The Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) will be hosting its 16th annual Harbor Seal Run on Saturday, Nov. 2, rain or shine, on the Seaside Heights boardwalk starting 10am.
Runners may register for this 5K event at MMSC.org/5K, by calling or e-mailing event coordinator Lori Viggiano-Ditzel at (732) 963-7087 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or register in person at JR’s Ocean Grill, 601 Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, prior to or on the day of the event. The fee is $25 before Oct. 19, $30 after Oct. 19, and $33 on race day. Parking is free in Seaside Heights. Parking meters are in effect in Seaside Park.
Each runner receives a long-sleeve T-shirt and free after-race brunch at JR’s Ocean Grill with their registration. Race results will be posted at splitsecondracing.net
Many seals make the state of New Jersey their home. Typically seals are in New Jersey from November through April, with the summer months primarily finding them back in their northern habitats. In the past two years, however, the MMSC has seen an increase in seals that remain in the New Jersey area year-round, and have had had seals in-house, full-time without a break, during the seasonal trend.
Events such as this help the MMSC raise the funds it needs to meet the costly demands of nurturing sick or wounded marine mammals back to health and returning them to the wild.