Seaside Semper Five 5K honoring fallen Marines makes full return after 2020 pandemic restrictions

Runners gathered on the Seaside Heights boardwalk Saturday to honor Marines who paid a high price while defending the country.

News 12 Staff

Sep 25, 2021, 9:21 PM

Updated 937 days ago

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Runners gathered on the Seaside Heights boardwalk Saturday to honor Marines who paid a high price while defending the country.
The Seaside Semper Five 5K made a comeback after facing restrictions last year due to the pandemic.
The race gained national attention back in 2016 after a pipe bomb exploded along the route shortly before thousands of runners took off.
The event this year still remains personal for many who run.
They said participants and attendees become emotional upon realizing they're paying tribute to loved ones they have lost.
"My husband was a Marine, he did this race, I am running it in his honor. I started a foundation for him, Operation Jamie's Angels, and I'm here to help all the military that needs help," said Tonianne Van Derveer, who added that her group had the largest number of participants at 36.
"Some of the things that they show on their shirts you know the pictures of their son, daughter, husband whatever, it's very emotional for them and when you see them it makes you very emotional," said race director Frank Costello
The race has raised over $275,000 since its founding.


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