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Residents recreate history in annual 10-mile run Jonas Cattell run

(National Park, NJ) On Sunday, Oct. 27, Gloucester County celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 10-mile run Jonas Cattell embarked on to warn the soldiers of Fort Mercer at Red Bank that over 1,200 Hessian soldiers were approaching to take over the fort during the Revolutionary War. 

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "The 10-mile Jonas Cattell run is a tradition within our county. The race recognizes the efforts of Jonas Cattell during the revolutionary war to warn our soldiers by having participants run his path from Haddonfield to Fort Mercer." 

Freeholder Jim Lavender, Liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation said, "This race is so engrained in our county's DNA that among the 200 participants was Julie Cattell, Jonas Cattell’s great granddaughter seven times removed, who has flown back from California since 2008 to run her ancestor’s path.”

Awards were presented to runners, who were divided into categories by age. 

The winners of the Jonas Cattell 50th Anniversary 10 Mile Run:

Overall male: Geoffry Shute (Woodbury) 55.56
Overall female: Julie Cattell (San Diego) 1:04:18

First Teenage Boy: Jacob Cobb (West Deptford) 57:10
First Teenage Girl: Cece Fitzgerald (Haddonfield) 1:59:14

Team Challenge Winners: Paul Revere was the Jonas Cattell of Boston (and he used a horse!!) 

The winners of the Inaugural Fort Mercer 5K:

Overall Male: Lou Grasmick III (Blackwood) 24:06
Overall Female: Laurie Colborn   27:54
Wheelchair division: Danny Wheeler (Shamong) 44:29

Pictured:  Cattell descendants (caps) with overall Female winner Julie Cattell next to Freeholder Jim Lavender.