THE SILENT RUN/JOG WITH RUN
DIRECTOR TIM MAHONEY CARRYING THE FLAG.
BOB BOTH/JSRC PHOTO
9-11 Memorial Run Keeps the Memory Alive
BY JIM ROBBINS
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
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
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 clubs 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
Mahoney has often reminded his running friends that, "We
runners will never forget!"