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 #7

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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 #7
4 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 seventh 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
  1. Last Long Training Run – On the Courses:

Mark your calendar for a tune-up training run on Sunday, April 5th (three weeks prior to race day).  We will have a 10 miler (8 am start) and 20 miler (7 am start) “Last Long Training Run”, on parts of the courses.  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/1544864765788444/  We need an accurate headcount to finalize our plans, as we expect hundreds of athletes to run with us that day.

Please note: We will start and end these training runs at Indulge Lounge and Food Bar, in Pier Village, at: 16 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740.  Parking in Pier Village is free this time of year.

For this training run we will not be using directional signs at every turn, but instead we will be providing the route maps as .kml files for you to download and use with your favorite run mapping application.  There will be a few directional signs in places where athletes have been confused in the past.  As always ,we will provide fluid stations every 4-5 miles with self-serve water and Gatorade.

  1. 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 upper right corner), 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, etc.  You will only be allowed into this secure area if you have the proper level of security credential.

The outermost security zone extends from the course barricades at Madison Ave. to McKinley Ave. (lower right on the map) and then along the side of McKinley Ave. (along the bottom of the map) to Cooper Ave. (in the lower left corner of the map) and from there along Cooper Ave. and then toward the course barricades (in the upper left corner of the map).  Please note: Relay athletes who have completed their leg, Volunteers, Vendors and Spectators may gain access to the outermost secure zone via one of the following security checkpoints: Cooper Ave. and McKinley Ave. Everyone passing through these security checkpoints are subject to search and no bags of any kind will be allow past these checkpoints into the outermost security zone.

Athletes entering the secure area via the finish line chutes may carry two bags once they have passed through the Athlete Food Area; 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 Area as they exit the finish chutes.  These are the only two bags which may be carried by an athlete wearing an official 2015 Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay bib worn in plain sight.  Spectators may not carry a bag of any kind while in this secure area and will not be allowed inside the finish chutes of the race course.

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 in 2013.  Spectators and athletes who knew and followed the rules are free to enjoy all of the Finish Line Festival activities we offer without interference. That includes standing beside directly behind the barricades along the Finish Area, in designated locations.

Here are some points of interest throughout the Finish Line Festival Area which you will enter after you exit the finish chutes and Athlete Food Area. Please note: This areas is still within a security zone and special safety 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 (on your right), inside the Promenade Beach Club parking area. A changing tent and restrooms will be set up in that area for your convenience as well.
  2. If you have a VIP credential, head into Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant at any time to enjoy your special post-race VIP location, with helpful staff, food, beverages, etc. created especially for you.
  3. Athletes without a VIP credential may also choose to head into the general area at Rooney’s. Why? Rooney’s will be offering discount drinks to athletes wearing their 2015 race bib.
  4. To continue into the Finish Line Festival then continue on Cooper and turn left onto McKinley Ave. to access the Finish Line Festival Areas listed below. Signs will be posted along Cooper Ave. and McKinley Ave. to guide you to the various parts of the Finish Line Festival, to the NJ Marathon & Half Marathon bus station for a free shuttle back to Monmouth Park and to NJ Transit’s Long Branch Station for a train home.
  5. As you walk down McKinley Ave. you will pass behind the Emergency Medical Service area, which you passed in front of at the finish line. Medical attention is available again here should you need it.
  6. 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 Code Reader installed come here for your finish time), Age Group Results (age group awards will be customized and mailed to you in May); ). Also, in this area, and close to the race course, 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 (stop by to have your name and official finish time engraved in the space provided on the back of your well-earned medal).
  7. 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.
  8. 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 for everyone. It is accessible via either the main stage area or via the walkway on McKinley just beyond the stage. Look for the tall inflatable Windmill gorilla marking the location of the Reunion Area. Continue further along that walkway you will find: Sponsor Village. Our Sponsors hold raffles throughout the festival hours and provide valuable information, exhibits and experts.
  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, Hudson Coffee Co., 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 and will be celebrating with their fundraising athletes in their village.
  10. At the end of McKinley is Madison Ave. Just outside the security checkpoint on Madison Ave. will be portable restrooms for all spectators.
  11. If you turn right onto Madison you will notice signs directing you to the free Shuttle Buses back to Monmouth Park. Please note: New Jersey Transit trains WILL NOT STOP at Monmouth Park.
  12. Turning left at the intersection of McKinley and Madison Ave. and then turning right a short way down Madison Ave. (toward the ocean) will be signs lead to the Ocean Place Resort and further on to Pier Village (not shown on the Finish Area Map). There will also be signage leading you through Pier Village and to the Long Branch Train Station. Please note: There will also be a band playing at the Tiki Bar at the Resort for your enjoyment, as well as bands at Rooney’s and as several locations in Pier Village.
  1. 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: info@njmarathon.org.  We’re looking to inspire people with your wisdom, stamina and experiences!

