Ohh, it’s Labor Day right? That means summer fun is over, right? Wrong! There are still tons of kick-ass running events, like this Monday’s Pier House 5K in Long Branch.
The revitalized Long Branch beachfront will play host to the 12th Annual Pier House 5K road race on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. Race-time is 8:30 am. The goal of the event is to bring community-minded runners to Long Branch to witness first-hand the amazing growth and post-Sandy rebirth in the area. Organizers and sponsors also hope to inspire runners of all abilities to participate in the Golden Grand Prix events. Organized by shore area running enthusiasts, Tim McLoone and Phil Hinck, “The hope is that the Golden Grand Prix will inspire front runners, middle of the packers, and also beginners to participate annually in the shore events, contributing to an already great legacy of great shore running.” To that end, there is open and age group prize money at the Golden Grand Prix events.
In the past 11 years, race proceeds of over $22,000 have been donated to several area charities, including Habitat for Humanity, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Valerie Fund, Long Branch Recreation and the Long Branch Fire Company. The 2015 event will benefit Holiday Express, whose mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.
As the concluding race of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone’s, prize money will be awarded to the top open and age group finishers. A commemorative gift will be presented to every runner who finished all five grand prix races – the Spring Lake 5, the Sheehan Classic, the Belmar 5, the Asbury Park 5K, and, of course, the Pier House 5K. For the twelfth anniversary of the series, those who participate in all five 2015 races will each get a $50 McLoone’s restaurant gift card, plus entry into a drawing for a Grand Prize ($1000 value).
This year the Pier House 5K will again feature the addition of kids’ races following the main event on Monday on the Great Lawn of Long Branch, with various distances for children ranging, from ages 1 up to 12. All kids will receive a commemorative medal.
“The day will be a festive one with music, prizes, and refreshments for all the participants”, continued McLoone. “We hope lots of runners will conclude their summer seasons in Long Branch.”