Manasquan Turkey Run makes record return with 3,000 runners competing

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[ALISSA DELEO THE COAST STAR] 3,000 runners crossed the finish line of the turkey run in Manasquan on Saturday morning.

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Turkey Run, a 36-year Thanksgiving-time tradition, made a triumphant return on Saturday morning. 

“It’s a great event for the community. Obviously, Manasquan benefits from it, and the community comes together with the turkey run,” said Carmen Triggiano, Director of the Manasquan Turkey Run. 

Mr. Triggiano has been involved in the race for 20 years and took over as director of the run seven years ago. 

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In the history of the race, it has only been canceled twice. Last year the race was canceled due to the coronavirus, and in 2012 it was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.  

“This year was our biggest year yet,” said Mr. Triggiano. “It’s like we didn’t miss a beat, from sign-ups to shirt pick up and in-person registration on Thursday and Friday, it’s like we didn’t cancel last year.”  

Mr. Triggiano added that runners from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and even Georgia came to Manasquan to participate in the turkey run. 

In-person registration and t-shirt pick-up took place on Nov. 18 and 19. at Leggett’s Sand Bar, in Manasquan. Online registration was also available. “We were actually ahead number-wise as of last week by a few hundred compared to other years based on the online sign-up,” noted Mr. Triggiano.

Peter Gencarelli of Point Pleasant shared that it was his first time running in the turkey run. “I just started running again recently because I needed to get back into shape, and I needed some sort of goal to work towards, and this was the start of it.” He shared that he plans on running in the Asbury Park Half Marathon in April. “I am also hoping to do the full marathon in NYC next year.”

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