WILDWOOD – An all-points bulletin will be in effect throughout Wildwood Dec. 10 as members of the Wildwood Police Department search for the master of merry mischief, the Grinch.
Police will be running the Grinch out of town as part of the fourth annual “Pinch the GrYnch 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk.” The event will take off in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center Sat., Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
“We received a bulletin from Whoville saying the Grinch and his dog, Max, are headed in this direction and will be in town Dec. 10,” said Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto. “Our officers will be on high alert to pinch him and send him packing.” According to the chief, the Grinch has a rap sheet that includes impersonating Santa Claus, breaking and entering Who homes, purloining playthings and stealing roast beasts.
“These are tough times economically,” said Regalbuto. “It’s difficult for some families to put food on their tables, let alone toys under the tree.” To help ease the burden for those families, John Lynch and his army of helpers along with Wildwood police officers hope to make the holiday a Grinch-less one for local children.
Supporting the Grinch Run was an easy one for Wildwood police. The department has a long-standing relationship with John Lynch, executive director of the Lunch with Lynch Foundation. The foundation serves many needy families throughout Five Mile Island. A holiday offshoot of the Lunch with Lynch program, “The Lynch Who Stole Christmas from the Grinch,” provided toys, gift cards and warm coats to those in need.
“We’re hoping to have as many law enforcement officers as possible make the run,” said Regalbuto. “We’re encouraging all police departments to participate.”
Registration costs $30 per person, or $15 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.
For information about the run, including sponsorship, contact Regalbuto at (609) 522-0222 ext. 2330 or visit lunchwithlynch.com/pinch. Pre-registration for the race or walk can be done at www.active.com. Participants are encouraged to register prior to Dec. 9 to be guaranteed a Pinch the GrYnch T-shirt.