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Escape the Cape Triathlon Returns to Cape May-Lewes Ferry on June 8, 2014 - Registration Open for Premier East Coast Triathlon & Aquabike Races

By Cape May-Lewes Ferry | Nov 08, 2013
Courtesy of: DelMoSports

(Lower Township, NJ)  Today, DelMoSports, Lower Township and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry announced that the East Coast’s premier, one-of-a-kind sporting event, The Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike, will return for a second season along the Jersey Shore on June 8, 2014.  The Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Terminal in Lower Township, NJ is expected to host 1,500 triathletes, their families and friends for this momentous endurance event.  Just like last year’s inaugural event, the races will start aboard a Cape May – Lewes Ferry vessel in the Delaware Bay. 

Stephen Del Monte, Founder/CEO of DelMoSports Inc., is excited to return to Lower Township and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, a venue like no other on the East Coast.  “Escape the Cape has become what we dreamed - the must-do-event in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” said DelMonte. “Escape the Cape serves as the launching pad for the brand new DelMoSports Championship Series.  We can’t wait to join with our partners, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry and Lower Township, to produce another awesome event.”   People may register for the event at www.escapethecape.com.

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 pleased for the opportunity to once again partner with Stephen DelMonte and DelMoSports to host this word class event,” Gehrke said.  “It emphasizes that the Cape May -Lewes Ferry does not only provide a fun, relaxing trip across the Delaware Bay, but also a spectacular waterfront destination.  If you’re looking for a unique, exciting experience, the Ferry is the place to be, especially on June 8, 2014.” 

Gehrke also credited the Ferry’s great working relationship with Lower Township.  “Lower Township is a tremendous partner.  Our strong working relationship makes it possible to bring these types of events to the local community.”

“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 Cape May – Lewes Ferry and DelmoSports for the second act of the Escape the Cape Triathlon in Lower Township, New Jersey,” said Mitch Plenn, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for Lower Township.  “Last year was a huge success and we look forward to working together with our partners to make this year’s event even better.  What a world class recreational opportunity for 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.

Del Monte added that this year the Escape the Cape will also feature a Children’s Race.  Sponsored by Morey’s Piers, the Children’s Race is open to participants 6-14 and consists of a 200 meter swim/splash and 1 mile run.  All competitors receive a finisher medal, shirt, and a 1 Day ALL ACCESS PASS to Morey's Piers and Waterparks!  The children’s race takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ferry terminal.

In partnership with the Escape the Cape Triathlon, the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum’s Runway 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk will take place on a runway at the Cape May Airport on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Early registration is highly recommended. The race will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.  For more information about the Aviation Museum, please visit www.usnasw.org.

With so many exciting events taking place on the weekend of June 7-8, visitors and participants may want to reserve their accommodations early.  For information on great places to stay or where to grab a bite to eat, please visit www.jerseycapevacationguide.com.

The Escape the Cape Triathlon & Aquabike is expected to draw 1500 athletes from across the region and the country as well as more than 2000 spectators.  For more information on the 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 11th Annual Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, 5k and Kid's Splash & Dash in North Wildwood, NJ on August 16, 2014 and the 4th Annual Atlantic City International Triathlon, Aquabike & Kid's Duathlon in Atlantic City, NJ on September 14, 2014. Additionally, Stephen Del Monte, Founder/CEO of DelMoSports is the Co-Race Director for the Inaugural Challenge Atlantic City on June 29, 2014.  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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