Annual Manasquan Turkey Run canceled, set to resume in 2021

Last year's Turkey Run drew nearly 2,800 runners to the streets of Manasquan. This year, the event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

MANASQUAN — The borough’s annual Thanksgiving-time tradition, the Turkey Run, has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a tough decision with the uncertainty, but it was the safest decision,” race director Carmen Triggiano, said. “We’ll definitely be back in 2021.”

Mr. Triggiano said he and the race committee had been thinking about the race for the last several months, but were waiting to see how the rest of the year unfolded. He added that the decision to cancel the event was made with the safety of participants and residents in mind.


“This is such an unpredictable virus going around,” Mr. Triggiano said, adding that he was “waiting to see if a miracle happened and things turned around” or the governor issued guidance for races.

After hearing about other events and larger races being canceled, he said the decision to cancel made sense for Manasquan, especially due to the popularity of the race, which attracts between 3,000 and 5,000 participants each year.

“It’s great for the town and it will be great for the town in 2021. We’re just putting the breaks on for 2020 and hope everybody stays safe and healthy through this year,” he said.

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