New ‘Belmar Chase’ To Raise Funds for Rec Programs
BELMAR, NJ (May 2, 2012) – A new 5K road race—directed by a 2000 Olympian and making its debut on the first day of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games—will raise funds for local recreation departments, organizers are announcing today.
The Belmar Chase 5K (3.1 miles), on Saturday, July 28, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Ocean Avenue in front of the Taylor Pavilion, with prizes awarded to both overall and age-group winners. The field will be limited to 5000 runners.
The night before, the Belmar Kids Chase will make its debut, with sprint races on the beach for children ages 5 to 14 and a free kids’ dash for children ages 2 to 4.
Both events will be directed by 2000 U.S. Olympian Rich Kenah, a New Jersey native who with his family has resided in Monmouth County for the past seven years. Kenah is director of marketing for Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete representation and events firm.
“I’ve seen the impact running can have on people of all ages and abilities,” said Kenah, who as a child ran New Jersey road races with his father and went on to win a bronze medal at 800 meters in the 1997 IAAF World Championships before realizing his dream of becoming an Olympian. “The world’s best get to compete for gold every four years, but almost anyone can go out and run in a 5K. That’s the message that I hope will resonate in this community.”
The Belmar Kids Chase on Friday night, featuring age-group races of 30 meters to 150 meters, will begin at 6 p.m. on the beach in Belmar adjacent to the Taylor Pavilion. Everyone participating in the Kids Chase will receive a T-shirt and medal.
More information and registration for both races is available at www.belmarchase.com.
In a special twist, the Belmar Chase will feature a “race before the race” with a Celebrity Chase. Mayors or their designees from local towns, along with other celebrities, will compete in a handicap race on the same course, just before the main event officially starts. With the slowest celebrities getting a pre-determined head start, the faster ones will try to chase them down. The first runner across the finish line wins $5000 for his or her town rec department.
Beginning on Ocean Avenue near the Taylor Pavilion, the Belmar Chase will proceed south to 20th Avenue, circling Lake Como before re-emerging to run north on Ocean Avenue to finish near the starting line. The out-and-back portion along Ocean Avenue will give the Belmar Chase runners a chance to cheer for their favorites as the Celebrity Chase hits the homestretch.
“Our town leaders pride themselves on their concern for the health and fitness of their constituents,” said Kenah. “Now we’ve giving them a chance to lead by example.”
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