Peterson Betters Cavenaugh
BY JIM ROBBINS
RUMSON, NJ--Over three hundred road racers finished the 16th
annual Rumson-Fair Haven Run of five miles on the overcast, non-windy,
cool, mid-50s (defying the ominous forecast) morning of May 4,
on the 400-meter track in the stadium of the Rumson-Fair Haven
Regional High School (RFHRHS) located on Ridge Road.
West Long Branchs Robert Cavanaugh, 30, was the second
finisher at 26:04 and since deja vu literally means already
seen then thats the situation that Petersen and Cavanaugh
created because this is a repeat of them being last years
winner and runner-up of this event and both beat last years
time by just a few seconds: Petersen four and Cavanaugh six.
In conversation at the finish-line area, both informed that they
were together with two other racers until about three miles then
it was just the two of them until mile four and then he
(Petersen) put it in the next gear, and I couldnt go with
him, said Cavanaugh. Both agreed that it was great
running weather when asked.
Five water spots were available for the racers and they were serviced by representatives of Rumson Country Day School, Tranquilty Day Spa, Heritage Realty, Rumson Pharmacy, and Boynton & Boynton Insurance, Bay Agency.
Money awards to the aforementioned winners and trophies to age-group leaders were presented by Tim McLoone, emcee and Leslie Curran, race director, on the grounds of the stadium as the physically spent racers were enjoying refreshments.
Prior to the 9:30 a.m. start of the race, McLoone reminded all that this event is dedicated to Andrew J. Bruder who died of cancer at age 36. Bruder was a graduate of RFHRHS and the first winner of the Rumson Run that began in 1992. He then introduced RFHRHS junior Alexandria Howley who then gave a super rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner as the awaiting racers respectfully remained quiet, eyes on the flag atop the flagpole on the front lawn of the school. Both mayors of Rumson and Fair Haven, John E. Ekdahl and Michael Halfacre, respectively, were present acting as official race starters and later holding the finish-line tape.
The event included a 3K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Races.
Ray Durborow of Best Racing System did the computer results and finish-line activities were organized by Anna Milano of Happy Rock Enterprises of Gladstone. Bananas, bagels, and oranges were available courtesy of Foodtown of Red Bank and Brooklyn Bagels of Rumson along with scrumptious cookies provided by the committee of senior citizens headed by Vivian McCormick. Two musical groups of the high school provided music: Little Friends and Blue Mood. Members of the schools Key Club assisted at the finish line.
"With total participation of the three races nearing a thousand, I'm very pleased with the outcome and want to thank all the volunteers who worked so diligently to make it happen. I want to acknowledge the complete cooperation of the police force and fire department as well as EMS of both towns and appreciate too, the maintenance staff at the high school. I also want to thank the race committee and the many members of the JSRC for their know-how assistance, especially Phil and Penny Hinck. Not to be forgotten are our many sponsors whose generosity is well acknowledged. Thanks, too, for the patience of area motorists who had to be detoured for the safety of our racers, said Leslie Curran, race director, in a summary statement.