Thousands Flock to Jersey Shore for Post-Sandy Marathon

Sunday, May 05, 2013

About 12,000 runners competed in the New Jersey Marathon Sunday amid cheering crowds and tighter security. It was the first marathon in New Jersey since Sandy devastated the Shore, and since last month's bombings at the Boston marathon.

Bruce Smith has run Boston 3 times and ran the Jersey race in his favorite Boston Red Sox hat as a tribute.

"It's something that was special to me. And, of course, my wife is from Boston so it has meant a lot to come in and represent Boston," he said.

Kelly Fitzgerald lives in an apartment 50 yards from the boardwalk in Long Branch and watched the race.

"That last leg you see all the damage they had but then when you finish you see, you know, the potential of what it could be which is the boardwalk that's finished now," she said.

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Extra security was on hand for the New Jersey Marathon just weeks after the bombings at the Boston Marathon
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Competitors in the New Jersey Marathon ran mostly on roads this year because Sandy damaged the boardwalks.
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Alonzo Rawls, aka DJ Yum Yum, entertained runners at mile 24. His Long Branch home was flooded from Sandy.
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This year's New Jersey Marathon came weeks after the bombings in Boston.


Julianne Welby


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