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

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.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option ($5) for these lots. Paying as you leave will cost $10 and will likely slow down your departure. Click here to register.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT.
  4. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains do NOT stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at Monmouth Park.
  5. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  6. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register for Will Call Service.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help you to understand what to expect at the finish areas, and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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

2015 Race Director Update #6

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

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

 

Race Director Update #6
5 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for the 19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon weekend, which includes the 2015 RRCA New Jersey State Championship race in the marathon distance. In an effort to help make your participation more enjoyable throughout the entire race weekend, this is the sixth in a series of weekly messages containing important information. Copies of these messages will also be available on our Website and on our Blog. Links to them will be posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

New for 2015:

  • The Full, Half and Relay races will all start at 7:30 am this year.
  • There are NO Speed Restrictions for athletes in wheelchairs in the full marathon.

Upcoming Events & Milestones:

On Course Training Runs!
Mark your calendar for a tune-up training run on Sunday, April 5th (three weeks prior to race day).  We will have a 10 miler (8 am start) and 20 miler (7 am start) “Last Long Training Run”, on parts of the courses.

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

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

 

1) The 2-Person Half Marathon Relay Details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2) The ShapingNJ 5K Details:

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

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

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

 

3) The Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races:

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

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

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

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

Questions? Please email: kids@njmarathon.org

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

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

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

 

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

 

 Smooth Sailing Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Pre-Race: Carpool and be in the parking lots about 75-120 minutes before the race start at 7:30 am, or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Transportation. Click here to register.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option ($5) for these lots. Paying as you leave will cost $10 and will likely slow down your departure. Click here to register.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT.
  4. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains do NOT stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at Monmouth Park.
  5. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  6. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register for Will Call Service.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

 

I hope that the information above will help you to understand what to expect during your race, and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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

2015 Race Director Update #5

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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 #5
6 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.

On-Course facts:

  1. Course updates:

Our Half Marathon/Relay course will be re-certified by the USATF this year as we have made changes in Oceanport (between miles 4 and approximately 5.5 – we removed three turns in the course).

Our Full Marathon course, which shares approximately the first 11.6 miles with the Half/Relay course, will also be re-certified as we have had to make changes again this year as repairs in Ocean Grove, from Super Storm Sandy, will not likely be completed in time.  Once these repairs have been completed we expect the 2016 course will be able to use the southern portion of this course as it was designed, back in 2011.

We will publish a preliminary full marathon course map as soon at the certifiers have completed a “preliminary certification”, hopefully in March, and we will publish the final course map as soon as the final, “Official Certification” has occurred.

Our 5K course was certified last year and has not changed since then and retains its certification this year (course certification can last up to 10 years, if no changes are made). The 5K course will start, and end, at the finish line of our Sunday races, on the Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch.  It will head south through Pier Village with a turn-around on the southern portion of Ocean Ave, before returning through Pier Village to the finish line.

