Rotary Club’s Kevin A. Brue Father’s Day 5K raises money for melanoma

Kids participated in the one-mile fun run. CHRISTIN NICE / THE OCEAN STAR

POINT PLEASANT — Over 500 runners filled Community Park on Saturday to run in the Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club’s 10th annual Kevin A. Brue Father’s Day 5K and One Mile Fun Run.

The annual race is named after Kevin Anderson Brue, son and brother of two past Rotary Club presidents, who passed away from melanoma in 2010. The Rotary donates a significant portion of the race’s proceeds to the Melanoma Research Foundation [MRF].

Despite the overcast weather and the occasional bout of light rain, attendance was as strong as ever, according to Joe Doherty, race co-chair.

“Running is a rain or shine event, we were not afraid that this wouldn’t be well-attended because of the weather,” said Mr. Doherty. “This is the 10th year that we’ve run this, every year the race has gotten a lot more support from the community and from sponsors.”

The day began with the start of the One Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m., and the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. After the fun run, the Brue Crew band played live music as the 5K runners crossed the finish line.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the race, commemorative mugs were given out to all participants. Trophies were awarded to the top three overall male and female 5K finishers.

Medals were given to leading female and male finishers in the age groups: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; and 80-plus. The first father to finish was also awarded a trophy.

Trophies were also given to the first place male and female finishers in the Fun Run.

According to Mr. Doherty, since the race was named after Kevin A. Brue in 2011, it has donated $60,000 to the [MRF].

“Our goal is to try and do that again this year,” said Mr. Doherty. “We also will use that money [from the race] to fund organizations that come to us for requests for donations, they’re usually community-based or charitable organization.”

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