2015 Race Director Update # 10

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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 #10
1 week 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. This is the tenth and final 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.

Smooth SailingSmooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Pre-Race: Carpool and plan to be in the parking lots by 6 am. The lots will open at 4:30 am. Expect heavy traffic after 5:30 am, for a 7:30 am start, or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Bus option and Click here to register. Please note: Buses from NYC and Newark are SOLD OUT. There are currently seats available on Rahway, Matawan & Middletown buses.
  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, or purchase after picking up your race packet at the Expo.
  1. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT. Parking near the finish area may be available for $10 at: the Ocean Place Resort, in front of the Ocean Place Resort on Abbotsford Ave. (between the finish area Bus Depot and the Ocean Place Resort, a covered parking garage in Pier Village. Please note: The outdoor parking spaces in Pier Village, while reduced in number on race day, are free over the entire race weekend.
  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. The paid service on Sunday, race day, morning is SOLD OUT.
  1. Race Day Security Information for: Athletes, Spectators, Sponsors, Press, Volunteers & Race Staff should be reviewed prior to Race Day. Please share it with your race day support team also.

This week’s Information

  1. Athlete Guide Information Booklet – We will provide a link to our 2015 Athlete Guide early this week.  We hope that it will be a useful recap of information about our entire weekend of activities for you and your supporters.
  1. Maps – Here’s a link to maps for each of our races, the Start & Finish Areas and the Expo, all in one place.  Most of this information will also be part of our 2015 Athlete Guide (see #1 above).
  1. Race Registration – On-line race registration for our Marathon, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay races will close on Tuesday evening. Registrations for those races will be available at our Health and Fitness Expo, on both Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th.  Please note: There is NO race day registrations for these three races. Our 5K race will continue to take registrations until its max number has been reached.  We are also planning to take registrations during the Expo and also on race day morning (Saturday, April 25th), unless of course it sells out during the Expo.Registration for the Kid’s 1.2 Mile Run on Saturday, April 25th is available both on-line and also on-site starting at 8:30 am, on Saturday morning. On-site registration for this Kid’s run will take place on the Great Lawn, between the Ocean Place Resort & Spa and Rooney’s, in Long Branch.
  1. Our Health & Wellness Speaker & Class Series – Plan you visit to our Expo & Race Packet Pick-up service after checking our Presentation and Class Schedule, These presentations and classes are free and a great addition to race weekend.
  1. Finding Your Bib Number and Registration Information – Here is a link to find your bib number, for everyone who registered before last week. On Wednesday evening, 4/23, that link will be updated to include everyone who has registered prior to the close of on-line registration.   Don’t forget to r write down your bib number and bring it to Packet Pick-up at the Expo, along with your official government issued ID.
  1. Runner Tracking on Sunday the 26th – We will again provide a free runner tracking service during our Full and Half Marathons. Here is the link to sign up for runner tracking.  There will be timing mats at the follow course locations: 10K. 21.1K, 30K and 40K.
  1. Start Line Parking – one more time! – Parking in and around Monmouth Park, the site of our Start Village and Start Line, is plentiful.  Pre-paid vehicles will have their own exit line and will simply hand their ticket to the attendant and be on their way.  Those who did not pre-pay will also have their own exit line.  The cash only fee will be $10 at these exits, instead of the $5 pre-paid fee. Pre-paid parking tickets will be sold during the Expo in the Packet Pick-up area.
  1. Start Area Food – This year Hudson Coffee Co. will be available, near the turnstile entrance to the Grandstand Building.  In addition to their delicious, freshly ground coffee they will also have: Bananas, Protein Bars and Blueberry Crumb Muffins for sale.
  1. Getting Your Finish Time – Finish times will be available soon after you complete your race in a number of ways: 1) download a free QR Code Reader/Scanner to your smartphone  and you can simply scan the QR Code on your bib, 2) you can ask a friend with a smartphone and QR Code Reader/Scanner to scan the code on your bib for you, 3) you can go to the “Awards and Results” Tent in the Post Race Festival Area and volunteers will be glad to scan your bib and show you your finish time,  4) you can also get it via a link on the main page of our website.
