Tim Sheehan, at podium, with his brother, George III, and the new statue of their late father. (Photo by Larry Levanti/CBA. Click to enlarge)
Christian Brothers Academy press release
Over 60 years ago, Dr. George Sheehan Jr. believed in a vision for an all-boys, Catholic preparatory school in Monmouth County.
Together with Peter Fleming and John Henderson, he founded Christian Brothers
Academy in Lincroft, with help from the Brothers of the Christian Schools. A nationally-competitive running program soon followed thanks to Sheehan, and on December 4, his impact on CBA and the running tradition was symbolized with a larger-than-life statue on campus. More →
Runners leave the starting line at the 2013 Sheehan Classic event in Red Bank. The 21st annual race weekend expo returns to town on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14.
More than 2,500 runners are expected to participate in what is known as one of the Jersey Shore’s most renowned road races, when the Sheehan Classic returns to Red Bank on Saturday, June 14, with its popular 5K (3.1 mile) distance as its main event.
Set for 8:30 am, this year’s edition will be the 21st running of the event that began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic, and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994, and was renamed to honor the memory of physician, author and philosopher Dr. George Sheehan who was widely regarded as the “father of the running boom” in the United States. Last year, the Sheehan family released a new book on the life’s work of “The Doc,” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing.
Over $2,500 in prize money will be distributed in the 5 kilometer run to the top five overall finishers, top New Jersey finishers and age-category winners, during the event that was named one of the Top 100 Road Races by Runner’s World magazine, and the Best Memorial Race in New Jersey by the New York Times. In addition, donations from the weekend expo will be collected for a number of locally based nonprofits, including Lunch Break and the Parker Family Health Center. Additional groups receiving contributions from the event are local high school track teams, various town EMS services and other organizations.
Thirteen hundred runners and walkers finished the 19th annual running of the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank and Little Silver under sunny skies and mild temperatures Saturday morning. It was the first edition in which the race was trimmed to a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) distance, from five miles.
Highlights included a man running up Tower Hill while talking on a cell phone, a drum-pounding Uncle Sam at the top of the hill, and a wayward walker who made a wrong turn and got briefly lost.
Broad Street was reopened to traffic at 10:06 a.m., the earliest ever for the event, though six minutes later than race organizers had set as their new goal.
The foremost is the one in which hundreds of runners, walkers and wheelchair users strive to cross the finish line on Broad Street in as little time as possible.
But well before that race, there’s the pressure to prop up the number of runners, which has been in gradual decline since the event moved to the borough from Asbury Park in 1994.
And then there’s the race against the clock to break down the street barriers and timing equipment to get out of the way of downtown merchants opening for Saturday morning business.
Now, in the biggest change to the event in years, Hinck and the race committee have decided to shorten the main race to a five-kilometer event, from five miles, a move that they hope will juice attendance and expedite post-race clean-up.
The finish line at the 2009 George Sheehan Classic, and this year’s course, below. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
If there’s one thing Red Bank won’t be short on this weekend, it’s foot traffic.
As in, like, 6,000 feet stomping through the downtown Saturday morning.
Among New Jersey’s most anticipated proceedings on pavement, the George Sheehan Classic brings harriers in swishy shorts and squishy sneaks by the hundreds from as far away as Zimbabwe to the streets of Red Bank, Little Silver and Fair Haven.
A literally well-heeled borough tradition, the five-mile main event sparks the sweaty anticipation of crossing the finish line for a sweet cash prize (for the elites) and coveted bragging rights (all others).
The last pieces of the race timing equipment being dismantled at 10:15a; race director Phil Hinck, right.
It may not be entirely disruption-free.
There was, for example, the matter of the woman in labor attempting to reach Riverview Medical Center by car as a throng of runners crossed West Front Street enroute to a post-race party down at Marine Park.
At 10:15 Saturday morning, less than two hours after the five-mile race went off, Mike Tierney at No Joe’s was experiencing his busiest day of the year, and every sidewalk table at the River’s Edge Cafe was also taken, mostly by people in running clothes.
The streets themselves, though, were free of runners and walkers, except for Phil Hinck and members of his crew. Hinck was in the middle of Broad Street near Wallace Street overseeing the last few items on his post-race to-do list.
“Looks like we’re going to beat our record,” he told redbankgreen.
redbankgreen called George Sheehan Jr. a couple of Saturdays ago to find out what he was up to. First words out of his mouth: Im in my underwear getting ready to change into my shorts for a run.
Well, thanks for putting that picture into our heads, George.
So why bring it up? Not to ruin your breakfast, or Sheehans, but because on reflection, it seems fitting here. Sheehan, you see, is a running pioneer of sorts, one old enough to have been derided as a man in his underwear when he did his training runs in the 1960s. And thanks to men and women like Sheehan who shrugged off such taunts, millions of people could later run through the streets of America without hearing any snide comments about underwear.
The race is on once more as the 22nd annual Sheehan Classic returns to the streets of Red Bank Saturday morning. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank has always thrived on foot traffic, and never more so than during the Sheehan Classic race and expo, the 22nd annual edition of which returns this weekend.
