Cape May – Lewes Ferry Hosts Escape the Cape Triathlon Weekend
Expo Set for Saturday, June 3; Triathlon Races Make a Splash Sunday, June 4
(Lower Township, NJ) On Sunday, June 4, 1,700 athletes will test their mettle and resilience as they participate in the East Coast’s premier, one-of-a-kind sporting event, The Escape the Cape Triathlon, presented by Inspira Health Network. The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s Cape May Ferry Terminal in Lower Township, NJ will once again 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. Like previous events, the race will start aboard a Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessel in the Delaware Bay.
Created by Stephen Del Monte, Founder/CEO of DelMoSports Inc., the sold-out Escape the Cape Triathlon was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic & North East Regions and one of the top 5 Bucket List Races in the World. “From the incredible start leaping 12 feet into the Delaware Bay, to the gorgeous closed bike course that takes you through vineyards and back country roads of Cape May, there is only one Escape the Cape,” DelMonte said. “It’s the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Where else can a triathlete jump off a ferry boat to begin a race?”
Del Monte added that a free smart phone app with all the course maps and complete schedule is available at the App Store or through Google Play. The DelMoSports Mobile App also allows athletes and participants to get notifications and updates like first person off the boat, first runner off the course, and more to better follow the race. Search for DelmoSports Elite Events in your app store.
Athletes will board the ferry and journey out into the Delaware Bay where they will jump off into the water to begin the race. The Sprint Triathlon consists of a .35 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 5k run while the Olympic Triathlon is a 1 mile swim, 23 mile bike, and 5 mile run. The bike and running portions also start and end at the Cape May terminal.
The Escape the Cape weekend will also feature a free Kid’s Fun Run for children ages 3-15. The special fun run takes place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ferry terminal. Registration, which will be available until 2:45 p.m. on race day, is free and located on the Ferry Lawn next to the main stage.
Also on Saturday, a special Escape the Cape Expo, featuring nearly 30 vendors, will be held on the terminal green from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The expo is free and open to the public. Attendees can get nutrition and health information, visit a sports psychologist, and enjoy presentations from industry experts. Several vendors will showcase locally made products, too! Numerous products related to the health and fitness industry will be on sale, including bicycle gear, swimming and running gear, tri-related clothing and apparel and much more.
Food and beverages will be available on the Terminal Green both days and the Ferry’s newly renovated “On the Rocks” bar and grill will be open with its full menu of tasty treats and delicious entrees available.
Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, noted that the Ferry strives to host activities and major events at its terminals or on its vessels. “The ferry is not only a fun, relaxing way to travel across the Delaware Bay, but we also feature the perfect waterfront venue for mega- events like concerts, festivals and triathlons,” Gehrke said. “What a pleasure it’s been to work with DelMoSports and Lower Township to make this one-of-a-kind event happen five years running.”
Saturday Schedule (June 3, 2017)
10:00AM Expo/Vendors Open
3:00PM FREE Kids' Race! (all ages welcome)
5:00PM Expo Closes
Sunday Race Day Schedule (June 4, 2017)
4:15AM Parking opens at the Cape May Winery Vineyard: Shunpike Rd & Sandman Blvd
4:20AM Shuttles begin from the Cape May Winery Vineyard (ATHLETES ONLY!)
4:15AM Transition opens at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
6:00AM Transition closes
6:00AM Shuttles begin for SPECTATORS from the Cape May Winery Vineyard
6:00AM Begin boarding the Ferry
6:15AM Last call to board the vessel
6:30AM National Anthem
7:00AM Olympic race begins
7:45AM Sprint race begins
10:00AM Awards Ceremony
1:00PM SHUTTLE SERVICE Ends for both the ATHLETE & SPECTATOR
David C. Douglass Park/Canal Park will be closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017 for Escape the Cape Triathlon set up and the event.
On the bike route, cyclists will exit the ferry terminal onto Lincoln Blvd, turn right onto Bayshore/Jonathan Hoffman Blvd., right onto Seashore Road over the West Cape May Bridge, right onto New England Road and continue to Bayshore, turn left onto Stimpson, left on Seashore/Broadway, 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. Residents living along the bike and running course can expect road closures from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Maps of these courses from start to finish are attached. If you live along this route, please use caution and have a plan to take an alternate route the morning of June 4. For more information on the Escape the Cape Triathlon, please visit the event website at http://delmosports.com/events/escape-the-cape-new-jerseys-best-triathlon. Follow the Ferry @cmlferry on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for event updates.
DelMoSports, LLC is a boutique race company founded in 2004. They specialize in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore and Delaware. They organize unique and award-wining events, including Ironman70.3 Atlantic City, Atlantic City Triathlon, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, Escape From Lewes Open Water Classic and Escape the Cape Triathlon, which was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic and North East Region. 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. www.delmosports.com
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 45 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2016, 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. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.
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