BELMAR — More than 400 people gathered at Belmar Boardwalk on Monday evening to participate in the 21st annual 9/11 Memorial Run, presented by the Jersey Shore Running Club [JSRC].
The large group of both community and club members rallied at the 16th Ave. Boardwalk at 6 p.m., where they received memorial roses and flags as they prepared to join the mass of runners, walkers and bikers making the silent 3-mile journey down the boardwalk, into Spring Lake and back while reciting the names of the 147 Monmouth County residents who lost their lives during the 2001 twin towers terrorist attack.
“It grows each and every year, no doubt about it, and our goal for the run is to never forget,” said organizer and past JSRC president Tim Mahoney, who also started the memorial run over two decades ago. “The best thing about it is when we’re running in silence and you hear a passerby say ‘Oh, it’s 9/11,’ then we’ve reached our goal.”
Students from the basic course police officer class at the Monmouth County Police Academy were also once again welcomed back to the event to carry the flags and lead the other participants down the boardwalk to the memorial event’s midway point at the gazebo across from The Breakers hotel in Spring Lake, where a small monument created with steel from the trade center had been placed.
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