Race Results, Participating Fire Depts, & Interesting Information Finishing Line 1st Place Female Firefighter Racer: Denise Klymec, Flemington FD
2nd Place Female Firefighter Racer: Jamie Bergan, Cedar Knolls FD
3rd Place Female Firefighter Racer: Ronni Stein, Stirling Vol. FD
1st Place Team of 4: North Branch FD – Team #1: Jay Hennessey, Doug King, Rick Schwarz, and Raj Srivastava.
1st Tom English, Berkeley Heights FD
2nd Castro Dawher, Stirling Vol. FD (the sponsoring FD)
75 Mike Torris, South Amboy FD
Last Place – the dreaded “Dragging Ass” trophy went to Mike Torris, South Amboy FD. Yes, he got a big round of applause and a lot of kidding! But he finished this grueling race, which is more than some can say! Congratulations to all the racers!
Fire Departments with active members in the race were:
Applegarth FD, Bayway Refinery FD, Berkeley Heights FD, Bloomfield FD, Cedar Knolls FD, Clifton FD, Dunellen FD, East Franklin FD, Fair Lawn FD, Flemington FD, Forked River FD, Green Brook FD, Hampton FD, Liberty Corner FD, Millington FD, New Providence FD, North Branch FD, Paramus Rescue 1, Perth Amboy FD, South Amboy FD, South Wall FD, Stirling FD, Three Bridges FD, Whippany FD, and Wilkes-Barre (PA) FD.
There were a total of 75 firefighters in the race. They raced in their full firefighting gear less boots, which weighs up to 40 pounds! It is a two mile race that is followed by a picnic luncheon in the firehouse hosted by the Stirling Volunteer Fire Co. members and then the trophy awards ceremony. The was much camaraderie after the race as the racers and their guests watch the pre-race and race photos taken that day on a large screen TV in the firehouse.
This year the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation video taped the race and interviewed several of the racers and the firefighters sponsoring the race. It will be used as a promotional piece by the Foundation.
Stirling Fire Co. volunteered more than 350 hours to make this unique race another huge success. The race was co-chaired by Frank Reilly and Troy Pytel and more than 25 firefighters assisted in producing this event. The Bicycle Race Committee also consisted of fire company president Al Pepe, Chief Emeritus Lou Aroneo, and firefighters Richard Pfluger, Ronni Stein, and Mike Batog.