I am really excited to add the New Jersey State Triathlon to my schedule this year. After joining with the Philly Pro Tri team, I saw that this was one of their key team races. This race draws large numbers with a sprint on Saturday followed by an Olympic distance on Sunday. Because of this "festival" format, there will be a great range of talent, ability, and goals present at the race. The sprint is Saturday, June 20th and the olympic is the day following.
For information about the race, check out http://www.cgiracing.com/newjerseystatetri/Home.aspx
to see their website. There will be an elite wave as well as standard age group waves, so there is room for all!
I have a few thoughts on the race in general as to why I wanted to race it. First, it has all the makings to become a major city race in the future (in my opinion). It reminds me of how the Philadelphia Triathlon started as it grew in size and eventually attracted a world class field as well as a huge age group field. Secondly, the course is really scenic. From a video on their website, you can see the calm waters for the swim, a flat and seriously fast bike ride, and a great run in the park. A lot of people say triathlon needs to incorporate more hills, but I think both a hilly course and a flat course are just about the same difficulty. There are plenty of hilly races I've done (Del Valley Du, REV3 Knox, Columbia) that are definitely difficult, but you can move out of the saddle and never lose focus because things are always changing. A flat course makes an athlete stay motivated the entire time as you must stay tucked on the aero bars and focused on your output.
That's all for now. If you are looking for a great race in the mid Atlantic area, check out The NJ State Triathlon and lets race!