2013 Race Director Update #5 – Mar. 24 (6 weeks to The New Jersey Marathon Weekend)

 Timing & Scoring:

You must start in the correct time slot: Half & Relay = 6:45 am; Full = 8:00 am;   If you line-up and start at the wrong time (in the wrong race), you will be Disqualified (DQ’d). Please don’t let that happen!

All events will be timed and scored using computer chip technology.  Please do not wear any old timing chips from other races! Your times will be recorded as you cross the mats at the start line, on the course and at the finish line.  Your elapsed time will be measured from the time your chip crosses the start line and the finish line (except for those in Corral A).  There is no advantage to be gained by being in a corral other than the one for your expected finish time, as we are NOT using gun time for any corral other than A.

Every Corral A assignment will be verified by the race staff.   There will be no assignment into corral A without a verified finish time on a USATF certified course within the last three years and which meets all of our race criteria.

All other corrals will be spot verified.  If any verification fails, that person will be assigned to the last corral.  In addition, any estimated finish time which is faster than expected corral A times will be reviewed and may be assigned to the last corral if not verifiable (close to world record pace or faster – yes people have entered estimated finish times faster than the current world records).

For the Half and Full Marathons, your timing chip is securely attached to your Bib. Do not fold the Bib or crimp the transponder since this may cause a malfunction and your finish results will not be recorded.  Please wear it on top of your outermost garment to ensure a proper read at each mat, and so you can easily find your pictures on MarathonFoto.com.

For Relay participants, your timing chip is attached to a strap that needs to be attached to you while on the course, and must be handed off inside the Transition area, and turned-in at the Finish!  Please wear the strap on the outside of your outermost garment to ensure a proper read at each mat, and so you can easily find your pictures on MarathonFoto.com.  Each of you will be wearing two bibs pinned to your shirts.  Please see RD Update #4 for details.

Please note: Any estimated finish times which are slower than the maximum posted finish times will be contacted and may be refused entry into our race.  We have contacted about two dozen people in that category and will be reaching out to the few who have not yet responded, in order to clear up any mistakes during registration.  Please respond to our emails and phone calls if contacted by us before improper registrations are cancelled!  In many cases it is just a result of an error during your registration and can easily be corrected.

There is a cut-off time at the 5 mile mark.  Those slower than the maximum finish time pace will have walked almost 5 miles only to  be asked to leave the course without a medal or finisher’s certificate!  We sincerely hope that will not happen, and ask for your cooperation in responding to our emails and phone calls as we would rather discuss alternative races instead of denying an entry.

Registration Confirmation & Packet Pick Up:

If you registered either directly from Active.com or by clicking the “Register Now!” button on our website to get to Active.com, please go to our website and click on the ”Confirm Registration” button, enter your name, and click on “search”. If you registered via our private registration channel, please click on the private registration confirmation link which was sent to you, or to the charity through which you registered (ask your charity about verifying your registration).

NO Registrations on Race Day!:

IF we haven’t sold out a particular race by the close of on-line registrations on April 28th, we will offer in-person registrations during the Expo hours (Full and Half ONLY – we will not create any new Relay Teams during the Expo – however team member changes to an existing team will be available during the Expo). If you haven’t registered by the close of the Expo on Saturday, you will not be racing with us on Sunday!  Our timing and scoring database is finalized at the close of registration and so is our Emergency Management database.  This data is then given to both groups and entered into their systems.

Race Packet Pick-up:

Race packets will be available for pick-up at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ only. We do not mail race packets.  However, if you are unable to pick up your race packet during the Expo hours you have two choices: 1) you may choose to send a Proxy (e.g., a relative or friend) to pick it up for you during the Expo hours, or 2) If you don’t have a proxy, you can hire a proxy ($25.00) who will pick up your race packet for you, and have it available for you on race day morning.  Click here for the Proxy Pick-up Service form

Special NJ Transit Train to the Start Line:

In conjunction with our Green Initiative, in order to reduce traffic and parking delays on race day morning, and to provide convenient transportation for our participants, we will again provide a train from NYC Penn Station on race day morning.

Please note: this train will require $10 pre-purchased tickets in order to board.  No tickets will be sold at the stations or on the train. This train will not appear on any NJ Transit schedule as it is a private train, hired by The New Jersey Marathon.  The schedule will be finalized on our website very soon. We expect the train to leave NY Penn Station at about 5 am on Sunday, May 5th, and will arrive at Monmouth Park by about 6:05 am.  This train will also be stopping at: Penn Station (Newark), Rahway, Matawan and Middletown in New Jersey before arriving at Monmouth Park.  Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

Very Important Registration Document:

Every registered participant as of April 5th will be sent an important message about three weeks prior to race day, via the email address which they entered during registration.  For participants who register after April 5th, the email will be sent within a few days after the close of on-line registration (which will close no later than on April 28th).  This email will contain the Registration Confirmation and Waiver Form which includes registration information, which you should verify, as well as your Bib #. YOU, OR YOUR PROXY, WILL NEED THIS SIGNED ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, along with a photo ID (copy if by proxy), to pick up your race packet. Details are available at:  Packet Pickup Information.

Please note: Participants are required to complete the Emergency Information on the reverse-side of their Bibs, in ball-point pen!  It is much easier to do so prior to race day (you should pin your Bib to your shirt prior to race day). Those using the Proxy Pick-up Service should remember to fill it out prior to pinning on your Bib.

Tune-up Training Run on the courses:

Please mark your calendar for another New Jersey Marathon sponsored tune-up training run on Sunday, April 14 (three weeks prior to race day).  We will have a 10 miler (8 am start) and a 20 miler (7 am start) “Last Long Training Run”, on parts of the course.  We will start in Pier Village, in waves of about 10-15 people.  Please note: the roads will not be closed, so be sure to run against the traffic and obey all traffic lights and signs. The course will be well marked at each turn, with self-service fluid stations (Gatorade, water, GU) at key locations, or approximately at 3 mile intervals. Light refreshments will be on hand afterwards.

Please “Join” our event on Facebook at:  Events on Facebook.  We need a headcount to finalize our planning so please let us know that you’ll be training with us on that day by clicking on “Join” for the event. Clicking “Like” does not confirm attendance.  For safety reasons we must limit the total number of people training with us that day to the first 600 who “Join”. Don’t miss out!  It’s a great way to train with others of similar pace, experience parts of the courses in preparation for race day, and IT’S FREE!!!

To review all previous Race Director Event Updates please go to the following link: View RD Updates.

Best wishes during your training and on race day,

Joe Gigas, Executive Race Director

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