9-11 Memorial Run Keeps the Memory Alive


BELMAR, NJ?In keeping with our nation's myriad demonstrations of solemn tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, locally nearly 300 runners/joggers, some bicyclists, with hand flags for men and stem roses for women participated in the seventh annual non-competitive 9/11 Memorial Run organized by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), at the Belmar-Spring Lake boardwalk on the clear, mid-70s, good-jogging-weather evening of September 11. Included in that number were six members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) and 36 West Point Prep Cadets, stationed at Fort Monmouth.
The proceedings began at 6 p.m. with Belmar's Tim Mahoney, the Run director, asking for a moment of silence for all our servicemen present and past.  Angela Huenerfauth of Bradley Beach followed with a fine rendition of our National Anthem. Then the participants began reading aloud with a hand microphone the name, age and town, from a typed list, each of the 145 Monmouth County residents who tragically died on that day. Each passed the 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 trek, with the Cadets in three-abreast formation being first followers.
They briefly stopped at the Memorial Park adjacent to Lake Como. 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."

On the Plaque:

Shanksville, PA:  Donald A. Petersen,  Jean Petersen

World Trade Center:  Richard E. Bosco,  Thomas F. Hughes, Jr.,  Paul H. Keating,  James J. McAlary Jr.,  James T. Murphy,  Robert W. O'Shea,  Donald W. Robertson, Jr.

Here the mourning joggers resumed reading aloud another third of the names from the list of 145 and half placed their hand flags and roses at the plaque. 
They then continued their absolutely silent Run/Jog on the boardwalk to the destination point at the Spring Lake/Sea Girt border, approximately a two-mile distance. There a piece of the World Trade Center, donated by Eddie Lennon, friend of Mahoney, had been placed on the sand and the mournful joggers gathered around it and 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 on September 11, 2001. About 27 names were heard. The song "God Bless America" was started by someone and eventually all joined in. Mahoney thanked all for coming and also thanked the Spring Lake Police for excellent traffic control.
The group then placed the remaining flags and flowers at the World Trade Center piece and “resumed” their Memorial Run/Jog and returned to the starting area at their own pace with talking now permitted.  Lake Como's popular restaurant Bar Anticipation was the new destination point for the joggers/walkers/bicyclists where a barbecue had been arranged.
The theme of the Memorial Run as stated by Mahoney at the 6 p.m. start is to “Run, Remember, 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 club’s Thursday night runs in that same boardwalk area. The Remember is why the group read the names. Reflect is the reason for the silence (the only sound was the noise of the nearly 600 running shoes meeting the surface) so that there can be time to think about and concentrate on the tragedy that occurred including reflecting on those poor souls that had to make that horrible decision to jump to their deaths rather than burn alive. The Resume is in response to that which President Bush had asked the citizens of our beloved America to do: "Resume your lives but never forget.”
Mahoney has often reminded his running friends that, "We runners will never forget!"