Second Annual UNITE Half Marathon and New Relay at Beautiful Rutgers
It was awesome in the inaugural year, 2010, a sellout and huge success: Rutgers University ambience, music, terrific amenities, beautiful, historic course--and this year, a two-person relay! Be there; experience it on April 17, 2011.
Posted Tuesday, 11 January, 2011
They have done it: CGI created a great race at Rutgers University, a first of its kind last spring. And this April it will be even better, because in addition to the regular half marathon, which weaves through the campuses of Rutgers, they will have a two-person relay. The marching band and cheerleaders will help get the start of to an exciting climax, and then runners will enjoy three Rutgers campuses, cross the Raritan River, speed through Johnson Park with live music along the course. A triumphant finish on College Avenue lined by spectators will conclude the running part of the day. Then everyone will enjoy the block party and live concert with food, beverages and more! New Brunswick, New Jersey is the place to run on April 17.
This sounds like my kind of race.
The half marathon is the distance that is becoming a must-do throughout the country. Have you made a New Years Resolution to run a half marathon? Let’s go; here is an ideal chance! This one is really special; it is well organized and provides runners with the amenities and personalized attention that makes all participants feel like an elite star. There are quite a few reasons to join in the running fun at this unique venue. Why run a half marathon? The feeling of accomplishment at such a distance is unbelievable! Also, this is the one of the only races organized specifically on and for the Rutgers University historic campuses. (Rutgers students receive a significant discount on registration!) There will be plenty of sights on these historic, beautiful campuses in early spring, as well as an organized team of volunteers. Spirit, good cheer, sweet scenery and about 4,000 eager runners will make the second edition truly a race to remember.
The Course--Campuses, Park, Bridge--All that is Rutgers
This scenic course enjoys a winding point-to-point with loops and an out-and-back along the Raritan River. It starts at Busch Campus at the Art Werblin Recreation Center, 8:30 a.m. with energizing music from a marching band and screams from enthusiastic cheerleaders. The first mile winds past Yurcak Field (soccer, lacrosse) and famous Rutgers Stadium, recently renovated. (FYI, Rutgers was the site of the first intercollegiate football game, beating visiting Princeton 6-4 in 1869.) From mile two to three runners arrive at the Livingston campus and speed through a loop around the Rutgers University Athletic Center, the baseball complex, and the Bauer Track and Field Complex. Miles four and five take the field back to the north side of Busch Campus, and then the course heads south toward the river.
Mile seven will look familiar, as it was the starting point of the race (great location for spectators), allowing the relay handoff to be located only a short distance from the start. The course then passes historic academic buildings on the way to Rutgers Stadium. Miles eight through twelve are out and back through Johnson Park and along the banks of the Raritan River. Runners then cross the river and zip through beautiful Buccleuch Park. The last mile heads in to the College Avenue campus, the original historic campus. Once you take a right onto College Avenue the finish is just around the corner at magnificent Voorhees Mall!
There will be live music and aid stations (with electrolyte drinks and Gels) all throughout the course, followed by a post-race festival in Voorhees Mall.
Weather in New Brunswick for April 17 is generally mild and ideal for distance running, with an average high temperature at 62 and average low 40 with a mean of 51. The sun will be higher and brighter with sunset at 7:15. New Brunswick and Piscataway are beautiful in the early spring.
For detailed information on the race, relay, expo, course charities, perks, directions, and more go to the excellent race website at http://www.cgiracing.com/unite.aspx
The UNITE Half Marathon Expo will be held Friday, April 15th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Art Werblin Recreation Center, Busch Campus; the Center is located at 656 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854. This is also where the race begins. (Race day packet pick-up is available--see instructions on the registration page.)
This expo is FREE and open to the public. You must pick up your packets, Chronotrack chips (one for each runner and one for each relay team), T-shirts and goodie bags at the expo. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the live music, check out the running clinics and seminars, and have a good look at the vendor booths while you are there!
April 17th, 2011 – 8:30 a.m. start. Make sure you get to the starting line in plenty of time to line up by pace--individuals and relay runners start together. The race begins with marching bands and New Brunswick’s own cheerleading squad to get you pumped up!
You will enjoy the beautiful, scenic course and the post race will be special; from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. runners and spectators will enjoy the Finish Line Block Party and Festival on Voorhees Mall, Seminary Avenue; including a live concert, great food, friends new and old, and running buddies. Stick around for the post race festivities and awards ceremony.
