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 #6

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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 #6
5 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 sixth 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.

Upcoming Events & Milestones:

On Course Training Runs!
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.

Please “Join” our event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544864765788444/ as we need an accurate headcount to finalize ordering of supplies and our staffing plans. Please let us know that you’ll be training with us on that day by clicking on “Join” for the event.

Last call for customized bibs!
Everyone registered prior to April 1st will have the name they entered during registration pre-printed on their bib. If you did not enter anything during you registration, your first name will be automatically pre-printed.  Everyone registered on/after April 1st will NOT have a customized bib.

 

1) The 2-Person Half Marathon Relay Details:

a) Race Packet Pick-up:
This free service will be held in the Grandstand Building at Monmouth Park, at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th.  Either team member may come to Packet Pick-up with a valid photo ID to pick up the race packets for the entire team (both team members do not need to be present). Please announce your Bib # and Team Name to the volunteer to receive the bibs, timing chips/belt and safety pins for both team members. You will then proceed further into the packet pick-up area to pick up your technical, gender specific, race shirts.

b) Relay Info on Race Day:
Please wear your Bib # on the front of your t-shirt, and a second bib with “RELAY” printed on it on the back of your shirt. You will be provided sixteen safety pins in your race packet to use in attaching these two bibs to each person’s shirt.  Please note: the bottom of your bib will have two tear off portions: one to be attached to your gear-drop bag (if you will be leaving clothing with us to transport to the finish area for you) and the other will be removed by the volunteer when picking up your race shirt.  The larger of the two tear off sections should be removed and either attached to your race day gear bag, or disposed of if you’re not checking a gear bag.  Please note: the race packet will also contain a third race bib with timing strips on the back, which is attached to an elastic belt. That is the belt and bib which the each athlete will wear during their portion of the relay race and which will be transferred between the teammates inside the Relay Transition Area (see below).

 c) Getting to the start of your leg of the Relay:
The first athlete on a team should either park or be dropped off at Monmouth Park prior to 6:30 am.  The second athlete on a team may either: park or be dropped off at Monmouth Park and utilize the free shuttle bus service to the Transition Area, or they may choose to drive to a designated parking lot near the Transition Area in Monmouth Beach (see below).

 d) Shuttle Buses to/from the Relay Transition Area:
Free buses from Monmouth Park to the Relay Transition Area will load between 7:30 am and 7:45 am and will LEAVE promptly at 7:45 am on race day morning in order to avoid road closures.  Please note: After 7:30 am you must find your own way to the transition area which is not within walking distance. (See below for parking near the Relay Transition Area in Monmouth Beach).

Buses near the Transition Area (watch for signs leading you to them) will shuttle the first team member to the finish area. They will run from 8:00 am until 10:00 am only.  Port-a-Johns and water will be located in the Transition Area, along with a tent.  The relay transition area will be located on Tocci Ave. (this is a new location this year).  The first leg of the relay will be approximately 6.55 miles from the start line.

Parking near the Transition Area in Monmouth Beach is on the southern end of Seaview Ave. between Valentine St. and Surf Rd.  Since that parking area has limited spaces, and is open to the general public it is advisable for most relay participants to take the free shuttle buses to the Transition Area from Monmouth Park.

 e) At the Transition Area (Tocci Ave. in Monmouth Beach):
When arriving inside the Transition Area, the first teammate must remove the belt with the bib and timing chip and hand it to the second teammate.  Once the belt is securely in place the second teammate may exit the Transition Area to begin their portion of the race.

Race Support Staff will be on-site at the Transition Area for questions. Please follow their directions to make the transition as easy as possible.  Please plan your Relay carefully for the best experience!

f) At the Finish Area:
The teammate who ran first will not be allowed to enter the secure finish line while waiting for their teammate to finish.  Instead they should look for a space along the edge of the race course.

The teammate who finishes the race will be given two finisher medals, after they turn in the timing belt at the finish line.

The teammate who finishes the race should request two portions of food as they go through the Athlete Services Food Tent since security requirements only allow entry from the finish line side and no re-entry after exiting.

