SANDY HOOK: Over 120 participants gathered on May 2 for the 10th Annual Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5k Run/Walk For The Blind.
The race benefits the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association (NJBCA) & Camp Happiness. In addition to the runners, Jamie Kretch of the Monmouth County Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers along with several of the groups members were on hand along with their dogs.
The race was started 10 years ago by the Eatontown Lions Club (ELC) as a way of supporting the Association. Many of the Lions Club members were on hand to support the event as well as members of the Jersey Shore Running Club. Race director Joe Freeman noted that he wished to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the event such a success as well as those who took part.
The 5k course was an out and back route along the bay which provided runners and walkers with gorgeous scenic view. Eatontown Lions Club President Edwin Palenzuela presented plaques to the first, second and third place men and women's winners as well as medals to the various age group winners.
First Place Men: Cesare Antista of Highlands in 18:27 First Place Women: Jennifer Gunn of Aberdeen in 20:36
Second Place Men: John Gore of Leonardo in 19:47
Second Place Women: Elizabeth Gredell in 20:46
Third Place Men: Sean Griffith of Colts Neck in 19:59
Third Place Women: Valarie Weisner of Highlands in 22:02
For those or could not take part in Saturday's event and would like more information on or to donate to NJBCA, please go to their website at www.njbca.org or contact Stacey Stefanski at 732-291-0878.
Per the website, the mission of the association is to "enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired through education, socialization, and fostering an environment of hope and purpose. Through programs and services for the blind and visually impaired, the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association unlocks opportunities and opens doors for growth, happiness and new experiences."