Our COVID Era plan for your safety
We began organizing races over 30 years ago. This has been a part-time hobby business as so many involved in this organization are passionate volunteers and athletes alike and all have full-time jobs elsewhere and have perpetuated this business for one reason: “For the love of the sport”. We have consistently brought the same high level of organization to every one of our events.
PR Racing has been working with local municipal, county and health officials to bring you events protecting the racers with a social distancing strategy unknown to racing community. We know that this is not ideal and part of the allure of racing is to enjoy the experience with other like-minded people at the same time, but we can’t, in good conscience, permit an event in traditional style and fanfare. So, if you enjoy racing, we will be holding the LAKE LENAPE TRIATHLON as a time trial event. This plan includes assigned start times, limiting race participants to 249 athletes, no post registration, no award ceremony… Changes to the venue and the race are indicted in RED.
Many layers of Municipal, County and State Government are in the process for approving or have approved this event for 2021. The 2021 race season is going to be unique experience to all of us so bear with us and all of your athletic brethren because things will be different.
By changing the format of this race to a time trial event, it will automatically increase (double) the time and associated expense of police/EMS, timing et als. We have already outlaid permit fees, registration fees, security deposits and the like for the Lake Lenape Triathlon. Because this is a unique race year and Lake Lenape Triathlon will be a time trial event meaning athletes will be asked to report to the registration area and starting line at specific intervals. With that said, we are asking that all interested athletes sign up in advance (preregister) for the Lake Lenape Triathlon by July 1 st , before we spend the balance of expenses for the race. There will be no post, or Race Day Registration.
We also understand that there may be some trepidation about racing this year, in general, and that is OK. If you sign up by July 1st , and we do not have the number of athletes needed to host the event, we will be cancelling this year’s event and be refunding your entire registration fee (minus the fee active or race entry charges). Essentially there is zero risk for signing up for this race. Unlike other race director, we do not charge a ‘fee’ for administrative costs. We think this practice in inappropriate especially in the times of Covid. If we have 249 athletes signed up by July 1st , the race will be a ‘go’. Lastly, If the race is cancelled by the municipality or other overseeing authority, we can roll your registration to 2022 or 2023, or we will give you 70% of your registration fee back to you after July 4th.
COVID Plan for Lake Lenape Triathlon 2021
We realize that holding activities during the current pandemic presents significant challenges in hosting activities this summer and beyond. PR Racing LLC is proposing limiting typical physical interaction and proximity of the athletes at this year’s race. Therefore, we will be running this event as a Time Trial Event. You will be assigned a start time within a two hour window. We are hoping to start athletes one-by-one. This will spread athletes out over a large window thereby minimizing contact with each other.
••If the Athlete is exhibiting a fever or cold-like symptoms, we are requesting that the athlete stay home in the confirmation letter/email that usually is a function of the registration process. That Athlete will be issued a full refund.
••All athletes will park remotely in an area adjacent to the Lake Lenape WEST. Athletes will be instructed to park their vehicles in opposing directions creating six feet distancing between vehicles (see attachment). There will be volunteers in the parking area to aid in maintaining this distancing strategy.
••After parking, all athletes will report to the registration area to pick up their pre-packaged race packet. The ground will be marked with spray chalk at 6 feet intervals as they stand in small lines to check in and pick up their race packets.
••All athletes will have their ‘no-contact’ temperature check on their forehead, prior to being admitted to the registration area. If an athlete has an elevated temperature, he or she will be sent home and a full refund will be issued.
••We will be following CDC guidelines by limiting the number of athletes in mass gathering events to under 250, or whatever the CDC recommends at the time of the race. We will also be staggering start times, so there will never be more than 10-20 athletes gathered at the same place (& separated at least by 6 feet), similar to what golf courses are doing.
••This triathlon will be modified as a time trial event. Meaning, athletes will report at an assigned time and begin racing the course, one-by-one. There will be no groups or packs of athletes racing. Once the athlete starts the race, he/she will be doing this event by themselves.
••Athletes will be encouraged to wash their hands with Hand Sanitizing Stations at the registration area, transition area and at the finish line area before and after the event.
••Athletes will be asked not to bring any spectators, friends and/or family, or support team with them to the race.
••Each Athlete will be asked to bring and wear a mask/face covering for the day and Volunteers will be wearing latex/nitrile gloves throughout the day as well as masks. Athletes will also be encouraged to wear a mask while racing.
