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Lake Lenape Triathlon Information

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July 6th, 2018

New SWIM Race:  There will be a new 1 mile swim race that begins at Lake Lenape Park EAST on FRIDAY evening at 6pm.  Register online at active.com, or in person on race day.  Swimmers will receive a Tshirt and will be eligible for an age group medal at the awards presentation.  Registration and Tshirt pick up are at the race start.  GPS address is:  753 Park Road, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.  Are you tough enough to do the double?  

July 7th, 2018

Sprint Distance Race & Olympic Distance Race

NEW VENUE, NEW START TIME

Race Date:  July 7th, 2017, 7am Start

This grass roots triathlon started in 1991.  We began with approximately 80 athletes and have hosted over 400 athletes some years.  This triathlon was designed for the beginner or novice in mind.  However, many professionals have done the race, as have TV personalities including Cecily Tynan of Action News.  MTV producers of their show ‘Made’ also filmed an episode here at Lake Lenape Triathlon.  The race has been consistently delivering a professional product with its management, as well as its constantly improving all organizational aspects of the race.  We go the extra effort to close the roads to vehicular traffic to promote a safe race and make the race a better environment to race in.  This race has ample volunteers from the Mays Landing Athletic Association.  They have supported this race and used it as a fundraiser for over 10 years.  Learn more about them at http://mayslandingsports.com/.

Parking:

All athletes should arrive early to register and set up their transition area at Lake Lenape Park WEST.  The GPS location address for WEST is:  6303 Harding Highway in Mays Landing, NJ 08330.  There is NO PARKING on the ‘transition’ side of the lake.  Athletes can drop their gear off, We are asking for athletes to be considerate of other athletes and limit yourself to 30 minutes for register and to set up your gear in transition area because of the limited parking in this area of the park.  If you like to take your time with registration and setting up your transition spot, you can park at the swim start and bike your gear over (1.5 miles).

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DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON THE RACE COURSE

The New Venue:

Voted as one of the prettiest parks in Atlantic County, Lake Lenape Park East is the start of the race.  There is ample parking at this location, as well as picnic areas and other points of interest.  Visit this County Park’s website for the historic background, scenery, playground and other pictures of the park at http://www.atlantic-county.org/parks/lake-lenape.asp#LLeast 

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**  USA Triathlon membership  **

This year, the OLYMPIC race (Tri & Du) will have a USA Triathlon sanction.  Therefore, if you are not a member you need to become a member ($50 annual 1 year membership) or apply for a one-day licence ($15) to enter the OLYMPIC distance race. You do not need a membership or one day licence for the SPRINT race.  Follow the link below for details regarding membership to join or renew.

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Membership-Services/Join-or-Renew

Swim
Both swims will begin at the lighthouse pictured above.  The sprint course is a .33 mile course and will be a point-to-point swim (breathing from the right side), keeping all of the buoys on your right. We sink approximately 10 swim buoy markers to make it easier to sight the next buoy for the competitors. The swim is also close to the shoreline for those that are more comfortable swimming near terra firma.  The Olympic distance swim will begin at the same time and be formatted in the same way in a time trial style start (1-by-1).  That course will be marked with differently colored bouys and will obviously be longer.  This swim is .9 miles and will follow a boxed shaped course.  Both swims will end in transition area at Lake Lenape Park, WEST.  See the map of the swim portion of this event.

There will be lifeguards, rescue boats, surf boards, and the police department’s dive team on hand to assist any swimmers having difficulty. We have even had a car/boat in the water during the race overseeing the swim.  Wetsuits are permitted regardless of the water temperature. Temperature of the water is well above 75 degrees F.

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This year, we will again be emphasizing safety by sending swimmers off one-by-one from a beach standing start, at 5 second intervals (this takes the same amount of time as sending athletes off in waves).  In 2017, we are the first in the area to implement this style of start.  We are asking that the swimmer seed themselves according to their ability and self predicted swim time (faster first).  This should spread the swimmers out, eliminate bunching at the start and around each buoy, and reduce the number of athletes swimmer over top of one another, thereby creating a safer swim.

The Race Director can provide personalized instruction for those that require specialized attention.  The below photo depicts competitor Joe Boothby receiving pre-race instructions the evening before the race, as he ‘readys’ his mind and body to tackle the next days challenge.

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First Run of the Sprint and Olympic Duathlon:

If you are not swimming, the first leg of the race is a 1.5 mile run.  The Run Start is on the access road to the Park on Tunney Ave underneath the entrance sign to the park.  Both Sprint and Olympic Distance Duathletes will cover the same distance for the first run.  Roads will be closed to thru-traffic.  Racers should pay attention to local traffic for those residents that have to leave their homes.  Racers should obey the rules and laws of the road.

