Robert Cavanaugh, West Long Branch takes the Michael Thorne Run - shaving 3 minutes off last year's best
West Long Branch: Robert Cavanaugh galloped around the 4-mile Michael W. Thorne Race / Walk in an easy gait that knocked 3 minutes off last years’ winning time, with a 20 minute 35 seconds romp through the neighborhoods of his home town. First place also went to Sophia Barnathan from Brooklyn who turned in a most commendable 27.01 for the women runners, and a fifth place finish overall.
Sophia crossed the finish line just after Doug Cornell, and just before his brother Robert. The two finished 4th and 5th last year, and 4th and 6th this 2012 event. Marc Altenau , Belmar, took second place for the male runners with 23:11 and Pat Ford, Neptune, third at 23:43. Pat was second in 2011, 3 seconds off his slightly faster 2012.
The ladies side of things continues to impress , taking 12th and 13th finishes overall. They are Jillian Reichardt, Oakhurst, and Amy Ilvento, Oceanport. Last year’s female winner, third place overall, Dactilia Booth did not run the event this year.
Nearly 500 runners were at the start line as Lynn Thorne, Michael’s mother signaled the start. It was the tenth year for the event. Michael’s father Al started the run at the first event a decade ago. He was at her side as she received a grand round of applause. There were 379 Finishers of the 486 starters, a nice close. The breakdown was 167 women, and 212 men.
The Kids Races followed the big event, with about 60 youngsters enjoying the flights by age group. Plenty of cameras were in use to capture those magic moments. Every child received a medallion with a red, white and blue ribbon. Moms and Dads had lots of praise for the future 4-Milers.
Main event final awards went to each age flight, with prizes for male and female winners, a very nice beach towel as a memento of a great day. The Seaside Fire Company was recognized for bringing the most contestants to the field, and received cheers from the nice sized crowd.
The weather was beautiful and sunny, with just enough breeze to lend a cooling for the runners and walkers. The fountains in Franklin Lake were in full spray, and neighbors had done a fine job of prepping their lawns and walkways, a tradition that has come about as this community occasion has matured over time.
The annual Michael W. Thorne 4-Mile event provides scholarships for youngsters in tribute to the young volunteer firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty. It is produced by Thorne family members and friends in the community. Police, First Aid and EMTS from other towns come to pay respects and honor Michael’s memory. Mayor Janet Tucci and Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider also ran and finished.
Leading finishers from Eliteracingsystems.com, and as registered here for Word on the Shore area by Jim Robbins were:
West Long Branch: Robert Cavanaugh 20:35 (20 minutes and 35 seconds - champion), Richard Kelly 27:15, John Dennehy 28:44, Robert Quackenbush 28:47, Jason Clarita 28:58, Christian Codispoti 29:15, Michael Truett 29:18, Jordan Sperling 29:37, Anthony Dauevso 29:43, Sharon Carlstrom 29:52, Vinnie Robbins 30:40, Jason Clayton 31:45, Jake Brown 31:54, Rob Kallok 31:55, Mel Ullmeyer 32:00, Salina Neuhaus 32:27, Stephen Dopp 32:47, Stephen Gajewsk 33:02, Dana Pelligra 33:20, Nicholas Sacco 33:58, Beth Sarfaty 35:53, Kristin Fawcett 35:56, Seby Marchese 35:57, Karen Farawell 36:08, John Aria 36:12, Lukas Jackey 36:44, Natalie Scussler 37:03.
Long Branch: Robert Cornell 27:03, Michael Watson 28:10, Nick George 29:11, Cody Parker 29:38, Russ Creighton 30:41, Audrey Ging 31:37, Steven Saffioti 31:38, David Miller 32:18, Joey Bibi 32:50, Ed Zupkus 33:05, Matthew Darland 35:12, Lauren Bercik 35:55, Marilyn Ryder 36:14, Nancy Thorne 37:01 (Race Director).
Others: in the area: Pete Lawlor 28:20 and Jilian Reichardt 28:28, Oakhurst; Amy Ilvento 28:35, Oceanport; Dana Jacoby 28:36, Monmouth Beach; Mike Washakowski 29:12, Ocean; Joey Nuzzo 29:25 and George Binaco 29:40, Oakhurst; Frank Di Lello 30:37, Ocean; Danielle Testa 31:05, Monmouth Beach; Christine Largey 31:09 and Raymond Ciani 31:11, Oceanport; David Lee 31:18, Little Silver; Thom Clark 31:24, Ocean; Joann Welsh 31:33 and David Harchakowski 31:42, Oceanport; Lauren Scott 31:52, Eatontown; Tom Delisa 32:00, Ocean; Matthew Brown 32:10, Oceanport; Paul Lee 33:44, Eatontown; Diva Ciani 34:01, Oceanport; Claire Vilanova 34:25, Ocean; Robert Armstrong 34:56, Eatontown; Peter Spanveck 35:21, Oakhurst; Susan Ardito 35:22, Ocean; Stuart Newman 35:35, Oakhurst; Karen Kelly 35:40, Oceanport; Richard Ashear 36:09, Oakhurst; Elizabeth Weeder 37:03, Interlaken; Victoria Cantelino 37:04, Monmouth Beach.
Road racing continues with the 17th annual Avon 5K on June 2 at 8:30 a.m.info call 732-502-4519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on June 2 in Howell is the Race to Educate 5K at 9 a.m., info call 732-905-1110 or raceToEducate@yahoo.com. It's the Pre-Fathers' Day 5K on Saturday, June 9, in Wanamassa at 9 a.m. at the Elementary School, info at www.jsrc.org.