Long Branch: Andrew Brodeur of Brick took the Pier House 5K and the Shore Grand Prix Summer Series on Labor Day in this Jersey Shore Racing Club event celebrating its tenth year as a summer series. Second place went to Brian Quilty, Brick, and third was Timothy Mulligan, Whiting.
Jamie Liberti, Middletown, was first for the women, with Jennifer Nelson, Barnegat finishing second and Leslie Morrison, Bethesda, MD third. Nelson placed First overall in the Grand Prix.
Brodeur won 4 out of 5 Grand Prix events, scoring 499 points of a possible 500. The events are run in Spring Lake, Red Bank, Asbury Park, Belmar and this one in Long Branch. Joe Placente, 82, from Toms River ran the 5K carrying the Stars and Stripes. “It was great to hear the crowd cheering and to have fellow runners giving me a “High Five" at the (mid-course) turn-around. All were shouting “USA, USA, USA”. For the war veteran it was a great feeling, he said.
Kids’ races followed the main race, assisted by the Middletown girls cross country team who volunteer each year.
Familiar restaurateur and runner Tim Mc Loone emceed the ceremonies and paused to recognize Penny Hinck of the JSRC for her dedication to racing for many years.