LONG BRANCH: The 52nd year of the Lake Takanassee Race Run Walk closed on Monday with its annual 2-Mile event under a bright August sun and comfortable temps with 40 athletes streaking around the lake one last time for 2016. Race originator Elliott Denman will hear the final results when he arrives home from his trip to Rio de Janiero and the Olympics.
Monday evening was Awards Night , Best Performers of the Year overall, with performance the basic criteria; the overall requirement is that winners be awarded from those athletes who participated in at least four races during the season, from a total 0f 8 weeks in all.
The only event the last evening was the 2-Mile Race Run/Walk. The Kids 1500M and the regular 5K Race/Walk were wrapped up last week.
Awards for the season were for Best Male and Female in the regular events averaged over the weeks.
Season Overall 5K Winners were Brian Hill and Dawn Ciccone, each finishing first for the 2-Mile as well as for the regular weekly 5K runs. Brian jumped off to a real fast start as the race was launched on South Lake Drive, as shown in the photo.
The Kids 1500M Season winners were Kyle Hill, 12, and Mackensie O'Connor, 13. The Season's 5K Racewalk winners were Tom Quattrocchi and Panse Geer.
Winners by age group were presented, Shore AC Tee shirt awards with a special "Thanks for the great job" by Shore AC President Walt MacGowan. A special message went out to 70 Year-olds and Over awards, won by Marilyn Ryder 75, from Eatontown. She is pictured smiling broadly holding her Tee amid cheers from her fellow athletes.