••We are expanding our transition area and spreading out. We will also be limiting the number of bikes per rack (normaly 7) to four.
••We are eliminating the post-race award ceremony, as well as any snacks food, recovery sustenance in a common/communal area to reduce any athlete cluster.
This policy exceeds the current CDS standard and will continue to be modified according to the current status of this crisis, at the time and location the class is held via “Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings” on the CDC’s website.
Alternating Direction of Vehicles – Parking
We will be updating our website as things progress (ie producing this event as a time trial and having every athlete assigned to separate start times to keep everyone safe and separate). Please check back with the most up-to-date information, closer to the race date. Again, thank you for your patience while we get thru this difficult time.
Why Wouldn’t you enter this race?
Join us for our 31st at Lake Lenape Tri. Last year we offered to give away 60 FREE Complimentary Entries slots to all Male and Female OVERALL winners of any previous Lake Lenape Triathlon for our 30th anniversary. We were happy that many of these winners took advantage of the offer. Thank you for supporting us over the years and it was great to see you again.
This year, We have 7 total races this weekend on Friday (7/16), a 1 mile swim; and Saturday (7/17) the Sprint and Super Sprint Triathon/Duathlon/AquaBike and Relay Team events. FREE Tshirt, FREE campsites on Friday evening (1st come, 1st serve. ) Please take advantage of the free camp sites.
Friday Evening 1 Mile Swim Registration Link Please share this info hoping to get to some of the others that have won this race in the past back to this Grass Roots Triathlon. Hope to see you.
July 17th, 2021, 0800 time trial start time
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July 16th, 2021 (both of these events are time trial style) All athletes must register by July 1st. No exceptions
New SWIM Race: There will be a new 1 mile swim race that begins at Lake Lenape Park WEST on FRIDAY evening at 6:30pm. This event will be a time trial style event, as we launch swimmers, one-by-one onto the swim course. We ask that ALL athletes check in by 6:15pm. At that time, registration for this event will be shut down. Register for any of this year’s event, online, Click here : 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 (5:30pm). GPS address is: 6303 Old Harding Highway , Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Are you tough enough to do the double?
POSTPONED til 2022 – New 5K Running Race: On FRIDAY evening at 6:30pm, while the swimmers are in the water, Runners will begin the 5K race near the start of the swimming event and finish in the same area. We ask that ALL athletes check in by 6:15pm. At that time, registration for this event will be shut down. This years 5K course will be contained entirely inside the park at Lake Lenape WEST. The course will have many water views as it wraps around the wooded section of the park during this two looped course on both pavement and sand trails.
We are using the same run course for the 5k as we are at the Triathlon. Two laps on the below course is a 5K.
July 16th, 2021
2 Races going on at the same time. A ONE Mile Swim and a 5K Running Race. Packet pick up will also be going on at Lake Lenape WEST. You may pick up your packets from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Boat house at the lake. You may also pick up your race packets from 6am-7:30am on race day (July 16th). Keep social distancing strategy in place by wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet apart.
July 17th, 2021
Athletes will be assigned a start time and go off one-by-one. Those start times will be assigned over approximately a two hour window. We all know this strategy is less than ideal, but if you want to race in 2021, it’s the smartest way to protect athletes and minimize the spread of Covid-19.
6 Races going on at the same Saturday event! SUPER SPRINT Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike (.25 Mile Swim, 9 Mile Bike, 1.5 Mile Run) and the Lenape Long Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike (.5 Mile Swim, 17 Mile Bike, 4.5 Mile Run). Due to new bridge construction in the area, all of the races will be held (start & finish) at Lake Lenape WEST.
Sprint LONG Distance Race & SUPER SPRINT Distance Race
NEW VENUE, NEW START TIME
After the free CAMP SITES ARE FILLED, Any sites that open up before the race is the responsibility of the athletes to register and pay for those camp sites.
