ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series — which includes the April Fools Half Marathon on April 7, and the 55th annual Atlantic City Marathon & Half Marathon Oct. 13, as well as several shorter distances — has joined forces with Road Runners Club of America and eight other races in a “Restore the Shore” effort to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.
“The nation watched as residents of our shore communities lost their homes and belongings during Hurricane Sandy — we are excited about the opportunity to bring people back to Atlantic City, to run the Boardwalk in an effort to support those families that are still in need,” says Steve Brog, committee chairman of the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series, in a media release. “We look forward to working with other New Jersey races to accomplish the fundraising goal set by RRCA.”
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), based in Metuchen, is dubbing the cumulative effort the inaugural RRCA NJ Grand Prix Series of Races, which it hopes to turn into an annual series. The comprehensive 2013 fundraising goal is $100,000, and runners can register at rrcanj.org.
Runners can register for each event individually, and any runner that successfully completes six or more of the nine races will be awarded the commemorative “I Ran to Restore the Shore” oversized medal, as well as be eligible for other individual and team awards.
The Atlantic City Marathon Series is the only one of the nine associated events in southern New Jersey, as the rest are all in either the central or northern parts of the state. Only those runners who compete in the Oct. 13 full marathon in A.C. will be eligible for the RRCA Grand Prix Series.
The Atlantic City Marathon is the third longest continuing marathon in the nation. The race, which is slated for Sunday, Oct. 19, turns 56 years old this year.
For the past 55 years, the Atlantic City Marathon — the third oldest marathon in the nation — is an event endurance athletes have loved as much for the scenic running route as the availability for a fun time in town after the race.
Everyone knows that music is good for the soul, so to soothe the souls of those putting themselves through what might be the most grueling endurance test of their lives, the Equity Communications radio group is again lining the A.C. Marathon Series race route with live entertainment at several cheer zones Sunday from 9am-1pm.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beaches of New Jersey and beyond, the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series will welcome over 3,000 runners back to the Atlantic City Boardwalk to participate in the 2013 Revel April Fools Half Marathon and Shore Medical Center 11K & 7K races.
Hopefully the Atlantic City Marathon will one day serve as a microcosm for the city whose name it bears — an entity that fell on hard times only to reverse its fortunes and recover stronger than ever.
The Marathon has also upped the prize pool for the race to about $18,000. The marathon winners, male and female, will receive a $2,500 cash prize...
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