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.

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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2014 Race Director Update #5

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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 #5 – 6 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 fifth 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.

On-Course facts

1. Course Updates:

Our Half Marathon/Relay course was certified by the USATF last year and will remain the same this year (a course certification lasts for 10 years, as long as there are no changes to it). A  static course map is on-line on the Half Marathon and the Relay pages on our website, as is a scalable course map.

Our Full Marathon course, which shares approximately the first 11.6 miles with the Half/Relay course, is almost completed.  The holdup is due to repairs which are currently underway on the Asbury Park boardwalk (it is completely ripped up between 3rd Ave. and Convention Hall at 5th Ave).  We have been told that it will be ready prior to race day, but in its current condition the USATF Certifiers cannot measure that section.

As a precaution, we are looking at three alternatives: one which will take the course off the boardwalk completely heading southbound, and two other options which will either leave the boardwalk at 3rd Ave. for a few blocks or never return to the boardwalk after the exit at 3rd Ave., heading northbound.  Having these alternatives will ensure that we have a fully certified full marathon course even if the boardwalk repairs are delayed for some reason.

In addition, Ocean Grove has not completed storm related repairs to the northern end of their municipality and that will cause us to reroute entry into Ocean Grove via a foot bridge over Wesley Lake instead of using the more direct land route between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.  However, this year we will only use a footbridge approach to Ocean Grove when heading southbound, and it will be the eastern most footbridge.  This will eliminate the narrow walkway we were forced to use in 2013.   We will use the direct route between Ocean Grove and Asbury Park this year heading northbound and that will allow access to the Asbury Park boardwalk (either the entire length or a portion of it (as discussed above).

We are very fortunate to have eight very supportive communities which host our courses!  It is not possible to describe fully the tremendous support each of them has provided in moving forward during these repairs!  We are very grateful to them for caring about these events!

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 has been sent to the USATF for certification. It will start and end at the finish line of or Sunday races, on the Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch.  It will head south through Pier Village with a turn-around in the southern part of Ocean Ave before returning through Pier Village to the finish line.

2. Fluid/Aid Stations:

Fluids: We will be providing Gatorade-Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) and water at each of our Fluid Stations, with Gatorade served first and water served second 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 will be configured on both sides of the road, 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 participants 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 by using the trash bins.

Energy Gels: GU energy gels (vanilla bean and jet blackberry are expected) will be at multiple locations between miles 13 and 22. Please be prepared to carry your own favorite gel packs (the ones that you have been training with) if GU is not the brand which you’ve been using. You are of course welcome to the GU in any case, but you may be jeopardizing your race if you use anything which you haven’t tested during your training. We will have over 7,000 GU energy gels on the course to service our Full Marathon participants.

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

Toilets: We will provide portable toilets at the Start & Finish areas, as well as along the course. On the course they will be located at, or very near, each Fluid/Aid Station. If you do not see them, just ask a fluid station volunteer to point them out to you.  Please do not relieve yourself on private or public property! Local Police will be called if anyone is observed doing so.  This is 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 B-Tag timing mats at the Start, Finish and at multiple locations on the courses.  Please note: Between miles 6 and 11 there will be two clocks at each mile marker.  One for the half marathon/half relay and one for the full marathon.  These clocks are there as the fastest full marathoners will overtake some half marathoner and half relay athletes in these miles.  Please listen for instructions from the course marshals to make room for the faster marathoners.

On Course Safety: I know 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) and the possibility of emergency and race vehicles and even errant traffic on the course (we work hard 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 course 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 question/issue you may have.  It is required that each participant complete the medical information on the back of their race bibs.

3.     Safety Warning System:

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

It will be a simple color coded warning system.

 NORMAL  – Everything is Normal.

 CAUTION  – Heat index is at a Caution point and athlete should slow down and hydrate properly.

 DANGER  –    Either Dangerous weather exists and athletes should slow down further and monitor their hydration even more carefully, or lightning and/or tornado(s), 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.  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 need to leave the course/seek shelter immediately.  The regular shuttle buses will be re-targeted to help evacuate athletes to shelters.

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.

4.     On-Course Entertainment:

As in previous years, there will be bands,  DJs, cheer zones, etc. at various places along the courses, for the enjoyment of the athletes, spectators and volunteers. Please note that we are restricted by noise ordinances in several locations.

Please note: 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.

I hope that this information will help in your on-course race planning. Please let us know if you have other questions about what to expect on any of our courses.

Next week’s topic: The Finish Line and Finish Line Festival Area.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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2014 Race Director Update #4

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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 #4 – 7 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 fourth in the series of brief weekly messages. Copies of these updates are also available on our Website.

