The 49th Annual Polar Bear Races were held in Asbury Park, N.J. on Sunday, December 30, 2012.
Due to the construction ongoing repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy both the walk and run were shortened. The walk went from a 10 miler to a 10k and the run went from a 5 miler to a 5k.
It was a cold and windy day with temperatures in the 30’s and winds gusts of over 30 miles per hour jostling the participants as they made their way through the course. It was just right for polar bears but a tough day for the runners.
Photos od Start and All Runners
The races started with a 10K Race Walk at 10 a.m. on the boardwalk on the north side of Asbury Park’s Convention Hall. The walkers did several loops up and down the boardwalk and finished at the doors of the hall.
At 1 p.m. the 5K run started a hundred meters or so north of Convention Hall on the boardwalk and had the runners do 4 loops to the finish.
Race Director, Shannon Gillespie of Neptune, N.J. gave the throng of several hundred runners their instructions and then gave the start command.
Coming in first for the men was Andrew Brodeur of Brick, N.J. in a time of 16:47. He was followed by Dwayne Penny Alexis of Brooklyn, N.Y. in 18:15 and then Patrick Sheehan of Mooresville, N.J. in 18:30.
For the women it was Nicole Corre of Red Bank, N.J. in a time of 22:13 followed by Caitlin Dorgan of Red Bank, N.J. in 22:26 and then Dawn Wilcox of Little Silver, N.J. in 22:30.
Harry Nolan who has run in the race all 49 years and winning the event in 1972, 1973, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, and 1996 finished in 41st place with a time of 24:06..
Elliot Denman of Shiore AC has also been present at all 49 races as an organizer and is looking forward to next year’s 50th Anniversary.A
After the run a group of participants did their annual plunge into the frigid ocean. For at least that group of “wanna be” polar bears the weather was just right.
The participants then headed over to McCloone’s on the boardwalk for the awards and a post race party – and also to warm up with some hot soup.
Runners will have one last opportunity to run in 2012 at the Jersey Shore Running Club’s Twilight Run in Lake Como. The race starts at 4 p.m. at Bar Anticipation.
Monday, December 31, 2.6 miles, 4 pm, New Year’s Eve Twilight Run, Lake Como, N.J. Information.
More upcoming events can be found on The Race Calendar.