SPRING LAKE — More than 12,000 runners, joggers and walkers from across the state kicked off their summer season at the shore Saturday with the 42nd annual Spring Lake Five Mile Run.

Since its inception in 1977, the Spring Lake Five Mile Run has grown from a small, local run, into one of the state’s largest races, and has become a nationally recognized event that helps support local charities, volunteer organizations, town initiatives and Spring Lake Recreation.

“It is a great kickoff to the summer. It is great just being around friends and we’re fortunate to have a nice day like this today,” said runner Louis Malizioso, of Wall Township, on May 26.

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STEVE WEXLER THE COAST STAR Brick Township resident Brian Quilty, 28, crossed the finish line and won the race with a clock time of 25:28.1.

STEVE WEXLER THE COAST STAR Asbury Park resident Amanda Marino, 28, was the first female to cross the finish line. She finished with a clock time of 29:23.1.