The Sun Shines on Second Annual Seven Bridges Road Half Marathon and 5KWeather Isn’t Everything, But the Right Conditions Can Be a Big Help
Last Sunday's second annual Seven Bridges Road Half Marathon and 5K in Tuckerton drew 315 registrants, with proceeds benefiting Ocean of Love, a Toms River-based nonprofit organization that provides support services to families of children with cancer. Sponsored by Applebee’s of Manahawkin, the event honors the memory of Tyler Berg, a local boy who died six years ago, at age 8, from brain cancer.
Registration was held at the Tuckerton Seaport, with the starting line located around the corner, in the neighborhood of Bartlett’s Landing. Upon making their way out to Great Bay Boulevard (locally known as Seven Bridges Road), 123 half marathoners (68 women, 55 men) followed an out-and-back course to total 13.1 miles, taking in the breathtaking scenic views of marshlands and wildlife along the way. The 192 5K runners and walkers – with 142 females comprising an overwhelming majority – did their 3.1-mile distance on the same road.
In a foot race, the elements can play a major role in the runners’ performance and, of course, comfort. Participants in Sunday’s 5K and half were treated to temps in the low- to mid-50s and a light northwest breeze – ideal conditions for a long run.