This winter was brutal for us runners! Not only did we have to brave the snow, the ice but also extended periods of freezing temps. It felt like a badge of honor coming home after a run with frozen toes and fingers. Well, we survived and now we can pull out our shorts, tanks and look forward to high temps, humidity and most important race season!
We all know the big races that attract the bulk of the area runners like this past weekend’s NJ Marathon, the nationally known Spring Lake 5, or the renowned George Sheehan Classic; however, I would like to highlight two local races that should not go unnoticed.
Saturday June 27th UNION BEACH 5K –
The Union Beach 5k is entering its 3rd year! What started as an idea to help raise funds and awareness for ravaged Union Beach following Hurricane Sandy, has morphed into a great race on the Jersey Shore. The course is fast, flat and USATF certified.
The race offers Kiddie Dashes as well, so your children can join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded to the top three male and female winners, as well as the top male and female Union Beach resident, with additional prizes to top three male and female in 10 year age groups.
The Union Beach 5k is a great race for every level of runner, and walkers are truly welcome to join on the course. Whether you are new to racing or a seasoned runner, you will enjoy the scenic water views, cheering spectators and fast course. This is a great opportunity for families to participate all together! Sport massage therapists will be on site all day to help loosen you up and stretch you out! After the race, post-race celebrations are hosted by Ader’s Tavern. If you were at the race last year, you know they throw a great party!
Saturday May 9th THE 21st ANNUAL MONMOUTH BEACH PT0 RUN
(In coordination with the Jersey Shore Running Club)
The Monmouth Beach run has been a wonderful small-town local race over the years supporting the Monmouth Beach Schools. If you are new to racing or want to introduce your children to running in a fun low-key supportive atmosphere, this is the race for you!
Location-Monmouth Beach School
5K Run – 9am
Kid’s Race (7 & under) – 9:45 a.m.
Dolphin Mile (12 & under) –10:00 a.m.
And my favorite!!! Mark your calendars…….
LITTLE SILVER 5K SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2015.