 

2) The ShapingNJ 5K Details:

a) Race Packet Pick-up:
To race in the ShapingNJ 5K you must wear an official race bib and timing strip during your race with the medical information filled out on the back.  Race Packets (race bib/timing strip and race shirt) will be available for pick-up during the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, at Monmouth Park, in Oceanport. If you are unable to make it during the normally scheduled expo hours (1-7 pm), you may pick it up at the Start Line on race day morning, between 7:00 and 8:00 am.

 b)Parking:
Parking (paid) is normally available in the lots near the start/finish area, and there may be some on-street parking available, depending on your arrival time.  Please carpool whenever possible to reduce traffic congestion and full parking lots.  The only street closure will be on Ocean Ave. (not Ocean Blvd.), between the eastern end of Brighton Ave. in West End and Laird St. in Pier Village.

c) At the Start:
Athletes should begin lining up at the start line at 8:15 am for the prompt 8:30 am start.  Please line up by expected finish time, so that faster participants are ahead of you. There is always a danger of tripping accidents during the start of a race if participants are not arranged in the order by speed (pace). Please do your part to help make it a safe start for yourself and others around you.

 

3) The Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races:

a) When & What:
On Saturday morning April 25th, directly after the ShapingNJ 5K, we will present the Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races.  In addition to several races, there will be: clowns, face painters, music, carnival games, crafts, refreshments, the Fun Bus a Kids, bouncy houses and the Mr. Scott the Music Man Show. It is a fun festival for the entire family!

The fun starts at 9:30 am until noon on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade in Long Branch, which is located beside the finish line of the ShapingNJ 5K and the Sunday races!  (North of Pier Village – between the Ocean Place Resort & Spa and Rooney’s Restaurant).

 b) Kids Races & Runs
There will be a series of free, graduated length, races for kids from 2 to 8, followed by a Kids .5 Mile Run.

We will also host the Barnabas Health 1.2 Mile Kids’ Marathon Run.  Registration run is currently available on our website and will also be available on Saturday morning between 8:30 am and 9:30 am at the Long Branch Oceanfront Great Lawn (North of Pier Village – between the Ocean Place Resort & Spa and Rooney’s Restaurant).

Questions? Please email: kids@njmarathon.org

c) Kids Move The New Jersey Marathon
We have created a special children program which promotes positive physical, emotional, and social development in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere called Kids Move the New Jersey Marathon Program.  Children in grades 1 through 8 will accumulate miles, or mile equivalents, of movement each week (on foot, in the pool, on their bikes, during organized sports, in their wheelchairs, etc.) during a 7-10 week period. This in-school portion of this program is known as the Get Youth Moving (GYM) Program, and is supported by a grant and leadership from Novo Nordisk.

This year we have offered the GYM program to the following school districts: Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Oceanport.  We expect about 2,500 kids to participate.

At the end of the GYM Program kids will have accumulated either 12 or 25 miles of movement.  They are then invited to complete the final 1.1 or 1.2 miles with us during the 1.2 Miles Kids’ Marathon Run in order to reach their goal of either 13.1 or 26.2 miles of movement. Each child will receive a special finisher’s medal and will be a proud moment for them, their family, their teachers, school system, our sponsors and our staff.

 

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 at 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 during your race, 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 #2

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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 #2
9 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 first 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.

Things to know about race weekend:

Expo Parking: 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).  Parking will be inside the gates of Monmouth Park, in the Grandstand lots adjacent to the Start Line of the Sunday races. VIP Parking at the Expo will be in a different location inside Monmouth Park.  VIPs will receive instructions prior to the race weekend.

5K: The ShapingNJ 5K race will be held on Saturday, April 25th on a USATF certified course. It will start (and end) at the Finish Line of the Sunday races, at 8:30 am on the Long Branch Oceanfront Promenade, north of both Pier Village and the Ocean Place Resort. After the race, the Barnabas Health Family Festival & Kids Races will begin, in the same location!

Family Festival & Kids Races: Barnabas Health has partnered with us again this year to sponsor a Family Festival and Kids Races, and we are very excited to be working with them to offer this special family focused part of our weekend.  Click here for a link to our website and the details of this fun Saturday morning event, on April 25th. The Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races begin at 9:30 am on the Long Branch Promenade Great Lawn, which is north of both Pier Village and the Ocean Place Resort.

Make it “A Shore Thing” Weekend: There’s lots to do over the three days of the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon weekend, and individuals, groups and families are already making plans to enjoy the Jersey Shore with us in late April.  In fact, several of the hotels on our Lodging page are almost full. In addition to the ShapingNJ 5K and Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races on Saturday, there is much to do at Monmouth Park on both Friday and Saturday during our Health & Fitness Expo, In addition to picking up your official race packet (bib #, technical event shirt and Sunday gear drop bag), there will be exercise classes, a very helpful and informative speaker series and a perhaps a mini golf tournament.  More info will be available soon to help you plan your day(s) at the expo.  There are also historic areas and businesses to explore along with clubs and restaurants.

