West Long Branch: A good crowd of 489 runners stepped to the start line at Franklin Lake for the 12th annual Michel W. Thorne Scholarship Race on Sunday, May 18.
This year’s Official Starter was 12 year- supporter Buddy Damiano joined by a WLB Scouts Honor Guard and with Pat Joyce singing the Star Spangled Banner. Michael’s parents, Lynn and Al Thorne held the Banner at the Finish Line.
The abundance of pink shirts provided to registered runners was in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Robert Cavanaugh led the field all the way, finishing with a 20 minute 38 second time, besting his last year achievement, while Rumson’s Katie Connor led the women runners for First Female with a fast 26:22 time and a 6.36 pace.
The event is in memory of 20-year-old firefighter Michael Thorne who lost his life in the line of duty 30 years ago. In keeping with a tradition, a special award was presented this year to the Tinton Falls Fire Department for having the most participants from a fire department.
The event was coordinated by Phil and Penny Hinck of the Jersey Shore Runners Club. Elite Racing Systems provided the scoring.
The sunny morning and cool temps made for great running conditions for the 4M, the Kids Races and the One Mile and Half Mile events for ages 14 and below.
Awards went to the top three male and female athletes by age group who posed for a group photo opportunity after the awards ceremony.
A post-race celebration was held at the Oceanport Avenue Fire House, another tradition that featured eats, beverages and music.
Thanks to “JR” for the following snapshot of the Word on the Shore area leading finishers of the Michael W. Thorne Scholarship 4 Mile Run:
West Long Branch: Robert Cavanaugh 20:38 (20 minutes and 38 seconds), Nicholas Martinelli 26:34, Jason Colavita 27:18, John Levy 27:45, John Dennehy 27:51, Edward Scullion 28:04, Mel Ullmeyer 28:56, Russ Creighton 29:30, Stephen Dopp 30:45, Brian Sebak 30:59, Salina Neuhaus 31:10, Matt Bogner 31:16, William Sheehan 31:28, Max Kibe 32:28, Daniel Mead 32:20, Richard Bettenhausen 33:12, Stephen Gajewski 33:13, Lukas Jackey 33:41, Kimberly Rosen 33:58, Joanie Quackenbush 34:27, Kathryn Quackenbush, 34;27, Kiernan Dennehy 34:27, Laura Shapiro 34:28, Ellen Twigg 34:39, James Jemas 34:44, Anna Livingston 34:48, Paul McGrade 34:55, Andrew Leppy 35:17, Beth Sarfaty 35:31.
Other towns: Matt D'Auria 24:48, Tom D'Auria 25:45 and Tj Frabizio 27:30, Ocean; Jilian Reichardt 27:41 and Peter Lawlor 28:45, Oakhurst; Nicholas Sullivan 28:57 and Bob Sullivan 28:57, Little Silver; Anna Marie Cieri 29:11, Long Branch; Mike Washakowski 29:35, Ocean; Christopher Dean 30:28, Oceanport; Danielle Testa 30:42, Monmouth Beach; James Showanes 31:10, Eatontown; Mark Weston Dawkes 31:24 and Reinaldo Rios 31:25, Ocean; Big Diesel McGrade 31:26, Long Branch; Shawn Kingsley 31:26, Oceanport; Christopher Stewart 31:26, Long Branch; Lauren Scott 31:28, Eatontown; Matt Frabizio 31:39, Ocean; Jaclyn Dagnall 32:00, Long Branch; Tom Delisa 32:03, Ocean; John Moetz 32:36 and George Medina 32:37, Long Branch; Frank Dilello 32:58, Ocean; Audrey Ging 33:05, Long Branch; Matthew Showanes 33:06 and Dave Nase 33:16, Eatontown; Juan Valdes 33:22 and David Miller 33:32, Long Branch; Krista Mistretta 33:47, Oceanport; Anthony Valykeo 33:48 and Kevin Lawlor 33:54, Oakhurst; Edward Rogers 34:11 and Heather Valdes 34:11, Long Branch; Matthew Brown 34:18, Oceanport; Gina Keagle 34:39, Long Branch; Stuart Newman 34:39, Oakhurst; Catherine Rogers 34:41, Long Branch; Margaret Marra 34:44, Oceanport; Oscar Valdes 34:47, Long Branch; Lauren Joseph 34:48, Ocean; Douglas Rowell 34:50, Long Branch; Sharon Dornemann 35:32, Eatontown; Susan Ardito 35:38, Ocean; Allison Abbate 35:47, Oceanport.
Road racing events continue and schedules can be found on the websites of www.jsrc.organd www.farcnj.com.