Race Updates

July 12, 2021

OLYMPIC RUN COURSE UPDATE

As you may be aware, our permitting agencies have asked us, in order to return to safe racing, err on the side of caution for this year’s race. Some of these changes you will like (extra room in transition, extra room on the course) and some you might not be a fan of. These changes are for the safety of all potentially affected parties (athletes, staff, volunteers, spectators and the community that allows the race to take over their towns for a several hours/days).

The Olympic Run Course will be 5.5 Miles

We have had to change our Olympic Run course due to one of our Covid protocols and social distancing measures we have to take at swim start. There is nothing you need to do other than know that the official distance has been changed to 5.5 miles.

The new swim start (time trial start which spreads the actual swim out time-wise) would have created a problem with a crossover between swim in and the run course (typically this isn’t an issue as swimmers are past this point before there is crossover).

 

However, this year with swim start being spread out there would have been far too many hitting this spot at the same time. Thus, the for 2021 the entire Olympic course will be run on the east side of the park. The upside of the Covid protocols are that you have a lot more transition space, a more spread out swim, more room on the bike and run and we’ll still have six aid stations on the run course.  The downside is that we had to shorten the distance a bit.

 

We thank you for your continued support and understanding this year with the above change and others that we need to implement in order to return to racing!

 

Check out the 2021 Olympic Course

 

More on the Swim Start

 

USAT, in their “Safe Return To Multisport” initiative recommended that certain changes be made to normal racing modus operandi.

USAT recommends that rather than the normal wave start in Age Group and/or category grouping of athletes that we “randomize” the line-up of sending people into the water. Their thought process is that this will spread out people at a particular row of transition racks and will help to naturally increase social distancing.

We are all eager to get back to normal. We hope that in 2022 we will race without these new protocols. But for now we’re just happy to finally be participating in live, mass participation racing and consider these changes to be a necessary evil in pursuit of a greater good.

 

June 22, 2021

As a member of our running family, we want you to know that we are constantly prioritizing your health and safety. For the foreseeable future, we will be agile and flexible in our production processes and procedures to allow for seamless adjustment to changing directives from governing and permitting agencies.

While we realize that many of the state COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we are required to follow the local permitting agency guidelines. Our permitting agency has asked us, in order to return to safe racing, err on the side of caution for this year’s race.

It is imperative and a priority for us to be the best partners we can be with the townships who have co-hosted this race with us for more than 16 years. They have made a request of us and we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to honor this request and race safely.

One of the most important things you can do for us (and for yourself) is review the 2021 Safety Protocols and be in the know of both old and new policies on race weekend. Download the 2021 Safety Protocols.

We are working diligently to keep you prepared for what the future of racing may look like and what to expect as we prepare to crush PRs, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals on race day.

 

MAY 10, 2021

 

As of today, the NJ State Triathlon is a go for July 17 & 18, 2021. We are thrilled to be one of the first, large triathlons to take place on the East Coast and are committed to a safe return to racing.

 

It is imperative that racing returns in a manner consistent with current public health guidelines. We have submitted a comprehensive COVIDE-19 Protection Plan to our permitting agencies. In addition to applying our own best practices, the NJ State Triathlon will follow all regulations and policies applicable to the local venues, county and state.

 

The athlete safety standards plan is now available and we strongly encourage all athletes to review.

 

Over the next few months we will be providing you with return to racing tips, race weekend guides communicating race weekend revisions, and a virtual pre-race meeting about two weeks out from race weekend.

 

Please be a part of our commitment to a safe return to racing by:

1) Taking the Athlete Pledge – posted in the safety standard guide.

2) Reading race communications and sharing with fellow triathletes.

3) Staying positive and knowing we are all in this together.

12.9.20 Update

2020 DEFERRED ATHLETES (Deferring to 2021)

YOUR NEXT STEPS TO ENTER NJ STATE TRI 2021

You will receive a code (for a complimentary entry fee) from our team during the week of 1/8/21*. You must register by 2/2/21. If you do not register by this date you forfeit your slot.

Once you receive your code you may register for the 2021 race.  For assistance regarding your code, email Suzanne at s.negro@cgiracing.com.
We will receive 1000’s of inquiries so we ask that you, please, only email to the above if you have not received a code by 1/8/21 or there is an issue with your code.
*Originally, codes were going to be issued this week (12.9.20); however due to the holidays we didn’t want to get lost in your email abyss.
Please note you are not automatically entered into the 2021 race and you must re-enter the race by 1/11/21. This will enable us to accurately monitor available 2021 slots.
2022 Deferred Athletes will receive their code in the fall of 2021.
All other inquiries please email info@cgiracing.com.

11.24.20 Update

DEFERRED ATHLETES: You’re complimentary registration code will be issued the week of 12.14.20. Please make sure we are in your address book and please check your spam folder before inquiring about your code. You must register by the week of 1.11.21. This will allow us to confirm total available slots open for new athletes. If you do not receive the code email us at s.negro@cgiracing.com.

Please note you are not automatically entered into the 2021 race and you must re-enter the race by 1/11/21. This will enable us to accurately monitor available 2021 slots.

10.15.20 Update

We are thrilled to announce that on 10.20.20, the 2021 NJ State Triathlon will be open for registration.

