BELMAR, NJ — It was the sun's time to shine in more ways than one along Belmar's beachfront on the morning of August 26. While it beamed across the ocean in a cloudless early-morning sky, more than 300 runners and walkers came out to participate in the third annual Belmar Sol 5K.

First circling Lake Como beginning at Ocean Avenue, they returned to the oceanfront for two stretches — along the boardwalk and pavement, ending at 18th Avenue, where they crossed the finish line. Everyone received a medal and a bottle of water, and helped themselves to as many bananas as they wanted, courtesy of the borough. 

Runners and walkers of all ages —from 8 to 75 —participated in the run/walk, which benefits the Belmar Recreation Department. As part of the event’s “Beat the Mayor Challenge,” a donation will be made to Belmar’s Police Unity Tour for all 49 runners who finished before Mayor Matt Doherty, who placed 50th.

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Awards were given to all male and female participants who place first, second and third in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over. For a complete listing of the results, visit .

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