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THE RUNNERS IN THE 9/11 MEMORIAL RUN BEGIN THEIR
SILENT TREK TO SPRING LAKE, NJ.
BOB BOTH/JSRC PHOTO

Remembering 9/11 with Annual Memorial Run

BY JIM ROBBINS & PENNY HINCK

BELMAR-SPRING LAKE, NJ--In keeping with our nation's many demonstrations of solemn tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, locally nearly 400 runners/joggers/walkers, some bicyclists, with hand flags for men and stem roses for women participated in the 12th annual non-competitive 9/11 Memorial Run organized by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), at the restored Belmar-Spring Lake boardwalk on Thursday evening, September 11, under warm and humid weather. Included in that number of 400 were fourteen 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 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.

They briefly stopped at the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (also known as Memorial Park) adjacent to Lake Como that had a flagpole with the Stars and Stripes at half-mast. Here the Spring Lake Police Association had donated a plaque, dedicated September 11, 2004, set in stone, with this message: "We the people of Spring Lake remember our residents and neighbors who lost their lives in terrorist attacks against the United States of America."

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