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 #1

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

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

Race Director Update #1
10 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 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 the full marathon wheelchair division this year.

Smooth Sailing Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

This section contains important information to help race day go smoothly for you and your support team.

1. Getting to the Start: We are always working hard to ensure that getting to the Start Line on race day morning is as smooth and easy as possible, and look forward to your continued cooperation in helping to reduce any potential delays.

Ways to make your access to the Start Line easier:

a) Take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Train which will arrive at Monmouth Park Station at about 6:25 am. Click here for the train schedule. Click here to register for our special race day train.  Over the years this has proven to be the easiest way to arrive at Monmouth Park for our Sunday races.

b) If planning to arrive via motor vehicle there are two important things which you can do to make your commute easier on Race Day Morning:

i. Carpool, and
ii. Plan on being in the parking lots around Monmouth Park about 75-120 minutes prior to the start of your race.

Please note: With over 5,000 vehicles trying to get into the parking lots at Monmouth Park, most at about the same time, there can be heavy traffic on race day morning from every direction.

Important:  Parking lots fill up fast and the closest parking spots are filled first.  The last vehicles to arrive may be required to park almost a mile from the start line and will require additional time to walk to the start area.  Plan ahead so that you don’t miss your assigned corral (they close at 7:20 am on race day).

c) Get dropped off at our special Athlete Drop-off Location inside the Clubhouse Main Gate on Victor Ave.   Please watch for signs for that area as you approach Monmouth Park on Rt. 36.  Please note: Dropping off athletes in any other location than the designated one is not allowed as heavy traffic makes it dangerous and it will slow down parking for others.

Other things to know about Sunday race transportation:

2. Busing from the start area: will be free and available for relay athletes, spectators, volunteers and race staff:

a) buses will depart from the NJ Marathon and Half Marathon bus terminal in Monmouth Park to the following locations:

i) the relay transition area in Monmouth Beach: for relay athletes and parents/guardians of relay athletes under 18 only.
ii) the NJ Marathon and Half Marathon bus terminal on Union Ave. in Long Branch for: spectators, volunteers and race staff.  This bus terminal is a block from mile 9.75 of the race courses and within 4 blocks of the finish area.  Please note: This bus station is NOT used for transportation back to Monmouth Park.  Please see the paragraph below for return busing information to Monmouth Park.

3. Post-Race Transportation: When leaving the Finish Area there are several post-race transportation options to consider.

a. Walk to Long Branch Station and take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train home. Please note: These trains DO NOT STOP at Monmouth Park.

b. Walk to your vehicle which is parked in one of the lots around the Finish Area.

c. Walk to our Finish Area bus depot (in front of the Ocean Place Resort) for a free bus ride back to Monmouth Park. Please note: Due to road closures from the race, these buses cannot begin the return trip to Monmouth Park until about 9:30 am, and will begin boarding by starting corral order until any backlog has been reduced. We invite you to take advantage of the Finish Line Festival (food, music, raffles, awards ceremonies, cheering for other athletes, etc.) until the busing begins.

4. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park:  By prepaying the $5 per car parking fee prior to race day exiting the parking lots will be much faster. Otherwise it will cost $10 to exit the parking lots post-race and be slower. We strongly suggest that you take advantage of the pre-paid option. Click here to register for Start Area Parking. Tickets will also be on sale during Packet Pick-up on Friday and Saturday.

5. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: We offer Guaranteed Finish Area Parking at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15. Click here to register for Guaranteed Finish Area Parking. Please note: There is no shuttle transportation from this parking lot to the Start Area as it is intended for your supporters and those needing a quick exit after the race.

Other things to know about Sunday races:

6. Gear Check: If you would like to have warm/dry clothing available at the finish of your race, please use the official gear check bag which you will receive when picking up your race packet. It is the ONLY BAG you will be allowed to bring into the secure Start Area in Monmouth Park and the ONLY BAG you will be allowed to carry inside the secure Finish Area. Take advantage of this free service to stay warm and comfortable after your race!

7. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here to read about the special race day security requirements at both the Start Area and the Finish Area. If everyone complies with the security requirements, these two areas will be simple to get to and fun places to be on race day for everyone. These safety procedures are intended to allow everyone to feel the positive energy and excitement of race day, in as safe an environment as possible.  Please note: There will be no exceptions to these security requirements on race day! It is your responsibility to understand them and to comply fully. Please be sure that any race day spectators/supporters read and understand the security requirement which apply to them as well.

8. Optional Packet Pick-up Service: If you aren’t able to pick up your race packet during our normal Expo hours on Friday or Saturday, and can’t find a proxy to pick it up for you for free, we offer a Race Day Packet Pick-Up Service. This service is limited to the first 500 who register prior to the cut-off date, and costs $25. Click here if you wish to register for this special service. On race day plan to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to pick up your packet, pin your bib on your shirt, check clothing at our Gear Check for the finish line, warm up, etc.

9. VIP Program: All Sunday race athletes have the option to additionally purchase a special race package in order to enjoy the ultimate race experience! Our VIP Program includes: special Expo and Start Area parking, access to the VIP facilities in the Start Area and Finish Area, special packet pick-up lines during our Expo, etc.

