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Aug 09, 2022

Fair Haven Resident Colin Henrikson Triumphs in Consecutive Road Races

By Les Pierce

Colin Henrikson runs to his second victory on July 18.

On July 11, Colin Henrikson got a taste of victory, winning the 1,500-meter Youth Run at the Lake Takanassee Summer Series in Long Branch. It must have tasted good, as just seven days later, he returned to claim another victory at the weekly event.

Henrikson was timed at 5:20 in the first win. The humidity was somewhat stifling in the second race, but the 13-year-old still managed to post a respectable 5:35 clocking.  

The Shore Conference Lake Takanassee Series was initiated in 1964. In its 59th year, it is the longest continuous race series in the country.  

The series is conducted on Monday evenings, this year from July 11 to Aug. 15. Three races are held each evening – a 5K Open Run, a 5K Race Walk, and a 1,500-meter Youth Run which is open to competitors up to 14 years old.  

Henrikson has participated continuously in the series since he was 6 years old. His daily training regimen is running a mile and a half, except on a day that he plans to race.

He competes on the Knollwood Middle School cross country and track teams and will be returning to Knollwood this fall as an eighth grader. He also plays soccer with the Rumson Dirty Dawgs Club.