The 37th Annual Spring Lake 5 Mile Race was held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 in the Borough of spring lake, N.J.
The race marks the unofficial start of summer on the Saturday before Memorial Day.
The weather was not summer like however. There were heavy down pours early in the morning as the army of volunteers was setting up the start, finish and all the tables and facilities needed to cater to the 12,500 per-registered runners.
Photos of Start – Photos of Finishers
The rain did taper off to just a slight drizzle and the sun actually was peeking through the clouds at the start. The temperatures were still unseasonably cool in the upper 40’s at the start and barely breaking 50 degrees during the 5 mile race. There was also stiff North West wind which the runners had to battle at the start and finish.
The borough did an outstanding job in preparing the course for the race. Just a fw days before the re were extensive construction repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy which could be seen along Ocean avenue but on this Saturday that was all gone and the runners had a relatively clear route.
The 12,000 or so runners lined up on Ocean Avenue for the 8:30 a.m. start. Music was blaring getting the participants ready for the big race. A few minutes before the start there was a call for a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma and the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. Then a stirring rendition of the National Anthem was sung as the runners stood at attention facing the flag at the start of the race. Immediately after the anthem a loud horn went off signaling the start.
It was a huge flow of runners for as far as one could see going north along ocean Avenue. It took several minutes for all the runners to pass through the starting line.
The lead runners made their way down Ocean avenue and then around Lake Como and then through the business district on third Avenue where crowds waited to cheer the runners on. Then the ran along Spring Lake past the historic Saint Catherine’s Church and return back to Ocean Avenue for a quarter mile or sprint to the finish.
The first overall to finish was Andrew Brodeur of Brick, N.J. in a time of 24:54. He was followed by Craig Segal of Highlands, N.J. in 25:27 and then Robert Cavenaugh of West Long Branch in 25:43.
Breaking the tape for the women was Amanda Marino of Jackson, N.J. in 27:33. She was followed by Sarah Cummings of Spring Lake in 27:51 and then Noel Whitall of Toms River in 28:36.
It was another awesome event staged by the Friends of the Spring Lake 5 Mile Race and Race Director, Phil Hinck of Monmouth Beach, N.J.
Runners will have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks and can check out some upcoming events in June here and on The Race Calendar.