2015 Race Director Update #9

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19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, April 24-26       

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

 

Race Director Update #9
2 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for the 19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon weekend, which includes the 2015 RRCA New Jersey State Championship race in the marathon distance. In an effort to help make your participation more enjoyable throughout the entire race weekend, this is the ninth in a series of weekly messages containing important information. Copies of these messages will also be available on our Website and on our Blog. Links to them will be posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

New for 2015:

  • The Full, Half and Relay races will all start at 7:30 am this year.
  • There are NO Speed Restrictions for athletes in wheelchairs in the full marathon.
  • Special Race Day Buses from: NY Port Authority, Newark Penn Station, Rahway, Matawan, Middletown

 

Below is an important summary from Race Director Update #1:

Smooth Sailing Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Pre-Race: Carpool and be in the parking lots about 75-120 minutes before the race start (7:30 am), or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Transportation. Click here to register.
  1. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option ($5) for these lots. Paying as you leave will cost $10 and will likely slow down your departure. Click here to register.
  1. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT.
  1. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains do NOT stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at Monmouth Park.
  1. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  1. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register for Will Call Service.
  1. Race Day Security Information for: Athletes, Spectators, Sponsors, Press, Volunteers & Race Staff should be reviewed prior to Race Day.

Smooth Sailing on April 25 th at the ShapingNJ 5K and the Barnabas Health Family Festival

  1. Parking for the ShapingNJ 5K and Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races: Lots will be available in Pier Village for $5, as well as on street parking around the area.
  2. The Start/Finish Location: The 5K, Kids’ Races, Kid’s 1.2 Mile Marathon, Kids Move The New Jersey Marathon Run and Family Festival will all be held at the Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch: between the Ocean Place Resort and Rooney’s Restaurant. Additional information is available on our website.
  3. Getting to the Start: There are no anticipated road closures on April 25. Good access should exist from the west via Rt. 36, from the north via Rt. 36 and from the south via Ocean Ave. / Blvd., and all local roads.
  4. Security Restrictions: Report any suspicious behavior and unattended bags to Race Staff/Police.

Smooth Sailing on April 24 th & 25th at the Health & Fitness Expo

  1. Getting to the Expo: The address is 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ 07757. Rt. 36 west from GSP Exit 105 and Rt. 18 Exit 13B provide the main access to Oceanport Ave. Many other route options are available using local roads.
  2. Expo Parking: All Expo parking will be inside the Grandstand Area of the park, off Oceanport Ave. VIP Parking: via the first right onto Park Rd. from the traffic circle followed by a quick right into the lot. All other parking: part way around the traffic circle to the left. All Expo parking is free.
  3. Race Packet Pick-up: Be sure to bring your bib # with you to the Expo to speed up the process. Look it up beforehand using the link on our website. Terminals will also be available at the Expo for anyone who doesn’t know their bib number.

 

  1. The Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races

Held each year on the Saturday morning prior to our Marathon, etc. on the Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch (the site of the finish area for the Sunday races), Barnabas Health brings families a morning of fun activities and kids races. Please check out the various activities on our website and bring the family!

The Kids’ 1.2 Mile Run is the only event which requires a paid registration (either on-line or on-site on Saturday the 25th).

 

  1. The Kids Move The New Jersey Marathon Program

Over 2500 Elementary School Children from Long Branch, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Perth Amboy have begun a multi-week program to accumulate either 12 or 25 equivalent miles of movement (depending on their age) before Saturday, April 25th.  The children who have successfully met that goal will be invited to move (run, walk, etc.) the last 1.1 or 1.2 miles with us in order to complete the half or full marathon distance, during the Kids’ 1.2 Mile Run. This program is enabled by the enthusiastic support of: the School Districts, Novo Nordisk (sponsoring the multi-week in-school portion), the New Jersey Road Runners Youth Foundation (sponsoring the finishers medals), and the New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon.  We are all proud of this amazing event, and expect to offer it state-wide in future years.

