Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo, The New Jersey Marathon Race Packet Pickup Friday and Saturday

The New Jersey Marathon will hold the Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo and Race Packet Pickup on Friday and Saturday at Monmouth Park. The events are free and open to the public, featuring a variety of speakers, fitness activities, training tips and more.

Online PR News – 04-May-2013 – Monmouth Beach, NJ – The New Jersey Marathon and Novo Nordisk are pleased to present the 2013 Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo, Friday and Saturday at Monmouth Park. The two-day flurry of activities, from various exercise classes to tips from doctors and other health professionals, are free and open to the public, and accompany race packet pickup for competitors in Sunday's New Jersey Marathon, Long Branch Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay.

More than 18,000 are expected to attend what has become an annual celebration of health, fitness, nutrition and running. Friday's session runs from 1-7 p.m., while Saturday covers 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. This year's Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo will see the introduction of a free speaker series to help runners of all athletic abilities learn the latest in racing, nutrition, hydration, health, injury prevention and recovery tips and techniques to help make racing as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Active presentations on Friday include yoga, Zumba, Chi Running and power yoga. Saturday's slate features those plus a mid-morning stretch and qigong, a Chinese mind-body practice. Participants must bring mats, towels and any other needed items as none will be available on site. The speaker series includes such topics as:

Inspiring people to give their all, regardless of what their "all" may be: Dane Rauschenberg, American long-distance runner who ran 52 marathons, one every weekend, throughout 2006, and motivational speaker.
Advice and motivation for runners into their 50’s and 60’s: Joe Muldowney, author and veteran runner who will be offering advice and motivation for runners into their 50’s and 60’s as well as achieving your personal best.
Pre-marathon stretching demo, and Nutrition and Hydration, 24 Hours Before a Marathon and During the Race: Barbara B. Mintz, MS, RD, assistant vice president, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, A Barnabas Health facility?.
Diabetes Education and Importance of Awareness: Autumn Dempsey, RN CDE, program coordinator, Diabetes Education Center at Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health Facility.
Nutrition for Top Performance: Karen Basedow, MS RD, CDE, outpatient and community wellness nutritionist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Runner Specific: How to Avoid a Trip to the ER – Planning is Everything: Deb Cioffi, R.N., M.S.A., M.S.N., administrative director of emergency services and Victor Almeida, MD, chair of emergency medicine, Monmouth Medical Center.
What is in Your Food and Water that is Making you Sick: Nicole Rivera DC, Integrative Wellness Group.
How to Get Your Body Functioning Better than Ever: Nick Carruthers DC, Integrative Wellness Group.
After the Race: The Science of Recovery: Pam Wilson DC, and Michele Peters, RDN, The Wilson Center, on the science of recovery post-race.
What is Kinesio Tape and how can it help you (demonstration)?: Jeff Poplarski DC of Sports & Family Chiropractic and Christine Scarano PT, DPT of The Wilson Center and the Kinesio Taping Association.
How to Improve Your Time and Reduce Injuries: Chris Storti D.C., Health in Hand Chiropractic Center and The Foundation for Wellness Professionals.

Exercise professionals conducting the active presentations include Maxine Guenther (qigong), Hot and Soul Yoga, Synergy Yoga, Dave Stretanski (Chi Running) and Envision Gym.

With the theme “Up & Running,” the state's premiere road race event is set to run through eight New Jersey towns, beginning at Monmouth Park in Oceanport and continuing through Monmouth Beach, Deal, Allenhurst, Lock Arbour, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Long Branch. The race, which annually attracts thousands of competitors, volunteers and supporters, has taken on additional, poignant meaning to those still affected by the damage inflicted on the region by Superstorm Sandy in October.

In addition to the Novo Nordisk Health & Fitness Expo, a full weekend of activities for the whole family is scheduled for May 3-5, including the Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races, full marathon, half-marathon and half-marathon relay.

Registration for all events, course views, information about volunteering, sponsorship and details of the entire weekend of activities are available at the race Website at and the event Facebook page at Runners and fans are encouraged to follow The New Jersey Marathon on its Twitter @NJMarathon.

The New Jersey Marathon is owned by US Road Sports & Entertainment Group, which conducts road races nationwide.

Official sponsors of The New Jersey Marathon include Novo Nordisk, Barnabas Health and Investors Bank.

About US Road Sports & Entertainment Group
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.