Important Summary - Smooth Sailing on Race Day - 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 option.  Click here for a $5 pass.
  3. 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.
  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 ($25), Click here to register.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here for special race day security requirements.

The Start Area & Start Process

1)    The Start Area:

This update will deal with the start area layout and start process for the April 27th races.  Please note: The race start area for the ShapingNJ 5K, on April 26th, will be on the Long Branch Oceanfront Promenade (NOT IN MONMOUTH PARK), at the “Great Lawn”, between the Ocean Place Hotel and Rooney’s Restaurant.

Please click on this Start Area Layout Map link for the April 27th races for an overview this important and busy area. There will be signs helping you to find your way around so don’t stress about the layout. Having a general idea of the start area will likely help you navigate easier on race day. BTW – Not much has changed from 2013.

There are three entrances to the Start Area: Train: in the upper right hand edge of the drawing you will see the Special New Jersey Marathon Train Station and the entry point to Monmouth Park;  West Parking Lots – on the left side of the drawing you will see the main entrance for the athletes, spectators and volunteers from the lots on the west side of Monmouth Park; and South Parking Lots –  on the lower portion of the drawing you will see the entrance 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 read over the Race Day Security Information before race day (Spectators also).

On the Start Area layout Map, please note the general position of the following as it applies to you:

  • Security Portals and Security Areas,
  • VIP Area,
  • Info Desk (there will be Ask Me? folks roaming the area – ask them questions such as: Where is the …?, What time does the ….? For more complex questions/issues please go to the Info Desk),
  • Volunteer Sign-in Desk,
  • Gear Drop Area (trucks),
  • Portable Toilets,
  • Charity Rally Area,
  • Race Day Race Packet Pick-up,
  • Shelter Area and Bathrooms,
  • Hydration Station (water),
  • Bus Terminal for: Spectators, VIPs, Staff and Relay athletes,
  • Start Line and Start Corrals,
  • Secure Areas.

Gear Drop-off on Race Day -

We will have trucks parked a short walk from the Start line to store your gear and we will 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 bag you received at packet pick-up. On race day morning, look for the truck number that aligns with your bib number and give them your bag.  We do the rest!  You gear bag will be waiting for you just past the finish line 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, etc.

Not shown on this layout: Coffee & Food vendors, Shelter Area, and Medical personnel.

2)    The Start Process:

Half Marathon Wheelchairs Corral AA starts at 6:45 am; 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 them.  Each corral will be held at the start line until the starter signals the next corral. There will not be a mass start.

Full Marathon Wheelchairs Corral AA starts at 8:00 am; Full Marathon Corral A starts shortly after AA and is followed by each of the remaining corrals, with about 60-90 second separation intervals between them.  Each corral will be held at the start line until the starter signals the start of that particular corral. There will not be a mass start.

IMPORTANT: If you start in the wrong time slot (race), you will be Disqualified (DQ’d).

Start Corrals -

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 they will start in corral A). Please note: 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 race to the corral attendant.  Please note: while you may choose to 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 all appreciate your help in keeping this a stress free, safe start process.

Corrals will begin loading at 6:10 am for the half marathon/relay, and at 7:25 am for the full marathon.

IMPORTANT: Start line close times: half marathon & relay, promptly at 7:00 am; full marathon promptly at 8:10 am.  If you arrive after the listed close time for your race you will not be allowed to start!

Finally, NO BIB = NO ENTRY into any corral, or onto the race course!  There will not be a bandit corral!

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 an EMT 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), so make sure that you top of your hydration!
  • There will be food stands around the start area providing: coffee, bananas, bagels, breakfast items, etc. for purchase by athletes and those other important people, their supporters.
  • 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 (located toward the bottom of the start Area Layout Map) will be available to the Relay Transition Area (loading between 6:30 am and 7:05 am ONLY), and for Spectators to the drop-off point beside the course at about mile 9.6 (loading between 7:00 am and noon), and the Finish Area about 4 blocks away.
  • And of course there will be music at the start featuring New Jersey artists!

A 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 half marathoners if planning to arrive after 5 am); drop a gear bag at the 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, our Social Media pages or Blog as required. If confused on race day, just ask as help will be close.  Directional signs will also be around the area to provide guidance.

I hope that this information will help to take most of the pre-race and post-race stress out of your day. Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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2014 Race Director Update #3

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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 #3 – 8 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 second in the series of brief weekly messages. Copies of these messages will also be available on our: Website.

