1st Annual Asbury Park Marathon Relay

Today I ran the 1st Annual Asbury Park Marathon relay. This race is put on by the NJRRC, who also manages the NJ Marathon and which I happen to be a member of. The race director sent out emails months ago introducing this race to participants in the last NJ Marathon. The race is a relay which consists of teams of up to 8 people. There was also the option of registering as a “Team of One”. Registering early and being a member of the NJRRC got me into the race as a Team of One for $30, so it was hard to pass up considering it is towards the end of my Philly Marathon training cycle. There was also the added bonus of Mrs. Progman registering a team consisting of several friends and family. And I was able to talk a couple of other marathoning nutjobs, including Flyers26, into running it, so it all but guaranteed a good time.

This race is an eight loop course which I knew would be a bear mentally so companionship was key in not going crazy. Luckily my buddy and experienced marathon pacer Colleen was also running today so I hitched onto her for most of the race. My approach to this race was just to run it as a slow training run. The weather forecast was for cold, rain & 20 mph winds, so I was not looking forward to it when I woke up Sunday morning. I had a great run though, ran comfortably through the entire thing and finished in 4:26:51.

Perfect weather forecast for Race Day (um, not)


Mr & Mrs Progman (first time we got to run together in a race!)


Me with Flyers26 post race showing off the hardware
Former college roommate and Mrs. P teammate Sandy

Colleen & Sarah, my pacing team for most the day
Mrs. P & her brother and teammate Scott
Mrs. P, sister in law Beth & Sandy
Joanne & Tara from Mrs. P’s team
Coming into the convention center for the finish

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to 1st Annual Asbury Park Marathon Relay

  1. Denise says:

    Great job today!! Hope you’re relaxing and enjoying yourself in a nice warm house!

  2. ShoreTurtle says:

    Congratulations Paul. Great photos. It sounds like you ran smart and had fun. You’re going to do well in Philly.

  3. joyRuN says:

    Sounds like a fun training run with bling!

    Congrats 🙂

  4. FLYERS26 says:

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  5. FLYERS26 says:

    It was a really good time!
    What was really funny was, after the race, the 2 of us are just standing around, like we just finished a 5k, and you said ” Can you believe we just finished a marathon?” We were both in really good shape afterwards.
    Again, thanks for keeping me in check, it really paid off for me in the end. And congrats to Mrs. Progman, for running the 1st leg.. that was good stuff!

  6. Wow, talk about tough! You guys rock!! What a horrible day it was, I was so happy not to be racing but then, I don’t get macho points like you do. Great job!! Love the photos too.

  7. Ted says:

    I just got your comment on my blog. Count me in for next year APRM as a team.

  8. Preston says:

    8 laps of a loop, WOW!

Comments are closed.