Like many people who grew up in Pennsylvania, Barbara Jones spent her childhood summers at the Jersey Shore. Once a year, Jones returns from her current home in San Diego to take part in the Trail of Two Cities. The annual 5K walk/run begins in downtown Ocean City, crosses the Route 52 causeway and ends at Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

“I’m so happy to be here and be doing this,” said Jones, a winner in the 70-plus age group category. “This place is part of my heart.”

Hundreds of walkers and runners, some pushing baby strollers, came out for the trek, unfazed by cloudy skies, high winds and the occasional spritz of rain.

The event, in its 23rd year, opens two of the bridges’ traffic lanes to race participants. At the summit, the 2.74-mile span offers spectacular views of the towns on both sides as well as Great Egg Harbor Bay.

“We’ve been doing this for a good 10 years,” said Beverly McPeak, of Corbin City. “We started for the thrill of walking on the bridge. It’s beautiful up there.”

Janice Piper also medaled in the 70-plus age group. The Minotola resident, who continues to work full time as a medical transcriptionist, said she starts each day with a 6-mile run.

“That’s my therapy,” she said.

Awards were given in the following categories: top male and female winners overall (Andrew DeMaria and Elodie Witkowski), and top male and female in the following age groups: 8 and under, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70-plus.

For a complete list of medalists, visit runsignup.com/Races.

Like many people who grew up in Pennsylvania, Barbara Jones spent her childhood summers at the Jersey Shore. Once a year, Jones returns from her current home in San Diego to take part in the Trail of Two Cities. The annual 5K walk/run begins in downtown Ocean City, crosses the Route 52 causeway and ends at Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

“I’m so happy to be here and be doing this,” said Jones, a winner in the 70-plus age group category. “This place is part of my heart.”

Hundreds of walkers and runners, some pushing baby strollers, came out for the trek, unfazed by cloudy skies, high winds and the occasional spritz of rain.

The event, in its 23rd year, opens two of the bridges’ traffic lanes to race participants. At the summit, the 2.74-mile span offers spectacular views of the towns on both sides as well as Great Egg Harbor Bay.

“We’ve been doing this for a good 10 years,” said Beverly McPeak, of Corbin City. “We started for the thrill of walking on the bridge. It’s beautiful up there.”

Janice Piper also medaled in the 70-plus age group. The Minotola resident, who continues to work full time as a medical transcriptionist, said she starts each day with a 6-mile run.

“That’s my therapy,” she said.

Awards were given in the following categories: top male and female winners overall (Andrew DeMaria and Elodie Witkowski), and top male and female in the following age groups: 8 and under, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70-plus.

For a complete list of medalists, visit runsignup.com/Races.

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