Remember when mom always scolded, you canít go out and play today, itís cold and rainy. Well today 61 finishers rebelled against that parental authority and completed week 3 of the winter series. A light snowfall during the evening left the park road lightly dusted with snow.  Sunday morningís temperature was around freezing and a slight sleet falling. The parkís maintenance crew had the road cleared by race time and the sleet had changed to rain. However, the bike path had been rendered unusable and the race was kept on the park road. The road was still a little slick though and a little a little caution had to be exercised while running. Well maybe not judging by some of the times and competitiveness exhibited.

Park crew thanks for getting the course ready for us.

Jesus Resendiz, Perth Amboy 16:50 won his third race in a row out dueling Chris Chairo, Jackson 16:58 by 8 seconds. We had our third different women winner in the series. Erica Weitz, Morganville led the way with a 21:41.

There was a highly contested battle in the menís 40Ė49 age group. The top three winners in this group were within an 11-second range. The results: Bob Derringer, Jackson 19:31, Stefano Baccinelli, Freehold 19:34 and John Taylor, Milltown 19:41 and overall, they finished 4,5,and 6.

Our other still undefeated series winners were Clydesdale Jim Pate, Browns Mills 22:25, (under 13) Jason Weiner, Freehold 21:14, (1st  70+) Bill Welsh, Staten Island 38:39, women (40-49) Gabby Barrett, Freehold 22:24 and race walker Ben Ottmer, Lakewood 32:33.

By the way, there were no casualties today. Everyone will be back to race another day.

Men

1         Jesus Resendiz, PerthAmboy 16:50

2         ChrisChairo, Jackson 16:58 (1st  20-29)

3         Osbourne Shaw, Princeton 19:28 (2nd 20-29)

4         Bob Derringer, Jackson 19:31 (1st  40-49)

5         Stefano Baccinelli, Freehold 19:34 (2nd 40-49)

6         John Taylor,  Milltown 19:41 (3rd  40-49)

7         Kris Carle, Jackson 19:45 (1st  13-19)

8         Gavin Bannat, Bloomingdale 20:05 (1st  30-39)

9         Jack Tarpey, Freehold 20:48 (2nd 13-19)

10      Scott Linnell, ColtsNeck 20:51

11      Jason Weiner, Freehold 21:14 (1st  under 13)

12      Don Phillips, Manchester 21:18 (1st  50-59)

13      Rick Ruck, Howell 21:21

14      Jim Pate, BrownsMills 22:25 (1st Clydesdale)

15      Peter Priolo, HighlandPark 22:26 2nd 30-39)

16      Les Helfman, EastBrunswick 22:27 (2nd 50-59)

17      John Beherns, Howell 22:28 (3rd  30-39)

18      Bill Aromando, Freehold 22:49

19      Jim Dunn, Freehold 23:46

20      Steven Andrews, AtlanticHighlands 23:47 (2nd Clydesdale)

21      Fran Bell, Jobstown 24:19 (3rd  50-59)

22      Jim Bergum, Howell 24:20 (3rd Clydesdale)

23      John Allen, Clarksburg 24:39

24      Robert McGill, SouthPlainfield 24:54

25      Bob Nassi, Marlboro 25:12

26      Dave Hoch, EastBrunswick 25:37

27      Shane Carle, Jackson 25:45 (2nd under 13)

28      Tom Apostle, Freehold 25:52

29      Mike Carle, Jackson 26:03

30      Al  Shabana, Hillsborough 26:07

31      Marty Slutzky, Edison 26:19

32      Bob Kucharski, BoundBrook 27:01 (1st  60-69)

33      Joe Delgardio, Jackson 27:10 (2nd 60-69)

34      Spencer Holcombe, Ewing 27:22

35      Mike Olszuk, Jackson 28:26

36      Jim Lanaghan, SpringLake28:35

37      Sal Principe, Brick 29:08

38      Gary Gall, Ewing 29:11

39      Jeff Allen, Freehold 31:46

40      Bill Welsh, StatenIsland 32:45 (1st  70+)

41      Avram Shapiro, Howell 34:21 (3rd  60-69)

42      Bill OíBrien Avenell 45:30 (2nd 70+)

43      Rick Bessette, Freehold 46:00

44      Bill Hohmes, Toms River 6;00

Women

1         Erica Weitz, Morganville 21:41

2         Gabby Barrett, Freehold 22:24 (1st  40-49)

3         Jennifer Smiga, Bayonne 22:36 (1st  20-29)

4         Sandy Santiago, Eatontown 23:44 (1st  30-39)

5         Rachel Morris, Marlboro 24:11 (1st  under 13)

6         Hilary Gall, Ewing 24:15 (1st  13-19)

7         Dorthy Peterson, Manalapan 26:07 (2nd 30-39)

8         Cheryl Scher, EastBrunswick 26:24 (2nd 40-49)

9         Kathy Craven, Freehold 26:38 (3rd  40-49)

10      Christine Pascoal, Freehold 27:17 (3rd  30-39)

11      Linda Aznar, Manchester 29:37

12      Susan Bell, Jobstown 32:52

13      Laura Baldachino, Allentown 33:10

14      Teri Principe, Brick 33:13 (1st  50-59)

15      Gail Weitz, Morganville 35:21

Race Walkers

Men

1         Ben Ottmer, Lakewood 32:33