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Published: August 9, 2009
A morning that was overcast during the prejudging ended up in a beautiful sunny day at the beach for the finals at the 2009 Mr. and Mrs. Jones Beach USA contest. For the second consecutive year, Dan Lurie and Steve Michalik brought Muscle Beach to the east coast by promoting an outdoor contest that included men and women’s bodybuilding, bikini, beach body, martial arts exhibitions and even a live salsa band.
At the end of a glorious day, 50-year-old Jim Caruso and 44-year-old Glenda Bozett took home their respective overall titles and beat out people half their age, proving once again that it is merely a number. For Bozett, it was her second consecutive time in the winner’s circle for the Jones Beach show.
Caruso, who went from a competitive bodybuilder in his younger days to “328 pounds of blubber,” as he described it, may have seemed an unlikely winner but proudly took home the hardware. “Even if I win the Mr. Universe contest tomorrow, I will always cherish this win the most,” he said afterwards.
Caruso put himself in the hands of Michalik, who saw that his pupil had what it takes to get back to where he once was. “He stopped feeling sorry for himself, and that was the biggest step,” Michalik said. Caruso drove 140 miles twice a week from his upstate, New York home to train with Michalik on Long Island and the results were obvious.
The 2008 Men’s Bodybuilding Overall winner, Steve Pecora, was a judge and guest poser.
Other winners in their divisions were:
1 -James Hopkins, 2- David Kantrowitz, 3 – Matt Votta
MEN’S MASTERS 40+
1 – Jose Monge, 2 – Tony Viglietta, 3 – John Solazzo
MEN’S MASTERS 50+
1 – Jim Caruso, 2- Ira Mlawer, 3 – Alan Feldman
MEN’S MASTERS 60+
1 – Roger Sigoda, 2 – Rusty Russo
Harry Reiter (91 years old)
Rusty Russo (three-time cancer survivor)
1- Glenda Bozett
1 – Dina Williams
1 – Alex Groumbas, 2 – Ira Mlawer, 3 – Erik Callendar
1 – William Neco, 2 – Greg Hellman, 3 – James Hopkins
1 – Victor Marte, 2 – Donald Perceval
1 – Jim Caruso, 2 – Tony Viglietta
1 – Dina Williams, 2 – Selena Liotta, 3 – Tara Sgroi
MEN’S BEACH BODY
BEST POSER AWARD
WOMEN”S BODYBUILDING OVERALL
MEN”S BODYBUILDING OVERALL
The contest’s official website iswww.jonesbeachusa.com.
Mr. Jones Beach – Steven Pecora (Overall, Tall and 40+ Champion)
Mrs. Jones Beach – Glenda Bozett (Women’s Overall)
Mr. Grand Master Jones Beach – Alan Feldman (50+ Champion)
Miss Swimsuit Bikini Jones Beach – Dorian Feleppa
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This is part of an exclusive series by MuscleSport Mag on the 2009 Mr. & Mrs. Jones Beach USA contest, for which we are one of the show’s official sponsors.
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