Course Updates: The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon course has changed in three locations this year (Oceanport, Asbury Park and Ocean Grove) and has also been sent to the USATF for recertification. We will run the entire length of the Asbury Park Boardwalk heading north this year, however repairs are still underway in Ocean Grove which will keep us off those boardwalks heading south again this year!  We do expect the repairs in Ocean Grove will be completed in time to allow us to run both ways on the Asbury Park and Ocean Grove Boardwalks again in 2016.

The NJ Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay course has changed in Oceanport from the certified 2014 course, therefore we have sent it to the USATF for recertification.  Please note: the boardwalk along the oceanfront in Long Branch will NOT be repaired in time for this year’s race either. We do expect that the repairs to that boardwalk with be completed before our 2016 race weekend.

The ShapingNJ 5K course has not changed this year and will retain its certification from 2014.

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

 Smooth Sailing Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Getting to the Start: 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 Train. Click here to register for the train.
  1. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains don’t 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. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Click here to register.
  1. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15. Click here to purchase a ticket.
  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.
  1. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help take most of the pre-race and post-race stress out of your 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

2014 Race Director Update #9

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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 #9 – 2 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 ninth in the series of weekly messages. Copies of these updates are also available on our Website.

Smooth Sailing on April 27th – 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. Click here for a train ticket ($10).
  2. Corral loading: Half/Relay 6:10-6:40 am, Full 7:35-7:55 am. The last corral will remain open until the start, for late arrivals. The start lines will close after the last corral has left.  Don’t be late!
  3. Post-Race Busing to Monmouth Park: Road closures require return busing to begin around 9:30 am. During your wait enjoy the: Finish Line Festival Bands, raffles, vendor food, shop for official race gear, have you finishers medal engraved, sign up for a massage, etc.
  4. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggestthe pre-paid option.  Click here for a pass or purchase one at the Expo for ($5). Parking passes will be $10 on Race Day!
  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 ($25).
  7. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.  Click here for a pass ($15).
  8. Post-Race – Getting to your vehicle: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, walk to a parking lot near the Finish Area, or take one of our free buses back to Monmouth Park.
  9. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff:Click here for special race day security requirements.

Smooth Sailing on April 26th

a)      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.
b)      The Start/Finish Location: The 5K, Kids’ Races, Kid’s 1.2 Mile Marathon, Kids Move The New Jersey Marathon Run and the Family Festival will 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.
c)       Getting to the Start: There are no anticipated road closures on April 26th.  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.
d)      Security Restrictions: Report any suspicious behavior and unattended bags to Race Staff/Police.

Smooth Sailing on April 25 & 26th at the Expo

i.        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 options are available using local roads.

ii.       Expo Parking: All Expo parking will be inside in 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.

iii.       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 at any time or click here to access it now. Terminals will also be available at the Expo.

 


 

 1.  We’re Selling Out!

If you have friends and family who haven’t registered for our Sunday races yet, please let them know they need to register ASAP in order to ensure they get in!  It looks like all of our Sunday races will sell out sometime this week! After each of the races sell out we will create a wait list.  As people switch races, defer or drop out we’ll fill each newly open slot from the wait list, but there’s no guarantee.

Our Saturday races will also continue to take registrations until their max numbers have been reached.  We have planned to take registrations on race day (Saturday, April 26th) for these races, unless of course they also sell out.

 

 2. 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 Marathon is the only event which requires a paid registration (either on-line or on-site on race day morning).  Four charities are offering registrations for this race. Choose one of those charities and register with them.  All of your registration money goes directly to the charity of your choice.

 

 3. The Kids Move The New Jersey Marathon Program

2000 Long Branch Elementary School Children have begun a multi-week program to accumulate 25 equivalent miles of movement by Saturday, April 26th.  The children who have successfully met that goal will be invited to move (run, walk, etc.) the last 1.2 miles with us in order to complete the full marathon distance, during the Kids’ 1.2 Mile Marathon. This program is enabled by the enthusiastic support of: the Long Branch School District, 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.  We are all proud of this amazing event, and expect to offer it state-wide over the coming years.

