The 19th Annual Eatontown Recreation 5k took place on Monday September 2, 2013. The race has been held yearly since 1995 when the initial event was held as part of the 325th anniversary of the founding of Eatontown. The event was hosted by the Eatontown Sheraton on Rt. 35.
Prior to the start of the 5k run, there was also a 1 mile fun run and a 5k walk. Approximately 141 runners took part in the 5k run which began at 9:15. The course took runners east on Industrial Way, right onto Wall Street and than onto neighborhood streets by the ASPCA. After the halfway mark, the runners journey would take them back to the Sheraton.
The 5k race winner and first place mens finisher was Bryan Cabral of Newark, New Jersey in a time of 17:58. Carolyn Rodgers of Toms River was the winner in the womens division with a time of 21:54. The Mayors Trophy’s which are awarded to the first Eatontown male and female residents to cross the finish line were won by Matt Schilke and Megan Lindstrom.
Complete race results are available at: http://www.eliteracingsystems.com/2013_road_race_results/2013_eatontown_labor_day_race.html
Among those participating in the 5k race was area resident Elliot Denman who competed at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956 in the 50k race walk. Mr. Denman placed 11th in that race and was the second American finisher. Mr. Denman's was praised for his efforts to promote Track and Field as well as Race Walking in Monmouth County.
After the race, refreshments where available to runners and their families in the Sheraton ballroom. Trophies were awarded to the male and female first, second and third place finishers in each age category. Eatontown Director of Recreation Janice Grasso said that she wished to thank everyone who made the day possible including the Eatontown Mayor and Council, the Eatontown Department Of Public Works, the Eatontown Recreation Advisory Committee, the Eatontown First Aid Squad, the Eatontown Fire Department and the Eatontown Police Department as well as the Sheraton Hotel. Ms. Grasso also wanted to recognize and thank all of the business that donated prizes which were awarded to the runners.