In a national ranking of marathon finisher medals among some of the largest running events in the United States, the 2012 Atlantic City Marathon placed 25th. The annual competition is led by nationally distributed running publication, Marathon and Beyond. A panel of judges with diverse backgrounds in the running community, gather and review samples of finisher medals from over 500 marathons from across the country. This year the Atlantic City Marathon made that coveted list!
“I love how the lighthouse blinks and lights up to represent the symbol of the Jersey Shore. The birds and waves with blue coloring make me feel like I’m on the AC Boardwalk with the wind in my hair and saltwater taffy in my fuel belt,” described Maricar Koff, panelist for Marathon and Beyond magazine. Race organizers agree, the goal of the design was to encompass everything that is Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore. From the recognizable design of the lifeguard boat to the historic Absecon Lighthouse featuring a battery activated light, this medal shows the nation the laid back, beach atmosphere of a city most known for gambling and nightlife. Among the Atlantic City Marathon were many large metropolitan races including ING Miami Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Big Sur International Marathon.
In 2013, the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has partnered with Road Runners Club of America’s New Jersey branch (RRCANJ) and hopes this year’s finisher medal brings recognition back to the New Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy through the design and focus on the history of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. This design will be released later in the summer of 2013.
About the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series: The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series is a division of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC, a non-profit organization based in Margate, New Jersey. The Race Series is dedicated to supporting the local community charitable works as well as the Milton & Betty Katz Early Childhood Scholarship Programs. Working in conjunction with national charitable organizations, it is the goal of the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series to support organizations that fundraise through road racing events. The Race Series strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels to participate and accomplish their personal goals. Throughout the year, the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series provides sponsors and the local community highly effective exposure helping to maximize their presence and support the community. Learn more at www.acmarathon.org.
About RRCANJ Grand Prix: This year-long series of nine races have been selected based on their commitment to pledge money (per finisher) to the Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. Together, a unified running community can make a big difference! Learn more at www.rrcanj.org.