The many changes to the 2012 New Jersey Marathon including a new starting location and time, did not stop a huge number of runners and spectators from flocking to Oceanport and Long Branch on Sunday morning.
About 13,000 participants enjoyed a perfect day and raced through the streets of several local towns as they raced to a finish on the Promenade in Long Branch.
The race's new starting location of Monmouth Park eased parking and some traffic concerns for participants, and a shuttle service to and from the race track helped tired runners and spectators reach their destinations.
Jason Page, of Durham, N.C., broke a course record that was set last year with a lightning fast time of 2:33:13. The following are the top three male and finishers for half and full marathons.
Full Marathon - Men’s
Jason Page (Durham, N.C.) 2:33:13
Bennett H Gg (Sweden) 2:33:59
Joshua Korth (New York, N.Y.) 2:38:33
Full Marathon - Women’s
Megan Digregorio (White Marsh, Md.) 3:00:44
Elisabeth Drew (Warren) 3:02:25
Amy Maier (Philadelphia) 3:04:42
Half Marathon - Men’s
Sean Stevens (New York, N.Y.) 1:14:58
Cliff Gerber (East Brunswick) 1:15:52
Felix Olivo (Carteret) 1:18:09
Half Marathon - Women’s
Bromawyn O’Leary (Cliffwood Beach) 1:26:24
Danielle Kays (Bel Air, Md.) 1:26:30
Sarah Graham (Princeton) 1:26:35
Ten Colts Neck and Marlboro residents ran the full marathon on Sunday:
- Joe Conoshenti
- Mark Fukayama
- Douglas Marino
- Stacey Troicki
- Nathanial Blosser
- Sean Driscoll
- John Hourigan
- James Mangold
- Rick Murray
- Arthur Ruppert
There were also over 46 half marathon runners from Colts Neck and Marlboro.
Congratulations to all of the runners!