 

  1. Security – Be Aware of the Rules to Make Race Day Easier

On Sunday, April 26th special security procedures will be in place at the start, finish and throughout the courses. Here are some Highlights:

  • Registered Athletes: May bring one clear plastic bag, the one which was given to them by the race, with no other bag inside it. That Official Race Day Gear Bag must be dropped off at the Gear Drop Trucks inside Monmouth Park.  Hydration belts and hydration bladders are allowed (as long as they do not contain pockets).  Athletes wearing the hydration belts/packs may be asked to take a drink of the liquid.
  • Spectators: NO BAGS OF ANY KIND will be allowed in the security zones inside the Monmouth Park Grandstand gates or inside the secure Finish Line Festival Area. That means no pocketbooks, backpacks, diaper bags, etc.

 

  1. Getting Information During Race Weekend

If you have questions over race weekend there will be Information available in many locations and ways. There will be an Info booth just inside the Main Expo Entrance (to the right), a tent as you enter Monmouth Park at the Start Area and a tent at the Finish Line Festival area on race day. In addition, there will be staff roaming around each of those venues wearing shirts which say: “Got A Question?” on the front and “Ask Me!” on the back.  If the Ask Me folks can’t answer your question they will direct you to one of our Info booths/tents.

 

  1. Volunteers – Final Call

We have a few volunteer positions still open for race weeks shifts (April 23-26).  If you’d like to be part of the action and involved in some of the many activities required to put on this weekend event, we would be glad to find a spot for you. Send an email right away to: Volunteers@NJMarathon.org, as we’re almost full.

 

  1. Making Race Day Special

Choose one or more of the following ways to enhance your race experience:

  • Sign up for a VIP Experience. VIPs will receive: a special meeting with our Race Director and local dignitaries, special expo and race day parking areas, special start and finish line food and relaxation areas, special bibs and bib numbers, etc.
  • NY York and Northern NJ, take the bus to the race – simplify race day transportation on April 26th
  • Rock to the Finish Line Festival Band (a popular Jersey Shore band will be announced any day now)
  • Listen for your bib # to be announced as one of our many Finish Line Raffle winners. You’re automatically entered in the raffle as soon as you cross the finish line (they are chosen by finisher’s bib numbers). Among other items, we will be raffling off six pairs of Skechers Performance shoes. That’s the brand and line of shoes which America’s top marathoner, Meb Keflezighi, wears!
  • Enjoy a free, light massage, to help with your post-race recovery and rejuvenation
  • Enjoy a snack or meal while cheering for family and friends still on the race course
  • Have your new spinning finisher’s medal engraved with your name and finish time
  • Shop for some great deals on Official New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon gear
  • Take a walk on the beach, which is right beside the finish area, and perhaps a dip in the ocean!

 

  1. Our Expo Speakers and Exercise Classes

When planning you visit to our Health & Fitness Expo and Race Packet Pick-up service please check out our free Presentation Series and Exercise classes listed in Race Director Update #8.

Weather permitting, we will again have musical entertainment in the area in front of the Expo main entrance.

 

  1. Let’s All Pitch in Together to Help Others

We’re attempting to change the lives of families in African villages again by donating used athletic shoes to the MORE Foundation during the Expo. It takes the proceeds from 600 pairs of shoes to sustain a family for a year, and we’d like to adopt several families again this year! Together we have supported 8 families since 2012. That’s a lot of shoes! We thank you for giving us your old training and racing partners! We encourage you to continue the tradition this year.

