On your marks...get set....GO!

That's what more than 4,200 competitors will be hearing when they hit the starting line for an upcoming event in our area.

It's the Atlantic City Marathon, a 26.2-mile journey through the shore resort and its neighboring communities. The October-mainstay is in its 54th year of existence, and remains one of the most prestigious and iconic marathon events in the entire country (currently the third-oldest in the nation).

One local woman has her fingerprints all over the marathon's success in recent years. Marge Mancuso, Director of Race Services for the event, joined us to explain the growing popularity of the unique race, and how the A.C. Marathon continues to draw thousands from all over the world.

There would clearly be no South Jersey Sports Report without one of our latest guests...

She's Carole Donohue, and her last name should be familiar; she shares it with the host of our fine sports program. When she's not busy pampering Tyler, you can usually find her out on the road training hard for her next marathon.

"Mama" Donohue has completed more than 30 races in her lifetime, and has her sights set on three more events, in six weeks, in three different states. One of those, of course, will be the upcoming A.C. Marathon, always one of the most exciting and community-involved competitions for the veteran runner.

Listen in to hear the first-ever mother-son interview on the show, and how marathon training takes on a very special meaning for the entire Donohue family.

There's been no bigger beast in the Big East so far than the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Their football team continues to earn national recognition after six consecutive victories to begin the season, and now their latest matchup brings them to our area.

The Temple Owls may have only recently jumped back into the conference, but their presence could have a few teams, including Rutgers, peeking over their shoulder. The Scarlet Knights know they'll have their work cut out for them when they meet the pesky Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood joined us on the South Jersey Sports Report to preview the game, including the main keys to beating Temple in what could be a hostile environment. He also explains what it's like wearing the bulls-eye in the national rankings, and what goals he thinks his team could reach this season.

From a big football weekend in the tri-state area to action right here in South Jersey, we always check in with Hall of Fame sports reporter Tom Williams. Listen in for a recap of the best high school action from across the Cape-Atlantic League, including which local sports records he considers the most "unbreakable".

And Pleasantville High School will certainly be the place to be later this month, as a cavalcade of star athletes descend on the Greyhounds' home for a worthy cause. It's the 2012 End Aids in Africa Basketball Showcase, a weekend-long event that's creating exposure for some of our area's most talented athletes and also raising money for Aids relief for those who need it most.

We spoke with the event's creator, Bruce Davenport, about what makes it so special for both the community and the world.

 

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