Big Bang Mile

Bell Works
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Running > 1 mile

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Event Description

The Shore A.C. is hosting the


Saturday, June 26, 2021 
Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ


8:30 AM   -  Welcoming remarks + bib pick up
9:30 AM   -  Family heat + youth, ages 14 and under
9:55 AM   -  Masters men, ages 60+
10:10 AM -  Master women, ages 40+
10:20 AM -  Masters men, ages 40 - 59
10:30 AM -  High school boys, ages 14 - 18
10:40 AM -  High school girls, ages 14 - 18 
10:50 AM -  Open men, ages 18 - 39
11:00 AM -  Open women, ages 18 - 39

Schedule of each heat may be slightly adjusted on event day depending on the flow of each race

Awards will be given to top 3 overall open men and women, masters men and women and age graded, men and women




$28  -  18 and older
$15  -  17 and under


Registration closes Friday, June 25, 2021

No registration on race day

No animals allowed

First 200 registered runners will get a black draw string bag with the event logo



The Story Behind the Big Bang Mile

The Bell Works building was once a primary location for Bell Laboratories.  “Bell Labs” attracted top-notch scientists to conduct basic research that might advance telephony.  Two such scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, studied radio signals from space in support of the Telstar project.  In 1964, to their surprise, they observed a background noise coming from every direction in the sky.  Wherever they pointed their radio telescope, they measured the same frequency and strength of microwave radiation.  Puzzled, Penzias and Wilson conferred with colleagues.  Princeton University astronomer Robert Dicke revealed they had found evidence for the Big Bang.  This is a theory that the universe started with an explosion 13.8 billion years ago.  For their important contribution to science, Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1978.

The radio telescope used by Penzias and Wilson still stands today.  It is located on top of Crawford Hill, about 2 miles northwest of the Bell Works facility.  A nearby plaque explains its significance.  It is worth a visit.

Shore Athletic Club dedicates the Big Bang Mile Race to scientists everywhere.  We hope that runners draw inspiration from this story to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and perhaps even pursue a STEM career.  Aim high!

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