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RED BANK: TWO GO THE DISTANCE FOR CHARITY

MingNicoleCOMIC BOOK MEN’s Ming Chen and fellow marathon runner Nicole Corre kick off their charity run of the San Francisco Marathon with an event at Jamian’s Food and Drink on Thursday, June 26.

Longtime habitues of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash know Ming Chen as “weekend man” at Kevin Smith’s Lourdes-like grotto of pop pilgrimage — and the burgeoning fanbase of the Smith-produced AMC series know Ming as one of the Comic Book Men who’ve helped put Red Bank on the map of the multiverse for comix culture. But if you haven’t known Chen as a Marathon Man, then an upcoming event on Thursday, June 26 is designed to make the public aware that, when it comes to philanthropy, Chen is in it for the duration.

Hosted at Jamian’s Food and Drink on Monmouth Street, the “Not So Ordinary Fundraiser” party serves as the official kick-off to Ming and Nicole Run San Francisco, an endeavor in which Chen and fellow endurance runner Nicole Corre will take part in the upcoming San Francisco Marathon, scheduled for July 27.

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ROUNDING UP WOMEN TO HELP GIRLS

nicole-corre-030811Go-getter Nicole Corre pauses for a moment on Broad Street in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoNicole Corre, an inveterate helper-outer, needs some help.

Somewhere between finishing up a master’s in public policy at Rutgers, working full-time as a labor trends researcher and training for the Georgia Marathon this weekend — the first of two she plans to run this year — the Red Banker is trying to get a charity rolling.

Hey, even Type A personalities can’t do it all themselves.

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