The Jersey Shore Running Club’s 14th Annual Navesink Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in the Navesink section of Middletown Township, New Jersey. The event includes challenging 5K and 15k courses through the hills of the Navesink. The races start at Bodman Park in Middletown and take the runners through some challenging hills – as the event web site declares “It’s a hill get over it” and most runners do. The 15K will start promptly at 10 a.m. and the 5K immediately following at 10:10 a.m.
Sunday, November 30, 10 a.m. 5k and 15K, Navesink Challenge, Middletown, New Jersey.
This is the 14th year of the event and covers a very challenging course through some dirt roads. The race starts in Bodman Park rather innocuously in a path through the park surrounded by tall trees with fall leaves scattered on the ground and some still on trees making for a scenic start. It then goes to Cooper Road which is a dirt road. The 5K course will then turn back and return while the 15K runners will, head toward the first big hill known by the Jersey Shore Running Club’s Sunday Runners as “Kick Ass Hill”. That is the start of several more hills though roads adjoining Huber Woods. The course then winds back to Cooper Road going down that first hill and a long incline back toward the park. Runners then enter the park for a spring to the finish – that is if their legs have anything left.
It is a benefit for the Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) and many volunteers from the group as well as the Jersey Shore Running Club will be assisting with the race.
Last year the post race party was very popular and will be returning to the Red Bank Elks located directly across the river, according to Race Director, Leslie McKernan of the Jersey Shore Running Club “it is a terrific location for the post-race party – The Red Bank Elks Club with food, drinks, music, raffle prizes and a beautiful view of the Navesink River!”
There will also be “team competition”. That information will soon be posted on the official event web site.
Runners can register on line at the Navesink Challenge web site. But hurry as the event field is limited and has sold out the past several years. There will be bib pick up and registration if available on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Road Runner Sports located at 490 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, New Jersey from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Race day pick up and registration if available will start at 8:30 a.m. at the race location in Bodman Park, Middletown, New Jersey.
Article on last year’s races with complete results – 5K Photos – 15K Photos
Last year in the 5k coming in first for the men was Matthew Coleman of Oceanport, N.J. in a time of 18:19. He was followed by Donavan Hackley of Hazlet, N.J. in 18:39 and then Michael Mulroy of Sea Girt, N.J. in 20:10 to round out the top three.
For the women it was 13 year old Rachel Kenny of Matawan, N.J. breaking the tape first in a time of 21:05. She was followed by Barbara Brennan in 22:07 and then Rebecca Platz of Killeen, Texas in 22:30.
In the 15K for the men it was Jay McGovern of Atlantic Highlands, N.J. first overall in a time of 55:36. He was followed by Farnese DaSilva of West Long Branch, N.J. in 56:27 and then Joshua Prown of Red Bank, N.J. in 57:26.
For the women in the 15k it was Rachel Farnsworth of Red Bank, N.J. coming in fiorst in a time of 1:01:40. She was followed by Madelyne Marrone of Belford, N.J. in 1:02:31 and then Brianna Feerst of Brick, N.J. in 1:02:44.
Runners will have plenty to choose from in the next few weeks as the fall racing season is well underway. Check out some great opportunities on the race calendar.