Record Turnout at Sgt. Pat's 5K Race

BY PENNY HINCK

LONG BRANCH, NJ- As promised by Race Director Phil Hinck, over 600 participants were treated to great running weather on Saturday, April 10 at the annual Sgt. Pat's 5K. The course had to be adjusted to accommodate the beachfront construction but it proved to be a very interesting route for the runners and spectators who were able to watch the runners pass them on their return to the finish.

The overall winner was Jesus Resendiz, 29, of Perth Amboy in a time of 15:49 and for the women it was Jersey Shore Running Club member Amanda Cavallo, 14, of Bayville in a time of 18:25. Rounding out the top three for the men were Joe Pawlish of Asbury Park in 16:13 and Arnold Anthony, 17, of Brielle in 16:15. Second and third women, respectively, were Maggie Freeman of Sea Girt in 19:17 and Jennifer Gunn of Red Bank in 20:19.

Trophies were also presented to top PBA member finishers and to PBA teams: PBA team winners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively, were Local 256 of Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Local 10 of Long Branch, and Local 314 of Monmouth County Sheriff's Office. MCPO was also recognized as the largest Law Enforcement group, represented by a total of 70 participants.

There were as usual a large number of age-group awards as well as random prizes to include a grand prize of a bike, donated by The Peddler Bicycle Shop of Long Branch. Many of the participants then proceeded to the Celtic Cottage for a buffet lunch outdoors in the courtyard. Event sponsors included Monmouth Medical Center, Sovereign Bank, and Pier Village/Applied Development.

The 15th Annual JSRC event, formerly known as the St. Patty's Day 5K, has been dedicated since 1998 to the memory of slain Long Branch police officer Sergeant Patrick King, who was killed while on duty on November 20, 1997. Proceeds from the race go to scholarship funds of Long Branch PBA Local 10 and Oceanport PBA Local 364, which award scholarships to students in the memory of the fallen officer. A two-mile Fitness walk, which followed sections of the same course, was held to benefit Holiday Express. Children also had the opportunity to participate in kid's races of various distances, held on the grass of Seven President's Park. Each received a medal and Easter egg at the finish and a T-shirt and choice of a toy prize at registration.

"I want to thank all other race committee members: Maureen King, Tim McLoone, Pat Joyce, Scott Beaver, Steve Tagerty, and Guy Beaver. I want to recognize the race-day volunteers who contributed their time and effort to making the race successful, especially my wife Penny who really does all the work. The event has been growing every year due to the help of our sponsors and we hope to continue doing it for such great causes," said director Phil Hinck.