Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon and Aquabike Sold Out
1000 Athletes to make Triathlon History on Sunday, June 2, 2013
(Lower Township, NJ) On Sunday, June 2, one thousand athletes will test their mettle and resilience as they participate in the Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon and Aquabike race events. The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lower Township, NJ will host this endurance event and more than 2,000 spectators are expected to line the race course, with the finish line on the Terminal’s boardwalk. In an exciting twist, the athletes will begin the event by leaping from the MV Twin Capes ferry vessel into the Delaware Bay and swimming ashore.
Beginning at 7:00 a.m., athletes will board the ferry vessel and journey out into the Delaware Bay where they will jump off into the waters to begin the race. The event will consist of three separate races taking place simultaneously. The Sprint Triathlon consists of a .35 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 5k run. The International Triathlon will consist of a 1 mile swim, 20 mile bike, and 5 mile run, and the International Aquabike consisting of a 1 mile swim and 20 mile bike only.
Created by Stephen Del Monte, Founder/CEO of DelMoSports Inc., the Escape the Cape Triathlon is proving to be very popular within the triathlon community. “The response has been tremendous and I’m fired up to get started,” Del Monte said. “It’s the only event of its kind along the East Coast. Where else can a triathlete jump off a ferry boat to begin a race?”
“Tourism is the life blood of the area and events like Escape the Cape are great for the regional economy,” said Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck. “We hope that once visitors are acquainted with our bayshore treasures that they will come back to experience more of what we have to offer.”
According to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, the Ferry is eager to host fun, exciting events, like the Escape the Cape. “We want to emphasize that the Ferry is not only a fun, relaxing way to travel across the Delaware Bay, but it can also be a perfect place for mega- events like concerts and triathlons,” Gehrke said. “It’s been great working with DelMoSports and Lower Township to make this happen. If you’re looking for a unique, exciting venue for your event, the Ferry is the place to be.”
Sunday Race Day Schedule
4:45 AM PARKING OPENS AT CAPE MAY WINERY VINEYARD, Shunpike & Sandman Blvd Only.
5:00 AM Shuttle Busses Begin taking athletes and spectators to Ferry Terminal;
7:00 AM TRANSITION CLOSES, boarding Ferry begins
7:30 AM Final Call to board ferry via the Sky Bridge
7:45 AM Ferry Departs
8:00 AM Sprint Race Starts
8:30 AM International Race Starts
9:00 AM First Sprint Finisher Expected
10:10 AM First International Finisher Expected
No book bags, back packs or other carry-ons are permitted at this event. Participants are not allowed to carry anything on the vessel that they are not swimming with.
On the bike route, cyclists will exit the ferry terminal onto Lincoln Blvd, turn right onto Jonathan Hoffman Blvd, onto Seashore Road over the West Cape May Bridge, onto New England Road, Shun Pike Road, Batts Lane and back toward the Ferry terminal. The course continues past the entrance to the terminal where participants will turn right onto Atlantic Drive, left onto Emerson and travel back to the ferry terminal via Beach Drive.
The running course takes place primarily on Beach Drive. Because the International Triathlon running course is slightly longer, the running course continues on Beach Drive to Pinewood and then towards Hollywood Avenue where they turnaround.
Residents living along the bike and running course can expect road closures from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The West Cape May Bridge will also be closed during this time. A map of the entire course from start to finish is attached. If you live along this route, please use caution and have a plan to take an alternate route the morning of June 2nd.
For more information on the Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike, please visit the event website at www.escapethecape.com.
About DelMoSports, Inc.
A boutique race company founded in 2004, DelMoSports specializes in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore. DelMoSports is known for high quality, athlete centered productions with an emphasis on community involvement while staying true to the sport of triathlon. All of their events provide a challenging course, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families. DelMoSports produces 2 other triathlons, The 10th Anniversary Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon & 5k in North Wildwood, NJ on August 17th, 2013 and the 3rd Annual Atlantic City International Triathlon in Atlantic City, NJ on September 15th, 2013. For more information, please visit www.delmosports.com.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 40 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779.
About Lower Township
Located at the southern tip of New Jersey and home to roughly 23,000 residents, Lower Township boasts the largest year round population in Cape May County. The 32 square mile Township is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay and has the best sunsets in the state along the Delaware Bay. Lower Township community was incorporated in 1798 consists of historic towns including Cold Spring, Erma, Fishing Creek, Villas, Schellenger's Landing, North Cape May and Townbank. The township is home to the Cape May County Airport and the Cape May - Lewes Ferry.
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