THE SILENT RUNNERS
AND WALKERS DURING THE 9/11
MEMORIAL RUN WITH TIM MAHONEY, RUN DIRECTOR,
HOLDING THE STARS AND STRIPES.
BOB BOTH PHOTO
Remembering 911 Silently at Annual Memorial
BY PENNY HINCK AND JIM ROBBINS
BELMAR-SPRING LAKE, NJ--In keeping with our nation's many
demonstrations of solemn tribute to the victims of September
11, 2001, locally nearly 450 runners/joggers/walkers, some bicyclists,
with hand flags for men and stem roses for women, participated
in the fourteenth annual non-competitive 9/11 Memorial Run organized
by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), at the restored Belmar-Spring
Lake boardwalk on Friday evening, September 11, under clear,
warm skies. Included in that number 450 were thirty-two cadets
from the Monmouth County Police Academy.
The proceedings began at 6 p.m. with Belmar's Tim Mahoney,
the Run director, standing on a milk carton, and thanking all
for coming and also a special few who helped him in his director's
tasks. He then asked for a moment of silence for all our servicemen
present and past who are making and have made it possible for
us to have a memorial event such as this. Then the participants,
starting with Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, began reading aloud
with a hand microphone the name, age, and town, from a typed
list, each of the 147 Monmouth County residents who died on that
tragic day. Each passed the microphone and list to another so
as to get as many as possible to read aloud at least one name.
Then Mahoney with the Stars and Stripes flag pole in hand led
the silent, non-talking pack on their southward trek.