Asbury Park:One half century since they began the Annual Shore AC Polar Bear Race Runner Harry Nolan and Racewalker /Race Director Elliott Denman were again a part of the scene, the 50th running “On the boards” at Asbury Park.
Rain and wind were at it again as they were in 1964, this time slippery rain the stronger culprit. Once again, the event went off as planned. Neither the 2010 blizzard nor Super Storm Sandy last year has stopped this determined field of runners.
Nor has anything stopped the Polar Bear “plungers” who took the traditional dip into the Atlantic minutes after the last runner crossed the Finish Line.
The 5-mile run was preceded by the 10 Mile Walk, with John Souchek of Little Silver and Maria Paul, Long Branch taking the top male and female spots.
The 50Mile Race went to Andrew Brodeur, Bethesda MD, 25:13, and second went to Gerard Scalfoni, Rutherford NJ, with third going to Glenn Saunders, North Plainfield. Locals Andrew Dombrowski, Ocean and Jason Gers Monmouth Beach took the fourth and fifth positions.
Caitlin Dorgan from Red Bank led the women’s field with 30:17 timing. She is the lady friend of Scalfoni seen as pictured in the photo at the finish area. Second place went to Amanda Tripodi from Englishtown, with third going to Taryn Landes of Belmar.
Runners were from all over the country, with 14 y/o Slade Kelling coming from Colorado Springs, his Mom a former NJ resident who ran for Manasquan “back in the day”.
1974 Polar Bear winner Phil Hinck was assisting at the event with his Jersey Shore Running Club member volunteers. He helped with arrangements and the post event awards ceremony at the Berkley Hotel across from Convention Hall.
Tim Mc Loone’s Asbury Grill provided the traditional hot soup refresher for contestants after their runs. On Sunday the hot soup was most welcome.