COLTS NECK, NJ:  They came! It was gloomy, the ground soggy, and it looked like it may rain, but more than 200 showed up Sunday morning at Colts Neck Town Core Center at 8:00 a.m., to join the Colts Neck Mayor JP Bartolomeo for the First Colts Neck Farm House 5K. Residents, local and county officials, members of Fire, Police and First Aid, The Lions Club, as well as the Boy Scouts, members of the Colts Neck Woman's Club and Martha Mary Group, young and old and 4 legged as well. They showed up to run, walk or wheel the race. 

When the Mayor of Colts Neck made his speech in January at the town reorganization where he was sworn in, one of his commitments to the people he serves in Colts Neck was to promote exercise and to implement an "Exercise with the Mayor" program. Promises were kept and that quickly became a weekly Sunday morning success, and now the Mayor has taken it to the next level with a 5K. Special t-shirts were produced for the event, sponsored by local businesses such as: Team Life, BCB Bayshore Community Bank, Asbury Circle Car Wash, CNBA, Colts Neck General Store & Deli, Delicious Orchards, Slope Brook Farms, Sakoutis Disposal, NJ Smile Center, Adams, Buchan & Palo, LLC and The MAX Challenge.

The event gathering could be seen from far away with the large American flag blowing in the wind high above the crowd hanging from the Colts Neck fire truck's ladder. After opening remarks from the Mayor, he then gave special acknowledgment to Monmouth County Sherif Shaun Golden, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, recreation director, Tom Hennessey and fellow committeemen; Tommy Orgo, Mike Viola and Frank Rizutto. The event began with the entire group joining in singing God Bless America, which was led by Meredith Geneve and the Colts Neck Senior Club Chorus, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sherif Shaun Golden and the Boy Scouts Colts Neck Troop 290. Next, Pastor Chris Durkin of Colts Neck Community Church led the group in prayer while holding one of his children in his arms. Then, a special performance of the National Anthem was sung by Caroline Bader.

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Ready, set go and the 5K began!   A great time was had by all. Mayor Bartolomeo commented, "Today's 5K was a great success because of the great people who live work and raise their families in Colts Neck. What a great town we have, it is truly an honor and privilege to serve the community of Colts Neck." 

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