  1. Reconnecting With Your Supporters – In the middle of the Post-race Area is a “Reunion Area”, a place to meet your family and friends after your race. To locate it click on the link to the Finish Area map, watch for signs for it after leaving the Athlete Food Tent and look for the Novo Nordisk Inflatable Arch in the Reunion Area, which will be just south of the main stage.  Tell your supporters to meet you there after you finish.  Please note: It could take anywhere from 5-25 minutes, or more, to get to the Reunion area after finishing, as you may wish to: stop for pictures, retrieve your gear bag, get your post-race food bag, put on spare clothing, celebrate with friends and fellow athletes, etc.
  1. Finish Area Food – Food in the Post-race Festival Area will be available as follows: at the Athlete Food tent, at Rooney’s (entrance on the left just after exiting the Athlete Food tent) and in the Vendor Food Area just south of the Main Stage.  Vendor food will be available from the Windmill (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, breakfast sandwiches, etc.), from Hudson Coffee Co. (Coffee, muffins, scones, cookies and iced tea) along with a snow cone vendor. Food and beverages will also be available at the Ocean Place Resort and in Pier Village a short walk south of the post-race area.
  1. Getting Back To Monmouth Park – Return busing to Monmouth Park will begin as soon as the return route is clear of athletes.  The roadway between the finish area and Monmouth Park will still be closed due to the race until around 10:30am.  Please note: The initial wave of athletes and spectators will be gathering in the bus corrals from about 9:45 to 10:00 am.  As that wave of riders starts to dissipate, the bulk of the half marathoners will finish.  After 10 am boarding will be open for everyone and will continue until 4:30 pm.  See below for a list of things to do after your race.
  1. Making Race Day Special – Choose one or more of the following ways to enhance your post-race experience:
  • Enjoy meeting race staff, past and current champions, dignitaries, etc. in the VIP Areas at Monmouth Park and at Rooney’s Restaurant after the finish line. Here are the VIP Program details and on-line registration link..
  • NYC and Northern NJ athletes; take the Special Coach buses to the race
  • Get those finish line dance moves ready because we’ll have The Alan Grant Band with special guest Tom Kanach rocking the ‪#‎NJMarathon main stage!
  • Listen for your bib # to be announced as one of our many Finish Line Raffle winners. You’re automatically entered in the raffles as soon as you cross the finish line (winners are randomly chosen by bib numbers) and must be present to win.
  • Enjoy a free, light massage, to help with your post-race recovery and rejuvenation
  • Enjoy a meal while cheering for family/friends or enjoy a post-race celebration at various locations near the race course. At Rooney’s (discounted drinks – show your bib), at our Vendor Food Area just south of the Main Stage – featuring a NJ favorite, the Windmill, at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa (show your bib for a 20% discount on their fantastic buffet), and also in several places in Pier Village (merchants throughout the Village will be offering discounted food, drinks and merchandise, just show your bib).
  • Have your new spinning finisher’s medal engraved with your name and finish time, just north of the Main Stage in the Post-Race Festival Area.
  • Shop for some great deals on Official New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon gear at our Race store, located just north of the Main Stage in the Post-Race Festival Area.
  • Take a walk on the beach, which is right beside the finish area, and perhaps take a dip in the ocean!
  1. On the Courses – Be considerate of each other and the neighborhoods you travel through during you race.  These areas are our local streets and neighborhoods.  Please deposit all trash in the event-provided receptacles, use only bathroom and porta-john facilities along the course (not the lawns, bushes, woods, etc.), discard energy gel wrappers, orange peels, banana peels, etc., in trash receptacles, wear your bib while on the course, do not leave the race course before the finish line without notifying a race official and providing your bib number, when walking on the course please stay to the right side and race no more than two abreast so that others behind you will have room to pass. These are a few of the ways you can help make these races safer and more enjoyable for you and your fellow athletes.  Respect each other out there.  You are all athletes, doing your personal best. Enjoy the journey!
  1. Helping Others – Once again this year we are asking you to please bring your faithful training buddies (shoes) with you to the Expo to donate to the MORE Foundation.  Thank you! Please remember, it’s “cans in hands” when heading to the Expo again this year.  Please join us in helping Move for Hunger to end hunger here in New Jersey!!