- Awards for top three (3) males and females overall
- Age group awards (3) deep in five year increments for females and males
- All finishers receive a custom commemorative medal (see the Website for award and amenity details).
Historic Rutgers University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is known for its academic excellence and tough admissions standards. It was once a private college for men affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church, known then as Queens College. In 1945 it became a public university, open to both men and women, and dropped all religious affiliation. It is the eighth oldest college in the US, chartered in 1766, and only one of two Colonial colleges to become public universities (William and Mary is the other). Today, the Rutgers campus holds its historic appeal, and is a dream locale for runners who enjoy a scenic race course (Rutgers in Middlesex County has five campuses spread throughout six municipalities); the original historic campus is where the race finishes, College Avenue. While there be sure to visit the 202-year-old “Old Queens” building, a National Historic Landmark, and New Jersey’s oldest higher education building.
New Brunswick, New Jersey
New Brunswick played an important role in Colonial history, as it is nestled in a terrific location between New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located 31 miles southwest of New York City and 60 miles northeast of Philadelphia. It sits on the Raritan River, once the primary mode of inter-state transportation. This created a hub for travelers, traders and early settlers. Fast forward to today, and this region has much to offer runners and visitors alike, including a beautiful setting for running and institutions and facilities to satisfy every taste. You can run trails along the scenic river, part of the National Recreation Trail System, and through the many public parks and various campuses the area has to offer (http://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/depts/publicworks/parks.asp). You can use the New Jersey Transit (NJTransit) bus system to get anywhere in the city; and you can also hop on the NJTransit trains (http://www.njtransit.com) and visit New York City or Philadelphia inexpensively. This area is rich in culture, with art museums, theaters, and a bustling nightlife. There is much to see and do!
Things to Do, Places to Go
Runners visiting New Brunswick and surrounding municipalities and townships will have a hard time fitting in the many opportunities offered. If you are interested in art, a must see is the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers (http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/). You can also go to the famous State Theatre, George Street Playhouse, or the Stress Factory Comedy Club to let off some steam.
For a bit of history, you can take a walking tour of the city. There is a walking tour map: http://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/09site/Community_Bulletin_Board/NBHistoricWalkBrochure.pdf . Be sure to check out Buccleuch Mansion at Buccleuch Park. It is right near the half marathon finish line. For carbo-loading the night before you must visit Skinny Vinnie’s, or Paulie’s Pizza and Pasta Café; or perhaps you could dress up a little and dine at Soho on George or La Fontana. All have received excellent reviews from locals. You can also visit Jersey Subs for a true New Jersey experience. Delta’s (http://www.deltasrestaurant.com/) is a gem and a well kept secret with southern cooking and live jazz. New Brunswick also has a large Hungarian population with several Hungarian restaurants near campus. Check out Chardas on Somerset for some local flavor.
About CGI Racing
CGI Racing is a New Jersey based race management company responsible for the new Wild Half Marathon, Wildwood, NJ; the New Jersey State Triathlon, the Philadelphia Women’s Triathlon, Black Bear Triathlon, and the North East Maryland Triathlon. They are expanding. They have over 20 years of expertise producing top-notch sporting events and creating unforgettable racing opportunities for athletes.
They are committed to your running experience and also to the community. All runners’ charities of choice will be supported; charity partners with CGI include Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team in Training), and the Teal Ribbon/Ovarian Cancer Society. Runners are also encouraged to donate funds to the sports clubs sponsored by Rutgers Recreation Department, also co-sponsor of this event.
You can also join the host running club Raritan Valley Road Runners for running in the area, training and social events: http://www.rvrr.org/
Make it a Weekend Getaway!
There are tons of things to do and see, and you will want to make this half marathon a mid April tradition! Why not make the drive or fly in for this exciting opportunity and experience this inaugural race and wonderful region for yourself? There are plenty of places to stay, including:
- The Hyatt Regency (http://newbrunswick.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp)
- The Heldrich Hotel and Spa (http://theheldrich.com/default_.asp)
- Crowne Plaza Somerset-Bridgewater (https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=1468257)
- Days Hotel and Conference Center (http://www.dayshoteleastbrunswick.com/ )
It is a new year!! We hope to see you at Rutgers for the second annual historic, scenic, and exciting half marathon! at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick. Don’t miss out on this exciting racing experience; if you ran it in 2010 you will definitely want to run it again; if you missed is in 2010 you definitely don't want to miss out twice. Resolve to run this terrific race in a wonderful place.
Race Website > http://www.cgiracing.com/unite.aspx