Manahawkin Man Doesn’t Win Race, Just Top Prize for Nasty Outfit

They’re OFF!: Runners choose off from the setting up line for the Unattractive Christmas Sweater celebration Dec. 11. This year’s race had 73 finishers. (Photos by David Biggy)
Eric Chambers certainly is aware of how to make an unattractive perception with his clothing. And he wore his greatest to run a 5K via downtown Manahawkin on Dec. 11.
“I employed to dress in billboard shorts for a extended time, and I experienced to wear Hawaiian shirts as a bartender,” mentioned Chambers, a Seaside Haven West resident who concluded 27th in the Ugly Christmas Sweater race but, a lot more importantly, took dwelling the prime prize for the nastiest of getups. “One day I saw these purple shorts and inexperienced shirt and considered they’d be the quintessential, god-terrible Xmas outfit.”
Alright, so he was not putting on a sweater. Major offer. But the inexperienced, collared, white floral-patterned shirt and white floral pattern on the pink shorts were a little bit harsh to glance at, especially whilst shifting.
WHAT IS THAT?: Manahawkin’s Eric Chambers heads for the finish line in what afterwards was voted the ugliest outfit at this year’s Hideous Christmas Sweater 5K.
“I did not have a sweater, so I had to come up with a little something,” he claimed. “The shorts were being on my shelf and the shirt was in the closet. They are often accessible. You never know when you’re going to have to have a god-awful Xmas outfit.”
Curiously, Brian Stanziano didn’t have a sweater, possibly.
“I only have awesome sweaters,” Stanziano said soon after clocking a time of 19 minutes, 15.5 seconds to get the race. “It was really also warm for one particular, anyway. Possibly next 12 months I’ll carry just one.”
The 40-yr-outdated from Medford – he grew up in Barnegat – outpaced second-spot finisher Jesse Groem, who concluded in 19:46.2, by 10 seconds per mile. Manahawkin’s Jeff Roma location third in 19.58.4, although Neptune’s Christen McCafferty was the initial feminine across the line, in fourth put.
“Brian and I are instruction companions,” McCafferty stated right after she crossed the finish line in 20:24.. “We do a great deal of extended runs just about every weekend, probably 11 to 15 miles to get in our education. But these days I wanted to run as even as possible, not go out too hard. I just required to crack 21 minutes, and I did that.”
Mateo Pasqualicchio swiped the fifth spot overall with a time of 20:49.7, although Surf City’s Sarah Hodgson snagged sixth all round and the second spot among the women in 20:59.5, adopted by Manahawkin’s Christopher Modest in seventh at 21:04.3. Lengthy Seaside Township’s Patrick Pietrefesa was eighth in 21:04.6, with Frank Ruggiano of Lacey taking ninth in 21:24.4, and Surf City’s Avery Walters closing out the leading 10 with a time of 21:31.6.
This year’s race, a reward for St. Mary Academy, experienced 73 finishers, the youngest staying 7-calendar year-aged Devyn Oliva, accompanied by her mother, Alyssa, and her sister, 9-year-old Kadence. The oldest was 71-yr-old Salvatore Ferrentino, who put 17th in general in 23:35.4.
— David Biggy
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