  1. Fluid/Aid Stations:

We will be providing Gatorade-Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) and water at each of our Fluid Stations, with Gatorade served at the first tables and water served on the following tables at each station. Most Fluid Stations will be less than 1.5 miles apart and will be staffed by many service organizations and charity volunteers. The first three fluid stations (all in Oceanport) will be configured on both sides of the race course, so there is no need to cross to the opposite side for fluids.  These dual sided fluid stations are staggered so that the middle of the course is not blocked by athletes trying to take in hydration.  There will also be trash bins near each fluid station for your use.  Please use them for Energy Gel tops and packs, banana/orange peels, cups, general garbage, etc.  We appreciate your efforts in keeping our neighborhoods and course as clean as possible during the races.

Energy Gels: GU energy gels (vanilla bean and jet blackberry) will be at multiple locations between miles 13 and 22. These stations will be placed a few hundred yards before a fluid station so that you can ingest the GU and then have water to drink at the fluid station.  Please be prepared to carry your own favorite energy packs (the ones that you have been training with) if GU is not the brand you’ve been training with. You are welcome to the GU but you may be jeopardizing your race if you use anything which you haven’t tested during your training.

Bananas: Will be located on the marathon course, between miles 13 and 22; a good source of potassium.

Soft Pretzels: Will be located on the marathon course, between miles 13 and 22; a source of sodium and carbs.

Orange Slices: Will be located at approximately mile 10.75 and will be available to all three Sunday races.

Toilets: We will again provide portable toilets at the Start & Finish areas, as well as along the race courses. On the courses they will be located at, or very near, each Fluid/Aid Station. If you don’t see them, please ask the volunteers at the fluid stations to point them out.  Please do not relieve yourself on private or public property! Local Police will be called if anyone is observed doing so.  This type of behavior reflects badly on us all and on our sport.

Clocks & Mile Markers: We will have timing clocks throughout the courses, large mile markers at every mile and timing mats at the Start and Finish as well as split timing mats at multiple locations on the courses (10K, 13.1M, 30K and 40K).

Personal Safety: I know that many of you train with music and headphones. The organizing committee strongly recommends that you leave your headphones at home for safety reasons. You need to be aware of your surroundings, your fellow runners (who may be passing or stopping, etc.) and the possibility of emergency and race vehicles, and even errant traffic on the course (we work with the local police forces in each community to ensure that traffic will not get onto the race courses but it only takes one careless, determine motorist to cause a potentially dangerous situation).

Medical: In the event of an on-course illness or injury there will be 15+ EMS locations along the courses with mobile medical transport facilities between them and local area hospitals will be on standby.  In addition, there will be a major medical complex at the finish line as well as local emergency rooms fully staffed and managed near the race courses.  EMTs will always be nearby during your race to assist with any medical question/issue you may have.  It is required that each participant complete the medical information on the back of their race bibs. 

  1. Safety Warning System:

The Safety Warning System will be used to communicate race status to all athletes, volunteers and race staff with respect to weather and safety conditions.

We will use a simple color coded warning system.

  •  NORMAL  – Everything is Normal.
  • CAUTION – Heat index is at a Caution point and athletes should slow down a bit and make sure they are hydrating properly.
  • DANGER – Either a Danger of excessive heat and/or humidity exists and athletes should slow down significantly and monitor their hydration very carefully, or lightning, tornado(s), flooding, etc. are reported in the area and ALL ATHLETES should take cover at the closest shelter until the course is reopened.  Be sure to heed the directions of the race staff carefully in these conditions.  The race may resume when/if appropriate.
  • CANCELED – Race has been Canceled due to extreme weather or an on course emergency has occurred and all participants are advised to leave the course/seek shelter immediately.  The regular shuttle buses will be redirected to help evacuate athletes to shelters or back to their vehicles.

We hope to have   NORMAL   status over the entire length of our races, however, should the need arise we are dedicated to communicating race status and safety warnings to each of you in a timely, effective manner.

