The 18 Mile Run is now on facebook:
Race is dedicated to the 11 Israeli athletes slain by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Registration will be held Saturday, 10/12, 2:00 to 8:00 PM; & race day, 7:00 to 9:30 AM sharp.
In 1972, Bill Fitzpatrick, a Long Beach Island resident and Rutgers University track man, wanted to organize a race from one end of Long Beach Island to the other, just for fun.
That same year, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by terrorists at the Munich Olympics. It was then, organizers decided to make it a commemorative
race, dedicating it to the memory of the slain athletes. A mile-marker, in honor of each Israeli athlete, is posted approximately every two miles along the race route, which runs from Holgate to Barnegat Light.
In remembrance of the events that occurred in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the race is also dedicated to those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attack on our country. There are three mile-markers bearing the names of L.B.I. residents who lost their lives that day. Both events will continue to be commemorated annually.
Each year, the winner is honored by having his or her name inscribed on the trophy which is donated by the Long Beach Island Jewish Community Center.
The winner of the first race with a time of 1:37:00 was Moses Mayfield of the Penn Athletic Club. Ex-Rutgers star, Bill Seiben from Rahway, currently holds the record at 1:32:32 (since 1979).
The course is a straight, flat, point-to-point run heading North on Long Beach Blvd.
Air temperature in October on Long Beach Island is approximately 65º, with winds generally coming from the South.
Many runners use the race as preparation for the New York and Philadelphia Marathons.