Move for Hunger will be conducting a food drive again this year during the Health & Fitness Expo.  Please remember, it’s “cans in hands” when heading to the Expo.  Please help us to end hunger here in New Jersey!! Together you have donated over 6,000 pounds of food.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

I hope that the information above will help you to understand what to expect during the many parts of race weekend and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

 

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon
Presented by: Life Time Fitness

2015 Race Director Update #7

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19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, April 24-26       

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

Race Director Update #7
4 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for the 19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon weekend, which includes the 2015 RRCA New Jersey State Championship race in the marathon distance. In an effort to help make your participation more enjoyable throughout the entire race weekend, this is the seventh in a series of weekly messages containing important information. Copies of these messages will also be available on our Website and on our Blog. Links to them will be posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

New for 2015:

  • The Full, Half and Relay races will all start at 7:30 am this year.
  • There are NO Speed Restrictions for athletes in wheelchairs in the full marathon.
  • Special Race Day Buses from: NY Port Authority, Newark Penn Station, Rahway, Matawan, Middletown
  1. Last Long Training Run – On the Courses:

Mark your calendar for a tune-up training run on Sunday, April 5th (three weeks prior to race day).  We will have a 10 miler (8 am start) and 20 miler (7 am start) “Last Long Training Run”, on parts of the courses.  Training paces usually run the gamut; anywhere from 7 to 14+ minutes per mile.  Our largest groups are 10 min/mile and up.

Please “Join” our event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544864765788444/  We need an accurate headcount to finalize our plans, as we expect hundreds of athletes to run with us that day.

Please note: We will start and end these training runs at Indulge Lounge and Food Bar, in Pier Village, at: 16 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740.  Parking in Pier Village is free this time of year.

For this training run we will not be using directional signs at every turn, but instead we will be providing the route maps as .kml files for you to download and use with your favorite run mapping application.  There will be a few directional signs in places where athletes have been confused in the past.  As always ,we will provide fluid stations every 4-5 miles with self-serve water and Gatorade.

  1. The Finish Chutes and Festival Area

The Finish Area is composed of two secure zones (click here for the map). The first secure zone is the race course; from Pier Village (off the map to the upper right corner), along the Promenade and extending past Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant on the upper left of the map. Barricades running the entire length will separate runners, security & medical personnel from spectators, etc.  You will only be allowed into this secure area if you have the proper level of security credential.

The outermost security zone extends from the course barricades at Madison Ave. to McKinley Ave. (lower right on the map) and then along the side of McKinley Ave. (along the bottom of the map) to Cooper Ave. (in the lower left corner of the map) and from there along Cooper Ave. and then toward the course barricades (in the upper left corner of the map).  Please note: Relay athletes who have completed their leg, Volunteers, Vendors and Spectators may gain access to the outermost secure zone via one of the following security checkpoints: Cooper Ave. and McKinley Ave. Everyone passing through these security checkpoints are subject to search and no bags of any kind will be allow past these checkpoints into the outermost security zone.

Athletes entering the secure area via the finish line chutes may carry two bags once they have passed through the Athlete Food Area; the Official Race Day Gear Bag from the Gear Drop Trucks located in the parking lot of the Promenade Beach Club, and the food bag given them in the Athlete Food Area as they exit the finish chutes.  These are the only two bags which may be carried by an athlete wearing an official 2015 Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay bib worn in plain sight.  Spectators may not carry a bag of any kind while in this secure area and will not be allowed inside the finish chutes of the race course.

It is the goal of the security plan to provide you with as safe and carefree a finish line experience as possible.  The security plan was put in place after the bombings in Boston in 2013.  Spectators and athletes who knew and followed the rules are free to enjoy all of the Finish Line Festival activities we offer without interference. That includes standing beside directly behind the barricades along the Finish Area, in designated locations.

Here are some points of interest throughout the Finish Line Festival Area which you will enter after you exit the finish chutes and Athlete Food Area. Please note: This areas is still within a security zone and special safety rules apply:

