Watch interviews from the men’s and women’s race winners at the 21st annual George Sheehan 5k in Red Bank
Former Brick Memorial runner Andrew Brodeur made it two straight wins in the 21st annual George Sheehan Classic 5k in Red Bank. The former Duke Blue Devil came out with a 4:53 opening mile to separate himself from the field and won comfortable with a time of 15:18. He won the 2013 Sheehan Classic with a time of 15:12. Brodeur now lives in Maryland, but makes it a point to come home and race while visiting family on the Jersey Shore. He won the Spring Lake 5k in May, making him two for two in the Jersey Shore Grand Prix racing series. Brian Quilty of Wall finished second, 21 seconds behind the winner.
On the women’s side, Toms River’s Noel Whitall dominated her division with a time of 17:46. Whitall was a seven time All-American at the College of New Jersey and a national champion in 1999 in the 5000 meters. Whitall had the 12th fastest overall time.
The Sheehan Classic has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Road Races by Runner’s World Magazine. 1253 competitors donned bibs and took to the streets of Red Bank on Saturday morning. The race is in honor of Rumson’s Dr. George Sheehan, one of the key figures responsible for the running boom in the 1970s. Originally a 10k in Asbury Park in 1981, the Sheehan Classic has been running in Red Bank since 1994. This is the second year the event has been a 5k race to attract runners of all abilities and ages, starting and finishing on Broad Street in Red Bank.
The race benefits two Red Bank charities: Parker Family Clinic and Lunch Break.