MILLBURN, NJ - Operating with a new day and time, the President's Cup 5K Race was held yesterday afternoon in the downtown.
The race, which is run by the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, has traditionally been held at night in June. However, this year's event was held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
As part of the celebrations for the milestone year, race founder Dean Shonts was invited to help present the awards to winning runners.
Speaking with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, Shonts, who lives in Belmar, recalled the start of the race's history and reminisced on how far both he and it had come.
"This is like my baby," Shonts said. "I started it 40 years ago, and I never really thought that it would keep growing, But it grew and grew and grew, and now they've got the renaissance going...I'm still involved in running, not as much around here, but today was just awesome to me."
Shonts also said that being surrounded by familiar people and settings was god for him as well.
"I had probably 40 or 50 old friends show up," he added. "To see everybody, and to get the award from the chamber [of commerce] for the 40th is just great. I'll be back next year."
One of the obstacles runners had to deal with was the oppressive heat. Temperatures soared during the course of the day, impacting many runners' times. one of those runners was Corey Weiss. Weiss, a Short Hills resident said that during the race, she pushed through her mental wall with the help of her club.
"I did drop out [of the pace] two miles in, but then one of my teammates [from the Garden State Track Club] Brendan Conway came up behind me and was like 'you need to finish this race'," Weiss said.
Despite the heat, Weiss still felt that the race was a success.
"It was great," Weiss added. "I think we definitely were not expecting this heat, and I think that posed a challenge to everybody. But that's the beautiful thing about running, no matter what the conditions are, everyone has o deal with it. It's just you versus the clock."
The elements also caught the attention of Kim Kaminski and Roxanne Giacalone. in quick statements to TAPinto Millburn Short Hills, both Kaminski and Giacalone said that there were some things that would need to be ironed out with the race moving locations from the former Charlie Brown's parking lot.
But as Giacalone noted, having runners come to downtown Millburn and get a taste of what the town has to offer was good for her to see.
The final key results were as follows:
- Nicholas Fillipazzo of Valley Stream, Nj was the overall winner, with a time of 15:18.22
- The overall female winner of the race was Brianna Deming of Morristown, NJ. She had a time of 18:13.42
- The local male winner was Evan Feldman from Short Hills, NJ. he ran a time of 18:40.77
- Weiss was the local female winner of the race. She had a time of 19:22.45