MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ, April 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Oz Pearlman of New York successfully defended his men's title and Rachel Clattenburg of Washington, D.C., claimed victory in the women's competition at the 18th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, presented by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM), today on a sunny, breezy morning at the Jersey Shore. The win marked the fourth in four tries in this race for Pearlman, who also won in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Pearlman, 31, completed the course in 2:29, outpacing the field by more than five minutes. Clattenburg, 30, was even more dominant on the women's side, finishing in 2:57:58 to win by more than 12 minutes over the closes competitor. In the Long Branch Half Marathon, Tim Seeley, 29, of Conshohocken, Pa., (1:13:28) and Dactilia Booth, 37, of Long Branch (1:24:00), were the men's and women's winners, respectively.
Two New Jersey athletes won the women's divisions of the wheel events, with Maria Bournias, 37, of Fort Lee, N.J. in the marathon at 2:51:57 and Lois Hamilton, 64, of Oak Ridge completing the half in 2:01:15.
Thousands of runners competed in the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon and Half Marathon relay. The signature races capped a weekend which included The New Jersey Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races, food and shoe drives, and a variety of family-friendly events for all ages and fitness levels.
"The course was a lot windier this year," said Pearlman, a professional magician who flashed four aces upon breaking the tape. "My effort was the same but with the wind, I was a bit behind my pace. But there was great support and I love this course and New Jersey!"
"The course was fun," said Clattenburg, who ran the New Jersey Marathon for the first time. "There were really nice cheers all along the way. Everyone was really enthusiastic, and it was fun doubling back across the runners coming the other way being so supportive of each other."
The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, produced and presented by Life Time, which recently acquired US Road Sports, began inside Monmouth Park in Oceanport and finished on the Long Branch Oceanfront Promenade, north of Pier Village. It also ran through the diverse neighborhoods and business districts of Monmouth Beach, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.
About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global health care company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone therapy. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com or follow US activities on Twitter at @novonordiskus.
2014 New Jersey Marathon
1. Oz Pearlman, 31, New York, 2:29:24
2. Steve Slaby, 33, Virginia Beach, Va. 2:34:57
3. Steven Monteleone, 24, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 2:39:01
1. Rachel Clattenburg, 30, Washington, D.C., 2:57:58
2. Sara Belles, Brookfield, Conn., 3:10:01
3. Heather Wesolovski, 31, Astoria, NY, 3:13:57
1. Ricardo Corral, 53, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1:44:39
2. Carlos Guzman, 66, Corona, N.Y., 1:45:36
3. Kevin Gnehm, 26, Midland Park, N.J., 1:48:43
1. Maria Bournias, 37, Fort Lee, N.J., 2:51:57
2014 Long Branch Half Marathon
1. Tim Seeley, 20, Conshohocken, Pa., 1:13:28
2. Jeremias Saloj, 26, Freehold, N.J., 1:15:12
3. Kevin Cherette, 19, Forked River, N.J., 1:17:13
1. Dactilia Booth, 37, Long Branch, N.J., 1:24:00
2. Kiera Delaurier, 33, Clearwater, Fla., 1:24:12
3. Meagan Drapkin, 29, Brick, N.J., 1:26:50
1. Lois Hamilton, 64, Oak Ridge, N.J., 2:01:15
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest - or discovering new passions - both inside and outside of Life Time's distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company's Healthy Way of Life approach enables members to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of April 8, 2014, the Company operated 109 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.
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