Would like race info: 'Tri on the 4th' in Morristown, NJ (7/4/02)

Would like race info: 'Tri on the 4th' in Morristown, NJ (7/4/02)

Post by Mari » Fri, 21 Jun 2002 01:52:03


I am planning on competing in the 'Tri on the 4th' Olympic distance
triathlon in Morristown, NJ on the 4th of July.  Has anyone done this
race in the past?  Would like information, past experiences on the
race, course management, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Mario

 
 
 

Would like race info: 'Tri on the 4th' in Morristown, NJ (7/4/02)

Post by Jsou » Fri, 21 Jun 2002 05:58:40

I haven't done this race, but I watched it in its inaugural year and assume
things have improved since then. The swim was kind of weird in a tiny lake in a
zig-zag pattern (two loops or in this case, zig zags). A few people got lost on
the run which was not well marked over trails and some people were pretty upset
about it. One fellow got to the finish line and tore off his race number in
disgust..he was covered in mud.
As I recall there was a pig roast after the race. The people who had gotten to
know the course prior to the race had a good experience.

---Johanna, Hackensack, New Jersey

Quote:
>I am planning on competing in the 'Tri on the 4th' Olympic distance
>triathlon in Morristown, NJ on the 4th of July.  Has anyone done this
>race in the past?

Johanna "forever young" Young

 
 
 

Would like race info: 'Tri on the 4th' in Morristown, NJ (7/4/02)

Post by Marya » Thu, 27 Jun 2002 12:22:01

Quote:
> I haven't done this race, but I watched it in its inaugural year and assume
> things have improved since then.

They haven't. If anything, last year they were worse.

There were no buoys in the water. you got to approximate where you
thought the race course was. There were lifeguards in the water in the
general area where the turns were, but they moved around to stay warm.
Eventually, they put paddle boats in the water, one of which ran over
a swimmer in the water, the impact of which was loud enough to hear on
the shore.

There is no medical support. Any emergencies you have to deal with on
your own until the rescue squad can call in someone and respond.

The road course is DANGEROUS! There were very few markers, and no
signs indicating to motorists that there was a race in progress and to
be aware of cyclists in the road. The road was not closed to traffic,
and has no shoulder.

I did not see the run course, but there was a problem with the course
markers there as well also.

There was very little in the way of water stops, and those that were
there were inadequately supplied. The few volunteers that were out on
the course did not have radios, and had no way of communicating any
difficulties or medical emergencies to the race director.

Before you sign the release, read it thoroughly. When you sign, you
are agreeing to give up ALL of your rights, including the right to sue
if the race director is negligent. Last year, the race director did
not even carry any insurance on the race.

I know of at least one major race sponsor/supporter who will not have
any part of this race due to the way it is run.

I'm sure that it is possible for things to be different this year, but
I don't think that that is going to happen.But you may enjoy the pig
roast at the end.

Please, if you decide to do the race, let me know how it went.

Thanks

                                                  Maryann