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NJ Marathon. Ocean Pathway, where it was a two way street.  Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click on all photos to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NJ Marathon on Ocean Pathway.  Ephesians 3:20 is from the New Testament. Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/28/19 © Blogfinger.net

 

NJ Marathon. 4/28/19 Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. It was chilly and cloudy, but the rain held out.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

In high school the Rutherford H. S. cross country coach said to me, “Goldfinger, you’ve got a good stride. How about joining the cross country team?”

I hated long distance running.  My muscle cells were more adapted to short spurts.

“Uh, no thanks Mr. Belding, but I’m playing soccer this fall.”

He was my social studies teacher, so I had to tread carefully, but I am sympathetic towards marathoners, because the Greek soldier who was the first to win a marathon, dropped dead at the finish line.

You can bet the farm that I would never, ever, ever attempt a marathon. These (mostly) young people running through the Grove today have to love this sport, because it is grueling.  But you get free Gatorade or water and then you get to drop the cup on the ground or spill half of it on the guy who handed it to you.

The trip through the Grove for these runners consisted of coming through the Casino from A. Park and then heading south on Ocean Avenue.  Upon arrival at the Pathway they made a right turn which was a bit hazardous  (one runner nearly took a header.)

Then they ran west to Central Avenue and then back down the Pathway towards the ocean.  Upon arrival again at Ocean Avenue, they turned right and ran where (?) only to return on Ocean Avenue and head north to make their second tour of the Casino.  I’m exhausted just describing the OG journey.  And by the time they came into the Grove, they had 8 more miles remaining.

It was a cold cloudy day, but the runners didn’t seem cold.  Hardly any of them smiled, except for one woman who looked at me with my camera, smiled, and waved.  I enjoyed the wave, but missed the shot.

GLEE CAST: “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”  From the Broadway show  Funny Girl

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