RED BANK: SHEEHAN RACE LEAVING TOWN

sheehan race 061315 136Runners cooling down on Broad Street after last year’s race. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD
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Red Bank, it seems, has hosted its final George Sheehan Classic, the road race named for the longtime borough physician credited with fostering the worldwide mania for amateur running.

The five-kilometer event, traditionally held in June, will be merged with the Asbury Park 5k in August, according to a cryptic, two-sentence post on the event’s website.

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RED BANK: SHEEHAN CLASSIC IN 100 PHOTOS

sheehan race 061315 153sheehan race 061315 139More than 1,300 runners and walkers finished the 21st annual George Sheehan Classic five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in Red Bank and Little Silver under partly sunny skies and warm conditions Saturday morning.

Mark Leininger, 24, finished first, with a time of 15:09.5, or a pace of 4:53 per mile. Marisa Cummings, 23, of Spring Lake, was first among women, clocking in at 18:03.1, or a pace of 5:49. Complete results are here.

Click “read more” to tag along as redbankgreen captures the action in 100 photos from the Red Bank-Little Silver border on Branch Avenue to the Broad Street finish line and the traditional post-race cooldown in Marine Park. See anyone you recognize? Tell them you saw them here. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: ANOTHER SHEEHAN CLASSIC ZIPS BY

Familiar faces were the first across the finish line on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday morning. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone. Click to enlarge)

Nearly 1,300 runners and walkers finished the 21st annual George Sheehan Classic five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in Red Bank and Little Silver under sunny skies and humid conditions Saturday morning.

redbankgreen‘s coverage includes the video above by Rich Chrampanis, founder of the new website Shore Sports Zone, who interviewed the male and female winners, Andrew Brodeur and Noel Whitall, as well as a slideshow of 75 photos taken during and after the race, below.

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SHEEHAN AT 20: AS FAST AND FUN AS EVER

Nearly 1,400 runners made fast work of the 20th annual George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank on Saturday before heading down to Marine Park for a traditional post-race celebration.

The event, launched in Asbury Park as a 10k (6.2 mile) run and now trimmed to a 5k, honors Dr. George Sheehan, a longtime Red Bank physician, writer and champion of running, who died in 1993.

Race results are here.

A SHORTER, SWIFTER SHEEHAN

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.

Race results are here.

SHEEHAN CLASSIC TO CUT IT SHORT

Race organizers are shooting for a record post-race breakdown, thanks to a shortening of the race distance from five miles to five kilometers, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In road racing, it’s all about going for one’s “personal best” time.

And this year’s George Sheehan Classic, scheduled for Saturday in Red Bank and shortened for the first time to a five-kilometer distance, from five-miles, offers organizers a chance to smash their post-race personal-best post-race breakdown time

“My goal is to open Broad Street by 10 a.m., before any of the stores open,” racemaster Phil Hinck tells redbankgreen.

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SHEEHAN RACE SHORTENED TO 5K

Runners turn a corner last year in Fair Haven, which will no longer be part of the race course. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

For George Sheehan Classic organizer Phil Hinck, the annual Red Bank running event is really several races in one.

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.

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A THREE-TOWN TROT

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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LIBRARY BOOKS MARQUEE RUNNERS, WALKERS

library-runnersWarming up to raise money for the Friends of the Red Bank Library are, from left, Brian Hanlon, library director Debbie Griffin-Sadel, Beth Hanratty, children’s librarian Sam Quintas, Audrey Oldoerp and — not quite ready to hit the asphalt — Christian Oldoerp. (Click to enlarge)

This year’s George Sheehan Classic will feature at least 15 marquee runners and walkers.

No, not ‘marquee’ in the sense of elite. These are folks who will be risking blisters and sunburned shoulders in an effort to raise money for a marquee signboard they hope to see installed in front of the Red Bank Public Library on West Front Street.

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