The Safety Warning System will be located near each fluid/aid station, so please keep an eye out for it.  Fluid station personnel will be reminding you of the current race condition (warning system colors) whenever a non-NORMAL condition exists, and they may be directing you to the nearest shelter, for your own safety. Dangerous conditions are very unusual during our races, but please remember to look for the current Warning System color and listen to staff instructions as you approach each fluid/aid station.

  1. On Course Entertainment:

As in previous years, there will be bands, DJs, cheer zones, etc. at appropriate places along the courses, as allowed by each municipality, for the enjoyment of the athletes, spectators and volunteers. We are restricted by noise ordinances in several locations as our races are relatively early on a Sunday morning and pass through many residential neighborhoods.

We will publish course maps with fluids/GU/banana, etc. locations, turn-by-turn directions and a list of the entertainers and their locations as soon as we have finalized those details

 

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.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest the pre-paid option ($5) for these lots. Paying as you leave will cost $10 and will likely slow down your departure. Click here to register.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Park is SOLD OUT.
  4. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains do NOT stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at Monmouth Park.
  5. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  6. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register for Will Call Service.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help you to understand what to expect on the course during your race, and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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

2015 Race Director Update #4

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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 #4
7 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 fourth 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.

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 and half marathon.

The final on-course training run will be held, as always, exactly three weeks prior to race day.  This year that will be on Sunday, April 5th.  Click here for details, and to “Join” the training run.

Important New Information:

  • Guaranteed Finish Area Parking has sold out and registration for it is closed.

Expo Speakers and Classes

Each year, during both days of our Health & Fitness Expo, we present helpful, fun, informative classes (active participation) and presentations to help you relax and learn more about running, training and racing.

Here is the currentl confirmed list:
Aerobics Class, Shape/Tone Class, Core – Life Time Fitness Style, Stretching, ChiRunning, Course Overview, Dealing with Racing Anxiety, Kinesio Taping: The Art and Science of Quicker Recovery, Race Pacing Strategy, and more.  The current and final Speaker and Class schedule will be available on our Facebook “Events” page and I will list the actual day/time schedule in future RD Updates.

All classes and presentations are free, and we invite you to consult the schedule when deciding when to arrive to pick up your race packet and shop at the Expo.

 

The Start Area & Start Process:

The Start Area:

This update will deal with the start area layout and start process for the April 26th races.  Please note: The start area for the ShapingNJ 5K on April 25th, will be on the Long Branch Oceanfront Promenade, at the “Great Lawn”, between the Ocean Place Resort and Rooney’s Restaurant (not in Monmouth Park).

There will be signs to help you find your way around the start area.  We’ll be publishing an electronic version of the “2015 Information Book” soon, which will contain the layout of the start area for your reference. Having a general idea of the start area will likely help you navigate easier on race day morning. BTW – Not much has changed from the 2014 layout.

The Start Area is only accessible from two secure entrances/portals:  From the West Parking Lots – the “Grandstand” portal for athletes, spectators and volunteers from the lots on the west side of Oceanport Ave. and Monmouth Park; and from the South Parking Lots – the portal from VIP parking, the Bus Terminal and the parking lots on the south side of Monmouth Park.

If you drive to the race you will enter the start area via one of the two security portals from the west or south.  The police will direct you to whichever lots are currently most available. Please do not try to decide on you own which lot you’d like to park in, unless you’re either dropping someone off or are a VIP, Elite Qualifier or Race Staff.  The police with direct you as you approach Monmouth Park and you must follow their directions.  Arrive early to get spaces closer to either of the portals/entrances.  The later you arrive the longer the walk will be from your vehicle to the start area.

Please review the Race Day Security Information before race day and make sure that your supporters do as well.

