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MAY, 2015

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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 oceanfront’s 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 year’s winner at 16:06. Coming in second place of the total 219 competitors was Darien, Connecticut’s 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 women’s 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 men’s champion, of New York, NY, at 20:19 (16th overall).

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