Sunday, December 13, 2015

Super Santa in Morris Township

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, December 13, 2015


Have some fun next Saturday, December 19th in Morris Township running a 5K with a whole herd of Santas.  Yes, Super Santa is upon us.  

Brought to you by the same folks that gave you Super Halloween Half Marathon in October, the Pre-Game four miler in February, the Saint Patty’s 5K in March and the Super Hero Half Marathon in May.   As their titles say, most are themed races and on the 19th, Morris Township kids won’t believe their eyes as the running Santas streak down the road.

“We enjoy this race,” said Heather McDermott, one of two partners in Super Hero races.  “Almost every one dresses up, even the speedsters.”

Speedster Michael Founder of Princeton finished the race first in 16:02 dressed as an elf, according to McDermott.

“We get Grinch’s, snowmen, snow women, reindeer, and of course lots of Santas,” she said.  “We give out prizes for the best costumes.”

The race is a true community event, with the Morris Township fire department opening their garage for the post-run festivities.  On a chilly day that has to be a draw for the runners.

“We really appreciate that!”  she said.  “The American Red Cross is the official charity group. They give us a lot of great volunteers and are led by local marathoner Paul Sullivan.”

For the first time for the race all finishers will receive a Super Santa finisher medal.

Also for the first time, a new photography service will make runner’s photos available almost immediately after the race and can be easily shared on social media.

Race day registration and packet pickup will take place at the Morris Township Fire Department at 2 Dwyer Lane, next to Ginty Field.
Get a head start and pick up your race packet at the Morristown Running Company on South Street from December 16th-18th.


At a race like the Ashenfelter 8Kthat took place in Glen Ridge on Thanksgiving morning with really large number of runners you will see a lot of strange things.  Maybe none as strange as was reported by Bruce Langenkamp of Wharton.

Langenkamp is highly competitive in his M65 division so was close to the front line for the start.  Like other competitive runners he knew he needed to be well placed so as to avoid the crush of runners that would be surging forward at the start.  Langenkamp had notice three men who appeared to be friends who would be racing together.

“When the gun went off, we all started, but it was only about fifty yards later, one of those three stopped and turned around,” said Langenkamp.  “He started going back towards the starting line into the middle of the crowd!”

That move caused a chain reaction with a runner from the Raritan Valley club stopping to avoid the reverse order runner, causing Langenkamp to hit the brakes too.

“We both side-stepped the idiot and got back into running,” said Langenkamp. 

Why did the runner reverse course and head back into a crowd of over three thousand runners? 
Langenkamp got his answer a bit further in the race.

“The idiot came running past me and caught up to his buddies,” he said.  “He proudly told them that he had gotten his cell phone back after apparently dropping it at the start.”

We’ve all read of crazy things people have done to retrieve a phone, but this may be the first time a runner pulled a U-turn into a stampede to find his phone. 


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