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Motorcycle Run Benefits Sandy Relief Efforts

Roar to Restore the Shore attracted at least 1,600 participants.

The 1,600 or more participants in the 66-mile Roar to Restore the Shore motorcycle run yesterday were greeted with smiling faces, waving hands, and even some checks for their cause along the route.

“You heard Sandy roar this past October, now hear us roar to reclaim our shore,” was the catch phrase that area residents Jack Sharkey and Mark Pearson used to urge their fellow riders to action.

Sharkey and Pearson - both originally from the Brick area - had family and friends lose homes during Superstorm Sandy, and decided, in Sharkey's words, "over a few beers in a bar" to ride to raise funds for Sandy relief. The organizers decided to donate any money raised to the Mary Pat Christie’s Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, the American Legion post in Keyport, and the Brick Hurricane Sandy Relief fund, which provided the starting and ending points of the ride, respectively.

The ride wound from Keyport, along the Bayshore into Point Pleasant to Seaside before turning north, crossing the Mantoloking Road Bridge before ending in Brick.

Sharkey said he and the other organizers were "overwhelmed" by the response, and that they collected $26,795 in participation fees alone, and that they expected that total to go up once they factored in vendor and other monies collected - including people who Sharkey said just "walked up and handed me checks while we were riding."

He said that the vast majority - "about 98%" - of the funds will go to Sandy relief efforts, once they deduct the costs of the commemorative badges given to participants and other incidental costs - such as copying fees for entry forms - related to the ride.

"The ride was something to be a part of. As we road along the route, people were out on the road waving and clapping and throwing peace signs and thumbs up," said ride participant Coleen Itri, a Toms River resident. "I think it meant a lot to the areas we rode through, and touched a lot of hearts, including mine. It brought tears to my eyes. I was honored to be a part of it and ride with my brother-in-law's club, Leathernecks MC."

While Sharkey told a Patch reporter Sunday that he is taking a "rest" today after months of planning yesterday's event, he said that he has not ruled out the possiblity of doing another ride for Sandy relief in the future - as long as there "is a need."

Chris Romanator May 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I picked up dozens of beer cans, event flyers and other assorted garage on Adamston road this morning, not mention the awesome people who were peeing on our lawns saturday! Great event, so happy the VFW had these wonderful folks ride there
shorecorruption May 21, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Has any of the $30 + million Mrs Christie recieved fixed one house? Our just to the people that tell you what form to file.
CRMOM3 May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Demand accountability!
Resident of Lacey May 22, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Where do we go to get some of this money? or will this be denied too?
Rev-Z-Man May 23, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Did anyone read the article? Yeah it's been tough for lots of people (not businesses though) getting money ... "The organizers decided to donate any money raised to the Mary Pat Christie’s Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, the American Legion post in Keyport, and the Brick Hurricane Sandy Relief fund, which provided the starting and ending points of the ride, respectively."

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