The Start Area will contain the following:

  • Security Portals/entrances – once you cross the portal you will have entered a secure area and special rules apply
  • VIP Area and VIP Parking area
  • Info Desk (there will be Ask Me volunteers roaming the start area (as they were in the expo the previous two days) – ask them questions such as: Where is the …?, What time does the ….? For more complex questions/issues please go to the Info Desk, located in front of the turnstiles leading into the Shelter Area (the previous Expo Area)
  • Volunteer Sign-in Desk
  • Gear Drop Area (trucks)
  • Portable Toilets
  • Charity Rally Area
  • Race Day Race Packet Pick-up Area
  • Shelter Area and Bathrooms
  • Hydration Station (water)
  • Bus Terminal for: Relay athletes, spectators, VIPs, volunteers and race staff
  • Start Line and Start Corrals

 

Gear Drop-off on Race Day:

We will have trucks parked a short walk from the Start Line to store your gear and transport it to the Finish Area for you.

Very Important!!!  We will accept only the clear “Race Day Gear Bag” which was provided at race packet pick-up.

This baggage system has been put in place for its simplicity. Tear off the gear drop tag from the bottom portion of your bib, attach it to the clear bag you received at packet pick-up, put clothing for the finish area in the bag and close it with the cords on the bag. On race day morning, look for the truck number that will include your bib number and give the volunteers your gear bag.  We do the rest!  You gear bag will be waiting for you just past the finish line and after the athlete food tent.

Please do not leave valuables in the gear bag. We cannot be responsible for lost car keys, cell phones, little black books, money, rings, etc.

A Coffee/Food vendor will be available in the secure area near the turnstiles. Medical personnel will be on hand inside the secure area.

The Start Process:

Athletes in Wheelchairs in Corral AA, start at 7:30 am;
Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay Corral A starts shortly after AA and is followed by each of the remaining corrals, with about 60-90 second separation intervals between each of them.  Each corral will be individually called to the start line and be held there until the starter signals the start for the next corral. There will not be a mass start as you may have experienced at other races.

Start Corrals:

Your bib will have your corral assignment on it. The corrals are meant to keep athletes of roughly similar paces grouped together.  Remember there is no time penalty for being in any corral. (Except for competitive athletes in the open divisions, as they are timed via gun time/not chip time and will all start in corral A.  For everyone else your start time will begin only when your bib / timing strip crosses the start line, thereby ensuring a fair start no matter which corral you are assigned.)

To gain access to a particular corral you must show your bib number and corral assignment for that particular corral to the corral attendant.  Please note: while you may choose to freely move back to a corral behind the one you’ve been assigned, you may not move forward to an earlier corral.

If everyone follows the intent of the corrals faster racers will not be impeded, slower racers will not be jostled, tripping accidents will not occur, and everyone’s race day start experience will be better.  We appreciate your help in keeping this a stress free, and safe start process for everyone.

Corrals will begin loading at 6:55 am for all Sunday races and corrals will close at 7:25 am (except for the last corral which will close when the last athlete has crossed the start line.  Multiple announcements will be made to let you know as these important times are approaching (about to open and about to close).

Please note: The start line will close after the last athlete in the last corral has crossed the start line.  If you arrive after the start line has closed you will not be allowed to start!  Please plan ahead in order to be in your assigned corral before it has closed.

IMPORTANT: Participants are required to complete the Emergency Information on the reverse-side of their Bibs using a waterproof pen/marker.  Please fill it out before race day and it will be one less thing to think about!  It’s for your safety that we require this information.  If it’s not needed during your race, no one will see the information, however if medical treatment is needed, that information could be extremely important in providing the proper assistance in a timely manner.

Other Start Area Items:

  • There will be a hydration station (water) near the start line, so make sure that you top of your hydration!
  • There will be a coffee/food stand in the start area selling: coffee, baked goods and other items that runners, spectators and race staff might like, such as bars, fruit, etc.
  • There will be portable toilets near the start corrals, and bathrooms inside the “Grandstand” building (where the Expo was the previous 2-days).
  • If the weather doesn’t cooperate, shelter for many will be available inside the “Grandstand” building, and under the overhang on the track side of the building.
  • Shuttle buses will be available to take relay team members to the Relay Transition Area between 7:15 am and 7:35 am ONLY.
  • For spectators and race staff, shuttle buses to the Finish Area drop off point will be available between 7:30 am and 8:30 am. The drop off point is located about 4 blocks from the Finish Area, near mile 9.6 of the race course.  Please note: the return buses to Monmouth Park will load in front of the Ocean Place Resort, on Ocean Blvd only.
  • There will be music at the start area featuring New Jersey artists!

