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Marine Mammal Stranding Center to Second Annual Host 5K Benefit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
ATLANTIC CITY — On Saturday, May 3, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is hosting its second annual “Run for the Animals” 5K. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by Robert Schoelkopf, still current director, with just a few volunteers to help achieve his goals. Currently he and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with small paid staff, continue to work with the animals in need. The Stranding Center is currently located on the barrier islands of Brigantine, which contains New Jersey’s largest wildlife safe haven, though it was originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City.marine-mammel-strandiung-center-300x225

Currently, the Center has responded to over 3,900 strandings including whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore in this area over the years since its foundation. Although the Center is only responsible for strandings in New Jersey, it is occasionally asked to aid in the rescuing of animals in other states, as well. Since the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in a non-profit organization, most of its funding derives from donations, grants, memberships and fundraisers like this “Run for the Animals” 5K.

All proceeds for the event will benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Check in for the event is from 7-8:45am at Laguna Grill in Brigantine. There is a $28 registration fee that will include the run and a tee shirt. Register at Activities will take place after the race: awards, a silent auction, music, face painting, games and arts and crafts.

Because running isn’t appealing to all, there is also a one-mile dog walk on the beach and a pet parade that will benefit Beacon Animal Rescue. The registration fee is $10 and the dog walk will commence at 9:30am at the Laguna Grill. Register at Pets should be dressed to impress for the parade! For questions about either event, please call (609) 266-0538.

AmeriHealth April Fools Half Marathon @ Revel on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

REVEL BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY — On a splendid spring weekend, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Revel Casino Hotel and the Katz JCC of Margate presented the April Fools Half Marathon series on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event was part of the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon race series and featured the Shore Medical Center 11K and 7K runs on Saturday, April 5, and the half marathon on Sunday, April 6. The Kids Fit Final Mile, sponsored by Atlantic County Council of Education Association, was also held on Saturday.

Steven Brog, Esq., was this year’s race committee chairman and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian was a special guest. Atlantic City Weekly was a proud sponsor of the event. Click the video link below for highlights of the event.

Fourth Annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk is April 27 at Resorts

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The fourth annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run and Health Walk will take place Sunday, April 27, on the Boardwalk at Resorts.

This year WOND radio and NBC-TV 40 personality Barbara Altman will be the Honorary Race Director. The race starts at 9am, with day-of-race registration starts at 7:15am. Advanced registration is $25 and day-of-race registration is $35. Go to and click the link at the top to register in advance. seashore5k

Proceeds from this event will benefit residents of Seashore Gardens Living Center. Parking will be free from 7am to noon at Resorts’ self-parking lot, located on North Carolina Avenue. T-shirts and post-race refreshments will be given to all pre-registered participants. This year’s event is dedicated in loving memory to Jane Hoopes, our dear friend and loyal supporter.

Resorts will be offering special room rates for participants. Prizes for winners will include a one-year membership to Tilton Fitness and Wellness, an overnight stay with dinner at Resorts, and more. For more information regarding the race, please contact race director Antonio Tronco at or (609) 748-4615. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharon D’Angio at or (609) 748-4614.

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On Your Mark, Get Set … Save a Seal!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

60The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) will be hosting its 16th annual Harbor Seal Run on Saturday, Nov. 2, rain or shine, on the Seaside Heights boardwalk starting 10am.

Runners may register for this 5K event at, by calling or e-mailing event coordinator Lori Viggiano-Ditzel at (732) 963-7087 or, or register in person at JR’s Ocean Grill, 601 Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, prior to or on the day of the event. The fee is $25 before Oct. 19, $30 after Oct. 19, and $33 on race day. Parking is free in Seaside Heights. Parking meters are in effect in Seaside Park.

Each runner receives a long-sleeve T-shirt and free after-race brunch at JR’s Ocean Grill with their registration. Race results will be posted at

Many seals make the state of New Jersey their home. Typically seals are in New Jersey from November through April, with the summer months primarily finding them back in their northern habitats. In the past two years, however, the MMSC has seen an increase in seals that remain in the New Jersey area year-round, and have had had seals in-house, full-time without a break, during the seasonal trend.

Events such as this help the MMSC raise the funds it needs to meet the costly demands of nurturing sick or wounded marine mammals back to health and returning them to the wild.

Seashore Gardens, MAPS Foundation Hosts 3rd Enriching Lives 5K Run/Walk

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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ATLANTIC CITY- The Seashore Gardens Living Center and MAPS Foundation Inc. will be hosting its third annual Enriching Lives 5K Run/Walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Sunday, April 14.

The 5K Walk/Run begins at 9am and registrations starts  7:15am on the Boardwalk just outside of Resorts Casino Hotel. All entrants will receive a commemorative event T-shirt. Awards will be given for the top-three overall male and female, and the top male and female finishing in the following age groups:   15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+. There will also be a category for wheelchair participants  and awards including the “Tortoise Award,” the Top Fundraising Team, and the Largest Team.

The honorary race director and runner will be Barbara Altman, a WOND 1400 AM radio personality, along with Michael Weinraub, the executive vice president of Seashore Gardens Living Center.

