Jingle Bells 5K Run
It was another nice December day for racing for the 18th Annual Jingle Bells 5K run in downtown Toms River. Nearly 600 runners cruised the downtown neighborhood streets finishing in front of the Ocean County Library. Runners were treated to a free post-race pasta party at Capones Restaurant after the race.

Proceeds from the race fund scholarships for local high school students. A special law enforcement scholarship also was awarded in memory of Det. Mark Catalano, #187, Toms River Police Department and Ocean County Running Club member.

Kyle Sarno was the overall winner, finishing in time of 17:29. Scott Sarno (17:35) and Matthew Bogdan (17:43) finished in second and third place. Beth Mayer was the first female finisher, with a winning time of 18:46. Dianne Deoliveira (19:33) and Joan Totaro (20:07) finished second and third respectively.

Complete 5K Results

Complete One Mile Run Results

For more information, please check out the Jingle Bells 5k Run website. .

ORC Winter Series
The ORC Winter Series will begin Sunday January 29th at Ocean County Park in Lakewood. The series will continue each Sunday, through February 26. The 4 Mile races begin at 10am with racewalkers starting at 9:45. Registration is held on race morning starting at 9am at the beach pavillion near the parking lot. Awards are given each week for overall and age group winners. Fees are $6 per race ($5 for ORC members).

For more information , check out the ORC Winter Series page or download a printable ORC Winter Series Flyer.

ORC Awards Committee Needs Your Help
The ORC Awards Committee needs your input. Please download the Award Nomination Form, fill it in and send it to Barbara Johnson (address is on the form). You can also email Pat Hancock with any nominations. Awards will be given out at the annual awards banquet on January 21st.

ORC Awards Banquet
It's that time of year again! The Ocean Running Club will hold it's annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 21st, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Beachwood Community Center. This is sure to be a great night of awards, dancing, eating, and merriment for all! This year's theme is The Great Gatsby. Back again - Awesome Door Prize. The Beachwood Community Center is located at 147 Compass Ave in Beachwood (Next to the Yacht Club).

Come on out and join in on the fun. $20 for ORC members and $25 for non-members - same price for 28 years- WOW! If you would like to attend, please download the ORC Awards Banquet form, fill it out and send it in as soon as possible.

Please send your form to Barbara Johnson, 110 Biabou Drive, Toms River, NJ 08757.

For more information email Pat Hancock at patrunning1@gmail.com or call 908-783-7526.

ORC Membership
It's time to renew your club membership for 2017. Take advantage of discounted club events and race fees, discounts at selected area running stores. You can download the ORC Membership Form.

Seaside Half Marathon And 5K

Nearly 600 runners lined up on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights for the Ocean Running Club's 39th Annual Seaside Half Marathon and 5K. Runners had some cooler fall temperatures for the course along the beach and the bay. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked so hard to make it a great event for the race participants.

Justin Simard of Ackron NY was the first overall finisher, with a winning time of 1:18:09. Christopher Mallard (1:18:12) and Zachary Kudlak (1:18:22) finished in second and third place respectively.

The first female finisher was Beth Mayer, of Aberdeen, with a winning time of 1:27:33. Lauren Eckberg (1:35:15) and Dana Christensen (1:35:59) finished in second and third place respectively.

Scott Sarno, of Barnegat, won the 5K race in a time of 17:39. Matthew Byrne (17:51) and Tom Patchett (18:47) finished in second and third place. Lillian Sarno, of Barnegat, was the first female finisher with a winning time of 20:51. Josie O'Grady (24:18) and Talia Vallano (24:34) finished in second and third place.

Thank you again to all the volunteers, and race director Laura Rowley for another successful race.

Results from Split Second Racing.

Photos from the ORC Photo Gallery

Additional information can be found at the Seaside Half Marathon website.

Bella N Motion

Bella N Motion provides individual and group training for women by women; a place for female runners of all ages and levels to seek support and encouragement to fulfill their goals, share their experiences, socialize and receive affordable personalized training plans.

For more information, check out the Bella N Motion website.

Toms River Fitness And Aquatic Center

Toms River Fitness provides their members with the environment and resources to achieve a more balanced, fulfilling and engaged life, physically and mentally. Exercise at Toms River Fitness is only one part of that. The helpful and friendly staff is equally important in assisting every person who comes through the doors in achieving goals of any kind. Today, they are one of Ocean County New Jersey's preferred Fitness Centers due to warm welcomes, great location and variety of fitness programs available.

Check out the Toms River Fitness website, or stop in to check out the facilities.

Upcoming Races
December 31, 2016 Polar Bear Races 5K
December 31, 2016 Polar Bear Races 10M Racewalk
January 21, 2017 ORC Awards Banquet
January 29, 2017 ORC Winter Series Week 1
February 5, 2017 ORC Winter Series Week 2
February 12, 2017 ORC Winter Series Week 3
February 19, 2017 ORC Winter Series Week 4
February 26, 2017 ORC Winter Series Week 5
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