The name Sheehan is synonymous with 2 things… greatness and running. Those 2 themes will certainly be present at this Saturday’s George Sheehan Classic. The race celebrates the legacy of our sport’s Godfather (and former Rumson resident) Dr. George Sheehan. He was a major influence for the running boom which swept the nation in the 1970’s. It’s year 21 for the race in Red Bank, after taking place for many years prior in Asbury Park. The RunJersey.com staff caught up with Race Director (and all around good guy) Phil Hinck.…Read More
It seems like just weeks ago we were shoveling snow throughout the Garden State. And now, triathletes are hitting the waters reminding us that summer is almost here. The setting was the Red Bank Triathlon and the event was a great one. Over 700 athletes bravely entered the swim at Red Bank’s Marine Park where the water temperatures were in the 60’s. They would also meander their way on a picturesque course throughout Middletown, Holmdel and Red Bank. The race features 2 distances, the sprint triathlon and the Olympic distance. After the race, we spoke with participants of both distances, all noting that it was a phenomenal race.
We invite you to put a triathlon on your running To-Do List. For the first-timer, some races (The Red Bank Tri, for example) offer a pre-race talk the day before the event. This is intended to answer any questions, discuss the course and get the novice prepared and comfortable for a safe …
Author of The Essential Sheehan
“Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from a place a shower will never reach.” – Dr. George Sheehan.
If you are a recreational runner in this country, you owe a debt of gratitude to George Sheehan. George Sheehan is the William Shakespeare of running. He was out pounding the pavement and spreading the values of running years before the running boom of the 1970’s swept the nation.
What started as a side gig covering the 1968 Mexico Olympics for the NJ based Red Bank Register eventually lead to becoming the medical editor of Runner’s World, a handful of brilliant books, speaking engagements and by in-large made Sheehan the godfather of running in this country. Aside from being an author, he was no slouch on the race course either. His accolades include notching 21 consecutive Boston Marathon finishes and a 4:47 minute mile at age 50 (the over 50 world record at the time). (more…)