 

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

On Sunday, April 27th 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 drink 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.

On Saturday, April 26th and Friday, April 25th report any suspicious behavior and unattended bags, backpacks, etc.

 

 5. 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 left), 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 answer your question they will direct you to one of our Info booths/tents.

 

 6. Volunteer Shout Out

We have a few volunteer positions open for race weeks shifts (April 23-27).  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.

 

 7. NY/NJ Challenge Participants

Don’t forget to pick up your medal at our Results and Awards tent after your race.  You earned it, and we want you to have it! Three medals for two races, sweet!

 

 8. Making Race Day Special

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

  • Sign up for a VIP Experience. The Gold Level is closed, but we’re still accepting a few more Silver Level VIPs for special: expo and race day parking, start and finish line food, bibs and bib numbers, etc.
  • NY York and Northern NJ, take the train to the race – simplify race day transportation on April 27th
  • 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)
  • Enjoy a free, light massage, to help with your post-race recovery and rejuvenation
  • Enjoy a 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!

 

 9. Packet Pick-up And Our Speaker Series

Plan you visit to our Expo & Race Packet Pick-up service around our Presentation Series events which include:

  • Cross Training For Runners on (Fri., 1:30 p.m.), by Kaiser Therapy
  • Core Training For Distance Runners on (Fri., 2:00 p.m., and Sat., 1:00 p.m.), by JMP Fitness
  • Fueling for Race Day Success (Fri., 3 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.), by Draper Training and Nutrition
  • Adopting a Healthy Life Style & Achieving Goals (Fri., 4 p.m., Sat., 10:30 a.m.), by Stay Strong Multi-Sport
  • Race Pacing Strategy (Fri., 6:30 p.m., Sat., 3:30 p.m.) by Otto Lam, Pace Team Director
  • Post-Marathon Recovery Plan (Fri., 4:30 p.m., Sat., 5:00 p.m.), by Nourish.Sculpt.Motivate
  • Training and Racing with Type 1 Diabetes (Fri., 5:30 p.m), by Jay Hewitt, Elite Ironman triathlete
  • 2014 Course Overviews (Fri., 6 p.m., Sat., 4 p.m.), by Jim Thomas, Course Director
  • Proper Usage and Application of Taping (Sat, 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.), by Kinesio Taping Association
  • Running Form (Sat., 11:30 am), by eChiFitness
  • Yoga for All Ages (Sat., 3 p.m.), by Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness

 

10. 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 supported 4 families in 2013. Thank you!

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!!

 

I hope the information above will help you plan for the variety of activities available over the 3 day weekend.

 

Best wishes during your training and throughout the entire weekend of activities!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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2014 Race Director Update #6

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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 #6 – 5 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 sixth in the series of weekly messages. Copies of these updates are also available on our Website.

Important Summary – Smooth Sailing on April 27th – 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. Click here for a train ticket ($10).
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this pre-paid option.  Click here for a pre-paid pass ($5).
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.  Click here for a $15 pass.
  4. Post-Race – Getting to your vehicle: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, walk to a parking lot near the Finish Area, or take one of our free 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. Click here to register ($25).
  7. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here for special race day security requirements.

The graphic for the Finish Line Festival Area is not complete, so this week’s topic has been changed.

1.     Tune-up Training Run On the Courses:

Mark your calendar for a tune-up training run on Sunday, April 6th (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 course.

Please “Join” our event on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/562747157155359/  as we need an accurate headcount to finalize ordering of supplies and staffing plans. Please let us know that you’ll be training with us on that day by clicking on “Join” for the event.

 2.     Last call for customized bibs!

Everyone registered prior to April 1st will have the name they entered during registration pre-printed on their bib. If you did not enter anything during you registration, your first name will be automatically pre-printed.  Everyone registered on/after April 1st will NOT have a customized bib. Let your friends know!

 3.     The 2-Person Half Marathon Relay:

 At Packet Pick-up at the Health & Fitness Expo (Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th):

Either the team Captain or the teammate may come to Packet Pick-up with the Registration Details Form and valid photo ID. Please announce your Bib # and Team Name, and give the Form and valid ID to the volunteer to receive the bibs, timing chips/belt and safety pins for both team members. Please note: you will not be able to pick up the race packet for your team unless you have the proper paperwork!  Please review the “Packet Pickup Info” on our website prior to visiting the Expo in order to make this process as easy as possible.

