Participants in 9/11 Memorial Race
BY JIM ROBBINS
BELMAR, NJ--Over 200 racers, with hand flags or flowers, participated in the 3rd annual non-competitive 9/11 Memorial Run that starts at the Belmar boardwalk at the Dunkin Donuts area and proceeds to the beach at the Spring Lake/Sea Girt border on Sunday evening, September 11.
Lieutenant Tim Mahoney of the New Jersey State Police, race director, with the Stars and Stripes flag pole in hand and Tom Morrison, president of the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), led the silent, no-talking pack, on their trek with one stop at the park adjacent to Lake Como for participants to continue to read aloud the names of the 145 Monmouth County residents who were lost on that tragic day.
At the destination point, approximately a 2½-mile distance, a piece of the World Trade Center was placed on the sand where the gathered joggers finished reading the names from the list. Mahoney then offered the still very silent group an opportunity to sound aloud any name that was not on that list who also was a victim. About a dozen names were heard.
The group then placed their flags and flowers at the World Trade Center piece and resumed their return to the Dunkin Donuts area at their own pace with talking now allowed.
The theme of the Memorial Run, as stated by Mahoney at the 6 p.m. start, is to Run, Reflect, and Resume. The run is obvious since the idea was created by Mahoney and Bob Both who are members of the JSRC and regulars on the clubs Thursday night runs in that same boardwalk area. The reflect is the reason for the silence so there can be time to concentrate on the tragedy that occurred and the resume was in response to what President Bush had asked the country to do: Resume your lives but never forget.