizers and sponsors also hope to inspire runners of all abilities to participate in the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix events. Organized by shore area running enthusiasts, Tim McLoone of Rumson, New Jersey and Phil Hinck of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, According to Mr. Hinck, “The hope is that the Golden Grand Prix will inspire front runners, middle of the packers, and also beginners to participate annually in the shore events, contributing to an already great legacy of great shore running.” To that end, there is open and age group prize money at the Golden Grand Prix events.
Monday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. 5K, Pier House 5K, Long Branch, New Jersey
“The Pier House believes deeply in strong community relationships and this is just one indication of that”, said co-race founder Tim McLoone, whose restaurant was one of the first projects opened in Pier Village. In the past 11 years, race proceeds of over $22,000 have been donated to several area charities, including Habitat for Humanity, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Valerie Fund, Long Branch Recreation and the Long Branch Fire Company. The 2015 event will benefit Holiday Express, whose mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Participating volunteer groups from Monmouth University, local running clubs and area high school cross country teams have also been presented with donations. The Jersey Shore Running Club is the largest running club in New Jersey with over 1,500 members. Dedicated to both running and to the community, JSRC events support local community and charitable organizations.
In last year’s event coming in first overall and for the men was Andrew Brodeur of Bethesday, Maryland a frequent top finisher and winner of many local events in a time of 15:22. He was followed closely behind by Cory Nanni of Durham, North Carolina in a time of 15:26 and then Brian Quilty of Brick, New Jersey in 15:44. For the women breaking the finish tape first was Dactilla Booth of Long Branch, New Jersey in a time of 18:33. She was followed by Marissa Alberti of Long Branch in 18:48 and then Erin Conroy of New York City, New York in 19:10 to round out the top three women.
As the concluding race of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone’s, prize money will be awarded to the top open and age group finishers. A commemorative gift will be presented to every runner who finished all five grand prix races – the Spring Lake 5, the Sheehan Classic, the Belmar 5, the Asbury Park 5K, and, of course, the Pier House 5K. For the twelfth anniversary of the series, those who participate in all five 2015 races will each get a $50 McLoone’s restaurant gift card, plus entry into a drawing for a Grand Prize ($1000 value).
Current Grand Prix leaders after four races are last year’s third place Grand Prix finisher Brian Quilty of Brick for the men with 393 points, followed by Greg Lowing with 376 points and Andrew Dombrowiecki with 360 points, both of Ocean. The women’s race has point leader Jennifer Nelson of Barnegat with 378 points, followed by Beth Marzigliano, Lake Como, 358 points and Dawn Wilcox, Little Silver, 338 points. After points are awarded for performances at the Pier House 5K, champions will be crowned on Labor Day.
Leading in their respective age groups are Ryan Duffy, 38, Clark, Harley Lefkowitz, 44, Red Bank, Joseph Mahoney, 53, Old Bridge, Mike Mooney, 59, Jackson, John Kilduff, 63, Middletown, David Duff, 67, Toms River, Tony Fiory, 74, Summit, Olie Nelson, 79, Farmingdale, and Harry Papirman, 84, Whiting. Womens’ age group leaders are Amber Hart, 36, Asbury Park, Dawn Wilcox, 41, Little Silver, Christine Hill, 45, Middletown, Jennifer Gunn, 51, Aberdeen, Gabby Barrett, 55, Freehold, Jan Farnung-Krause, 60, Dunellen, Shirley Sullivan, 68, Jackson, Marilyn Ryder, 74, Eatontown, and Dolores Papirman, 78, Whiting.
This year the Pier House 5K will again feature the addition of kids’ races following the main event on Monday on the Great Lawn of Long Branch, with various distances for children ranging, from ages 1 up to 12. All kids will receive a commemorative medal. “The day will be a festive one with music, prizes, and refreshments for all the participants”, continued McLoone. “We hope lots of runners will conclude their summer seasons in Long Branch.”
More upcoming running events can be found on the RunCollege Web Site and race calendar.