MANASQUAN — Competitors and spectators alike are set to line both sides of the Manasquan Inlet this Sunday, Oct. 8 for a day of fun and competition at the fifth annual Intracoastal Tug, presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 14.
After being halted by the COVID pandemic in 2020, the Intracoastal Tug is going strong into its fifth iteration. As always, the main event is a large-scale tug of war between representatives from Manasquan and Point Pleasant Beach, spanning the 450-foot-wide Manasquan Inlet, which separates the boroughs.
“The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, the inlet will not be closed the entire time,” said an announcement from the Tug Committee. The inlet will be closed from 12 to 1:10 p.m., as well as between 1:40 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.
This year, the tug’s stakes are higher than ever — Manasquan and Point Beach teams will each be vying for their respective third victory, breaking a half-decade record that is currently tied 2-2. In 2022, Point Beach was the victor, coming out on top and solidifying the tie; meaning the coveted Mayor’s Trophy has sat in Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra’s office for the past year.
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