Mahoney, Booth Nab Neptune City
BY JIM ROBBINS
NEPTUNE CITY, NJ--Four Hundred and twenty-seven road racers competed in the 18th annual Neptune City Day 5K presented by the events racing committee in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) on the sunny, good-racing-weather morning of Saturday, August 7.
Travis Mahoney, 20, of Old Bridge was the one to break the finish-line tape located on Riverview Avenue at Memorial/Municipal/Beach Park, at a racing time of 16:21. Jeff Propert, 29, of Wall was second at 17:12 and third place went to Belmars Shane Hart at 17:32.
I was together with two other guys for the first two miles and then I made a move and finished alone, said Mahoney in describing his championship performance. Alone he was; the runner-up finished 41 seconds later. Its beautiful, its not too hot like the summer has been, he said when asked about the weather. Mahoney further informed that his best 5K effort was 14:40 but not in a road race. It was done on a school track.
Dactilia Booth, 34, of Long Branch was first in for the women at 18:44 (12th place overall) from the loop course that started on West Sylvania Avenue and Hwy. #35, adjacent to the Neptune City First Aid building, which served as the sign-up area, proceeded west to Oxford Way and turned onto Sixth Avenue and meandered its way to the Park. Belmars Amber Hart, 31 was second at 19:11 (18th overall) and Erin Lunny, 21, of Middletown at 19:16 (19th overall) rounded out the top three women
In the beginning (of the race) there were two women in front of me but by the second mile I passed them and stayed in front to the finish, said Dactilia when asked to comment. I liked the course. There were turns but not too many and I do like turns in a race, she offered and of the weather: It was near perfect.
Runner-up Hart is the 2009 Sgt.Pats 5K womens champion and during that oceanfront Long Branch 3.1-mile race presented always on Easter Saturday the runners were confronted with a northeast storm and she described the weather realistically with the words, Windy, windy, windy! On July 10 at the Belmar Five Mile Race where she finished at 31:59 (8th woman overall) she again described the weather realistically with Hot, hot, hot! When asked about the weather at Neptune she said, I would have said Perfect, perfect, perfect ! but there is just a bit of humidity out there.
I want to thank Mary Sapp (race director) and all the volunteers and the public workers for putting on the race--the runners have the easy thing, all we have to do is run--its the organizers and the volunteers who have to do all the work, said Ford when asked to comment.
The top Neptune City leading females were Alyssa Keleigh, 12, at 25:37 (144th overall); Marissa Albano, 13, at 26:05 (155th overall) and Patty Carroll, 50, at 26:51 (173rd overall).
Although this event does not have a racewalk division, Elliott Denman, 76, of West Long Branch followed all the striding rules and racewalked the distance at a good pace of 12:56 per mile and recorded a 40:08. Area runners and racewalkers know of Denmans being an Olympian racewalker in 1956 and are proud to know of that fact and to be a friend of his.
Neptune Citys Mayor Thomas Arnone finished at 28:06, a very respectable racing time of a 9:03 per-mile pace but just a bit slower than last year. I look forward to this day, were very fortunate--we have a ton of volunteers to make this happen, and thats what Neptune City is all about, offered the enthusiastic mayor, who was on hand at early registration to be helpful at whatever was needed. Along with the race, Neptune City Day includes a craft show, food fair, contests, Kids rides, bocce tournament, and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Long Branchs Marilyn Ryder, mother-in-law and mother of Phil and Penny Hinck, well-known race directors/organizers, was in at 29:05, a 9:22 per-mile pace, that earned her the first place award in the 60-69 age-group. I like the course, there are a lot of people out there cheering us on and showing us the way to go (there are many turns during the last mile). There are a lot of police protecting us from traffic and I feel safe the whole way. When asked about the weather: Today is a perfect day for running.
I thought it was pretty good, I just got back from Vancouver this week and havent been running, maybe because the Canadian beer is so good, said Howells James (Jim) Bergum, 61, who posted a 26:23 racing time, when asked what he thought of his performance. Its probably been the best weather weve had all summer, he said when asked about condtions. Bergum continues to serve the running/racewalking community by being the Webmaster for the Freehold Area Running Club.
Ive had a tough summer, but nonetheless this is the best weather Neptune City has ever given us, said Tim Mahoney, 50, of Belmar, who finished at 21:36 a respectable 6:58 per-mile pace. The community support is no doubt the best, he further offered.
Mahoney, a retired officer from the New Jersey State Police, is the past president of the JSRC and also serves as director of the clubs annual 9/11 Memorial Run presented on that infamous date at the Belmar/Spring Lake boardwalk. He emphasizes that it is a highly dignified run/jog and not a race so as to invite non-runners to get involved at 6 p.m. starting in Belmar across from Dunkin Donuts.
Phil Hinck, past president of the JSRC, and race director
of many Shore area races including the nationally recognized
Spring Lake Five and George Sheehan Classic was, along with being
available to assist in the many activities needed for the event,
the race starter. Just prior to the 8 a.m. start, at Sylvania
Avenue, he introduced Erica Kostyz of Ocean Township who gave
a super rendition of God Bless America. Hinck then
assembled the racers to the starting line, advised them to take
water at the designated spots, voiced a loud Ready-Go!
and the racers were off following the lead police car driven
by Lieutenant Louis Trocchio Sr. and accompanied by Edward D.
Kirschenbaum Sr., Director of Public Safety.
Mary Sapp, race director, along with Mayor Arnone, Hinck and
Fred Rummel, Monmouth County Parks Commisioner and director of
Wall Townships Fourth of July Firecracker Five, presented
gift certificates and medals to the aforementioned winners and
age-group leaders from a platform on the scenic grounds of the
park. Bill Boyajian of Best Racing Systems assisted by his son
Eric who is going into his sophomore year at New Jersey Institute
of Technology, along with Ray Durborow, organized the finish-line
activities and computer results, using D-Tag chips from Chronotrack,
all of which can be found on www.bestrace.com or www.jsrc.org.