The ORC Winter Series began Sunday at Ocean County Park in Lakewood. This was the first race of the series due to the cancellation of the January 24th race. Daniel Iachetta was the first overall finisher, running the four-mile course in 25:36. Michael J. Canning (26:25) and Marcelo Giraldo (28:07) finished in second and third place males. Robin Gialanella was the first female finisher with a time of 29:28. Bethanie Adams (31:28) and Bunny Zaidel (32:07) finished second and third. Sandy Risley was the first Race Walker, finishing in 50:00.
The series will continue through February 21. 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).
Congratulations to the ORC Awards Banquet Committee for another outstanding evening. Thank you to the Banquet Committee for a fabulous ORC party! Over 110 guests had a blast, including music and dancing all night. Some special guests included Phil and Penny Hinck (race directors), Isabel Lewis (Freehold Running Club), Michael Procopio (Jersey Shore Runing Club) and Diane DiOliveiro (Bella n Motion). Once again Mark Fletcher took some awesome photos of the evening. Check them out at the ORC Photo Gallery.
Ocean Running Club 2015 Awards
The following runners and volunteers have been recognized by the club for their outstanding achievement in 2015.
Step Up Award Club's newest race directors
Sandy Rinderer Laura Rowley
Male Runner of the Year
Female Runner of the Year
Male Master Runner of the Year
Female Master Runner of the Year
Male Marathoner of the Year
Female Marathoner of the Year
Tri-Athlete of the Year
Club Spirit Award
Male Newcomer of the Year
Female Newcomer of the Year
Excellence in Sportsmanship and Athletics
Most Improved Runner
Outstanding Achievement Award
Outstanding Achievement Award
Best Club Representation
Best Race Photo
Best Selfie Pictures
Festive Race Attire
Two PRs Award 1 by herself/ 1 with double-stroller
It's time to renew your club membership for 2016. 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 700 runners lined up on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights for the Ocean Running Club's 37th 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 Buffalo NY was the first overall finisher, with a winning time of 1:14:56. Jeff Propert (1:15:40) and Iain Ridgway (1:18:51) finished in second and third place respectively.
The first female finisher was Colleen Francis, of Toms River, with a winning time of 1:34:17. Meaghan Calabrese (1:35:03) and Lauren Eckberg (1:35:48) finished in second and third place respectively.
Tom Patchett, of Ocean Gate, won the 5K race in a time of 18:50. Daniel Iachetta (19:25) and Edward Stokes (19:36) finished in second and third place. Heather Matos, of Brick, was the first female finisher with a winning time of 20:13. Carolyn Rodgers (21:47) and Maggie Muir (23:13) finished in second and third place.
Thank you again to all the volunteers, and race director Laura Rowley for another successful race.
The Ocean Running Club's Fall In Love With Running program has moved to Friday evenings at 5:45pm in Island Heights. Meet at the boardwalk near the gazebo. All paces are welcome. We have 10 to 14 minute milers as well as a walk/run group.
The ORC track workouts are back at the Donovan Catholic High School track. The track is located behind the school off of Hooper Avenue.
Workouts will be held on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 5:30pm with a warmup and a different track workout each week. Anyone who wants to improve, get a good workout, or run with a group, come on out! All paces are welcome.
Check out the Ocean Running Club Facebook Page for additional information.
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.
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.