This morning several hundred runners and walkers participated in the 8th annual 5K run/walk to benefit the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund. The event was a success. Congressman Frank LoBiondo was present, presenting the post-race awards. Greg Gregory, the man who runs Somers Point, was Master of Ceremonies for the event. Mr. Gregory and the Congressman are involved in numerous charitable events in the area.
As an aside, my Father designed the RNS commemorative pin several years ago. That porcelain pin was sold during the famed open house fundraiser at Delancy Place and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. All proceeds went to this noble charity.
Both Congressman LoBiondo and I had our wives running in the race. I do not know how Mrs. LoBiondo did. My wife was pleased as punch with her 30:08 time. She had pledged to run a 5K after her pregnancy. Now, Blasius Gerard is two days short of two months she fulfilled her pledge.
The race began at Boardwalk Hall, went to Vermont Avenue, finishing back at Boardwalk Hall. I waited next to another woman’s family, who had waited until her little one was seven months to run a 5K. We cheered on our respective ladies as they went through the finish line.
The next RNS fundraiser is the Show House at the Shore. This year’s show house opens 12 July. It is located at Three South Rumson Avenue in Margate.