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first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer For a runner who is competing in a road race, the logistics are easy. Show up on race day, register, and go out and run. For those who are putting on the event, the task is not that simple.When the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) presents its 23rd annual St. Paddy’s Day 10-mile run and Leprechaun 5K on March 25 at Michael J. Tighe Park, Georgia Road, Freehold Township, it will be the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and work.“We start (planning) for next year right after that (year’s) race,” said Isabella Meldrum, who serves as race director and FARC treasurer. “I have a wrap-up meeting with my 20 committee heads, we critique the race for next year. I call my committee together in (the fall) and we have three committee meetings. I get the applications out in September for the race.”The 2012 St. Paddy’s 10-mile run will go off at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 9:45. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the park.The 10-mile and 5K races are quite an undertaking. In 2011 more than 1,000 runners and walkers took part in the races and Meldrum said she is looking for at least 1,000 participants in 2012.It takes more than just committees to make everything run smoothly.“We have over 200 volunteers for the race, from the water stops, to cleanup details, set-up details, [and] hospitality,” Meldrum said.The club provides post-race food and drinks, including hot dogs, soup, bagels, fruit, soda and beer.The 10-mile and 5K races start and finish in the park and both races take runners along some of Freehold Township’s scenic back roads.The 10-mile course takes runners out of the park and onto Georgia Road. The runners will turn left on Stonehill Road and right on Jackson Mills Road. The runners will then make their way alongAimee Road, Diamond Drive, Brandon Drive and Georgia Road before heading onto Pittinger Pond Road and Nomoco Road near Turkey Swamp Park. The runners will return to Georgia Road for the final mile and back into Tighe Park for the finish.The Leprechaun 5K heads out of the park to Stonehill Road and to Jackson Mills Road, where the runners will turn around and head back down Stonehill Road to the park for the finish.Because of its timing so early in the spring, the St. Paddy’s race has become one of the biggest events on the local road racing calendar. Many runners use the 10-mile race to prepare for spring marathons, including the Boston Marathon.Last year, Piscataway’s Michael Loenser won the 10-mile race in a time of 59:30. The women’s champion was Jacqui Gordon of Point Pleasant, who clocked 1:02.41 and finished sixth overall.Atrio of Marlboro High School runners, Elan Morin, Mitchell Biler and Brandon Mazzarella, tied for first place in the 5K, crossing the line together in 18:52.The women’s 5K race also had a tie as twoMarlboro girls crossed the line in a time of 21:12. Katie Vicision and Rachel Weinberger were the women’s winners and they finished 12th and 13th overall in the 5K.For additional information about the St. Paddy’sDay race or other upcoming FARC events, visit www.farcnj.com.last_img read more