Dear Teammates and Friends:
With a history dating back to 1934, we are forever proud to be known as one of the longest-running clubs still actively promoting track and field, and total community participation in“the flagship sport of the Olympic Games,” in our nation.
Shore AC has so many reasons to express its pride.
It annually stages at least 50 events, ranging from the Jersey Shore Half-Marathon, to the New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, to the Asbury Sheehan 5K Classic, to the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races, to the classic summer-long Takanassee Lake Races, to its own series of all-comers track and field meets during the summer, to its pair of cross country series for adults and for youngsters in the fall, and lots more. These involve many thousands of participants, men and women, boys and girls, on all levels of talent and expertise.
But that’s just part of the Shore AC story.
When Eulace Peacock twice beat Jesse Owens in the 1935 National AAU Championships, he did it representing the Shore AC. When Shore AC member Barbara Friedrich set a national javelin record in 1967 it was, all at once, a best-ever for Senior women, Junior girls and high school athletes. When our men’s 4x400 team won in 3:03.64 at the 1990 Penn Relays, it was an all-time best for club teams at the famed Penn Carnival. When Eulace Peacock, John Borican and Maren Seidler were voted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, they did so as proud Shore AC athletes. When now 10-time National champion, USA record-holder and Olympian Ajee’ Wilson ran some of her earliest races, they were in our Shore AC all-comers meets. And so – etc. etc. etc. - it has gone all these years.
Elliott Denman’s own history also dates back to 1934.
A 1956 USA Olympian in the 50K (31-mile) racewalk, he became a founding father of the “new” Shore AC in the early 1960s, starting with an historic organizational meeting at the Asbury Park YMCA (in the company of such charter members as Don Johnson, Sandy Kalb, Harry Nolan and Tom Bazley; along with Mr. Bill Dalton and Mr. George Slater), then helping guide the club to so many successes and major achievements over the years. And all the while with his parallel career as an award-winning Asbury Park Press sports writer and columnist who covered virtually every major event in the sports spectrum. And he’s still an active sports journalist all these years later.
So many more marvelous and energetic people have “come aboard” in all the years since.
All this being so, it’s time for us to celebrate with Elliott and his family, teammates and sports friends. “85” is thus the theme for our Gala Reunion and Birthday Party on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at McLoone’s Pier House, One Ocean Avenue, in Long Branch, NJ. This will be a very special event. Please join us !!
Most sincerely, Walter MacGowan, President, Shore AC.