SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — Due to restrictions currently in place, Chowderfest 2020 has morphed into a whole month of activities, chowder purchasing, merchant sales, online Chowderwear store, and a brand new virtual run component. 

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce who is the organizer of the festivities recognizes that this is an opportunity to keep the community safe and keep this popular 32-year event on the 2020 calendar will present the inaugural Chowder Run Walk Bike Challenge as part of the ChowdeRestaurant & Merchant Month.

The Chowder Run + Bike will be at the challenger's own pace, as they set their own course. Registered participants can log in and track their time and distance completing in a day or within the month. The Virtual Chowder Run Challenge will have a real-time leaderboard, They will have access to a downloadable competitor bib and can choose to take part in a 5 Mile Walk/Run, 10 Mile Walk/Run, a 10 or 20 Mile Bike Challenge. All races have a $25 entry fee with a $1.25 sign up fee. This cost includes real-time race stats, official Chowder Run Challenge 2020 medal, exclusive runner Facebook Group, participant runner bib and finisher certificate. The medal will be sent upon completion and will be the first edition to be worn to next year's fest with pride. Individual families or teams of challengers can make this part of their fall schedule, registrations are online now with the challenge taking place September 5 through October 4. To register for challenge order merchandise or sign up for free online chowder voting go to

There is an optional donation page to raise funds for Southern Ocean Chamber Association, a 501c3 founded during the chamber's 105th anniversary year to provide programming to advance businesses and nonprofits in the region. Sponsors joining Southern Ocean County Chamber to Soup up the local economy by presenting this clamtastic event are The Sandpaper/Beachcomber, AtlantiCare,  G. Anderson Agency, Anderson Insurance Agency, Atlantic States Group, Beasley Media Group, Bud Light, Ritchie & Page, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism and Sysco.