1000 Triathletes to Jump-off Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike to make triathlon history on June 2, 2013
(Lower Township, NJ) Today, DelMoSports, Lower Township and the Delaware River and Bay Authority announced that a historic sporting event, The Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike, will take place along the Jersey Shore on June 2, 2013. The Delaware River and Bay Authority’s Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lower Township, NJ will host 1000 triathletes, their families and friends for this momentous endurance event. In an exciting twist, the event will start aboard a Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessel in the Delaware Bay.
Stephen Del Monte, Founder/CEO of DelMoSports Inc. is proud to highlight Cape May County as a premier destination for endurance athletes. “Lower Township and its surrounding communities are the ideal location for an event of this caliber,” said DelMonte. “The gorgeous backdrop of the ferry terminal mixed with the high emotion of the triathlon is going to bring us national recognition. It’s the only event of its kind along the East Coast.”
According to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, the event will not only bolster the tourism economy in the region, but also heighten public awareness of what the Ferry has to offer. “We’re eager for this opportunity to partner with DelMoSports to host this world class event,” Gehrke said. “It emphasizes that the Ferry is not only a fun, relaxing trip across the Delaware Bay, but also that we are a spectacular waterfront destination. If you’re looking for a unique, exciting experience, the Ferry is the place to be, especially on June 2.”
Gehrke credited the Ferry’s marketing manager, Mike Porch, and Lower Township officials for making the event a reality. “We are happy to have a good working relationship with Lower Township that will bring more events to the local community,” said Porch.
“The Lower Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Township Manager Mike Voll, Mayor Mike Beck and township council, are extremely excited about our partnership with The Delaware River and Bay Authority and DelmoSports in regards to bringing the Escape the Cape Triathlon to Lower Township, New Jersey,” said Mitch Plenn, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for Lower Township. “We look forward to working together with all entities to bring a world class recreational opportunity to our region.”
Athletes will board the ferry 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.
The Inaugural Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike is expected to draw 1000 athletes from across the region and the country as well as more than 2000 spectators. 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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