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Chatham 11-Year-Old Barrett Raises his Game in Winning Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run

Chatham fifth-grader Joe Barrett, 11, is all smiles after he clocked 5:33 to win the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
11-year-old Joe Barrett clears the field in winning the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run Credits: Glenn Clark
The Decker family enjoy the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run at their first Fishawack since moving to Chatham a year ago, Pip and Meghan with Gabby, 2 1/2, and 5-year-old Ben Credits: TAP Chatham
Five-year-old Chatham friends Brennan LaMastro and James Veltri after Fishawack Fun Run Credits: TAP Chatham
Jean Earle with service puppy in training, Gerda, after participating in Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run Credits: TAP Chatham
The top three finishers in the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run, l to r: Luke Pike (3rd), Joe Barrett (1st) and Oliver McGrath Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham 11-year-olds Isabella Bickenbach and Kathryn Foley finished first and third, respectively, among girls in the Fishawack Fun Run Credits: TAP Chatham
Mr. Donut, Brian Hart and Amul Modi of Dunkin Donuts holds up "Fishawack" donut made for the occasion Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Dunkin Donuts proprietor Amul Modi holds "Chatham Runs on Dunkin" donut made for Fishawack race Credits: TAP Chatham
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Credits: Glenn Clark
Brennan LaMastro, 5, holds up his medal after completing Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run Credits: Glenn Clark

CHATHAM, NJ - Lafayette School student Joe Barrett runs the mile and 800 for the youth track program in Chatham, but the 11-year-old saved his best in winning the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday.

Barrett came into the run owning a 5:49 personal record in the mile, which he smashed by 16 seconds in clocking 5:33 to place first in the race. 

Chatham 11-year-old Joe Barrett crosses first in the Fishawack 1-Mile Fun Run

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The Decker family, who moved to Chatham from Hoboken about a year ago, had the whole family in action on Saturday, with dad, Pip, taking the kids, Gabby, 2 1/2, and 5-year-old Ben in and out of a stroller as he ran. Mom Meghan Decker followed up by competing in the 4-mile Fishawack race.

"This is our first Fishawack since we moved to Chatham," Meghan Decker said. "We were getting ready to move at this time last year."

Jean Earle used the fun run to help train her service puppy, Gerda, who is learning to ignore distractions while being an assistance dog. Earle reported that Gerda still needs some training.

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