BY JERRY MILANI
While the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy made running the New York City Marathon earlier this month impractical, another major event on the road racing calendar vows to press on.
The New Jersey Marathon at the Shore, scheduled for May 5, 2013, runs through eight New Jersey shore towns, all hit hard by Sandy. But the course, fortunately, is nearly completely salvageable, according to Race Director Joe Gigas, and the feature event of the weekend that thousands of Garden State residents have enjoyed will go on as planned.
The race has adopted the theme “We are on! Are you in?” to emphasize its resolve to conduct the weekend's festivities and help in the region's recovery efforts.
“We expect to work with the eight communities which host our courses over the next few months to reestablish certified routes for our 2013 event,” Gigas said in a statement.
“We will keep the public informed as we work through the process, as quickly as circumstances allow. We greatly appreciate the concern and support we have received to date from many across the state and the country.”
The popular race, which starts at historic Monmouth Park in Oceanport, winds through eight N.J. shore towns, including Monmouth Beach, Deal, Allenhurst, Lock Arbour, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Long Branch. While it is still unclear whether changes may need to be made in the race course, organizers have begun to survey the route and hope to make decisions thereupon as quickly as possible.
The New Jersey Marathon at the Shore includes numerous events over a three-day period from May 3-5. Included are a full marathon, half-marathon, half-marathon relay, three-mile fun run/walk, kids race, and Kids and Family Events scheduled. Beginning runners, walkers and athletes with disabilities are all invited to participate. The New Jersey Marathon also conducts a series of training runs and related events to help participants of all levels to prepare.