Brief Summary of Pre-start Items:

Fill out the back of your bib and pin it to your shirt the night before; be on-time for your race (expect traffic delays if planning to arrive after 5:45 am); drop a gear bag at the appropriate truck; top off your hydration and use the portable restrooms or bathrooms as required; load into the assigned corral early; find and join your pace group; smile; enjoy the experience and have a great day!!!  It’s a fairly simple process.  Don’t let the details above worry you!  Read it in sections; ask questions via email and/or our Social Media pages as required. If confused on race day, just ask, as help will be close.  Directional signs will also be posted to provide guidance and PA announcements will remind you of upcoming important times.

 

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: SOLD OUT Guaranteed Parking for spectators at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch.
  1. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  2. 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 this information will help to take most of the pre-race stress out of your race start experience and help you to enjoy 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 #3

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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 #3
8 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 third 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.

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 either the half or full marathons this year.
• The next on-course training run/walk will be held on March 8th, starting and finishing inside the Ocean Place Resort & Spa. Start time is 8 am. Coffee, hot chocolate, water, etc. will be available both before and after your training. Please note: The resort is offering a special Saturday night room rate for those running with us on Sunday morning. Book by calling the resort directly. Brunch will be available at the resort after your training for $24.

Things to know about race weekend:

Expo: Parking on both days of the New Jersey Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public (Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm). This parking will be inside the gates of Monmouth Park, in the “Grandstand” lots adjacent to the Start Line. Please note: these lots will not be used for parking on race day. There will also be special parking for all VIPs who will receive instructions directly from the VIP Coordinator as we get closer to race weekend.

For returning athletes, spectators and staff: while there are a few changes this year you’ll be familiar with the general layout of this floor plan as it’s similar to the 2014 floor plan.

For first time attendees: the floor plan layout basically divides the Grandstand building into half lengthwise. The main Expo Vendor area will primarily be on the left, just inside the main entrance. The normal athlete traffic flow will be either straight ahead through the Novo Nordisk lounge area or a slight right to pass beside the Info Desk, Souvenir Shop and into the Race Packet Pick-up area.

New this year will be a place to have a bit to eat. Hot dogs/sausage, etc. will be available at a Pub and Hotdog/Deli Stand, which will be located near the beginning of the Packet Pick-up area. Stop by for food, beer, water, etc.

If you don’t have your bib number with you for some reason, just head into the Bib Number Lookup Area, step up to a tablet/laptop, search for your name, write down your bib number and take it with you to the proper bib pick-up line.

The bib tables will be arranged in groups by each specific race. The group of tables for your particular race will be sub-divided into ranges of bib numbers at each individual table. Which means that you should first look for the line of table(s) for your race and then find the specific table within that grouping which has your bib number in its range of numbers.

Once you’ve picked up your bib, t-shirt, race day gear bag, and purchased or picked up any parking, train, or VIP Program tickets, you will also have the opportunity to check out the official race merchandise area before exiting into the Expo Area.

Food Drive:  Move For Hunger will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items again this year. There is an urgent need for food here in New Jersey, and around the country. Did you know that over 50 million Americans struggle to find their next meal? Sadly, kids are affected in large numbers. Please bring a non-perishable food item to the expo and donate it to the Move For Hunger Team. Each year you’ve donated several thousand pounds of food. Please keep the caring alive in 2015!

Used Athletic Shoe Drive: The MORE Foundation Group will be accepting donations of used athletic shoes once again this year, during our expo.  Over the past several years, together with your generous donations, we have adopted eight African families and changed their lives forever.  I will personally be donating at least 12 pairs of old running buddies. Please join me in supporting this charity’s efforts.

