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‘Run For The Fallen’ Returns To 7 Mile Beach

Posted November 15th 2021

The 13th annual New Jersey Run for the Fallen brought a wave of patriotic pride through Stone Harbor and Avalon in September.

This year’s four-day run included 29 “Core Runners” ranging in age from 25 to 50 who ran more than 190 miles along the New Jersey coast to pay tribute to fallen service members and their families. Among them were Rob Grant, 46, and Dana Febbi, 41.

For Grant, the Run for the Fallen means “visiting with Gold Star families and honoring their loved ones.”

Runners from all over the country come together to form the “Core Runners,” who run the entire four days, while others join them along the journey.
Each stop was marked for fallen service members from New Jersey. There were eight such stops on Seven Mile Beach.

The first was at American Legion Post 331 at the corner of 117th and Second Avenue, and honored Ryan Iannelli.

The next stop, at the Stone Harbor Fire Department, honored Gregory Dalessio. Then at the “Avalon” sign on Second Avenue between 80th and 79th streets, honoring Terrence Allen.

A stop honoring Jonathan Cohen and Joseph Weiglein was placed between 56th and 55th streets on Second Avenue. The next stop, between 41st and 40th streets on Second Avenue, was in honor of Jason Mann.

The run stopped at the Avalon Fire Department to honor Marc Ryan, then at Veterans Plaza on Dune Drive at 21st Street in honor of Jeffery Stevenson and Jason Jones.

The last stop on the island, in honor of Jeremy Kane and John Spahr, was on Second Avenue between 12th and 11th streets.

“As a Gold Star sister, this run is so special,” Febbi said. “To be with the amazing team that honors my brother and so many others … It means the world, to honor so many, it’s humbling.”

Photo caption: Runners from the Run for the Fallen and the family of Gregory Dalessio listen to the children of Stone Harbor Elementary School as they sing “God Bless America.”

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