Summary – Smooth Sailing on Race Day - 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 for $10, Click here for a ticket.
  2. Pre-paid parking at Monmouth Park: We strongly suggest this option. Note: Parking costs $5, pay now to speed up your exit.  Click here for a pass.
  3. Pre-paid parking near the Finish Area: Guaranteed Parking for spectators at 7-President’s Oceanfront Park in Long Branch for $15, Click here for a pass.
  4. Post-Race – Getting to your vehicle: Take a regularly scheduled NJ Transit train from Long Branch Station (doesn’t stop at Monmouth Park), walk to a parking lot near the Finish Area, or take one of our free shuttle 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 ($25), Click here to register. Note: No Registration on Race Day, except for 5K.
  7. Race Day Security Information for Athletes, Spectators, Press, Volunteers and Race Staff: Click here for special race day security info.

1. ROCstars:
Let us know if you don’t see your name on the list of ROCstars and you think it should be there, or if your name is on the list and you’ve been racing with us prior to the beginning of our list (prior to 2010).  In either case, send an email to: Support@NJMarathon.org so that we can include everyone who qualifies.

2. 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 on race day.

Here’s a link to the current Expo Floor Plan layout. Please note: this layout is not final and does not show the complete list of expo vendors, however it will give you an idea of the overall Expo layout this year.

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 very similar to the 2013 floor plan.

For first time attendees: the floor plan layout basically divides the Grandstand building into halves.  The main Expo Vendor area will be in the top half of the drawing, as you come in the ENTRANCE doors (upper left of the drawing).  The normal traffic flow on this layout is to the lower left past the Info Desk, Souvenir Shop and pass through area into the Race Packet Pick-up area and then out to the Expo Booths.

Race Packet Pick-up: Packet Pick-up instructions are available on our website.  Click here to review these important details.

Prior to race day, we will be sending every registered participant, in each of our races, an important email message, via the email address which you entered during registration.  That email will contain the “2014 Registration Confirmation and Waiver Form” which will contain your registration information. Verify that information and notice your bib # and starting corral assignment.  Bring the signed form to the Expo and simply head into the Race Packet Pick-up area.  Look for your bib number on the signs above the tables for your particular race.

Notice the order of the bib # tables on the floor plan layout.  Each table will have a range of bib numbers for a particular race on them and signs above showing which bib #s are at each table.  Scan the signs to find the table with your bib # (somewhere between the lowest and highest number on the sign) and step up to the table with the proper ID and signed form.

If you don’t have the form with you, head into the Bib Number Look-up Area, step up to a tablet/laptop, search for the information and fill out and sign the form at that time (blank forms will be available there).  After the form is ready continue into the Packet Pick-up Area as described above.

Please note: Once you’ve received your race bib (Note: timing tags and any pre-purchased Start Area Parking passes will be attached on the back of the bib), remember to head to the Shirt Distribution Area for your race shirt, official race day gear bag, etc.

Solutions, Registration, VIPs and Tickets Desks: – (located after the Relay bib tables).
Solutions – If something is not as expected on your registration or bib, etc. just stop by our Solutions Desk to request a solution.
Registration – If we haven’t sold out our 5K, Half or Full Marathon registrations, you will be able to register on-line at the Expo at a bank of tables/laptops on the left-hand side of the packet pick-up area.  Our Registration Desk will be able to provide your bib/timing chip, shirt, etc.  Please note: No new Relay Teams may be registered.
VIPs – Pick up your entire race packet (bib #, timing tag, race shirt, gear bag, etc.) at the VIP desk in one stop.
Tickets – Pre-purchased tickets/passes not mailed to you will be available for pick-up at our Tickets Desk.  Purchases may still be available here for our VIP program, Race Day Train and Start & Finish parking.

Picking up a Race Packet for someone else: Tables will be available, along the left hand side of the Race Packet Pick-up area, with forms to be filled out if you’re picking up a race packet for someone else.  To save time you can download the Proxy Pick-up Form from our website prior to arriving at the Expo.

Expo Speaker Series: We will be hosting a series of presentations throughout both days of the Expo.  Here’s what we have so far (more topics/presenters will be added prior to the opening of the Expo, along with the full presentation schedule). A future Update will contain those details.

2014 Health and Fitness Expo Speaker Series: Moira Horan, Jersey Girls StayStrong Multisport Club, will discuss fitness and women; Jon Messner, JMP Fitness, will discuss, and offer a hands-on class in, core training for runners; Steve Loder, New Beginning Wellness, will provide tips on post-marathon recovery, Christine Scarano, Kinesio Taping Association International, will demonstrate the proper usage and techniques for applying Kinesio Tape; Otto Lam, our Pace Team Director, will discuss the importance of race pacing and our Pace Teams, and Jim Thomas, our Course Director, will present an overview of our courses (often our most popular session).

I hope that this information will help to take most of the pre-race and post-race stress out of your day.

Best wishes during your training and on race day!

Joe

Joe Gigas
Executive Race Director
Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon
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