This will be my last update. I hope that these ten weekly messages have made your planning for race day a bit less complicated and that you know more about all the great things to do at our Expo, what to expect on the course during your race on Saturday and/or Sunday, and at our Post-race Festival on Sunday.

Please follow us throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog to learn about the new things which we have planned for 2016, and to join us for our free: clinics, training runs, and the races which we sponsor throughout the year!

This one’s for you New Jersey and for runners everywhere, as we welcome our friends and neighbors from across the state, the region, the country and from around the world to the Jersey Shore. Later this week we’ll “See You at the Shore”! We hope that you’ll come back again to enjoy everything it has to offer.

You inspire us each day with your determination, dedication and good humor (except during your taper weeks of course), as you work through the many issues involved in endurance sports!  Congratulations to each of you as you strive to be better than you were yesterday!

Best wishes during your race with us and during the rest of 2015.  We look forward to welcoming you to our 20th Anniversary race weekend, in late April 2016.

Joe

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

2014 Race Director Update #10 (Race Week)

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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 #10 – 1 week 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 tenth 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:

  • 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).
  • 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!
  • Post-Race Busing to Monmouth Park: Road closures require return busing to begin around 9:15 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.
  • Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option.  Click here for a pass or purchase one at the Expo for ($5). Parking passes will be $10 on Race Day on exit!
  • Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm, clothing after your race!
  • Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo. Paid service on race day morning.  Click here to register ($25).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Security Restrictions: Report any suspicious behavior and unattended bags to Race Staff/Police.
  • Race Day Registrations: Race day registrations at the start line will be available until 8:25 am.
  • Bag Check: There will be a bag check area set up near the start/finish line.

 


 

 1. Race Information Booklet

We are pleased to provide a link to our “green” Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon Information Booklet.  We hope that it will be a useful recap of information about our entire weekend of activities for you and your supporters.

2. Maps

Here’s a link to maps for each of our races plus the Start & Finish Line Festival Areas all in one place.

3. The Marathon is SOLD OUT

Don’t delay in registering for our half and relay as they may sell out at any moment!    Please note: As people switch races, defer or drop out we’ll fill each newly open slot from the wait list, but there’s no guarantee. So, if you missed the registration period for your race please get on the wait list soon as some people will be offered entry through that channel.  Please note: Our 5K race will continue to take registrations until its max number has been reached.  We are planning to take registrations on race day (Saturday, April 26th) for this race, unless of course it sells out during the Expo. Registrations for the Kid’s 1.2 Mile Marathon on Saturday are offered thru affiliated charities only. Race day registration for this event will likely be available as it has never sold out, yet.

4. Start Line Parking – one more time!

There is no free parking in and around Monmouth Park, the site of our Start Village and Start Line.  Last year some people experienced long waits to exit the parking lots after their race.  This year, in order to address those issues, we have created a pre-pay option ($5 either online or at the Expo).  Pre-paid parkers will have their own exit line and will hand a ticket to the attendant and they’ll be on their way.  Those who did not pre-pay will also have their own exit line.  BTW – we have hired a different group to take cash (only) this year and they will be making change whenever necessary.  The cash only fee will be $10 at the exits. IF everyone who didn’t choose the pre-pay option comes with a $10 bill that line will move as fast as the pre-paid line.  Save money and time by choosing the pre-pay option though as that is not likely to happen!

