2013 Race Director Update #8 – April 14 (3 weeks until The New Jersey Marathon Weekend)

Where does the Race Start? Monmouth Park, in Oceanport, NJ

Bib # and corral assignments: Prior to the opening of the Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo, we will be sending every registered participant an important document; the “2013 New Jersey Marathon, Long Branch Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay Confirmation Form”, via the email address entered during registration

That document will contain vital registration information, including your bib #, starting corral assignment, and the event waiver.  The first emails are scheduled to be sent on April 16th to everyone registered prior to April 11th.  The final batch of emails will be sent a few days after the close of on-line registration to everyone registered after April 10th.

Bringing the verified and signed Confirmation Form with you to the Expo will speed up the race packet pick-up process.  Please note: Blank forms will be available at the Expo, along with computers to look up your bib #, etc. if needed.

Race Packet Pick-up Info: Please review the web page Packet Pick-up Information prior to arriving at the Expo, to ensure that you have everything that you need. This will make your experience during Race Packet Pick-up as easy as possible.  If you are unable to pick up your race packet during the Expo hours, you may send a proxy to pick it up for you. If you cannot find someone to be your proxy, you can hire someone to act as your proxy. Please see the “Special Proxy Packet Pick-up Service” information below for that information.

Special Proxy Packet Pick-Up Service: For those participants not arriving until Sunday morning.

We will assemble a group of people who will pick up your race packet at the Expo and have it ready for you on Sunday morning – at a location near the start area. The details are below:

Important –

  • Advanced reservations are required.
  • The registration application for the proxy packet pick-up service can be found here
  • You must sign up for this reservation-only service which will close prior to the opening of the Expo on May 3rd.
  • Any questions regarding this service should be directed to Info@NJMarathon.org.

Starting Corral Assignments: Here are the times which have been assigned to the starting corrals:


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 Race Day Weather: The weather varies from year to year on race day. When planning for your race, please remember to have a plan for: cold, rain, wind, sun, heat, humidity, etc. You should understand how to deal with each of these conditions during your race, and adjust your race strategy (goal) accordingly. For example, it can be dangerous to try to PR if we change the warning signs to anything other than green (please refer to Race Director Update # 2 for a description of the warning system). An archive of all previous RD Updates is available from the home page of our website. Here’s a direct link to the archive.

Parking at the Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo: Parking during the Expo, on May 4th and 5th, will be inside the Grandstand gates in Monmouth Park.  Watch for signs as you drive along Oceanport Ave. Important – Prior to heading to the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your race packet (or sending your Proxy), Please Review” Packet Pick-Up Instructions, and don’t forget to also check out the free speakers, classes, etc.

Parking on Race Day: Parking on race day will occur in many lots inside the park gates and also in lots surrounding the park. The lots will open at 4:30 am on May 5th. Signboards and police officers will direct you to the best available entrance.  Please pay attention to the signs and directions in order to speed up the process.  Our parking staff will be in the lots directing you exactly where to park. Please park as instructed, so that we can park everyone as quickly as possible.  Please note: If you wish to be dropped off prior to the start, please watch for the drop-off area signs and follow police instructions. Important cars in the drop-off area may NOT park. DO NOT DROP ANYONE OFF OUTSIDE THE DROP OFF AREA, AS THAT WILL SLOW DOWN PARKING FOR OTHERS.

Traffic on Race Day: Traffic on race day morning has been very heavy each of the past several years.  This is especially the case about an hour prior to race start time, as a majority of people seem to arrive at about that same time. In order to take traffic stress out of race day morning, plan on carpooling, arriving early or take the Special New Jersey Marathon Race Day Train, and enjoy a more relaxing race day experience!  Monmouth Park has places to top off your fuel (bananas, bagels, peanut butter, etc.) and hydration (water, coffee, tea, etc.), warm up, stretch, get out of the crowds and the weather, and/or unhydrate, etc. The thoroughbreds will likely be training early in the morning. Watching them can be a great way to relax prior to your race, which certainly beats sitting in traffic!

Everyone driving east on Rt. 36 toward Monmouth Park on race day morning will be directed to turn left onto either County Road 537, Oceanport Ave. or Victor Ave. Please pay attention to the police directions as they implement the plan.

Important – All participants must complete the Emergency Information on the back for their bibs in ball-point pen.

We Want to Hear Why You Run: Email us your stories! If selected you may be featured on our Facebook page, in newsletters, or promotional materials. We’ve received a number of good ones, and we know that there are more of you out there. Inspire us and others, please!

Helping Us Help Others: Move for Hunger will be conducting a food drive during the Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo. Please remember, it’s “cans in hands” when heading to the Expo.  (Collection bins will also be available at the finish on race day.) Please help us to end hunger right here in The Garden State!!!

We are also attempting to change the lives of families in African villages by donating used athletic shoes to the MORE Foundation during the Expo. It takes the proceeds from 600 pairs to sustain a family for a year, and we’d like to adopt several families this year! Thank you for joining with us in this very worth-while effort!  Together in 2012, we provided the Agozi Moses Family with the MORE Foundation benefits. Thank you!

Today! Thank you to everyone who joined us today for their training run.  We enjoyed hosting you three weeks before race day, and were pleased to hear of, and read about, the positive experiences you had on the race courses today.  I’m sure that we all hope that was a preview of race day weather this morning!

Best wishes during your training and on race day,

Joe Gigas, Executive Race Director

10 thoughts on “2013 Race Director Update #8 – April 14 (3 weeks until The New Jersey Marathon Weekend)

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