THE MALE WINNER, MATHEW
WEISSINGER, A BRICK
NATIVE, NOW LIVING IN NORTHAMPTON, MA, TAKES TOP
HONORS WITH 16:06 IN THE CELTIC TRIBUTE 5K RUN.
CELTIC TRIBUTE RACE COMMITTEE PHOTO
Celtic Tribute 5K Remembers Fallen Officers
under Windy Spring Skies
BY PENNY HINCK
LONG BRANCH, NJ--For twenty-four years, with a one-year hiatus,
the Jersey Shore Running Club has presented a Spring 5K and on
Easter Saturday morning, April 4. It continued as it has done
recently with the title now being the Celtic Tribute 5K. It will
benefit the scholarship fund of Patrolman Benevolent Association
Local 10 in memory of all its Fallen Officers.
The out-and-back course, a 3.1 mile distance, started at the
north end of the Long Branch oceanfronts Promenade, went
south onto the Pier Village boardwalk, then continued onto Ocean
Avenue to a three-street turnaround, and returned to finish at
the Long Branch Great Lawn area.
Mathew Weissinger, 28, of Northampton, Massachusetts was this
years winner at 16:06. Coming in second place of the total
219 competitors was Darien, Connecticuts Eric Boucher,
42, at 17:07; and third place, on this windy mid-fifties morning,
went to John Jankowski, 39, of Point Pleasant, at 17:14.
Weissinger, who runs with the Western Mass Distance Project,
is a Brick, New Jersey native and was Central Jersey Group IV
3200 champion his senior year at Brick Memorial High School.
Tina Walkowski, 30, of Red Bank (a former Middletown High
School South star) was the womens winner at 19:03 (8th
place overall). Second and third place women, respectively, went
to Meagan Drapkin, 30, of Brick at 19:24 (11th overall) and Melany
Weissinger, 25, sister of the mens champion, of New York,
NY, at 20:19 (16th overall).