LONG BRANCH: Jeff Powers from Philadelphia PA took the victory in the NJ Marathon with Michael Gillis the Second Place spot on Sunday in the decades old event. Powers did it in just over 2 hours, 32 minutes, followed across the Finish by a half minute by Gillis. In the top dozen finishers Long Branch runner Zachary Kudlak came in at 3:47;38, eleventh place among a field of more than 700.
Annie Onishi, NY, NY turned in a fast 2:54;17 as the first female, with Jersey shore runners Bronawyn O'Leary, Keyport at 3:13; 39, and Sheila O'Grady, Manasquan with 3:14;04, for eleventh and twelfth places.
The 80-degree temp of Saturday was down in the low 60's which helped on the 25.2 M (40 miles) event. Runner-Trumpeter Brian "Buff Daddy" Buffalo sand the National Anther as the bugler followed with the Post Blastoff, a tradition now at the Monmouth Park Start Line.
Novo Nordisk and Barnabas Health hosted the event.
The Half Marathon was won by John Ranieri, New Fairfield, CT in 1:08;27. Milltown, NJ runner Kyle Price was not far behind at 1:12;25. For Long Branch runner Alexander Dweck the time was 1:15;56, eighth place, with Rumson's Jonathan Eredyli in twelfth and 1:19;02. Former Race Director Art Castellano, now a Florida resident finished the Half in 2 ours, 7 minutes. Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider was in the running this year after an injury a year or so kept him on the come-back trail.
Leigh Gerson, New York, at 1;24.28 was First with Monmouth Beach, NJ Leigh Mazella a half minute following, 1:25;00. Maryland runner Beth Mayer took third place. Susanne Forlenza from Belmar, a local mane at the shire, came in sixth.
The Wheelchair event went to a Jersey City speedster, Glenn Hartrick, while Tim Reynolds, of Rumson too fourth place, 15 minutes off the 26 mile pace.
Just FYI, Jessie Joseph, Asst. Township Clerk in Ocean Township was among the "No Pain No Champagne" high flyers.
Helping the Great Lawn crowd traffic crunch on Sunday was LBPD Lt. Craig Spencer, one of the LBPD team who played a significant role in the city's analysis that got the NJM to Long Branch 15 years ago, with the help of fellow officer Gil Horrach. We lost Gil a couple years ago, but will remember him for all he did for the community and sports at the shore.