If you are interested in participating, pre-registration begins April 7 at and  The cost for registration is $25.  Participants will also be able to register online up to the day of the event, as well as sign up on the day of the race for $30.  For more information, contact Sharon D’Angio at (609) 748-4614 or e-mail

— Christina Rodriguez

Atlantic City Marathon Series to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Thursday, January 24th, 2013


The 2013 Atlantic City Marathon Race Series (ACMRS)  will be part of a number of racing events throughout the state to support the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation (HSRF).  The ACMRS will donate a portion of each entry fee to the cause, and a total fundraising goal has been set for $100,000.

The next segment of the AC Marathon Series is the April Fools Half Marathon on Sunday, April 7, 2013 beginning at 8am. The Atlantic City Marathon is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2013.

Registration is available at Run to Restore the Shore or
— Christina Migioia

Sold Out! — The 2012 A.C. International Triathlon Draws Over 1,200 Athletes

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

546626_212926778825196_150967386_nATLANTIC CITY — Event director DelMoSports Inc. announced that the second annual Atlantic City International Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, is sold out. More than 1,200 athletes will take part in the competition this year, as compared to just over 300 for the inaugural year.

“We are ecstatic that in only its second year, the event has grown by 400 percent,” says event organizer and Wildwood businessman Stephen Del Monte.  “The Atlantic City International Triathlon was already voted one of the top-eight vacation destination races by  This really puts us on the map to showcase all that the resort has to offer to this new market of visitors.

“With over 1,200 athletes and 4,000 spectators, the economic contributions [to Atlantic City] from this event should exceed $750,000.”

The A.C. Triathlon is a featured international-distance event that includes a one-mile swim in the bay, a 20-mile bike on the Atlantic City Expressway, and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run on the A.C. Boardwalk.  This year DelMoSports has added a sprint race consisting of a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike, and 5k run to entice beginners or less-experienced endurance athletes.


Sgt. Nutter Memorial 5K Run/Walk Benefits National Guard Families in Need

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Pictured above are previous beneficiaries of the annual Sgt. Nutter Memorial Run/Walk

Pictured above are previous beneficiaries of the annual Sgt. Nutter Memorial 5K Run/Walk

The Eighth Annual Sgt. Nutter Run Memorial 5K Run/Walk, presented by the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Class 55, will be held on Sunday, May 6, in memory of Sgt. Sam Nutter (Jan. 28 1966 — Jan. 2, 2005). All proceeds raised are donated to New Jersey Army National Guard families in need.

The Sgt. Nutter Organization, Inc., is a registered non-profit organization administered by the Officer Candidate School of the New Jersey Army National Guard. The SSNO was established in the memory of Sergeant Sam Nutter. This year’s race will be held at the Army National Guard Training Center, which is located at Camp Drive and Sea Girt Avenue in Sea Girt. Participants can choose between two routes. Registration is between 8-9:30am followed by the race. The event will also feature games, entertainment and prizes.

E-mail, call 862-222-6142, or go here for more information.

The 2012 Sgt. Nutter Run/Walk  beneficiaries are (CPT) Anthony Trocchio, (1SG) Clinton Drummond, (SFC) Miguel Colondres and (SFC) Joseph M. Martin.


10th Annual Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Run/Walk Scheduled for Saturday, May 12

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

1016712_263121656491999ATLANTIC CITY — The annual benefit for the Shirley Mae Run/Michael J. Walk will take place on Saturday, May 12. The event includes a 5K run, a 1.5 mile walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. All events will be held on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of the Tropicana. The event raises much-needed funds for the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.

Parking will be free at the Tropicana until 11:30 am the day of the event. It all starts with a Survivor’s Continental Breakfast from 7:30-8:20am at the Trop, in which all cancer survivors and one guest are invited. Registration is from 7:30-9am, opening ceremonies are from 8:30-9am, and the 5K run and 1.5-mile walk starts at 9:10am. The Kids Fun Run is at 10am, and the awards ceremony is at 10am. Go here for registration information.

Participants are invited to join the local Back Bay Ale House team in efforts to support the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund. Two years ago, Jane Williams (above left, with cancer survivor Marissa Roffi), owner of the Back Bay Ale House restaurant in Gardner’s Basin, started a team with 10 members and raised $500. Last year, the team received a large support from friends and family and raised $5,515, which was deemed the largest “non-casino” contributor to the fund. This year, the team hopes to reach its goal yet again.

The fundraiser is being held to financially assist those suffering from breast cancer, in order to alleviate some of the expenses. Expenses include medications that exceed insurance coverage, breast prostheses, wigs and other related items. Anyone in the New Jersey area can join or support the Back Bay team by going here.

Participants may either walk or run in the event. If unable to attend, please consider contributing a small donation to support the fundraiser.  — Julie Pipitone

Atlantic City Triathlon Returns — at Bader Field

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Last year’s Atlantic City Triathlon was voted one of the “Top 8 Vacation Destination Races of 2011″ by and 2012 event should be even bigger, with the event planners moving the triathlon to Bader Field, in conjunction with the return of the Atlantic City Seafood Festival also being held there.

Returning Sept. 15, the Atlantic City Triathlon will include: “a 1 mile swim, a 20-mile bike and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run, while the ’sprint’ race consists of a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 5k run (3.1 miles). The swim will move from the ocean to the bay, but the cycling portion will remain on the Atlantic City Expressway and the run on the Boardwalk.

A shorter race to include more athletes has also been added to the line-up.

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