Sea Girt 5K drew almost 2,000 runners last Saturday

SEA GIRT — Red t-shirts and red shoes flooded the Sea Girt Plaza on Saturday as approximately 2,000 runners crossed the Sea Girt 5K finish line. With rain storms travelling through the area Friday night into early Saturday morning, the race crew was nervous about the conditions on Saturday. “We were a little nervous, but it ended up being perfect at the end of the day. We were setting up in the rain, and everybody still came out, rain or shine, to help set up. We had no rain for the race, which was amazing. We dodged a bullet, and I think it turned out great,” said race organizer Michael D’Altrui. The 5K starting gun went off at 8:30 a.m., and the children’s race started at 10 a.m. In addition to the children’s race, there were also bounce castles and a dunk tank for the children’s entertainment. The top three male finishers were Peter Geithner, of New York City, with a time of 15:34; Liam Wall, of Manasquan, with a time of 16:09; and Carrington Retzios, of Budd Lake, with a time of 16:10. The top three female finishers were Brianna Feerst, of Brick, with a time of 17:32; Maeve Evans, of New York City, with a time of 19:10; and Sydney Coughlin, of Franklin Lakes, with a time of 19:15. After the race, runners didn’t have to travel very far from the finish line to Fratello’s, who hosted the after party. “We’re just very thankful for the volunteers, the sponsors and the participants who come out every year, and we also wanted to really thank and recognize the fire department, the police department, and the first aid squad,” said Mr. D’Altrui. The annual race, in its 24th year, benefits Sea Girt Recreation and a local charity. This year, the race benefits Red Sneakers for Oakley, and the most popular t-shirts at the race were red t-shirts with #livelikeoaks across the chest.

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