The NJ State Triathlon is known as one of, if not the flattest and fastest triathlon in the nation; while this is awesome for the athlete it requires us to place a cap on our course capacity which results in the race selling out far in advance of race weekend.

This year, because many of you chose to defer your 2020 entry to 2021 we are already over half full before we even open general registration, meaning the race will likely sell out even faster than normal.

We want to thank you in advance for your support and understanding. Race day will most definitely look different than in the past and many operational aspects will be revised according to current protocols. We will offer the safest experience possible while following the guidelines set forth by the state of New Jersey, WHO, and CDC.

Safety is paramount for CGI Racing. We are confident that we will be able to produce a safe 2021 race.

 

2020 DEFERRED ATHLETES

If you deferred your 2020 entry by submitting the deferral request form (you must have submitted this form by 9.1.20), you will receive a complimentary code the week of 12.14.20 to register for the 2021 race. If you do not receive a code (please do not email prior to that date) please email s.negro@cgiracing.com.

 

Please note you are not automatically entered into the 2021 race and you must re-enter the race by 1/11/21. This will enable us to accurately monitor available 2021 slots.

 

2022 Deferrals will not receive their comp code until Fall 2021.

Check back here regularly for race updates.

 

6.17.20 Update

First, we want to thank you for your support, patience and understanding through this very difficult, ever changing time. The safety of our events is paramount. Not only the safety of each athlete, but that of their family, our staff, volunteers, spectators, police, medical and the community as a whole. Any decision we have made and will make moving forward is in the best interest of everyone.

We wanted to make our final decision only after we had exhausted every possible avenue that would allow us to produce the 2020 triathlon. As you are aware, things are moving rapidly right now and as of this past Friday we thought there may be a chance the race could take place. While we were optimistic, it became clear from discussions with government agencies and health officials that the race cannot proceed safely given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, and much to our disappointment, the NJ State Triathlon will not take place on July 18 and 19, 2020. While there are many factors that have to be considered in the new norm of racing, hosting nearly 3,500 triathletes over race weekend is just not feasible right now.

We realize that the postponement and cancellations of so many races has affected each of you very deeply and we want to do everything in our power to offer you a positive resolution.

Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and support. We want to get back to racing as much as you do and look forward to that day…everyday!

Larry and Michele Redrow

Race Directors/CGI Racing

 

You may choose one of the following options:

DEFER 100% OF YOUR ENTRY FEE

Deferral: Defer 100% of your entry fee into the 2021 or 2022 New Jersey State Triathlon. You must submit your deferral request by June 30th. Submit your request now

 

RACE WITH US VIRTUALLY –#MY TRI

We are living in unprecedented times dealing with COVID-19 and it has changed the way we gather as groups and hold events for 2020. We get it and know it’s not a real race but if you have continued your training, why not race with us on your own turf and be rewarded with an epic shirt, finish medal and lots more!

You have six great options:

Sprint and/or Olympic distances as; A. Triathlon, B. Duathlon, C. Aquabike.

MY TRI VIRTUAL RACE DETAILS

Enter the Virtual Race Now

Please note: if you do not choose (and formally submit a request form) for one of the above options you will automatically be included in the NJ State virtual MYTRI and forfeit your deferral to the 2021 race.

 

LET’S DO OUR PART SO WE CAN RACE TOGETHER AGAIN SOON

We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions including regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.

Below are recommended habits on how to prevent the spread of infectious illness and proper etiquette to consider while running.

  • Wash your handsoften with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes,nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contactwith people who are sick.
  • Stay home whenyou are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneezewith a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequentlytouched objects and surfaces.
  • Clear your noseaway from other runners.
  • Disposeof your drink cup, gel packs, and other personal items in the proper receptacle.

 

6.15.20 Update: We will be making a final decision/announcement on Wednesday, June 17. Please check your email and our social pages for details.

Currently the NJ State Triathlon is scheduled to proceed on July 18 and 19, 2020. There are many considerations we are currently reviewing that will factor into our decision. If for some reason you do not want to race in 2020, you can choose from one the options currently posted here .

We realize many of you have questions regarding our policies in the event we had to cancel the July 18/19th race weekend. For peace of mind, we want to let you know what would happen if the COVID-19 pandemic continues and it is determined that the event cannot take place as planned. If that were to happen we will offer the following options to our registered runners.
– Postponement – if possible we will reschedule the race for a date later in the year.
– 100% deferral to the 2021 event.
– Full transfer to Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon or Rutgers Unite Half Marathon.

Please note, these options will only become available if the event cannot take place as planned. If you have already chosen one of the current options, you will be able to update your choice at that time.

We are committed to communicating any decision to postpone or cancel the triathlon as soon as it is made. We realize that many of our athletes, sponsors and vendors travel to our events from out of town and will update you within the next four weeks.

We are scheduled to meet with Mercer County Park and the permitting agencies in the next few weeks. Any updates that arise from this meeting will be immediately communicated to you via email and social media.

The safety of our participants is paramount, and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigate the challenges of COVID 19. We always strive to provide exceptional event experiences for our family of athletes and we cannot wait until the day we can all race together again.

Until then- STAY WELL – STAY POSITIVE!