Captain Ronald Zinn Anniversary Run and Walk
An interesting race is being held on Sunday, April 19th in Wall Township. The Captain Zinn 5K is billed as the oldest New Jersey 5K, and is the first and thus oldest Vietnam Veteran’s race in the United States. It honors all the men and women who served in the Viet Nam conflict.
Ronald Zinn was a two time Olympian who finished sixth in the 20 kilometer racewalk at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. At the Pan America Games in 1963 he placed third in the 20 kilometer walk. Captain Zinn was killed in a firefight in Viet Nam in July 1965.
The race is the 50th anniversary celebration and features a 10K Walk at 10:00 a.m. and a 5K Run at 11:00 a.m. The event is being coordinated by Dave Hoch who will be serving Dave’s Famous Vegan Chili and other snacks post race. A post race social is taking place at CJ’s in Spring Lake Heights on Route 71. CJ’s will provide two dollar beers to all contestants wearing a race number.
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