Published by the Daily Record
of Morris County, New Jersey
Sunday, August 6, 2017
DOVER RENAISSANCE 5K TURNS TWENTY-FIVE THIS MONTH
It was in 1992 when brothers David and Daniel Cruz of Dover ran the first Dover Renaissance 5K with the respective times of 15:59 and 16:05.
Much has happened since then in this historical town that sits on part of the Rockaway River. As the Dover Renaissance 5K has its Silver Anniversary Run, it is somewhat bittersweet, as one of the founding members of Dover Renaissance, Mrs. Ellen Forbes, passed away earlier this year.
It was Ellen Forbes, along with three of her neighbors, that founded Dover Renaissance in 1985 when Downtown Dover was not in a good place, with empty storefronts and a sad look. One of her goals was to help preserve and restore the historic downtown, as well as to beautify the old homes of Dover.
When the runners take off on Saturday, August 12th, they will run down a vibrant Blackwell St., much improved and beautified since that first race. They will start by the Story Poles and landscaped Triangle Park, both Dover Renaissance projects. They will pass the Verdin Town Street Clock, one of Ellen Forbes's proudest achievements.
The 5K race achieved one of Ellen Forbes' goals - to bring people to Dover to experience the vibe a historic town can emit. The initial’s E F are proudly displayed on the back of this year’s running shirt as a tribute to her legacy.
In 25 years a lot does happen. Forbes is gone now, and when was the last time the talented Cruz brothers raced in the Dover race? A very long time since these young men were part of the the New Jersey running scene. In 2016 the race was won in 17:43 by David Lerman of Hopatcong. The first woman was Gradie Carrol of Morris Plains in 21:29. No, not earth shaking times, but a great testament to the local flavor ot the race. Less than a hundred runners competed, but most were loyalists who had run in many of those 25 races, and had seen the transformation of Dover thanks to Ellen Forbes.
It appears that the race has finally found a permanent date, after moving to May in 2016, for a one-time tribute to Armed Forces Day.
MORRIS COUNTY STRIDERS CROSS COUNTRY SERIES RACE
Jaren Cooper of Mountain Lakes lead a pack of teen runners to finish first at the Morris County Striders Cross Country final 5K this past Tuesday. Cooper finished in 16:21
Finishing in 11th place was Reno Stirrat of Rockaway who finished in 19:40 followed closely by his running buddy Robert Skorupski also of Rockaway, who finished in 19:41.
Sarah Dalfol of Sparta won the women's race in 22:12.