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

2014 Race Director Update #7

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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 #7 – 4 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 seventh 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.
  8. Corral Loading Times: Half/Relay 6:10 to 6:40 am, Full 7:25 to 7:55 am. The last corral will remain open for loading until race start.

 

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 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/562747157155359/  We need an accurate headcount to finalize our plans, as we expect hundreds of athletes to attend.

 

2. 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 right), 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. The outermost security zone extends from the barricades along the course west to McKinley Ave. (near the bottom of the map) and along the east walls of the Ocean Place Resort to Laird Rd. in Pier Village (not shown on the map).  Please note: Pier Village will NOT be included in the outermost secure zone this year (however some traffic restrictions will be in place inside the village).

Relay athletes who have completed their leg, Volunteers, Vendors and Spectators may gain access to the outermost secure zone via one or more of the following security checkpoints: Cooper Ave., McKinley Ave., doors on the east side of the Ocean Place Resort and near the traffic circle on Laird Rd in Pier Village.  Everyone passing through these security checkpoints are subject to search and no bags of any kind will be allow east of these checkpoints.

Athletes entering the secure area via the finish line chutes may carry two specific bags once they are clear of the finish chutes; 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 tent as they exit the finish chutes.  These are the only two bags which may be carried by an athlete wearing an official 2014 Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay bib (must be worn in plain sight).  If you are not wearing an official 2014 bib you may not carry any bag in the secure area.  Do not put a bag down anywhere.

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 last year.  Spectators and athletes who knew and followed the rules last year were free to enjoy all of the activities offered without interference. That includes standing beside the barricades along the Finish Area.

Here are some points of interest at the Finish Line and throughout the Finish Line Festival Area, which you will enter after exiting the finish chutes. Please note: This areas is still within a security zone and special 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.  A changing tent and restrooms will be set up in that area for your convenience.
  2. If you have a VIP credential, head into Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant at any time during the Festival.
  3. Athletes without a VIP credential should continue on Cooper and turn left onto McKinley Ave. to access the Finish Line Festival Area.
  4. As you walk down McKinley Ave. you will pass behind the Emergency Medical Service area on your left, which you also passed near the finish line. Medical attention is available again should you need it now or at any time during the day.
  5. 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 Reader installed come here for your finish time), NY/NJ Challenge Medal pick-up, Age Group Results (age group awards will be customized and mailed to you in May); or visit Sponsor Village. Our Sponsors hold raffles throughout the festival hours and provide valuable information exhibits and experts.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. It is accessible via either the main stage area or the walkway just beyond the stage. Look for a tall inflatable gorilla marking the location of the reunion area.
  8. Further down that walkway, just beyond the main stage, 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 (engrave you name and official finish time in the space provided on the back of your medal).
  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 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.
  10. At the end of McKinley is Madison Ave.  Just outside the security checkpoint to the right on Madison Ave. will be portable restrooms.
  11. If you turn right onto Madison Ave. you will notice signs directing you to the free Shuttle Buses back to Monmouth Park as well as signage leading to the Long Branch Train Station. Please note: New Jersey Transit trains WILL NOT STOP at Monmouth Park.
  12. Turning left at the intersection of McKinley and Madison Ave. and turning right a short way down Madison Ave. (toward the ocean) will lead to the Ocean Place Resort and further on to Pier Village (not shown on the Finish Area Map).  Please note: The area between the resort and the race course is still a secure area.  If you go into the resort, you will be leaving the secure area and returning through a door will require you to pass through screening once again.  Please note: There will also be a band playing at the Tiki Bar at the Resort for your enjoyment, as well as several in Pier Village.

 3. 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: stories@njmarathon.org.  We’re looking to inspire people with your wisdom, stamina and experience! We have some short versions of personal stories on our Facebook page right now and even more have been sent via email.

Please join others in letting your fellow athletes know of the trial 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.

I hope that the information in this update 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 #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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2013 Race Director Update #4 – Mar. 17 (7 weeks to The New Jersey Marathon)

Tune-up Training Run (on parts of the courses):

Mark your calendar for another New Jersey Marathon sponsored tune-up training run on Sunday, April 14 (three weeks prior to race day).  We will have a 10 miler (8 am start) or 20 miler (7 am start) “Last Long Training Run”, on parts of the course.  We will start in Pier Village, in waves of about 10-15 people at a time.  Please Note: the roads will not be closed, so be sure to run against the traffic and obey all traffic lights and signs. There will be self-serve fluids around the course.

Please “Join” our event on Facebook, the “Last Long Training Run“. We need to get a headcount to finalize our planning so please let us know if you’ll be training with us on that day, by clicking on “Join” for the event. We expect between 400 and 600 people to train with us on that day, so please let us know if you’ll be joining us.

