Posted by: Drew | May 30, 2008

June 13 & 14 2008 – The George Sheehan Classic 5 Mile Run is set for 8:30 a.m Red Bank NJ

RED BANK, JUNE 13 – 14 2008

RED BANK, NJ – The George Sheehan Classic 5 Mile Run is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008. More than 3,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate in what has become one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular road races. In addition, thousands more participate in the pre- and post-race events held on June 13th and 14th.

As part of the George Sheehan Classic, there will be a free concert, sponsored by NJ Natural Gas, featuring popular local pop-rock band Goldenseal on Friday, June 13, at 7:00 PM, in Marine Park. Founded in 1999 by front man Joe Hughes, the band has been building a loyal fan base by consistent and dynamic appearances in clubs all over New Jersey.

Race organizers moved the race in recent years from its traditional date in mid-August and the response from the runners was overwhelming in favor of the move. “The George Sheehan Classic is an extremely popular race for both elite and local runners, but New Jersey’s hot, humid August weather had been a problem,” said race director Philip Hinck. “… and hosting the event on Father’s Day Weekend provides a chance for the entire family to enjoy the early summer weather.”

The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. George Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. “The Doc” has been called the “father of the running boom” in the United States.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 13 2–9 p.m. Runner’s Expo Village Marine Park
An opportunity see the latest in running, health and fitness, and pick up some great bargains. Free admission.

Friday, June 13 6:30 p.m. Kid’s Classic Marine Park
A series of races for kids ages 1-13. Medals to all finishers. Registration – $15.

Friday, June 13 7:00 p.m. NJNG Concert Marine Park
Runners, friends and members of the community are invited to enjoy music on the banks of the Navesink. Pop rock bank Goldenseal will perform. Free admission.

Saturday, June 14 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Runner’s Expo Village Marine Park
More great items on sale for runners and athletes of all abilities.

Saturday, June 14 8:30 a.m. start Sheehan Classic Broad Street
A five-mile road race that attracts the sports top competitors. Registration forms are available online at or call 732.988-7725.

Saturday, June 14 8:32 a.m. start GSC Health Walk Broad Street
A family two-mile health walk follows part of the five-mile course, and finishes with the runners on Broad Street.

Over $4,000 in prize money will be distributed to Top Five overall finishers, top New Jersey finishers and age-category winners. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of road racing: Americans Bill Rodgers and Keith Brantley, Norway’s Grete Waitz, Australian Lisa Ondeiki, Zimbabwe’s Phillimon Hanneck, Kenya’s Veronica Kanga and Russian Olga Markova.

The George Sheehan Classic was named one of the Top 100 Road Races by Runner’s World magazine, and the Best Memorial Race in New Jersey by the New York Times. Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, Horizon BlueCross BlueShield of New Jersey and Lucas Capital sponsor the Sheehan Classic. Other sponsors include: New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Builders General Supply Company, Merrill Lynch, Straub Motors Lincoln/Mercury, Rothman Institute, Citi Smith Barney, Whole Foods Market, and McLoone’s Running Store.

The race is part of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, a series of races that offers prize money to overall winners and age group category winners The five 2008 events are: Spring Lake 5, George Sheehan Classic, Belmar 5, Asbury Park 5K & Pier Village 5K.

For Sheehan Classic information and registration, call 732.571-2162 or check the website,

– Thanks to Phil Hinck, Race Director for the heads up



  1. A former Jersey girl, I ran this every year with my high-school cross country team. It’s a great race, and now that I’m older, I can also appreciate how fully the race embodies Sheehan’s spirit. Now that it’s been moved to June (August truly was brutal!), there’s no reason not to sign up!

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