Long Branch: The clouds in early morning on Sunday kept the temps in the high 70s, with just enough breeze to make the Pier Village 5K nice for the 685 runners, of which there were 371 male and 314 female.
This was the 15th Annual event, presented in conjunction with Shore AC and Jersey Shore Running Club, to benefit local organizations, including Holiday Express and others.
Male runner Brian Quilty from Brick was also took last year's race. His 15:06 run was 18 seconds faster than his 2017 time.
Jamie Reuter (Bib 20) from Leonardo was the first female with an 18 minute and 8 seconds win. She was fifteenth in the total field/
The 2018 senior-most and finalist runner was 86-year old Betsy Gibbons form Oakhurst, Pictured walking with her is Joe Compagni, the Track and Field Coach at nearby Monmouth University.
Two wheel chair contestants were William Fountain from Farmingdale, NJ and Matthew Darlow, Tinton Falls. Fountains was the victor and said most of his competition is in the Jersey area, but of=s considering the Philadelphia, perhaps.
Part if the annual event is the races for the kids. It was an unusually small number this tear but several went home with smiles and game gifts,
The win gave Quilty the overall Jersey Shore Grand Running Club victory. That covers the Spring Lake, Belmar and Asbury Park races, and Long Branch in the annual series sponsored here by Tim Mc Loone's with some of the proceeds going to the well-known Holiday Express seasonal charity events across the state.