2014 Race Director Update #3

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18th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, April 25-27

Full Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, Health & Fitness Expo, 5K, Family Events & Kids Races

 Race Director Update #3 – 8 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for The 18th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon Weekend. In an effort to make your participation more enjoyable here is the second in the series of brief weekly messages. Copies of these messages will also be available on our: Website.

Summary – Smooth Sailing on Race Day – See Race Director Update #1 for more details:

  1. Pre-Race: Carpool and be in the parking lots between 75-120 minutes early. or Take the Special Race Day Train to the Start for $10, Click here for a ticket.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Note: Parking costs $5, pay now to speed up your exit.  Click here for a pass.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15, Click here for a pass.
  4. Post-Race – Getting to your vehicle: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train from Long Branch Station (doesn’t stop at Monmouth Park), walk to a parking lot near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to Monmouth Park.
  5. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm, clothing after your race!
  6. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo. Paid service on race day morning ($25), Click here to register. Note: No Registration on Race Day, except for 5K.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here for special race day security info.

1. ROCstars:
Let us know if you don’t see your name on the list of ROCstars and you think it should be there, or if your name is on the list and you’ve been racing with us prior to the beginning of our list (prior to 2010).  In either case, send an email to: Support@NJMarathon.org so that we can include everyone who qualifies.

2. Expo:

Parking on both days of the New Jersey Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public (Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm).  This parking will be inside the gates of Monmouth Park, in the “Grandstand” lots adjacent to the Start Line. Please note: these lots will not be used on race day.

Here’s a link to the current Expo Floor Plan layout. Please note: this layout is not final and does not show the complete list of expo vendors, however it will give you an idea of the overall Expo layout this year.

For returning athletes, spectators and staff: while there are a few changes this year, you’ll be familiar with the general layout of this floor plan as it’s very similar to the 2013 floor plan.

For first time attendees: the floor plan layout basically divides the Grandstand building into halves.  The main Expo Vendor area will be in the top half of the drawing, as you come in the ENTRANCE doors (upper left of the drawing).  The normal traffic flow on this layout is to the lower left past the Info Desk, Souvenir Shop and pass through area into the Race Packet Pick-up area and then out to the Expo Booths.

Race Packet Pick-up: Packet Pick-up instructions are available on our website.  Click here to review these important details.

Prior to race day, we will be sending every registered participant, in each of our races, an important email message, via the email address which you entered during registration.  That email will contain the “2014 Registration Confirmation and Waiver Form” which will contain your registration information. Verify that information and notice your bib # and starting corral assignment.  Bring the signed form to the Expo and simply head into the Race Packet Pick-up area.  Look for your bib number on the signs above the tables for your particular race.

Notice the order of the bib # tables on the floor plan layout.  Each table will have a range of bib numbers for a particular race on them and signs above showing which bib #s are at each table.  Scan the signs to find the table with your bib # (somewhere between the lowest and highest number on the sign) and step up to the table with the proper ID and signed form.

If you don’t have the form with you, head into the Bib Number Look-up Area, step up to a tablet/laptop, search for the information and fill out and sign the form at that time (blank forms will be available there).  After the form is ready continue into the Packet Pick-up Area as described above.

Please note: Once you’ve received your race bib (Note: timing tags and any pre-purchased Start Area Parking passes will be attached on the back of the bib), remember to head to the Shirt Distribution Area for your race shirt, official race day gear bag, etc.

Solutions, Registration, VIPs and Tickets Desks: – (located after the Relay bib tables).
Solutions – If something is not as expected on your registration or bib, etc. just stop by our Solutions Desk to request a solution.
Registration – If we haven’t sold out our 5K, Half or Full Marathon registrations, you will be able to register on-line at the Expo at a bank of tables/laptops on the left-hand side of the packet pick-up area.  Our Registration Desk will be able to provide your bib/timing chip, shirt, etc.  Please note: No new Relay Teams may be registered.
VIPs – Pick up your entire race packet (bib #, timing tag, race shirt, gear bag, etc.) at the VIP desk in one stop.
Tickets – Pre-purchased tickets/passes not mailed to you will be available for pick-up at our Tickets Desk.  Purchases may still be available here for our VIP program, Race Day Train and Start & Finish parking.

Picking up a Race Packet for someone else: Tables will be available, along the left hand side of the Race Packet Pick-up area, with forms to be filled out if you’re picking up a race packet for someone else.  To save time you can download the Proxy Pick-up Form from our website prior to arriving at the Expo.

Expo Speaker Series: We will be hosting a series of presentations throughout both days of the Expo.  Here’s what we have so far (more topics/presenters will be added prior to the opening of the Expo, along with the full presentation schedule). A future Update will contain those details.

2014 Health and Fitness Expo Speaker Series: Moira Horan, Jersey Girls StayStrong Multisport Club, will discuss fitness and women; Jon Messner, JMP Fitness, will discuss, and offer a hands-on class in, core training for runners; Steve Loder, New Beginning Wellness, will provide tips on post-marathon recovery, Christine Scarano, Kinesio Taping Association International, will demonstrate the proper usage and techniques for applying Kinesio Tape; Otto Lam, our Pace Team Director, will discuss the importance of race pacing and our Pace Teams, and Jim Thomas, our Course Director, will present an overview of our courses (often our most popular session).

I hope that this information will help to take most of the pre-race and post-race stress out of your day.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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