Named for the late physician, author and “Philosopher King” of runners everywhere, George Sheehan, the event has come to be known as one of the region’s major road running races, attracting the participation of hundreds of competitive runners from Australia to Zimbabwe and committed enthusiasts alike.
Roberta Van Anda in her Rumson study, above, and her newly published book, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Roberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.
She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.
“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.
St. George’s by the River in Rumson is the scene for Saturday’s Canterbury Fair, the annual celebration of friendship, family and summer that begins at 9 am.
While summer doesn’t officially begin for another week, the much anticipated annual event known as Canterbury Fair is too good to wait another moment. Now in its 66th year at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Rumson, the rain-or-shine celebration of “friendship, family and summer” offers a range of activities for kids (including a petting zoo, clowns, games, face painting, and more), food (a Tea Garden with baked goods, a Grill Team purveying burgers and dogs, and a lobster salad luncheon), plus a silent auction and the “infamous White Elephant Sale” boasting “jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, gently loved children’s games and clothing, homemade gourmet treats, plants & flowers and thousands of books for all ages.” Proceeds help support a selection of locally based outreach and charitable organizations, and it all happens between the hours of 9:30 am and 2:30 pm at 33 Waterman Avenue, so arrive early for the best bargains — and call (732)842-0596 for more information.
At 2:30 pm, the day is still young — and there’s plenty of time to head over to Fair Haven, for another great local event on summer’s doorstep.
The wisdom of the late Red Bank physician and international running philosopher Dr. George Sheehan is channeled by his son Timothy Sheehan (inset), in a TEDx Navesink presentation Saturday at Two River Theater.
What is TEDx Navesink? Among other things, it’s “nonfiction theater” in which “every talk is a dramatic arc about ideas.”
Or so said Rumson-native, software entrepeneur, actor and venture capitalist Brian Smiga speaking to redbankgreen last year about the inaugural version of the event, which he organized.
The concept of nonfiction theater again takes center stage this Saturday, as the second annual TEDx Navesink event commandeers Red Bank’s Two River Theater for a full day of live talks, performances and art exhibitions built around the theme of “play” — “a facilitator of greater openness, tolerance, creativity and curiosity” that can act as “a positive and resourceful force at any age,” says Smiga.
Eileen Moon at the Red Bank Public Library, built in the former home of ‘legendary’ industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
In Eileen Moon’s eyes, “personality drives progress.” And as the author of “Legendary Locals of Red Bank,” a newly published book of historical and contemporary profiles, Moon encountered personality galore.
People like Sigmund Eisner, for example, an immigrant who, starting with a single sewing machine, not only built the nation’s largest uniform factory, but helped his employees buy homes, cementing a sense of community.
“It takes a strong personality, and a vision, and a risk-taker sometimes, to change what is into some new evolution of that,” says Moon.
The 20th running of the Sheehan Classic takes to the streets of Red Bank Saturday morning. Fair Haven Day, below, runs from afternoon well into the evening, concluding with fireworks. (Click to enlarge)
By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO
Friday, June 14:
RED BANK: A pre-race expo featuring a runners’ expo, kid’s race and DJ concert mark the night-before festivities of the Sheehan Classic, a road race named for late borough physician and running guru George Sheehan (here’s an amusing redbankgreeninterview with George Jr., the co-eldest of his 12 kids, from 2006). Events run from 2 to 8:30 p.m.
RED BANK: Noel Coward‘s comedy Present Laughter continues its run at the Two River Theater. Watch an antic day in the life of Garry Essendine as he navigates the demands of incredible success as a stage actor and less success as a lover and head of household. Present Laughter features Tony Award nominees and is directed by David Lee (Frasier/’Cheers). Tickets are $20 to $42 and the show starts at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.
RED BANK: Howl with the Reservoir Doggs, the aggressive cover band that appears on the second floor of The Downtown. The show starts at 10 p.m. 10 West Front Street.
The 18th annual running of the George Sheehan Classic swept through Red Bank, Little Silver and Fair Haven, NJ, under blue skies Saturday. More than 1,400 runners completed the five-mile race in humid conditions. Searchable results are here.
redbankgreen’s Dustin Racioppi and Trish Russoniello were on the ground to freeze the action in pixels.
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Scenes from a recent Tuesday night at Boondocks. That’s owner Kelly Ryan at upper left with Mike Harper and Megan Prenderville. At upper right is chef Chris Kelber; lower right, the blackened grouper platter. (Click to enlarge)
Think of it as waterfront access for the rest of us.
Anyone familiar with Red Bank’s northern edge knows that river access is at premium. Hotels, private residences and marinas hog most of the Navesink River shoreline. It’s inaccessible to all but the most adventurous from Riverside Gardens Park. And while one might drop a baited line or crab pot from the pier at Marine Park, there’s no getting one’s feet wet never mind that the pier and promenade are completely off-limits now for a planned reconstruction.
Hell, there’s even a battle raging over how much access the public should have to about 50 feet of frontage at the foot of Maple Avenue.
So it’s no small thrill to find that, after a two-year interval, waterfront dining is back on the Navesink here. And for many patrons of the new Boondocks restaurant, it’s a double thrill to discover that the simple seafood menu is done with panache.