The 50th annual Asbury Park Polar Bear Races will take place on Sunday, December 29th, 2013, carrying on one of the state's longest-running Olympic-sports traditions, this one dating back to 1964.
The Polar Bear Races program is capped by the five-mile run which starts at 1 p.m. Opening the schedule will be the Polar Bear 10-mile racewalk and five-mile healthwalk, both at 10 a.m.
The races are again staged by Shore Athletic Club in cooperation with the City of Asbury Park and McLoone's Restaurants. Among past participants have been Olympians Marty Liquori, Bill Reilly, Andres Chocho, Todd Scully, Dave Romansky and Bob Mimm.
Special Polar Bear trophies will go to leading finishers. McLoone's will provide hot soup for all participants. Some competitors may take part in a strictly-optional post-race Polar Bear dip. For more information, visit the Shore Athletic Club site or the Jersey Shore Running Club site.
Jingle Bells Run
The 16th Annual Jingle Bells 5K run will be held on Sunday December 8, 2013 starting and finishing at the Ocean County Library on Washington Street in Toms River. The 5K run begins at 3:30pm with a One Mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk starting at 3:00pm.
Nearly 900 runners lined up on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights for the Ocean Running Club's 36th Annual Seaside Half Marathon and 5K. Runners were treated to some great fall racing weather. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked so hard to make it a great event for the race participants. Also, a special thank you to the Beachcomber for allowing registration and the awards ceremony there.
Justin Simard of Philladelphia was the first overall finisher, with a winning time of 1:15:41. Jason Gers (1:16:10) and Steven Morgan (1:22:16) finished in second and third place respectively.
The first female finisher was Jocilyn McNally, of Kensington, MD, with a winning time of 1:25:47. Keely Eckberg (1:27:44) and Tina Senft-Batoh (1:1:28:59) finished in second and third place respectively.
Scott Sarno, of Barnegat, won the 5K race in a time of 16:52. Mark Mellea (18:30) and Anthony Guevara (18:41) finished in second and third place. Erica Lum, of New York, NY, was the first female finisher with a winning time of 20:53. Sarah Robinson-Jones (23:23) and Jen Kosakowski (23:32) finished in second and third place.
Thank you again to all the volunteers, and race director Pat Hancock for another successful race.
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