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Who is area’s ‘Fastest Server’?

(July 18, 2014) Seacrets is calling all servers in the resort to put their skills to the test Tuesday, July 22, in the fifth annual Cool Runnin’s Fastest Server on Da Beach contest.

Dozens of servers, including Gino Fonderoli, representing bars and restaurants in Ocean City and the surrounding areas compete in Seacrets’ fourth annual “Cool Runnin’s Fastest Server On Da Beach” competition last year at the 49th Street hotspot.

Servers will dash through the 49th Street restaurant’s beach obstacle course carrying a tray of drinks as they vie for the first-place package worth $1,000. Spectators are invited to watch and enjoy specials on Seacrets’ Tropicale beer and spiced rum during the event, with no cover charge.

Proceeds will go to the Believe in Tomorrow House by the Sea, a charity organization providing critically ill children and their families a much-needed respite at the beach away from the everyday stresses of a child’s illness.

“The more people that come watch it, the more fun it is,” said Christine Komlos, event organizer and Seacrets’ front-of-house manager. “We try to get as many people here as we can to watch it and hopefully buy raffle tickets and support the Believe in Tomorrow House.”

Komlos and Kitchen Manager D.J. Shirk brainstormed the Cool Runnin’s competition five years ago as a way to have fun and raise funds for a good cause.

Last year, around 65 people participated in the contest with one of Seacrets’ own, Kelsey Willison, taking home first place, and Seacrets gave more than $1,000 to Believe in Tomorrow, Komlos said.

The challenges takes waiters and waitresses one-at-a-time up the hill in front of Seacrets’ Beach Stage and back as they dodge tires, tables and chairs and navigate a small pool and even a limbo stick. The whole time, servers carry a tray loaded with Tropicale bottles, a plastic wine glass and a can of Red Bull, one of the event’s sponsors.

“We make it pretty difficult,” Komlos said. “They cannot touch the tray with their other hand and if anything falls over, they’re automatically disqualified.”

The fastest time wins and the first-place finisher takes home a gift pack loaded with at least $1,000 of gift cards, rounds of golf, cash and even a laptop, all donated by local businesses. Last year, the basket was worth approximately $2,000, Komlos said.

Believe in Tomorrow will also be onsite selling 50/50 raffle tickets and merchandise, such as T-shirts and wristbands throughout the event, which starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until the last server has run the course. Ten volunteers from the organization help judge the course, Komlos said.

There will be coolers of Red Bull on hand for the racers, “which helps with their energy level,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Komlos said. “It’s for an awesome charity — that’s what it’s all about and it brings the town together.”

Registration starts at noon for the Cool Runnin’s Fastest Server on Da Beach contest. The competition will kick off at 1 p.m. next Tuesday. The $20 registration fee will benefit the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation. Waiters and waitresses must work in the Ocean City area and be 21 or older to participate.

For more information, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900 or visit www.seacrets.com.

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