Early morning fog lifted just in time for the last race of the Jersey Shore Grand Prix Series. The Long Branch Pier House 5K was the sight, and what a pretty one it was this Labor Day. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, a tight group of runners took their marks right on the iconic boardwalk. There were people with long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, no sleeve shirts and in the few cases of some brave men, no shirts.
When each runner crossed the finish, they had their fill of ice cold water. Double-fisting two cups seemed recommended as the temperatures rose quickly. The smell of bananas and bagels was in the air as people re-energized among a sea of volunteers and spectators.
Ryan Calvert of Rumson, New Jersey is “not a runner” he says. But he set a goal for himself to run all five races in the Grand Prix and he certainly accomplished it. The …Read More