700 turn out for Longport's American Mile (VIDEO)

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When the day started it looked as though the entire Fourth would be a wash. But despite Hurricane Arthur, which brought pouring rain through most of the day, the skies brightened when 700 runners lined up at Longport Point to be part of one of the Jersey Shore's favorite traditions, running the American Mile. Spectators lined the route to cheer on runners of all ages as they made their way up Atlantic Avenue to the finish line.

The event is put on each year by the Longport Fire Department. 

Kelly's Longport Mile was first run in 1972, when the owner of the Winchester Hotel started the tradition. When the Kelly family left Longport 20 years later, the Fire Department took it over and changed its name to American Mile. It was held on the beach for a few years but was relocated to Atlantic Avenue. The event has grown each year and has seen up to 1,000 runners participate. 


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