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Saturday in the Park 5K 23rd Year, Women Helping Women

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HOLMDEL: The annual Saturday in the Park, a local women's 5K run and scenic 3-mile walk brought 229 female athletes to Holmdel Park on, September 1. Weather was great, mild and almost no breeze, just right for running the cross-country course and for the Racewalkers to complete their 3-Mile trek.

Traditionally the run begins with the singing of the National Anthem by runner Dawn Ciccone who came back from her new home in Pennsylvania. She thanked the participants for their support of the race which brings financial funding to several charities and programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

They provide places for those caught up in domestic violence by bringing in resources where hope can be realized and a new way of living. This year the event supports Providence House located in Ocean City.

The Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC.0org) runs the event among the many racing programs the club manages along the Jersey Shore each year. Anyone wanting more info on this event can go online to www.saturdayinthepark5k.org.

Honors And Thanks:

Before the beginning of the Saturday program Race Director Phil Hinck called for a moment of silence as Dawn Ciccone asked the groups to pause for a recognition of Penny Hinck for all the years she has worked to advance the Saturday at the Park event, giving many hours and energy to the program since its beginning. Past Race Director Mary Conroy was given a tribute for her strong contributions over the years, as was Dr. Chuck Whelan for the important work he has added over the years.

Another pause was offered in silence to recognize the passing of Jim Robbins, a long time JSRC member and advocate for running clubs and events that have served communities in the hundreds of occasions he had participated in, keeping the message of giving high significance as the racing community has contributed.

Performance and Finishing:

The First Place 5K was won by Middletown's Madison Brand with a very strong time of 20:10 seconds, close to the record time in the 23 years of the race. Second went to Shannon Clancy from North Arlington, just 18 seconds behind the flying Brand. Two seconds later came Third Place winner Julia Tambaro of Fair Haven.

Forth through tenth went to Diane Deoliveira (Brick), Lauren Rome (Howell), Sophia Wolmer (Tenafly), Catherine Desousa (Oceanport), Joan Totaro (Toms River), Dawn Wilcox (Little Silver), and Catlin Reagan (Point Pleasant).

The Racewalk top five were Ashly Martin (Jackson), Maria Paul (Long Branch), Linda Reeves (Interlaken) Donna Baginsky (Eatontown) and Caitlin McQuillen of Shrewsbury.

Medals and awards went to winners and there were also drawings with a bicycle as number one.

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