What’s it about?

We hope to use this blog to communicate with you in another useful and unique way.   One in which we can share information with a large audience to help answer some common training and race planning questions in more detail than is possible through our other communications channels (email, website, Facebook and Twitter).

The questions which we will blog about will cover several areas:

1) information about our particular events which we hope will help you to enjoy your time with us as much as possible, and

2) information about subjects such as: training dos and don’ts, nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, injury recovery, etc.  We believe that the knowledge and experience of our bloggers will help you to have as safe and effective training, race day, and post race week, as possible.

Please join us in a robust discussion of the topics introduced by each of our bloggers.  We believe that you will find them knowledgeable and very helpful.

While some of the bloggers are qualified Physical Therapists, Nutritionists, Certified Endurance Running Coaches, etc. they will not diagnose individual medical issues, nor  provide individualized training plans, etc.  However, we believe that they will help you to think about your particular question in a helpful, informative way, and to understand the most important points to keep in mind in a number of areas during your training, on race day, and post race.

Please engage them with your questions, comments and suggestions in order to move toward the best outcome possible for YOU. Endurance training and racing is best managed by NOT following exactly what others have done/are doing, but is often more successful if your goal is to determine what works best for you, given your currently conditioning, available time, motivation, etc.  Everyone is different, and while there are general guidelines which apply to us all, listen to your body and strive to be the best that YOU can be!

We hope that this blog will become a valuable tool for you as you make progress in your fitness and racing goals and in planning for the various aspects of race weekend and race day.

Best wishes,

Joe Gigas
Race Director,
The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon

PS – This blog will not answer questions which are already discussed on our web site, and will not respond to general requests such as changes of event, registration related questions, general event info requests, etc.  The communication channels for those types of communications are via an email to either Registration@NJMarathon.org or to Info@NJMarathon.org.

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

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 #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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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 #8

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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 #8 – 3 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 eighth 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. Start Line Corral Assignments

                          Corral Assignments 2014

Long Branch Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay (teams)
Corral Start End
A 1:05:00 1:29:59
B 1:30:00 1:59:59
C 2:00:00 2:14:59
D 2:15:00 2:44:59
E 2:45:00 3:15:00
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Corral Start End
A 2:15:00 3:02:59
B 3:03:00 3:49:59
C 3:50:00 4:29:59
D 4:30:00 6:30:00

Everyone who registered before 4/1 has now been assigned a bib number and a start corral.  We will be providing a link shortly to look up your specific information.  Please print out your information from the provided link and bring it with you to pick up your race packet (bib, timing strips, event tech-shirt, official race day gear bag, etc.)

If you forget the print out with your bib number, terminals will be available to look it up. It will slow down the process however, so we recommend you bring this printout with you.

 

  1. Rejuvenate After Your Race

After you’ve completed your race be sure to stop by our Rejuvenation/Recovery Tent in the Finish Line Festival area for a free massage (watch for signs).  A short message on tired and sore muscles, by trained experts, can do wonders on race day and the following days.  You’ve earned it. Enjoy!

 

  1. 2014 Health & Fitness Expo Presentation Series

Our 2014 Presentation line-up is bigger and better than ever before! The free presentations and demonstrations from experts in many fields will help you to excel, remain injury free, make the most of race day, recover better afterward and inspire you.  Be sure to check the presentation schedule below while planning your time at the Expo and Packet Pick-up so that you can take advantage of this wealth of information. Open to the general public.

 

New Jersey Marathon Health & Fitness Presentation Line Up for Friday 4/25

Friday 1:30 pm
Cross Training for Runners – Dr. Brent Kaiser of Kaiser Therapy http://kaisertherapy.com

Friday 2:00 pm
Core Training for Distance Runners – Jon Messner of JMP Fitness in Brielle www.coretrainingfordistancerunners.com and https://www.facebook.com/coretrainingfordistancerunners

Friday 3:00 pm
Fueling for Race Day Success – Chris Draper of Draper Training and Nutrition drapertrainingnutrition.com

Friday 4:00 pm
Adopting a Healthy Life Style and Achieving Your Goals – Moira Horan, triathlete, coach, and creator of Stay Strong Multi-Sport  http://www.staystrongmultisport.com

Friday 4:30 pm
Your Post-Marathon Recovery Plan – Steve Loder, of Nourish.Sculpt.Motivate

www.NSM28.com and  https://www.facebook.com/NewBeginningWellness

Friday 6:00 pm
2014 Course Overviews – Jim Thomas, the NJ Marathon Course Director. Always one of our most popular presentations.

Friday 6:30 pm
Race Pacing Strategy and the 2014 Pace Team – Otto Lam, the NJ Marathon Pace Team Director. Run with our Team. It’s free and super helpful!

Friday 7:00 pm
Training and Racing with Type 1 Diabetes – Jay Hewitt, elite Ironman triathlete

 

New Jersey Marathon Health & Fitness Presentation Line Up for Saturday 4/26

Saturday 10:30 am
Adopting a Healthy Life Style and Achieving Your Goals – Moira Horan, triathlete, coach, and creator of Stay Strong Multi-Sport  http://www.staystrongmultisport.com

Saturday 11:00 am
Fueling for Race Day Success – Chris Draper of Draper Training and Nutrition drapertrainingnutrition.com

Saturday 11:30 am
Running Form – David Stretanski, ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Certified Master Instructor http://www.eChiFitness.com

Saturday 1:00 pm
Core Training for Distance Runners – Jon Messner of JMP Fitness in Brielle www.coretrainingfordistancerunners.com and https://www.facebook.com/coretrainingfordistancerunners

Saturday 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Proper Usage and Application of Taping – Christine M. Scarano, PT, DPT will be demonstrating on behalf of the Kinesio Taping Association.  Christine will be offering taping services afterward.

Saturday 3:00 pm
Yoga for All Ages – Lisa Horan-Sockol and her team from Monmouth Beach Yoga & Wellness www.mbyogaandwellness.com and https://www.facebook.com/Mbyogaandwellness

Saturday 3:30 pm
Race Pacing Strategy and the 2014 Pace Team – Otto Lam, the NJ Marathon Pace Team Director

Saturday 4:00 pm
Course Overviews – Jim Thomas, the NJ Marathon Course Director. Always one of our most popular presentations.

Saturday 4:30 pm
Proper Usage and Application of Taping – Christine M. Scarano, PT, DPT on behalf of the Kinesio Taping Association.  Christine will be offering taping service for the race.

Saturday 5:00 pm
Your Post-Marathon Recovery Plan – Steve Loder, of Nourish.Sculpt.Motivate
www.NSM28.com and  https://www.facebook.com/NewBeginningWellness

 

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

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!!

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!
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 #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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