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Trick or Trot; Runners, Walkers and Lots of Kids

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The three-year-old wearing the bumble bee costume on Sunday at the annual Trick or Trot 5K had a great view of the older kids Race Event on the lawn of the Deal Casino on Ocean Avenue. That was 10:30-ish and the Kids Races, a series of age adjusted runs preceded the 5K and each contestant was awarded a medal for their work circling the orange cones.

A brief pause allowed runners and walkers for the Jersey Shore Running Club to lay out the Start line for the two 5ks, Runners and walkers which stepped pf at the same time.

Deal Police were on hand to keep the track open and safe, as cosponsors with the Fire Department and First Aid, and partnering with the JSRC.

The weather was a brilliant sunny day with a gentle breeze that helped a little. Amy XXX sang a beautiful National Anthem in traditional form as hats came off and hands were placed over hearts by the athletes and spectators. The young woman's voice was perfect and heartily cheered.

The athletes lined up, faster runners first, and Race Officials Phil and Penny Hinck sounded the "Get set, go..." with the hundred plus sportspersons flying north on Ocean for three blocks, then turning west and in the loop to pass the start line on the way south, the east and then to the Finish Line in the Casino lot, passing through the holiday celebration inflated Black Cat tunnel where time was recorded by the Elite Racing System.

First 5K runner was James Kelly of Oakhurst, at 21 minutes, 00/8 seconds. First woman title went to Lauren Tanenbaum, New York, at 21:14.3, and Amber Hart, Belmar at just steps away of 21.18.5. Runner John Coulter of Asbury Park was next at 21.23. Fans and friends cheered the fine performances.

The Harry Drazin Memorial Race Walk (5K) was going on at the same time honoring a hero to racewalkers who has been a model for newcomers and followers for many years. Tom Cheisius of Northfield took First place for the men and Long Brancher Maria Paul was First for the women. Other locals in the event were Tom Quartrochi, Spotswood, and Fred Linkhart of Oakhurst. Ray Robertson, Oceanport, Linda Reeves, Asbury Park, Donna Baginsky, Eatontown and Leigh Freeman of Hillsborough finished the field.

Pair of 76-year-old friends showed a great finish, Marilyn Ryder, Eatontown and Joe Renzella, Neptune and former Long Brancher, were applauded soundly as the crossed the line seconds apart.

The Halloween atmosphere was preserved with a costume parade and awards and a Pet Walk in addition to event winners in costumes themselves.

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