The 40th Jersey Shore Half Marathon staged by the Shore Athletic Club was held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Gateway National Park, Sandy Hook, N.J.
The day started off overcast with cool temperatures in the upper 50’s to 60 degrees. At the 9 a.m. start the sun could be found peeking through the clouds and the temperatures started to warm up a bit. By the middle of the race the sun shined bright but the temperature was still on the moderate side making for a comfortable run for most of the 1200 participants.
An accompanying 5k, The Lighthouse 5K was also held starting 5 minutes after the half marathon.
The runners lined up for the start along the main road on Sandy Hook. Dave DeMonico of Ocean Township played the National Anthem on his trumpet with accompaniment by “Chickie” on drums. Race Director, Isabel Stuper of Point Pleasant and the Shore Athletic Club then gave runners their last minute instructions before hopping into the lead vehicle to direct the runners through the course. Phil Hinck of Monmouth Beach then gave the order for runners to start. The runners made their way north through the park to a turn around by the historic Lighthouse on the northern end of the park. They then returned back near the start to complete the first loop. Then they returned back for a somewhat shorter loop and back to a finish near the start line.
Jersey Shore Half Photos
Pacing together for nearly the entire 13.1 miles were Craig Segal and Robert Cavenaugh of West Long Branch. The two finished in nearly identical times breaking the finish line together. The first place was given to Craig Segal in a time of 1:12:45:56 and Robert Cavenaugh was given second in 1:12:45:61 based on their respective chip times. Coming in third was Robert Dennis of Kingston, N.J. in 1:14:55.
For the women breaking the tape first was Sara Amitrani of Red Bank, N.J in 1:28:56. She was followed by Maggie Freeman of Manalapan, N.J. in 1:34:36 and then Janelle Ralph of Gold Hill, Oregon in 1:35:47.
After the race runners were treated to a barbecue and plenty of refreshments.
The race was staged by The Shore Athletic Club with assistance from the other local running clubs – Jersey Shore Running Club and Freehold area Running Club. Water stops were provided by several local groups who competed for the best water stop award.
Awards were then presented by Race Director, Isabel Stuper to the overall and age group winners.
Runners will have plenty of events coming up in the next few weeks. Details can be found on The Race Calendar.
The spring race calendar is starting to open up as well with the Asbury Park Half Marathon and Jersey Shore Relay Marathon which are part of RunAPalooza open for registration. Runners can save by registering early. The events also sell out so sign up soon so as not to be left out.