BELMAR — The only noise they make is the thundering of their steps on the boardwalk. Otherwise, they run in silence.
More than 600 runners took part in this year’s 9-11 Memorial Run, which started in Belmar and finished in Spring Lake.
“This is not a race, there are no fees, no T-shirts, no clocks,” Tim Mahoney, a retired New Jersey State Trooper who started the run the year after the tragedy. He was at Ground Zero the night of the attack, and, as he says, lost a lot of friends.
“This is a memorial, and all are welcome.”
It all started in 2002 when a small group of runners gathered at the Belmar boardwalk, near the intersection of Ocean and 16th avenues. They gathered to remember the 2,996 people who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as well as the passengers of the United 93 flight who died when their plane crashed in a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
It has since evolved into a large community gathering, drawing people from all over Monmouth County. Mr. Mahoney said he sees no reason for them to stop.
“We’re going to meet here each and every Sept. 11 at 6 p.m,” he proclaimed to this year’s runners on the boardwalk in Belmar.
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