Saturday, July 9, 2016

Taking the Fifth in Belmar

Today is one of my favorite days of the summer.  It is Belmar Five Day.  Today, at 8:30 am, a couple of thousand hardy souls will line up at the intersection of Second and Ocean Avenues for a five-mile trek through the streets of Belmar.  This year is the 40th anniversary of the race.  

The Belmar Five does not get the hype that its Memorial Day running buddy, the Spring Lake Five Mile Run, does but for my money - while both are terrific events - today's five-mile race is the harder of the two.  The weather this morning shall likely be what it is every year for this event:  Jersey in July.  It shall be seasonal (a/k/a unpleasant).  It is its degree of difficulty that makes the Belmar Five a permanent part of my calendar and that of many other runners as well.  

Here's to the next forty years.  

-AK

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