Record Turnout for the 10th Annual
BY SALLY KALKSMA
PINE BEACH, NJ--A record 1500 people participated in the 10th Annual Pine Beach 5K & One Mile Riverside Run on Sunday, June 22. Although the forecast called for stormy weather, that didn't deter anyone from taking part in this annual event that has grown every year, starting with 400 runners in 1999.
Teammates from the elite Warren Street Track Club in New York City took the first two places in the men's division, and first in the women's division. With only one second separating the first two runners at the finish, it was a close race from the start. Oleksander Holovnyts beat Edward Gapek with a time of 15.02. Three-time past winner Tim Mulligan of Whiting, NJ, was third overall, and the first local runner to cross the line in a time of 15:14.
Taking second in 2005, Victoria Ganushina of Brooklyn was the first female with a time of 17:31, followed by Christina Glockenmeier of Basking Ridge, NJ, 18:31, and Sarah Muholdcroft of Piermont, NY, 18:42. Gabby Barrett of Freehold, NJ, was the first local female placing fourth in a time of 18:42.
The Pine Beach 5K is the United States Track and Field?NJ Masters Championship. The top six USATF--NJ age-graded male Masters were Ben Reynolds, JL Seymore, Roger Price, Chris Peters, Carl Weaver, and Rodrigo Caceres. The top six age-graded female Masters were Kathy Calabretta, Gabby Barrett, Celeste Fondaco, Jane Parks, Lauren Rhatigan, and Susan Juronics.
Dave DeMonico of Ocean, NJ was the first non-USATF Masters and the first Ocean Running Club member with a time of 16:51. Pippa Michaels from Far Hills, NJ, ran a 20:25 to be the first non-USATF female Masters. Lauren Rhatigan of Ship Bottom also took the award for the first Ocean Running Club female clocking a time of 19:07. Lauren was the first overall female 10 years ago at the inaugural run with a time of 18:51.
Rob DeCarlo, Jr. of Garfield, NJ was first overall in the One Mile Riverside Run with a time of five minutes flat. Hometown runner Victoria Alvarez was the first female in 6:20.
Proceeds from the race go to the Pine Beach Municipal Alliance for drug and alcohol awareness and prevention, local charities, the Pine Beach 5K Scholarship Fund, and Autism Speaks.