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Jul 12, 2022

Red Bank Classic 5K Returns

By Lori Draz

The “LobStar” running team from Boondocks Fishery

On the sun-kissed Saturday morning of June 18, runners and revelers came together for the first time since 2019 to participate in the Red Bank Classic 5K and Kids Fun Run to benefit youth programs at the local YMCA.

More than 1,400 runners and walkers flooded downtown Red Bank. Some were athletes, and some came to cheer them on and enjoy a day of family fun.  

The Red Bank Classic 5K is a collaborative effort between the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter. The charity run/walk debuted June 2018. In 2018 and 2019, the charity event raised more than $40,000. It was sidelined by the coronavirus in 2020 and 2021 and made its triumphant return in 2022. 

The day started at 8:30 am with a smiling start as the team from the Boondocks Fishery, dressed in red tutus, handed out lobster-shaped candy along the route. 

Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna welcomed the crowd runners and walkers who were taking on the 3.1-mile trek through the scenic streets of downtown Red Bank. 

“It was pure joy to bring the community together again,” said Angela Courtney, owner of Sweetest Sin Boutique on White Street and one of the founders of the charity run/walk, established by a group of health-minded business owners in 2018.

Organized and hosted by the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter, the 5K was presented by co-sponsors Boondocks Fishery and The Grunin Foundation, with support from more than 50 local businesses and scores of volunteers, Courtney said.

Among the field was 78-year-old Claire Arno, of Holmdel, who was walking in memory of her 11-year-old grandson, Luca Iacono, who passed away from cancer in 2019.

Claire Arno, of Holmdel

Following the 5K and kids run, attendees enjoyed live music from the Victoria Taylor Band and an after-party hosted by Red Tank Brewing Company. 

Kids participate in the fun run.

A portion of the event proceeds will support programs at the Red Bank Family YMCA to help local children recover from impacts of the pandemic and underwrite free swim lessons for Red Bank third graders, Courtney noted. “After everything our kids have been through, we’re thankful that this community event will have a lasting impact,” she said.

Volunteers from the Red Bank Family YMCA

Both the top male and female finishers set new records for the challenging course, certified by USA Track and Field.

Sean Donohue, 31, of Middletown, was the first across the finish line in 15 minutes and 38 seconds, smashing the previous course record of 16:17. He was followed by Ryan Mulligan, 32, of Hazlet, in 16:22, and Ean Jaffe, 21 of Holmdel, in 16:39. 

Top male finishers, from left: Sean Donohue, Ryan Mulligan and Ean Jaffe

Leading the women’s field was 28-year-old Shannon McCarthy, of Hoboken, clocking in at a record-breaking 17:34. The former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School student finished eighth overall. The second-place female finisher was Megan Flynn, 29, of Ringoes, in 18:23, followed by Erika Flores, 32, of South Bound Brook, in 18:39.

Top female finishers, from left: Megan Flynn, Shannon McCarthy and Erika Flores

In addition to numerous individual runners and walkers, 84 teams competed in the 5K. In first place was Red Bank Eye, second place went to Alpha Fit Club, and in third place was Shore AC.

You can see complete live race results, provided by Split Second Racing at my.raceresult.com/187077/results. To learn more, visit RedBankClassic.com or email info@redbankclassic.com. 

Photos courtesy of John Vitollo