If you choose to do the LONG SPRINT race or the SUPER SPRINT Distance race, athletes are eligible for a camp site, on the lake (first come, first serve) at NO Charge for Racers (while available). We have reserved all campsites (space that accommodates 6 adults) at Lake Lenape WEST and are available for athletes and their families. Please take advantage of this offer this year. Turn this race into a family adventure. There are brand new lean to shelters, as well as traditional camp sites. You must be registered for EITHER of the Lake Lenape Triathlon races first, before reservations can be made. Camp assignments are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. All rules and regulations of the park must be complied with. (see below for park rules and regulations). Call the Lake Lenape Reservation Office, 6303 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 @ (609) 625-8219 to make the reservation. [If you choose not to camp after making the reservation and you do not cancel your registration two weeks before the event, you will be charged the facility use fee plus associated processing fees]. Take advantage of this offer and be courteous to fellow racers and make the reservation only if you plan on using it.
For additional information on the park and its regulations, please visit the Atlantic County Park link:
New Race Date: July 17th, 2021, 8am Start
This grass roots triathlon started in 1990. 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 year’s event will be a time trial event, as to minimize the size of the crowd, as well as the interaction amongst athletes.
THERE WILL BE NO POST REGISTRATION. ONCE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 1st, NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. IF YOU WANT TO RACE, SIGN UP BY JULY 1st ASSUMING WE HAVE SPACE AVAILABLE.
During the race, no spectators (there should not be any spectators at this race) are allowed in the transition area. Athletes only. Helmets are a must and please DO NOT Draft on the bike leg. Headphones and Earbuds are NOT permitted during the race for safety reasons. Any of the aforementioned violations will result in an automatic DISQUALIFICATION.
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 or any where at Lake Lenape WEST. The location for all of the vehicles is at Intex Millwork located at 6132 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.
Athletes are asked to park in the opposite direction of the vehicle next to you. Parking this way will create distance in between athletes thereby keeping a 6 feet distance for each other.
DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON THE RACE COURSE
Swim (LONG SPRINT Course = Half Mile; SUPER SPRINT Course = Quarter Mile. The sprint course is a .25 mile course and will be a looped swim (breathing from the left side), keeping all of the buoys on your left. We sink approximately 10 GREEN swim buoy markers for the SPRINT race to make it easier to sight the next buoy for the competitors. Both race swims will begin at the same time and be formatted in the same way in a time trial style start (1-by-1). That LONG course will be marked with differently colored ORANGE bouys and will obviously be longer. Both swims are loops Both swims will also end in transition area at Lake Lenape Park, WEST. See the map of the swim portion of this event. As swimmer enter the water, LONG course swimmers will line up closer to Old Harding Highway. SUPER SPRINT athletes will line up closer to the Boat house. Course subject to change, so pay attention to last minute instructions.
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 sometimes above 78 degrees F, so be mindful of dehydration and being more uncomfortable if you wear a wetsuit above 78 degrees.
This year, we will again be emphasizing safety by sending swimmers off one-by-one from a beach standing start, at 3 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 (and will) 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.
First Run of the LONG Sprint and SUPER SPRINT Duathlon:
If you are not swimming, the first leg of the race is a 1.5 mile looped run within the park (Lake Lenape WEST). Both SUPER Sprint and LONG Distance Duathletes will cover the same distance for the first run. The run is on both paved and dirt/sand roads.
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 water side and move towards the access road. 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).
SUPER Sprint Bike (second leg) [Triathlon and Duathlon]
The 9.0 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.
17 Mile LONG Sprint Bike (second leg)[Triathlon and Duathlon]
LONG Sprint 4.5 Mile Run (last Leg)[Triathlon and Duathlon]
After racking your bike in the same location as the beginning of the race, runners will head stay in the Park for 3 loops of the course for this this year’s run (due to construction on the normal race course).
SUPER SPRINT Run (1.5 Mile Run) [Triathlon and Duathlon]
After racking your bike in the same location as the beginning of the race, runners will stay in the Park for 1 loop of the course.
Freshly paved roads around Lake Lenape!!!!!! (finally)
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 SHORT or LONG 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.
Finisher medals for all athletes that complete any of the race Tri/Du/AB distances.
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.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are eliminating the awards ceremony. Trophies will be mailed to you.
See the above location and parking plan. The Atlantic County Explorers will be asking for a small donation at the parking lot of $1 or whatever you want to give that directly supports this non-profit organization. We appreciate you supporting this organization. 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.com. Click 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/ .
Advanced Nutrition Needs: PBN Nutrition. By Triathletes for Triathletes: https://www.facebook.com/PBNSwim/
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN RACE!!!
Athletes will received a quality race T Shirt and finisher medal from Mays Landing T Shirt and trophy companies, supporting the local merchants.
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