Rumson Run, this time it’s personal

A year ago Steve Bidgood never would have envisioned himself in the eighth annual Rumson Run. Bidgood is the managing partner of Rumson’s Salt Creek Grille, which is a supporting sponsor of the 3K Rumson Community Fun Run.

During the past year, Bidgood has undertaken a fitness regime that included the goal of participating in the Rumson Run as well as sponsoring it. Since setting his goals last October, Bidgood has lost 92 pounds as well as 10 inches from his waistline, and is now eagerly awaiting his chance to run in his second race.

Bidgood’s weight-loss program began with a Jenny Craig diet and a personal trainer who developed his fitness program. Since then he has graduated to solo workouts at the Community YMCA in Red Bank seven days a week.

These two-hour workouts include a 3- to 6-mile run on the treadmill, swimming, biking, weight training machines, etc. His devotion to his daily exercise has made him one of five people who successfully completed the 2000-Minute Challenge in one month’s time at the YMCA.

Bidgood’s family and friends have been greatly supportive of his efforts and will be enthusiastically joining him on Sunday, May 7 in the eighth annual Rumson Run.

Bidgood’s daughters, Shauna, 8, and Megan, 10, will be joining his wife Lynn and Salt Creek Grille partner Tim McCune, who is flying in from Los Angeles, in running in the 3K Community Fun Run. In addition to the 3K, the Rumson Run also offers the A.J. Bruder Memorial Grand Prix 5 Mile and the Kiddie Dashes for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Applications are available at the Fair Haven and Rumson borough halls, post offices, public schools, the Running Store at The Grove in Shrewsbury, and other local businesses throughout the area.

The race takes place at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School in Rumson. For more information, call race publicist Liz O’Mara at (732) 530-1856.