It was a record-setting day in Princeton on Sunday morning as a new course record was set during the HiTops Princeton Half Marathon. Princeton’s own Mo Alkhawaldeh beat his own course record (which he set last year) for the 13.1-mile race.

The top runners overall were:


  • Princeton’s Mo Alkhawaldeh (age: 31) - 1:09:32 (pace: 5:18 min/mile)
  • Englishtown’s Michael Kennedy (age: 23) - 1:12:51
  • New York’s Ryan Mahn (age: 25) for 1:13:5


  • Robbinsville’s Nicole Strand (age: 45) - 1:25:47 (pace: 6:32 min/mile)
  • Princeton’s Allison Thompson (age: 30) for 1:25:52
  • Montclair’s Suzanne Forlenza (age: 25)  for 1:26:14.

The HiTops Princeton Half Marathon is now in its 7th year. You can see a complete breakdown of all runners by clicking here.

Atlantic City’s Poll to Name South Jersey’s Hottest First Responder performed very well (more than 13,000 PVs). A “Hottest” contest is super on-brand for a Hot AC (SOJO 104.9) and CHR (94.5 PST) station. So, perhaps at some point in 2020, we could do a fun contest in the health care area and attach it to a loyalty component with Virtua?

Top individual fundraisers included Sheri Woodruff ($2,0656 raised), and James Restivo ($1,145 raised).

The annual event is one of the core fundraising events for the Princeton based organization, HiTOPS. HiTOPS provides young people with the tools and support to develop healthy relationships, reduce health risks and builds supportive and inclusive environments. As somebody who gets to see the power that HiTOPS plays in our community first hand, I can say it has an impact on those in our community who need it the most.

Fundraising efforts for the marathon are still being accepted. Click here to see more about race donations. Plus, you can see more about HiTOPS work in the community by visiting their website.

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