5. Finding Your Bib Number and Registration Information

We have posted a link on our website to find your bib number and other important registration information.  Many have already used that link successfully. So far the link has been available ONLY for anyone who registered prior to 4/1. However, starting on Monday evening, 4/21, everyone who registered prior to the close of on-line registration will be included).  Please enter your last name, click “Search” and either print out that screen of information or write down your bib number and bring it to Packet Pick-up at the Expo, along with your official government issued ID.

6. Finding Your Finish Time

Finish times will be available soon after you complete your race, in a number of ways: 1) download a free QR Code Reader/Scanner to your smartphone  and you can simply scan the QR Code on your bib, 2) you can ask a friend with a smartphone and QR Code Reader/Scanner to scan the code on your bib for you, 3) you can go to the “Awards and Results” Tent in the Finish Line Festival Area and volunteers there will scan your bib for you,  4) you can also get your finish time via a link on the main page of our website.

Here’s a QR code to test your QR reader/scanner.  qrtest1 It will take you to our currently blank race results page (no finishers yet)!

 

7. Reconnecting With Your Supporters

In the middle of the Finish Line Festival Area is the Reunion Area, a place to meet your family and friends after your race. To locate it either check the Finish Line Festival Area map or look for the big gorilla as you get near the main stage.

8. Getting Back To Monmouth Park

Return busing to Monmouth Park will begin around 9:15 am (or when the course is clear of athletes).  We are unable to begin sooner as the roadway between the finish area and Monmouth Park will still be closed due to the race.  Please note: Loading of the buses will be by corral order initially (A then B) in order to allow those athletes who finished earlier, and their supporters, first access to the buses.  The initial wave of athletes and spectators will be gathering in the bus corrals from about 9:00 to 10:00 am.  As that wave of riders starts to dissipate the bulk of the half marathoners will finish.  After 10 am boarding will be open for everyone and will continue until 4:30 pm.  See below for a list of things to do after your race.

9. Runner Tracking on Sunday the 27th

We will again provide a free runner tracking service during our Full and Half Marathons. A link will be posted soon to sign up for the service.  It will be on the main page of our website and posted on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well.

10. Last Call for Volunteers!

We still have a few volunteer positions open for race week 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 long 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.

11. Our Health & Wellness Speaker Series

Plan you visit to our Expo & Race Packet Pick-up after checking our Presentation Series below:

  • 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

12. Making Race Day Special

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

  • Enjoy meeting race staff, past and current champions, dignitaries, etc. in the VIP Area at Rooney’s (pre-registration is required).
  • NYC and Northern NJ athletes; take the train to the race – simplify race day transportation on Sunday.
  • Rock to Brian Kirk and the Jirks at our Finish Line – Brian and the boys are back, by popular demand!
  • Listen for your bib # to be announced as one of our many Finish Line Raffle winners. You’re automatically entered in raffles as soon as you cross the finish line (winners 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/friends on the race course at locations in and near the finish area.
  • 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 take a dip in the ocean!

13. Helping 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!!

 

This will be my last update prior to race day. I hope that these ten weekly messages have made your planning for race day a bit less complicated, and that you know more about all the great things to do at our Expo, what to expect on the course during your race, about our new 5K and Family Festival and Kids Races on Saturday, and at our Finish Line Festival on Sunday. We all hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time with us.

Please follow us throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog to learn about the new things which we have planned for 2015, and to join us for our free: clinics, training runs, adventure runs, and the races which we sponsor throughout the year! We look forward to being a training/running resource for you year round and hope that you will stay in touch as we are interested in you as athletes and not only as participants in our races.

This one’s for you New Jersey and runners everywhere, as we welcome our friends and neighbors from across the state, the country and from around the world!  This year we are celebrating YOU as we encourage you to, “Let Your Star Shine” during your weekend with us.  Here’s your mantra for race day, “Be Brilliant”!!  May you shine brightly on race day and throughout the year, fellow athletes!

You inspire us each day with your determination, dedication and good humor, as you work through the many issues involved in endurance sports!  Congratulations to each of you as you strive to be better than you were yesterday!

 

Best wishes during your training, racing and throughout the year! We look forward to you joining us again in 2015!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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