RED BANK: DENMAN TO DISCUSS OLYMPICS

rbpl-090816The Red Bank Public Library hosts 1956 Olympic racewalker Elliott Denman, seen at left below with George Sheehan Jr. in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

denman sheehan 061414During the relatively brief time that Red Bank Public Library has been hosting its regular monthly series of “Author Talks,” attendees have been been given the opportunity to meet a fairly eclectic collection of scribes expounding on an equally eclectic range of topics — the subjects of books that the guest speakers have been more than happy to summarize, sign, and sell.

When the series resumes on Wednesday evening, however, it will represent a slight deviation from the norm, as the visiting writer — veteran sports journalist and former Olympian Elliott Denman — will lead an in-depth discussion of someone else’s book.

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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: RUNNING INTO SUMMER WEATHER

rb runners 060815Runners – from Crossfit Red Bank, judging by the t-shirts three of them wore – took to Broad Street in Red Bank in sunshine and 80-plus-degree heat Monday afternoon. Tuesday, however,will be a bit gloomier, with rain and scattered thunderstorms in the forecast. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: GIRLS, AND FRIENDS, ON THE RUN

fh race 060615 18fh race 060615 29It was a morning of flying ponytails, the occasional tutu and exultant finishes as hundreds of girls, joined by other runners of both genders, completed the Girls on the Run 5k in Fair Haven Saturday morning.

The race, one of many organized nationally by the Junior League, is the culmination of a 10-week program aimed at teaching girls in grades 3 through 8 life skills and confidence.

redbankgreen grabbed dozens of photos. Check them out to see if you know any of these future world-beaters.  (Photo 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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RUNNING FOR THE KIDS

Done3Nicole Corre, seen below running this year’s Boston Marathon, plans to tackle the five boroughs of NYC for the Boys & Girls Club in November. (Photo provided by Nicole Corre. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

When Nicole Corre, a Rumson native, heard about the Monmouth County Boys & Girls Club’s recent struggles, she knew she wanted to do anything she could to help out. So she turned her favorite hobby into a fundraiser.

Corre has done a lot in recent years to connect her free time with helping charities, most notably – as called out by redbankgreen in 2011 – working to start a Jersey Shore chapter of WGirls, a nonprofit network focused on helping women and children. An avid runner, she typically dedicates her races and marathons to local organizations.

This year, she’ll be running her second New York City marathon, her fifth overall, this time for the Boys & Girls of Red Bank and Asbury Park, as well as dedicating her 31st birthday to the cause.

“I don’t need or want much, so I asked my friends to just donate whatever money they would have spent if we had gone out for dinner or drinks,” said Corre. Two days after her birthday is the 26.2-mile marathon, an event Corre said can be “pandemonium.”

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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 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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NAVESINK RUN: “IT’S A HILL. GET OVER IT.”

navesink-challenge-courseThe 15k out-and-back course. The 5k turns around just east of Club Way. (Click to enlarge)

A pair of events to benefit the Middletown Youth Athletic Association sends runners and walkers over one of the most scenic, and hilliest, routes in the Red Bank area Sunday morning.

The 11th annual Navesink Challenge, consisting of a 15k-run and a 5k walk-or-run, kick off at Bodman Park in the Navesink section of Middetown at 10 a.m..

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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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