Du Run Swim Start

The Transition Area:  No riding in the transition area.  The flow will be in one direction.  Swim in, Bike in, Bike out, and run out will all begin from the Bay side and move towards the beach side of the island.  Also, no spectators, support crews, husbands, wives, children, dogs, cats, fish or any other living or artificial beings are allowed in the transition area once the race begins.  Athletes only (thank you).

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Sprint Bike (second leg) [Triathlon and Duathlon]
The 8.0 mile bike will be an out and back course. We close the bike course to vehicular traffic, so racers can enjoy a traffic free event.  Riders will exit the transition area and head out of the park.  Make a RIGHT onto Weymouth Road and b YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THE RACE COURSE. Weymouth Rd. will be closed to vehicular through traffic. However, keep in mind that residents on the road may also be on the roadway. So, heads up and pay attention to all rules of the road. A bicycle is considered a motor vehicle and you must abide by all motor vehicle laws, therefor all participant may adhere to the “rules of the road”. There will be draft marshals on both bike, foot and motorcycle. Officials have been instructed to issue no warning for drafting.  NO DRAFTING WILL BE PERMITTED.

Olympic Bike (second leg)[Triathlon and Duathlon]

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Sprint Run (last Leg)[Triathlon and Duathlon]

After racking your bike in the same location as the beginning of the race, runners will head into the Park for an approximately a 1 mile loop, passing transition area and then out of the park making a LEFT onto Old Harding Highway (CR559).  Runners will hug the lake and make another LEFT onto Mill Road (CR559) and bear LEFT onto Lenape Ave and the final LEFT onto Park Road.  Runners will make their turn at the Municipal Beach Entrance (The Cove) on Park Road, retrace their footsteps back to transition area and the finish line. 

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Olympic Run[Triathlon and Duathlon]

After racking your bike in the same location as the beginning of the race, runners will head into the Park for an approximately a 1 mile loop, passing transition area and then out of the park making a LEFT onto Old Harding Highway (CR559).  Runners will hug the lake and make another LEFT onto Mill Road (CR559) and bear LEFT onto Lenape Ave and the final LEFT onto Park Road.  Runners will then follow the same sprint course running route by making a LEFT onto Lake Dr. RIGHT onto Tunney, LEFT onto Park, LEFT onto Morninside Dr, RIGHT onto McGeary Place, LEFT onto Morningside Dr, RIGHT onto Park Road, LEFT onto Tanglewood to 13th Street (same street) where there will be a turn-a-round near City Hall.  Runners will then head back on 13th Street to Tanglewood, LEFT onto Park, RIGHT onto Lenape Ave, RIGHT onto Mill Street, RIGHT onto Old Harding Highway and reenter the park. (i know a few turns but a very scenic residential run with plenty of volunteers and directional arrows.Slide1

Runner Lake Lenape Tri  Running Eric Schrading and Matt Strabuk and Brendan Lyman

 

 

 

Aquabike                                                                                                                                                 We have also added an event category for those that cannot or don’t wanna (sic) run.  The Aquabikers will begin the swim with the Triathletes, followed by the same course as the bike (either sprint or Olympic distance) finishing by crossing the timing mats at transition area.  When their race ends and they can heckle the other athletes who are not finished yet.

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Awards

Overall three Males and Females in each race (Tri, Du, AquaBike).  These athletes will not be included in the age groups awards that are as follows: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.  Awards will take place after the last finisher crosses the finish line from each respective race.

Parking

Beginning at 0500 hours, all athletes are asked to check in at the Transition area at the ATLANTIC COUNTY Park, LAKE LENAPE WEST, Mays Landing on Old Harding Highway. Drop off any racing equipment and set up your transition area.  After your transition are is set up, you must move your car to the other side of the lake.  All athlete parking is located at the Atlantic County Park LAKE LENAPE EAST.  See above referenced map. Once you park your car, make your way to the swim start at the lighthouse at the waters edge.  We will have a board to hang your keys on designated by your bib number.  There will be 2 Police Explorers detailed to guard the keys while racers are on the course.  The board will be at the parking lots edge nearest the water

After the race You can ride your bike back to the parking area (1.5 miles) DO NOT park anywhere on the race course.  A tow truck will be standing by to remove any vehicles from the bike and run courses.  Again, we are emphasizing safety by keeping vehicles off of the race course.  Thank you for understanding.

Other Mays Landing Partners

Our Mays Landing DJ services are provided by www.shotsentertainment.comClick on the link to find out more about them.  Our Mays Landing Trophy provider are provided by http://www.crowntrophy.com/ .  Our Mays Landing T Shirt vendor can be found at http://goaye.com/ .  If you have children or teens, consider supporting Young’s Skating Center on Park Road, Mays Landing while you are in town.  Find more out about the hours of operation at http://www.youngsskatingcenter.com/ .

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN RACE!!!

SWAG:

Athletes will received a quality race T Shirt from a Mays Landing T Shirt company, a water bottle, food, race flyers and other cool stuff in the athletes SWAG Bag.

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Directions TO THE  RACE SITE

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