Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Sand Squatch

Rt. 35 S.

Seaside Park, NJ 8 Miler, 4 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. May 4, 2019



In a galaxy far, far away, the stars have aligned. One of the most celebrated days of the year is falling on a Saturday in 2019.... MAY THE FOURTH... We will be celebrating May the Fourth at Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, NJ with a beach race! Though we can't guarantee that you will see Sand People or Banthas, there will definitely be Sasquatch-sightings. We are excited to offer several different events at the Sand Squatch! Runners can sign-up for a 4-miler or an 8-miler. We are also offering a Lifeguard Division for the 4- and 8-miler races. The 4 and 8 mile races, including the Lifeguard Division, start at 3PM. Mini-Squatch-Padawans can register for the Kids Fun Run! All of the events will start and finish at "Ocean Swimming Area #1". The Kids Fun Run will start at 2:30PM. May the Squatch be with you... Always.


Calling all Lifeguards! Everyone likes a little "friendly competition", right? The competition in the Lifeguard Division is expected to be even better than the Boonta Eve Classic. Lifeguard Patrols can register 4 guards per team. We will have special awards for the winning Lifeguard Team! At the end of the race, we will add up each team-members finishing place in the overall 4 mile race or the overall 8 mile race: the team with the lowest score wins!
For example:
In the 8 mile race, Team Seaside Park places 8th, 14th, 20th and 21st; their score = 63
and Team Belmar places 1st, 2nd, 16th and 33rd ; their score = 52
Team Belmar would win the 8 mile Lifeguard Division.


Mini-Squatch-Padawans can register for the Kids Fun Run 500 meter dash. They will follow the same course as the 4- and 8-mile course but will turn back to the start/finish after running a few hundred feet on the beach.

Does your mini-squatch want to run the main event? We are excited to offer family discounts for our 2019. Please email us BEFORE you register so we can offer you the discount code when registering your family!


We want the WHOLE family to come out to our events! We have a special discount code for families registering 3 or more Squatches in the same household. Please email before you register so we can give you the code! Sassquad Trail Running is proud to offer 20% off all events to all active duty military and Veterans. Must provide proof of service. Please email before you register for an event so we can provide you with a discount code. NYNJ Trail Conference members can receive 10% off of registration; please email for the NYNJTC discount code!


Q: Can I sign my kids up for the 4-miler or 8-miler Sand Squatch?
A: Yes! This is a family friendly event. If you want to sign your kids up for the 4- or 8-miler runs, you'll need to stay with them the entire time. Be sure to register your child separately and agree to the waiver for minors. And make sure to keep track of little Luke and Leia before during and after the event. We only have 1 search-party and they're already out there looking for Sasquatch.

Q: What's the weather like in Seaside Park, NJ in May?
A: Well, it will be another unusually mild day with a Leia of cloud covering the shoreline, but if you Luke father west you will be seeing a glimmer of sunshine, if you're wookiee. However, there will be a fairly light breeze, the force is strong though for the east side of the island and then later that night the weather strikes back as a deep area of low pressure pushes in from the west, creating storm-like conditions. Don't be a trooper, please take care on the roads, it could be difficult driving conditions. Now, if you're forced to awaken early that morning, it will be on the dark side but as you can see, fairly mild with temperatures in double digits. Far, far away to the south-east of the island, there's a new hope for some sunshine developing in the afternoon.

Q: Are you serious?
A: Yes. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind...... Average temps are in the high 60's. It's usually windy on the beach so bring a light layer with you.

Q: I could get lost in a brown paper bag. I'm scared I'll get lost on the beach. Will the course be marked?
A: Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Just follow the flags and you won't get lost.

Q: What is the course like?
A: Runners will start on the BEACH! After running down to the water, runners will go about 2 miles down to the left and run back to the start/finish to complete the 4 miles. 8 milers will go back out and run 2 miles down to the right and back to the start/finish.

Q: I don't want to run, are there any volunteer opportunities?
A: Yes! We always need Sassy Volunteers! Click the "Volunteer" button at the top of the page!

Q: If I sign up for the 8 mi but don't feel like running another loop once I finish the first one, can I stop running?
A: I find your lack of faith disturbing. But yes, of course you can drop down to a 4 mi.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sorry, but Chewy cannot run with you. But since there is a pet expo going on right next door, we encourage you check that out with Chewy before the race!

Q: I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Should I still sign up for the race?
A: Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. That's the only way to become what you were meant to be.

Q: Talk to me about finishers' swag! What do I get to take home with me after I finish the race?
A: This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless!

Q: Ok Yoda, enough with the Star Wars Quotes. Tell me about the SWAG!
A: Ok, Ok.... Well, besides memories that will last a lifetime, every runner will receive a handmade squatchtastic finishers keepsake and a beach bag! We will have squatchy awards for the top male and female runners!

Q: Are there restrooms at the race?
A: Yes, there are "real" (not portapottys!) restrooms. next to the start/finish area.


MAY THE SQUATCH BE WITH YOU... ALWAYS! Don't miss out on these sweet drifit gender-specific tank tops! We have a lot of other squatchtastic gear available for purchase. Click on the Store link above to check out all of the Squatch Gear! We will also have the gear available for purchase at the race!


Thank you to our friends at Sneaker Factory, NJ! Sneaker Factory supports Sassquad Trail Running on and off the trails to help make the events as squatchtastic as possible! The Sneaker Factory is NJ's source for all things running: New Jersey's oldest and most well-known running store, originally opened in Millburn in 1978. Stop by one of our three convenient neighborhood locations and let us help you find the "perfect ride for every stride." Millburn, Florham Park and Basking Ridge.


Join the Sassy Volunteer Squad! We need help with check-in, timing, sweeping the course and cleaning up. Are you registered for a race that requires volunteer hours? We can sign-off on the hours that you log at the Sand Squatch! Volunteer to provide delicious food for our aid station and we can sign-off on your prep time! We love our volunteer team and we are always looking to add more Sassy members to the Volunteer Squad!


We are a community of SASQUATCH-lovin' trail runners. Our goal is to provide FUN and challenging events for a reasonable cost and a worthy cause. (We like to think that) We have a good sense of humor, a full arsenal of sarcastic wit, useless trivia facts and a deep appreciation for cinematic masterpieces (as evidenced multiple times already). Follow us on Instagram @sassquadtrailrunning and like us on Facebook to get all of our Squatchy updates:

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