Kick Cancer Overboard sees good turnout for first ever Mile Run
Long Branch: Supporters of all ages traveled to the ocean's edge on Saturday, September 15 to play a part in the Excel Travel Ocean Mile, a beautiful event, on a beautiful morning on the oceanfront, for a most beautiful reason, to “Kick Cancer Overboard” with a cruise to happier days. It is an event to help people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
The lift in the lives of those who have been affected by cancer comes from the pause in the turmoil cancer brings, often help with the financial burdens and as for the KCO event it’s the free cruises to a far off “Shangri La”, often for families.
The cruise was awarded to the Larkin family from Hazlet. David and Jennifer were at the event with Lana, age 4, Dillon, 8 and Shane, 9 years old. Jennifer has overcome a bout with a rare cancer and a stroke that followed. She received her “cured” certificate in October, David said. Lana has been under care since she was 2 years old and is in remission. The family is looking forward to the cruise. They will be together.
Runners came from as far as California and as nearby as Long Branch, Monmouth Beach, Ocean and the Jersey Shore. Medals went to the flights of runners, separated mostly by age groups and gender.
There were eleven races, two sweetened with cash prizes for winners, male and female running separately. Six men and 4 women participated and showed great form and splendid timing. Only 17 seconds separated the six men at the finish line, a great run of 4 minutes, 16.23 seconds. It was won by Christian Hesch from Hollywood, CA. Peter West, a local runner from Long Branch took fifth.
The women’s winner was Melissa Salerno from NYC with an impressive 4:47.03. Locally, Cate Robbie, Fair Haven was second for the women, followed by Caitlin Dorgan, Red Bank and Diane Deolivera of Brick.
The Ocean Mile was sponsored by Ted Friedli of Excel Travel and coordinated by Aaron Levine of A. Levine Financial Services, both of Long Branch, and a volunteer team of business and professional friends from local and more distant towns.