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Ocean Pathway runner. All photos in this post are copyright © by Paul Goldfinger Ocean Pathway runner. All photos  by Paul Goldfinger.  You can click on the photos to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

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Volunteer Charlene Burns and daughter Sanei. Volunteer Charlene Burns and daughter Sanei. “Good job,” she says.

 

Greeting her fans © Greeting her fans on the Ocean Pathway

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Sports editor @Blogfinger.net

 

Today the New Jersey Shore Marathon rolled into Ocean Grove, which is at the 18 mile-post of the 26 mile event.   They arrived down Central Avenue and headed east on Ocean Pathway. They turned right on Ocean Avenue and then made a loop at Broadway to head back north via the Casino toward the finish line in Long Branch.

Heading north on Ocean Avenue © Heading north on Ocean Avenue ©
This is volunteer Idreaner Causby of Middletown who said, This is volunteer Idreaner Causby of West Side Christian School who said, “Looking good, way to go, watch the puddle” over and over again on Ocean Avenue–while remaining totally cheerful.

 

Over 2,000 runners participated, and the lead runners arrived in the Grove about 10:00 am. There was a rock band called KEPT playing on the porch of the Albatross. Ocean Pathway resident Norm Goldman was running around near his house with a big grin on his face, wearing a hat that made him look like a Sherpa.

I noticed many medical personnel all over the route, and there were people on bicycles, riding near the runners to make sure they were all right. Scary? I don’t know, but few of the participants were smiling and waving. Most of the runners were wearing earphones to stay focused.

Along the way volunteers were handing out cups of drinks, bananas and some kind of gel food. Half the time a breathless runner would grab for a cup, knock it to the ground, say “oh s**t” and then try for the next one. One guy had the job of raking up all the cups.

 

Take the water, pass on the banana. Blogfinger photo © Take the water, pass on the banana. Blogfinger photo

 

I have to say that the runners varied in size, shape and sex, but almost all of them were thin. Most seemed relaxed in their pace, even though they were at mile 18.

 

Nearing the Casino. Smiling at me. One runner said, Nearing the Casino. Smiling at me. One runner said, “Nice camera.”

 

Tutu. It's the rage for runners in NYC. © Tutu. It’s the rage for runners in NYC.

 

Luckily it was a beautiful cool day. As they passed into the Casino, they came out into the sun, and this photographer got some nice light.

 

Dan Cashman (L) and Greg Porlier of Stroudsburg, Pa. These two friends prepared for months and finished with a time of 4:18:22. (These are FOB's) Dan Cashman (L) and Greg Porlier of Stroudsburg, Pa. These two friends prepared for months and finished with a time of 4:18:22.

 

Many volunteers were present along the route to keep the runners on track and to cheer them on, along with Grovers, visitors, friends and family. It actually was a joyful event. Some participants were running to raise funds for cancer research. A few women (and one man) wore tutus.

 

 

PINK MARTINI:

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Giants Stadium. Meadowlands New Jersey. Undated. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

My Blue Heaven:   Giants Stadium. Meadowlands New Jersey. Undated. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

FATS DOMINO with some Rock and Roll from another time.

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Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Nine happy feet.  Paul Goldfinger photo  ©

Nine happy feet. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

OG wooden boat.

OG wooden boat.

MUSIC:  We need a special sentimental song for this post. It shouldn’t be too long.  We’ve chosen a song from Spamalot that goes like this:

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Sea Girt team ready to go     All photos by the Blogfinger sports and swimsuit photo team

Sea Girt team ready to go.  All photos by the Blogfinger sports and swimsuit photo team. By the way, the young woman to the left won her event. (see the nj.com link below)     Left click for the large version.

By Paul Goldfinger, editor  @Blogfinger

Every year, the Ocean Grove Lifeguards participate in a series of competitions which lead up to the possibility of making the Nationals.  Ocean Grove sponsored this tournament, led by their new chief lifeguard jamie Doyle. There were 5 events testing lifeguard skills.  It was a lovely evening, but the surf was rough, upsetting many of the boats and dragging swimmers to the north.  11 teams participated in the event.

In the end, the winner today was Long Branch with 33 points. Second was Spring Lake with 30.  Belmar was third with 29 points.  Ocean Grove tied for fifth with 26 points.

As for the photographers at the event, most of them were shooting with long lenses out to 500 mm.  I am not a sports or nature photographer, so I was there with my 75 mm lens.  But it was a terrific photo op, and I focused on the athletes on shore or coming back to shore.   I guess we can call this the Blogfinger 1st annual swimsuit edition.

Here is a link to an excellent article about the tournament from NJ,com:    NJ.com lifeguard article

Thanks to Dave Shotwell, Sr. for providing us with the  final tallies.  To view the images, just click on one and follow the arrows.  Use the little X at the upper left to go back to BF.

THE NIGHTHAWKS

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