Runners Buck the Wind at ‘Stop, Drop and Run’ Event 

Sep 16, 2016

With the possibility of Tropical Storm Hermine bringing some messy weather on Labor Day weekend, people planning special events probably had some anxious moments. Barnegat Volunteer Fire Co. officials were keeping a close eye on storm developments since they were having their Stop, Drop and Run event on the morning of Sept. 3. With the prospects of any rain coming later in the day, the company figured it would be mostly a wind event, and the races were on.

“We had 254 people come out, and that was more than we had last year,” said firefighter Scott Sircovitch. “It was pretty windy, as there were gusts around 35 miles an hour. Thankfully, the storm stayed well out to sea and didn’t do much here at all.”

Both the 5K and 10K runs began and ended at the township municipal dock, where an awards ceremony later took place. Jim Rivers of Barnegat won the 5K race in 16:123. The 24-year-old Barnegat High School graduate is the son of Township Clerk Michele Rivers. Scott Sarno, who is Barnegat Board of Education president, came in second at 17:45.

Running is becoming a tradition in the Sarno family as his 18-year-old son Kyle Sarno was the 10K winner, crossing the finish line at 34:09. His daughter, 12-year-old Lillian Sarno, was the third best female finisher in the 5K run with a 21:10 time.

“It was extremely windy,” said Scott Sarno. “The temperatures were pretty cool, so aside from the wind, it felt pretty comfortable out there.”

Gary Brown, past company president and publicity director, said the 10K run was added last year to lure more participants.

“We have a good mix of competitive runners and those who run more for fun,” he said.

Sircovitch, who was event coordinator, said approximately $12,000 was raised. He said the money will be used for miscellaneous fire company expenses.

“We always have to look at updating our firefighting equipment,” he said.

— Eric Englund

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