Solutions, Registration, VIPs and Tickets Desks:

Solutions – If something is not as expected with your race registration, bib/timing tag, t-shirt, parking ticket, etc. stop by our Solutions Desk to request a solution to the problem.

Registration – If we haven’t sold all of the: 5K, Half Relay, Half Marathon or Full Marathon registrations at the opening of the expo you may be able to register for this year’s races at a bank of laptops in the packet pick-up area (until we reach our cutoff number for each of those individual races).

Please note: We have sold out our full marathon registrations and almost sold out our half marathon registrations prior to the opening of the expo in each of the last two years. Please don’t wait until the last minute as you may not be able to register for any of our Sunday races at the expo.

Unlike our other races, last minute registrations for our 5K may be available on race day morning, Saturday, April 25.

During the expo hours you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of significantly discounted registration pricing for our 20th Anniversary races, which will be held on April 25th, 2016. Registration prices for our 2016 races will increase after the close of the expo, but will still be discounted, as they were in 2014.

Tide Team members, or those who would like to become team members: these special expo registration discounts are a way we can help you in your continued support of our event each year. Please take advantage of these once-a-year prices.

Elites and VIPs – Pick up your entire race packet (bib # & timing tag, race shirt, gear bag, etc.) at the VIP desk. It’s a one stop service for each of you.

Tickets – Tickets/passes may still be available for sale and pick-up at our Tickets Desk if they haven’t sold out. Pre-purchasing tickets is still the best way to ensure your place in our VIP program, Race Day Train and Start and Finish Area Parking. Please note: Guaranteed Finish Area Parking normally sells out before the opening of the expo, so if you’re interested please don’t wait for the expo to purchase that parking option. Once the space is gone we have no way to add more spaces at 7-Presidents Park.

Expo Speaker Series: We will again be hosting a series of presentations throughout both days of the Expo. Watch for the details on our website (speakers, topics and times) and an announcement on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

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.

2. 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.

3. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Click here to register.

4. 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.

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.

7. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore this April.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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

2015 Race Director Update #2

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

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

Race Director Update #2
9 weeks until Race Weekend

Thank you for registering for the 19th Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon weekend, which includes the 2015 RRCA New Jersey State Championship race in the marathon distance. In an effort to help make your participation more enjoyable throughout the entire race weekend, this is the first in a series of weekly messages containing important information. Copies of these messages will also be available on our Website and on our Blog. Links to them will be posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

New for 2015:

  • The Full, Half and Relay races will all start at 7:30 am this year.
  • There are NO Speed Restrictions for athletes in wheelchairs in the full marathon.

Things to know about race weekend:

Expo Parking: Parking on both days of the New Jersey Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public (Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm).  Parking will be inside the gates of Monmouth Park, in the Grandstand lots adjacent to the Start Line of the Sunday races. VIP Parking at the Expo will be in a different location inside Monmouth Park.  VIPs will receive instructions prior to the race weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Smooth Sailing Smooth Sailing on Race Day:

  1. Getting to the Start: Carpool and be in the parking lots about 75-120 minutes before the race start (7:30 am), or take the Special NJ Marathon Race Day Train. Click here to register for the train.
  1. Post-Race: Getting home: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train, (Please note: these trains don’t stop at Monmouth Park), walk to your vehicle in one of the parking lots near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle buses back to your vehicle at Monmouth Park.
  1. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Click here to register.
  1. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at Seven President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15. Click here to purchase a ticket.
  1. Race Day Gear Check: Take advantage of this free service for dry, warm clothing after your race!
  1. Race Packet Pick-up: Free at the Expo, paid service on race day morning. Click here to register.
  1. Race Day Security Information for Spectators (click the link and scroll down to the “Security Info”).

I hope that the information above will help take most of the pre-race and post-race stress out of your race weekend, and help you to better plan your time with us at the Shore.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

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

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