Pearlman Shatters New Jersey Marathon Course Record

Oz Pearlman won the New Jersey Marathon with a new course record. Photo: Word on the Shore

Oz Pearlman won the New Jersey Marathon with a new course record. Photo: Word on the Shore

It was his second victory there.

New York City resident Oz Pearlman broke the New Jersey Marathon course record on Sunday. His winning time was 2:28:19, which was a two-minute improvement over the previous record. Adam Ambrus of Morristown, New Jersey came in second place four minutes behind Pearlman. Michael Mustaniemi of Sweden finished third in 2:33:27.58.

Sunday’s win was Pearlman’s second New Jersey Marathon title. He first won the race in 2008.

Bronawyn O’Leary won the women’s race in 3:02:22. Erica Weitz and Laura Swift finished second and third respectively.

Race reports indicate the weather was optimal with temperatures in the 60s–a huge contrast to last year’s race when runners braved 90-degree conditions. Approximately 3,000 runners took part in the marathon. As soon as the gun sounded, four runners, including Pearlman, moved to the front. Pearlman ended up making the decisive move just 8 miles into the race. He ran the remaining 18 miles unopposed.

A half-marathon event was held in conjunction with the marathon. It kicked off 30 minutes afterwards.

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