HOLMDEL, NJ — Was the alleged New Jersey "pooping superintendent" merely afflicted with a case of runner's diarrhea?
New Jersey — and the rest of America — continues to marvel at what could have possibly been behind the actions of Thomas Tramaglini, the Kenilworth superintendent accused of defecating on the Holmdel high track and football field multiple times. Holmdel police said the track team was stumbling over human feces "on a daily basis," and one Holmdel source told Patch it happened at least eight times in the past few months.
Tramaglini, 42, competed in the New York City marathon, and he only lives a few miles away from the track, in Matawan. It's very likely he could have used the Holmdel athletic complex for early-morning runs every day. And he was arrested at 5:50 a.m. Monday, April 30, after the school district put up cameras that allegedly caught him in the act.
Holmdel superintendent Robert McGarry did not get back to Patch when asked if the track was even open to the public in the early morning hours.
Anyone familiar with running knows about the unfortunate medical phenomenon of suddenly, very urgently, having to empty your bowels in the middle of a run. It even has nicknames: Runners' trots. Mud butt. Both men and women marathoners have been seen crossing finish lines with fecal matter, urine and even menstrual blood streaming down their legs. A Colorado woman nicknamed "the Mad Pooper" apologized to a neighboring family after she repeatedly pooped on their lawn during her morning runs.
And Superintendent Tramaglini is a serious runner, completing the New York City marathon in 2010 with an impressive finish time of 03:48:25, NJ.com reported.
But hang on a second, says one former long-distance athlete based in Rumson. That shouldn't happen on a few-mile jog around a high school track before work, and it shouldn't happen with every run, said Doug Rice, the president of the Sandy Hookers Triathlon Club.
"Four times around a track is one mile, so let's say he does a max of five miles every morning. And I really don't see him running more than that distance every day," said Rice. "It really shouldn't happen on that kind of run. It's not typical."
Rice, now 62, has completed 14 Ironmans, which consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and then a 26.2-mile run, a full marathon. He has also run three or four independent marathons. His company, Split-Second Racing, now times marathons up and down the Jersey Shore and in New York.
Sudden gastrointestinal upset is also really more about what you eat the night before, says Rice.
"I've been in situations training for an Ironman where we all pigged out on ribs the night before," he laughed. "And yeah, that sent us into the woods the next day."
Runner's diarrhea, while much talked about, isn't even all that common, even in marathons, he says.
"Let's say out of 1,000 runners, you'd maybe have two that have a 'bathroom problem.' That's about the norm," he said. "But it shouldn't happen on a daily run of a few miles. How did he even get through a marathon without stopping every four miles?"
Rice has never met Tramaglini. And the superintendent has declined to speak publicly about his arrest. He shouted "No comment!" to reporters camped out in front of his house at 10 a.m. Friday morning.
"I think he has some kind of issue," said Rice. "But he should address it if he's going to keep running."
Tramaglini is due in Holmdel municipal court May 30 at 10 a.m. to answer to the charges of lewdness, littering and defecating in public. He has been suspended with pay from his $147,504-a-year job as superintendent of the Kenilworth school system.
Photo of Thomas Tramaglini from the Kenilworth school district. Middle image via Shutterstock.
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Publish date : 2018-05-04 17:04:47