5K Winner Chris Bekes from Highlands pushed her 9 month old Juliana in a special child walker
Long Branch: The Shore Athletic Club Lake Takanassee opened for the 49th year with the summer weekly run/walk at Takanassee Lake. SAC President Walter McGowan kicked off the season Monday evening, June 25th. The course takes runners around the lake 4 times in a 5K loop. The 5K Racewalk took off minutes after the running event with a field of eleven starting their timing watches as McGowan sounded the gun.
“We couldn’t have asked for finer weather for the opener,” said Gene Geer who was tracking finish line numbers as runners crossed the end line. Panse Geer was first in the women’s 5K Walk and their granddaughter Olivia, 4, was with her at the finish.
It was clear, bright and relatively non-humid, which was great for competitors and their families, a large number of which showed up to cheer. SAC founder Elliott Denman was at the Olympic trials in Michigan and missed the Tak on Monday event which is in Elberon on Ocean Avenue at “the red brick church” - St. Michael’s.
The 1500m Youth Run started the program with 21 youngsters. Riley Gardner won it for the girls and Pierre Thormann for the boys. For the youngest, four year olds, moms or dads accompanied their budding athelete as they ran for the first time.
The 5K went to Chris Bekes from Highlands who pushed her 9 month old Juliana in a special child walker, with Lisa George in Second and Audrey Ging third, both from Long Branch. For the men it was Marc Altenau, Belmar in First with Oakhurst runners Dan Rosenblatt and Gerry Nasar at second and third.
Panse Geer finished first for the female walkers, with Doris Attias and Maria Paul. For the guys it was John Fredericks, Ron Salvio and Fred Linkhart.
Taryn Landers was at the registration and scorekeeper table again this year. She is the women’s track coach at nearby Monmouth University and helps with the Tak events each week. Long Branch PD kept the area safe for competitors and guided light traffic for drivers who live lakeside.