  1. If you checked a Race Day Gear Bag with us at the Start, pick it up after you exit the Athlete Food tent (on your right), inside the Promenade Beach Club parking area. A changing tent and restrooms will be set up in that area for your convenience as well.
  2. If you have a VIP credential, head into Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant at any time to enjoy your special post-race VIP location, with helpful staff, food, beverages, etc. created especially for you.
  3. Athletes without a VIP credential may also choose to head into the general area at Rooney’s. Why? Rooney’s will be offering discount drinks to athletes wearing their 2015 race bib.
  4. To continue into the Finish Line Festival then continue on Cooper and turn left onto McKinley Ave. to access the Finish Line Festival Areas listed below. Signs will be posted along Cooper Ave. and McKinley Ave. to guide you to the various parts of the Finish Line Festival, to the NJ Marathon & Half Marathon bus station for a free shuttle back to Monmouth Park and to NJ Transit’s Long Branch Station for a train home.
  5. As you walk down McKinley Ave. you will pass behind the Emergency Medical Service area, which you passed in front of at the finish line. Medical attention is available again here should you need it.
  6. The next walkway on the left of McKinley provides access to: the Recovery/Rejuvenation Tent (get a free massage); the Awards and Results Tent (if you don’t have access to a smartphone with a QR Code Reader installed come here for your finish time), Age Group Results (age group awards will be customized and mailed to you in May); ). Also, in this area, and close to the race course, you will find the Official Merchandise Tent, the Information/Lost & Found Tent, the Volunteer Check-in/out Tent, as well as a vendor engraving finisher’s medals (stop by to have your name and official finish time engraved in the space provided on the back of your well-earned medal).
  7. You may access the main stage area from either of two walkways on McKinley. There is seating in front of the stage and plenty of green space behind the seating area to enjoy the concert. BTW – we will be announcing the name of the Finish Area Festival band performing on this stage very soon. This stage is also the location of the Awards Ceremonies for the half and full marathons.
  8. If you’re planning to meet other athletes and/or your support team after your race, the Reunion Area is the place designed to make that as easy as possible for everyone. It is accessible via either the main stage area or via the walkway on McKinley just beyond the stage. Look for the tall inflatable Windmill gorilla marking the location of the Reunion Area. Continue further along that walkway you will find: Sponsor Village. Our Sponsors hold raffles throughout the festival hours and provide valuable information, exhibits and experts.
  9. The next open area on your left as you continue down McKinley will be the food vendor area and also access to Charity Village.  The Windmill, Hudson Coffee Co., and other vendors will be offering food and drinks for sale here.  The charities in the village are raising money from athletes racing for them during our races and from sponsors and will be celebrating with their fundraising athletes in their village.
  10. At the end of McKinley is Madison Ave. Just outside the security checkpoint on Madison Ave. will be portable restrooms for all spectators.
  11. If you turn right onto Madison you will notice signs directing you to the free Shuttle Buses back to Monmouth Park. Please note: New Jersey Transit trains WILL NOT STOP at Monmouth Park.
  12. Turning left at the intersection of McKinley and Madison Ave. and then turning right a short way down Madison Ave. (toward the ocean) will be signs lead to the Ocean Place Resort and further on to Pier Village (not shown on the Finish Area Map). There will also be signage leading you through Pier Village and to the Long Branch Train Station. Please note: There will also be a band playing at the Tiki Bar at the Resort for your enjoyment, as well as bands at Rooney’s and as several locations in Pier Village.
  1. Why You Run

Tell us your story! Why do you run? What it is that got you started and what is it that keeps you going?  As we do each year, we’re again collecting stories at: info@njmarathon.org.  We’re looking to inspire people with your wisdom, stamina and experiences!

Please join others in letting your fellow athletes know of the trials and tribulations you’ve overcome and how running has helped.  Every year we are amazed by the stories of bravery, persistence and determination in the face of the very significant adversity which our fellow athletes have experienced. Some of us run because we can, but many of us run because we must!  Why?  How has it helped?  Your story may help someone who’s going through what you already have, and here’s a way to reach out to them.

Below is an important summary from Race Director Update #1:

Smooth Sailing   Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Pre-Race: Carpool and be in the parking lots about 75-120 minutes before the race start (7:30 am), or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Transportation. Click here to register.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option ($5) for these lots. Paying as you leave will cost $10 and will likely slow down your departure. Click here to register.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT.
  4. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains do NOT stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at 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. Click here to register for Will Call Service.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help you to understand what to expect at the finish areas, and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon
Presented by: Life Time Fitness