Belmar Sol 5K Attracts 300 to Beachfront on Sun-Filled Morning

From left, Janet Grosshandler, Robyn Magovern and Barbara Ghaffari, all of Belmar, were among the more 300 participants in the third annual Belmar Sol 5K. Credits: Cathy Goetz
As participants in the Belmar Sol 5K crossed the finish line, everyone received a medal and a bottle of water, and helped themselves to bananas -- boxes of them for the taking. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Belmar Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly, far left, her daughter, Katie, far right, and Belmar's own George Komitas greet runners at the finish line, including Eileen and Paul Callan of Belmar. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The Belmar Sol 5K was a bit of friendly family competition for Liz Francescone and her father, Bart, both of Cream Ridge. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The Belmar Sol 5K was the first run for 8-year-old Brody Scott of Wall, who also was the event's youngest competitor, while Kurt Szegeski of Wall had his personal best performance. Credits: Cathy Goetz
With the sun at their back, Linda Borelli, left, of Belmar and her aunt, Helen Exel of Nutley, who at age 75 was among a handful of septuagenarians in the Belmar Sol 5K, cross the finish line. Credits: Cathy Goetz

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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