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The Asbury Park Sheehan Classic was a merge between two classic events, the Asbury Park 5K and the Sheehan Classic, loved by the running community near and far.
Dr. George Sheehan was born in Brooklyn in 1918, he was an outstanding track star at Manhattan College, became a cardiologist like his father and married a Jersey girl raising a dozen children together. Dr. Sheehan rediscovered his love for running after many years off. He became a superstar masters running later in life breaking 5:00 minutes in the mile at the age of 50 years old.
“He began writing a weekly column in the local paper. In short time, the running world was listening. This self-described loner from Red Bank, N.J. became one of themost sought out experts on health and fitness. He continued the column for twenty five years. Many of these years were served as the medical editor for Runner’s World magazine. He wrote eight books and lectured around the world. “Listen to your body,” was his slogan. “We are each an experiment of one.” One critic referred to his talks as “the running community’s equivalent of a Bruce Springsteen concert, though listening to him was more like taking off with John Coltrane on some improvised solo.”
Dr. Sheehan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1986 and passed away just days before his 75th birthday. Dr. Sheehan had an immense impact on his family and friends. This event is small tribute to honor and remember Dr.George Sheehan and all his contributions to the running community!