P.O. Box 496
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742-0496
June 22, 2015
About 500 runners kicked off the 2015 Father’s Day weekend by participating in the Point Boro Rotary Club’s 8th annual 5K and One Mile Fun Run last Saturday morning.
Point Pleasant’s Dave Slavinski led all finishers in the 5K run by cruising to the finish line in a time of 17 minutes and 2 seconds in a race that started and ended at Community Park.  He was the initial winner of the club’s 5K in 2008.  Jenna Dubrow of Jackson, a 2015 graduate of Temple University and an exercise science summer intern at Jersey Shore Medical Center, paced all female runners by recording a clocking of 17 minutes and 58 seconds. Ms. Dubrow won the 2011 and 2013 editions of this race.
“The course was altered slightly this year to allow a finish on a straightaway” noted Jim Higgins, race director, “and it made the end more competitive and allowed friends and supporters of the runners a better view at the finish line.”  With that slight modification Mr. Higgins pointed out that “our 5K winners will be credited with new course records.”
Second place with a time of 17 minutes and 22 seconds was taken by John Jankowski of Point Pleasant who won this event in 2011 and 2013. Completing an all Point Pleasant Boro top three was Joseph Busichio with a time of 17 minutes and 46 seconds for third.
Victoria Pontecorvo of Staten Island grabbed second place behind Ms. Dubrow in time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds. Brick’s Kaitlyn Lipuma was third in 20 minutes and 38 seconds.
In the One Mile Fun Run 13 year old Nolan Kus cruised to a win in a time of 7 minutes. The first female to finish with a clocking of 7 minutes and 10 seconds was 11 year old Kate Stoughton.
Mr. Slavinski was given a trophy for being the first father to cross the finish line.
Medals were presented to the top three male and female finishers in nine different age groups.
Prior to the race runners were treated to bagels and oranges and bananas donated respectively by Dunkin’ Donuts, Rt. 35 in Point Pleasant Beach Nature’s Reward Farm Market. 
The Brue Crew Band, led by John Brue, Jr., kept the runners enthused before and after the races. Sharon Malone got the festivities underway by singing the national anthem.
Youngsters running or watching the races were treated to the balloon art creations of Rockin’ Roxanne’s Party Magic.
Officially titled the Kevin A. Brue Melanoma Awareness Father’s Day 5K and Fun Run, the events are staged to assist in the fight against melanoma and to aid other charitable and community-based organizations that look to the Point Boro Rotary Club for assistance. Kevin Brue was an avid runner from the borough who fought a courageous battle with melanoma and passed away in 2010.  Both his father, John, Sr.  and his brother John Jr., served as club president.
Skin care and sunscreen samples were donated generously to the runners by dermatologists Dr. Patricia McCormack, Dr. Avery Kuflik and Dr. Christopher Kruse. Therapeutic Fitness gave runners a sample of Biofreeze.
President-elect Tom Santoro, Jr. observed that “Many months of hard work and planning go into this event each year and the fruit of that effort is our ability to benefit a broad spectrum of causes ranging from the local community, donations to melanoma research and contributing to Rotary International’s initiatives.”
In the last four years the race proceeds, in part, resulted in $40,000 being donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation. The Club also aids St. Gregory’s Pantry; sponsors a youth water safety program; continues a dictionary donation for each third grade student at Nellie Bennett and Ocean Road schools; and, awards scholarships to local high school graduates.  The Club is a primary partner with the Boro Police Department in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in our Point Pleasant’s elementary and middle schools and underwrites a related self-esteem poster contest. Additionally, club works toward Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio and provide clean water in underdeveloped areas of the world. It also supports Face of America, a program that honors the men and women who were wounded or disabled while in service to their nation.
This year’s 5K was the first time the course was certified and sanctioned by United States Track and Field (USTAF), the national governing body for road running and track and field events.  Consequently, according to race committee member Joe Doherty, “The 5K is included in the New Balance New Jersey Grand Prix that awards points in various races throughout the state to USTAF members to determine the top runners in New Jersey.”
Making another appearance in this year’s races was a large contingent from the Sole Sisters, a running program for girls 8 - 14 years old intended to foster a love of fitness and healthy living.
As it has for the past eight years, OceanFirst Bank with branches in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties was again the primary sponsor for the 5K. OceanFirst Bank, in partnership with Point Bike Shop, also raffled a bike won by Carl DiGirolamo of Chester, NJ, who was selected at random from all registered runners.
Coming on board as a major sponsor this year was Stop & Shop.  National Data Mart and Custom carpet made significant contributions as well.
Post-race prizes were provided by Therapeutic  Fitness, Point PeaPoddery, River Rock Marina & Restaurant, DeFelice Auto Center, Freezing Point Frozen Yogurt, Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar, Longhorn Steakhouse/Lakewood, Silver Bay Car Wash, STS/Bridge Avenue, Sundaes the Ice Cream Place, Tim Tam’s Sweet Shop, Plethora Boutique, Wine Outlet Point Pleasant Beach & Wall Township and Chefs International, Inc.
Club President Chuck Steel remarked that “Our list of sponsors is impressive and shows how much support the community consistently lends to this race.” 
Rotary’s partners working to insure a successful event included 08742 Living, Therapeutic Fitness, Beaver Dam Hardware, Blazing Visual Sign Shop, Brennan Boat Company & Marina, Bryan and Carrie Brue, Butler’s Pharmacy, Chris & Robin Leitner, Christopher Kruse, M. D.,  Clark’s Landing, Coastal Dental,  Lenny’s Markets, Coombs Chiropractic, Crystal Point Caterers, Daidone Financial Group, Dan & Mary Popovitch, Fall Family, Farquhar & Schlapfer families,  Fratello’s Restaurant, Gerard’s Wine & Spirits, Granny & Poppy, Helt Family,  Investors Bank,  Jersey Shore Wellness Center,  John & Maryann Clear,  Key Tide Realty Group,  Kuflik Dermatology, Law Office of Mallon & Tranger, Lee Richard’s Jewelry and Saker Shop-Rites.
Additional sponsorship came from M. E. Sabosik and Associates, Manasquan Savings Bank, Jersey Mike’s Subs/Bridge Avenue, North Star Insurance Agency,   Point PeaPoddery, Provident Bank, Ocean Bay Auto, Ocean County Vocational Technical School, Pable-Evertz Funeral Home, Patricia McCormack, M.D., Jamie Paradise Team/REMAX,  Scott Brady CFP Associated Financial Planners,  Taff & Davies Attorneys  at Law,  Shore Resolutions, Terry Perko Agency,  The 3 K’s: Kevin, Kari & Katie Brue, Pt. Boro Moose Lodge 1549, Quality Auto Body, Windward Tavern, Shore House Bar & Grill, and Weisleder Ford-Mazda.
Mr. Higgins cited the cooperation from the Boro administration, the Police Department and its Explorer Post, First Aid Squad, Public Works Department, Recreation Department and the Boro school system in creating a successful community-based event.
Additionally, Mr. Higgins noted the club appreciated the assistance and support rendered by the Rotary Interact Club and the contingent from Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Sea Cadet Division.
This year’s race committee also included John Brue, Sr., Tom Santoro, Jr., Joe Doherty, Diane Colangelo, Gary Steen, Frank Scarpone, Mary Borree, Bob Fall and John Curtis.
Full race results can be viewed by going to www.spectasport.com.
The Point Boro Rotary Club’s next major event is its 26th annual Car Show scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th at Crystal Point Yacht Club, River Road, Point Pleasant Borough from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.