Going the Distance, 1/8-Mile, for Charity

Stepping It Up for LBI Rotary Run
Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Patrick Teevan of Newington, Conn., was first across the line.

Five blocks was a long way for charity when the 1/8-Mile Fun Run participants ran, walked, or waddled in duck flippers across the finish line Saturday in Barnegat Light.

The second annual event is the LBI Rotary Club’s lighthearted enticement to anyone to go all out for the fundraiser. The name and concept are a spoof on LBI’s established 18-mile run, which obviously requires totally different skills.

“It was a great day,” said Rotary Club Secretary Anne Nachman. “Although final accounting is not in, it looks like we made over $7,500 and had over 200 participants.”

That’s a nice increase in the previous year’s number of 120 “runners” whose participation raised a total of $5,000.

The 1/8-Mile Fun Run started at Barnegat Lighthouse and ended at the gazebo on Eighth Street and the bay – then proceeded to an after-event celebration at nearby Kubel’s restaurant and tavern.

Nachman and other club members thanked Kubel’s, “who got slammed afterwards and managed to handle us all.”

A number of Rotary-supported organizations and causes benefit from the fundraiser. They include school scholarships, student programs, St. Francis Community Center Food Pantry, Interfaith Health and Support Services, The Maximilian Foundation, LBI fire and ambulance services, Spirits of LBI, Hooked on Fishing, Marine Mammal Stranding Center and others.  —M.S.

Erin Toft, age 8 of High Bar Harbor, finished in good time. (Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
(Photo by: Ryan Morrill)
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