Seaside Semper Five Marine Charity race to be held Saturday
The Seaside Semper Five Marine Charity race will begin in Seaside Heights this Saturday.
It’s been two years since the race was interrupted by a terror attack, and leaders say that this year’s event will be even better and stronger.
“The bomb made it even bigger. You would think people would be scared, but no, it’s just the opposite,” says race organizer Dr. Frank Costello.
The 5K race benefits the Marine Raider Foundation. After the attack, it has reached those around the country and around the world.
“Twenty-seven states and five foreign countries were represented here last year,” says Costello. “The timer, who has been doing this for a long time, told me that’s the most he’s ever seen.”
Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher says that security at the event last year was incredibly strong. And he says that runners and spectators can expect the same this year.
“I think there's just an attitude in the country that we're not going to tolerate that type of terrorist behavior,” Kelaher says.
The event has raised more than $100,000 for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command and their families.
News 12’s Tony Caputo will be attending the event. News 12’s Kurt Siegelin will be the master of ceremonies.