The 2-Person Half Marathon Relay:

At Packet Pick-up at the Health & Fitness Expo (Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th):

The team Captain or the teammate may go directly to Packet Pick-up with the Registration Confirmation Page and photo ID. Please announce your Bib # and Team Name, and give the Registration Confirmation Page and the photo ID to the volunteer to review prior to receiving the complete packet for both team members. 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 – 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 to use in attaching these two bibs on each person.  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, even if you are not dropping off your bag on race day. Please review the Gear Drop instructions in Race Director Update #3 if you are planning to drop off a bag.

Parking for Relay:

– The first runner/walker on a team should either park, or be dropped off, at Monmouth Park prior to 5:45 am.

– The second runner/walker on a team may wish either to park, or be dropped off, at Monmouth Park and utilize the shuttle bus to the Transition Area.  The shuttle buses will leave between 6:45 am and 7 am. After that time you must find your own way to the Transition Area.

– For the second runner/walker there is also limited parking near the Transition Area, on the southern end of Seaview Ave. in Monmouth Beach. Since that parking area is limited, it is advisable for most people to park at Monmouth Park.

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

When arriving at the Transition Area, the first runner/walker should remove the belt with the bib and timing chip and the second runner/walker should put it on.  That will be the hand-off.  Once the strap is securely in place, the second runner/walker may exit the transition area to begin their portion of the race.

Race Support Staff will be on site at the Transition Area for directions. Please adhere to all directions from the Staff.

There will be buses near the Transition to shuttle the first team members to the finish area between 7:15 am and 9:00 am.

Port-a-Johns and water will be located in the Transition Area, along with a tent.

Please plan your Relay carefully for the best experience!

Other things to note about the Relay:

Two Finishers’ medals will be given to the second runner/walker after turning in the timing belt at the finish line.

 

Race Day Parking:

Parking at Monmouth Park:

Our best travel advice on race day morning is: carpool, arrive very early or take the train!!!

Please note: The half marathon and relay will start at 6:45 am.  DO NOT PLAN TO ARRIVE AT MONMOUTH PARK AFTER 5:45 am for these races, if you will be arriving by motor vehicle!

We will have several new parking lots available to us starting this year, and we will be parking in many of the lots simultaneously, which means that it will be very important for you to pay attention to the directions on the sign boards as you approach the Park and especially to the traffic control officers, in order to keep the traffic flowing.  Here’s an overview of the parking at Monmouth Park this year. (Please note: parking fees will be collected upon exit from most lots this year)

Arrival times:

4:30 am to 5:00 am (arrive during this time and you will be directed to preferred parking).

Preferred Parking (Lot 1), will be inside the Park gates and will be directly beside the starting corrals!!!  This lot will hold over 1,100 cars and will be closed either when full or at 5:00 am, whichever comes first. You will not find another race with more convenient parking than in this lot!

5:00 am to 5:45 am (Half, Relay & Full Marathon)

We will be filling the other lots (Lots 2 through 10) around the Park during this time, which will be increasingly distant from the start line.  Plan ahead as the main traffic volume will likely occur during these times.

After 5:45 am (Half Marathon and Relay) – Don’t even try it!!

After 6:25 am (Full Marathon only)

You will be parked in either lot 3 or some of our new lots (Lots 5 through 9) as access roads to Lots 1, 2, 3 and 10 will be closed to get ready for the half marathon and relay start at 6:45 am.

Special Needs Parking: Please show your official credentials to gain access to handicapped parking in Lot 1 prior to 5 am, if that lot has not yet reached capacity, or in Lot 2 prior to 6:25 am.  There will be designated spaces set aside in each Lot.

Drop-off Area: There will be a designated drop-off area. Dropping off at any location other than in the designated area will be prohibited as it will cause delays for everyone else, as has happened in previous years! This location will be added to the Monmouth Park Transportation and Parking Map soon.

Parking at the Relay Transition Area:

There is parking for about 50 cars near the transition area in Monmouth Beach, on the southern end of Seaview Ave.  Since that parking area is limited, it is advisable for most people to park at Monmouth Park.

Parking near the Finish Area:

There are a number of private parking lots (parking fees will be charged by the various vendors) around the finish area which the race doesn’t manage.  Parking in one of these lots may allow quick departure after your race. Please note: the only departure route available until after approximately 10:30 am is to the north, via Rt. 36.  All roads in the finish area which cross our courses will start to reopen to traffic after that time. Here’s an overview of parking near the finish line.

There will be updates to the parking and drop-off information referenced above over the next few weeks, including the parking fees at the various Lots in Monmouth Park.

As some of you know, traffic delays have occurred in previous years, and some delays are unavoidable when 12,000+ people converge on one roadway at the same time.  This year’s plan can only be successful if: athletes arrive early, carpool as much as possible, follow the parking and drop-off instructions, or take the Special New Jersey Marathon Train from NYC, (with several New Jersey stops). Please note: This train is not free this year. A $10 one way ticket is required to board this train.  Tickets MUST be pre-purchased, and will not be available from NJ Transit.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Best wishes during your training and on race day,

Joe Gigas, Executive Race Director