Relay Info on Race Day:

Please wear your Bib # on the front of your t-shirt, and a second bib with “RELAY” on the back of your shirt. You will be provided sixteen safety pins in your race packet to use in attaching these two bibs to each person’s shirt.  Please note: the bottom of your bib will have a tear off portion to be attached to your gear-drop bag (if applicable).  It should be removed and either attached to your race day gear bag, or disposed of if you’re not checking a gear bag.  Please review the Gear Drop instructions in Race Director Update #4 if you are planning to drop off a bag of clothing for the finish line.  The race packet will also contain a third race bib with timing strips on the back, which is attached to an elastic belt. That is the belt and bib which the active athlete will wear during their portion of the relay race and which will be transferred to the second athlete at the Relay Transition Area (see below).

Getting to the start of your leg of the Relay:

  1. The first athlete on a team should either park or be dropped off near the Start Line at Monmouth Park, prior to 5:45 am.
  2. The second athlete on a team may either: park or be dropped off at Monmouth Park and utilize the free shuttle bus service to the Transition Area, or drive to a parking lot near the Transition Area in Monmouth Beach (see below).

Shuttle Buses to/from the Relay Transition Area:

  1. Buses from Monmouth Park to the Relay Transition Area will load between 6:45 am and 7:00 am and will LEAVE promptly at 7:00 am on race day morning in order to avoid road closures.  Please note: After 7:00 am you must find your own way to the transition area, which is not within walking distance. (See below for parking near the Relay Transition Area in Monmouth Beach).
  2. Buses from the Transition Area (watch for signs) will shuttle the first team member to the finish area. They will run from 7:15 am until 9:30 am only.  Toilets and water will be located in the Transition Area, along with a tent for shelter.

Parking near the Transition Area is on the southern end of Seaview Ave. in Monmouth Beach (between Valentine St. and Surf Rd.).  Since that parking area has limited spaces, and is open to the general public, it is advisable for most relay participants who are starting their portion of the race from the Transition Area to park at Monmouth Park and take the free shuttle buses to the Transition Area.

At the Relay Transition (Griffin Park in Monmouth Beach):

When arriving inside the Transition Area, the first teammate must remove the belt with the bib and timing chip and hand it to the second teammate.  Once the belt is securely in place the second teammate may exit the Transition Area to begin their portion of the race.

Race Support Staff will be on-site at the Transition Area for questions. Please follow their directions to make the transition as easy as possible.  Please plan your Relay carefully for the best experience!

Relay Info at the Finish Area:

  1. The first athlete will NOT be allowed to enter the secure finish area while waiting for their teammate.
  2. The second athlete will be given 2 Finisher medals after they turn in the timing belt at the finish line.
  3. The second athlete should request two portions of food as they go through the Athlete Services Food Tent since security requirements only allow entry from the finish line side.  Please note: you will not be allow back into the tent once you’ve exited.

 4.     ShapingNJ 5K:

To race in the ShapingNJ 5K you must wear an official race bib and timing strip during your race, with the medical information filled out on the back.  Race Packets (race bib/timing strip and race shirt) will be available for pick-up during the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, at Monmouth Park, in Oceanport. If you are unable to make it during the normally scheduled expo hours (1-7 pm), you may pick it up at the Start Line on race day morning, between 7:00 and 8:00 am.

Parking (paid) is normally available in the lots near the start/finish area, and there may be some on-street parking available, depending on your arrival time.  Please carpool whenever possible to reduce traffic congestion and full parking lots.  The only street closure will be on Ocean Ave. (not Ocean Blvd.), between the eastern end of Brighton Ave. in West End and Laird St. in Pier Village, and therefore access to the Start will be unimpeded.

Athletes should begin lining up at the start line at 8:15 am for the prompt 8:30 am start.  Please line up by expected finish time, so that faster participants are ahead of you. There is always a danger of tripping accidents during the start of a race if participants are not arranged in the order by speed (pace). Please do your part to help make it a safe start for yourself and others around you.

 5.     Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races:

On Saturday morning April 26th, directly after the ShapingNJ 5K, we will present the Family Festival and Kids Races sponsored by Barnabas Health.  In addition to several races, there will be: clowns, face painting, music, carnival games, crafts, refreshments, awards, medals, and commemorative T-Shirts. It is a great festival for the entire family!