10. Tide Team: Athletes who have raced with us during five or more consecutive years starting on or before 2010 automatically become Tide Team Members. The 2015 Tide Team Member list is available on our website. If you don’t see your name on the 2015 list, and you believe that it should be, please send an email to info@njmarathon.org with your five (or more) consecutive years listed.  We’ll gladly add you to the Team if you qualify. Click here to check out what you’ll earn by becoming a member.

 

The information above is provided as suggestions which will reduce pre-race and post-race stress on Sunday, April 26th. Please take the time to review the suggestions in these weekly updates and plan accordingly.

As always, the most effective way to manage stress during your race is to develop and follow well thought out training and racing plans, and adjust your plans as needed on race day.

 

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

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

2014 Race Director Update #1

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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 #1 – 10 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for The 18th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon weekend which includes the 2014 RRCA New Jersey State Championship races in both the Marathon and Half Marathon distances. 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. Links to them will be posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

Smooth Sailing on Race Day:
This section contains important information to help race day go as smoothly as possible for you.

1. Getting to the Start: We are working hard to improve the experience of getting to the Start Line on race day morning, and look forward to your cooperation in helping to reduce traffic delays.

Throughout the fall we looked for ways to recover from the loss of parking lots as a result of increased security put in place after the bombings in Boston last year. We have been working with the security forces to make sure our traffic and parking plans mesh well with their plans. We have added additional parking lots to replace ones which are no longer available to us and we have added additional parking staff to guide you into parking spaces faster.

a. Here are the ways in which you can help make access to the Start Line better:
• If arriving in a private vehicle there are two important things which you can do to make your commute easier on Race Day Morning:
a. Carpool, and
b. Plan on being in the parking lots around Monmouth Park about 75-120 minutes prior to the start of your race.

• Take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Train which will arrive at Monmouth Park Station at 6:05 am. Click here to register for our special race day train.

Half Marathon and Relay Athletes and Half Marathon Start Line spectators: If you get off at Exits 105 or 109 of the Garden State Parkway after 6:00 am you will likely miss the start of your race!!! Plan ahead. That means that you should plan to be in the parking lots prior to 5:45 am for the Half Marathon and Half Relay.

Marathoners and Marathon Start Line spectators: Plan on being in the parking lots between 6:00 am 7:00 am on race day morning. Please note: Due to the start of the Half Marathon and Relay at 6:45 am, some roads into the parking lots will be closed starting about 6:20 am on race day. With more limited access to parking lots after that time, please plan for extra time to get into the open parking lots.

2. Post-Race: When leaving the Finish Area after your race there are several post-race transportation choices to consider.
a. Walk to Long Branch Station and take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train home. Please note: These trains DO NOT STOP at Monmouth Park. If parked there this is not an option for you.
b. Walk to your vehicle which is parked in one of the parking lots around the Finish Area.
c. Walk to our Finish Area bus depot (in front of the Ocean Place Resort) for a free bus ride back to Monmouth Park and your vehicle (see below). Please note: Due to road closures from the race, these buses cannot begin the return trip to Monmouth Park until about 9:15 am. Starting at about 9:00 am buses will begin boarding by starting corral order until any backlog has been reduced. We invite you to take advantage of the Finish Line Festival (food, music, raffles, awards ceremonies, cheering for other athletes, etc.). If it’s cool on race day you those warm close you check with us will be waiting for you in the finish area (see below).

Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: By registering and paying the $5 per car parking fee prior to race day, exiting the parking lots will be much faster this year. We strongly suggest that you take advantage of this option. Click here to register for Start Area Parking. Tickets will be given out with race bibs during Packet Pick-up at the expo.

Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: We offer Guaranteed Finish Area Parking at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15. Click here to register for Guaranteed Finish Area Parking. Please note: There is no shuttle transportation from this parking lot to the Start Area.

Gear Check: If you would like to have warm/dry clothing available at the finish of your race, please use the official gear check bag which you will receive when picking up your race packet. It is the ONLY BAG you will be allowed to bring into the secure Start Area in Monmouth Park and the ONLY BAG you will be allowed to carry inside the secure Finish Area. Take advantage of this free service to stay warm and comfortable after your race!

3. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here to read about the special race day security requirements at both the Start Area and the Finish Area. If everyone complies with the security requirements, these two areas will be simple to get to and fun places to be on race day for everyone. These safety procedures are intended to allow everyone to feel the positive energy and excitement of race day, in as safe an environment as possible. Please note: There will be no exceptions to these security requirements on race day! It is your responsibility to understand them and to comply fully. Please be sure that any race day supporters read and understand the security requirement which apply to them as well.

Other things to consider:

• Our VIP Program includes special Start Area parking and access to our VIP Tents at both the Start and Finish Areas, in addition to special features during your visit to our Expo.

Race Packet Pick-up: If you aren’t able to pick up your race packet during our normal Expo hours on Friday or Saturday, and can’t find a proxy to pick it up for you for free, we offer a Race Day Packet Pick-Up Service. This service is limited to the first 500 who pre-register for it and costs $25. Click here if you wish to register for this special service. Plan to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to get you packet, pin you bib on your shirt, check clothing for the finish line, etc.

This information is designed to give you suggestions that will reduce pre-race and post-race stress, over the entire race weekend. Please take the time to review the suggestions in these weekly updates and plan accordingly.

As always, the most effective way to manage stress during your race is to develop and follow well thought out training and racing plans, and adjust your plans as needed on race day.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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