LONG BRANCH:Besting his 2014 run of 15 minutes, 22 seconds, Andrew Brodeur, a 25-year old from Bethesda, MD ran a 14:40 5K Pier House event, the 12th in the Jersey Shore Running Club's history. It was held Monday on the promenade in Long Branch. Tyler Udland, Short Hills, NJ was second and Brian Quilty of Brick, NJ was Third for the male runners.
For the female athletes competition Cara Notarianni, 23, Dunmore, PA, with an 18:03 pace beat out Jamie Reuter, Middletown NJ (18:07), and Beth Marzigliano, Lake Como (18:11). The 2014 female winner, Dactilia Booth, Long Branch did not participate this year.
With the reconstruction of the Long Branch boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy, the city's police and other personnel did a great job of making the route on the oceanfront maneuverable and race worthy, according to Race Director Phil Hinck. The beautiful weather helped a lot as did the spirits of fans and athletes.
The 2015 event benefited 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.
Word On The Shore thanks photographer Lewis Sasaki for his photos of the start and finish. Photos of the Monmouth University runners, and the four members of the Middletown Eagles women's team were taken early as athletes were arriving and warming up to a warm summer morning.