The fun starts at 8:30 am until noon on the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade, in Long Branch at the finish line of Sunday’s races!  (North of Pier Village – between the Ocean Place Resort & Spa and Rooney’s Restaurant)

Included in this event will be “1.2 Mile Kids’ Marathon” which includes the “Kids Move the New Jersey Marathon” athletes. These are local (Long Branch) children earning mileage and completing their very own marathon over the course of several weeks.

Registration for the Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races is available either directly through benefiting charities (registration links will be available on the event’s page on our website), or between 8:30 am and 9:30 am on event day on the Long Branch Oceanfront.

Questions? Please email: kids@njmarathon.org

I hope that this information will help you plan for the variety of activities available over the 3 day weekend. Please let us know if you have other questions about what to expect.

Best wishes during your training and throughout the entire weekend of activities!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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2014 Race Director Update #2

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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 #2 – 9 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 and Blog.

Smooth Sailing on Race DaySummary from Race Director Update #1:

  • Getting to the Start: Carpool and be in the parking lots about 75-120 minutes early, or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Train. Click here to register.
  • Post-Race – Getting to your vehicle: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train (doesn’t stop at Monmouth park), walk to one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free buses back to Monmouth Park.
  • Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Click here to register.
  • Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15. Click here to purchase a ticket.
  • Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service with dry, warm clothing after your race!
  • Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register.
  • Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here for special race day security requirements.

Expo Parking: 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 of the Sunday races.

Race Day Shuttle Busing: On Sunday the 27th we will provide free shuttle buses from: Monmouth Park Start Area to a location along the race course at about mile 9.5 (which is also about 4 block from the Finish Area and from Pier Village starting at 7 am; Monmouth Park to the Relay Transition Area (loading from 6:45 am to 7 am); and from the Finish Area back to Monmouth Park from approximately 9:15 am to 3:30 pm.

Our New ROCstar Program: We were pleased to discover that over 500 people have raced with us in a combination of our full and half marathons, for four or more consecutive years! In addition, we have heard that there are athletes who have race with us for up to 17 years in a row! We want to let each of you know how please we are that you have regularly included us on your spring running calendar. To each of you we offer a sincere Thank You!

We have created the ROCstar program to track your accomplishment and to show you some love as you continue to run on with us each year. Click here for a link to the ROCstar Program details.

ShapingNJ 5K: In our continued effort to produce a weekend of health and fitness which is open to a wide array of abilities and interests, we have added the ShapingNJ 5K this year. The race will be held on Saturday, April 26th on a USATF certified course and will be a timed race starting this year. It will start and end at the Finish Line of the Sunday races. It will start at 8:30 am on the Long Branch Oceanfront Promenade, north of Pier Village and the Ocean Place Resort.

Family Festival & Kids Races: Barnabas Health has partnered with us again this year to sponsor a Family Festival and Kids Races and we are very excited to be working with them to offer this special family focused part of our race weekend. Click here for a link to our website and the details of this fun Saturday morning event, on the 26th. The Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races begin at 9:30 am on the Great Lawn in Long Branch, which is north of Pier Village and the Ocean Place Resort.

Make it a Shore Weekend: There’s lots to do over the three days of the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon weekend and groups and families are already making plans to enjoy the Shore with us in late April. In fact, several of the hotels on our Lodging page are already full and people are currently being added to the wait list for the most popular hotels/inns, etc. In addition to the ShapingNJ 5K and Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races on Saturday, there is much to do at Monmouth Park on both Friday and Saturday during our Health & Fitness Expo. In addition to picking up your official race packet (bib #, technical event shirt and Sunday gear drop bag), there will be exercise classes and a very helpful, informative, speaker series. More info will be available to plan your day(s) at the Expo soon.

Course Update: The Long Branch Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay course has not changed from the certified 2013 course, therefore it retains its certification for 2014. Please note: the boardwalk along the oceanfront in Long Branch, will NOT be repaired in time for this year’s race, however it is not an official part of the course, even though it was used by some in prior to 2013.

Both our Proposed Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon course and ShapingNJ 5K course have been sent to the USATF for certification. The New Jersey Marathon Course changes in 2014 are in the two southernmost municipalities (Asbury Park and Ocean Grove). In Asbury Park we are pleased to announce that we expect to be back on the boardwalk this year, however Ocean Grove has not finished repairs to their boardwalk, etc. and we will be using a bridge to enter Ocean Grove, but not to leave it.

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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