Still Time to Register for Long Beach Island 18 Mile Run

By David Biggy | Oct 02, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Chris Bigos wins last year's 18 Mile Run.

Long Beach Township — Among the many hundreds who typically start the Long Beach Island 18 Mile Commemorative Run in Holgate, there’s always a really good storyline with at least a few of the runners.

“I had a real blast, coming back to lifeguarding for the summer and now winning this race,” said Chris Bigos, who swiped the first spot in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 17.43 seconds last October. “My Uncle Gerry passed away in August and my dad was here today, so I wanted to win it for him.”

Perhaps the best story to come out of last year’s race was that of the second-place finisher, Margaret Vido, who finished about 17 seconds behind Bigos to become the highest-placing female during the past 20 years and perhaps in the race’s 46-year history.

“My parents have a house on the Island and I’ve done the Dog Day Race in the past,” she said. “But I’m usually not around for this race. I was able to be here this year, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

This year, on Sunday, Oct. 13, starting at 10:30 a.m., many race veterans and newbies will make the trek from Holgate to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, and, no doubt, several will have a great story attached to their running shoes.

Sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, in cooperation with the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island, the race is mostly a straight run up Long Beach Boulevard from south to north, with the exception of the last quarter-mile, when runners turn up Fourth Street in Barnegat Light and soon after end up in the parking lot near Barnegat Lighthouse.

The course is flat and relatively fast, depending on the wind, which most years comes out of the north in some variation. Each year, the winner is honored by having his or her name inscribed on the trophy, which is donated by the LBI Jewish Community Center.

Refreshments, including a variety of fluids, are available at the end of the race, and all runners are invited to a recognition luncheon at St. Francis Community Center following the race. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m.

Applications and more race information are available online at stfranciscenterlbi.org, or by calling 609-494-8861. Runners also can register online at raceforum.com/lbi.  —D.B.

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