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Frequently Asked Questions: NAMIWalks NJ 2019

Where is NAMIWalks NJ?

NAMIWalks NJ is at Boardwalk, North Ocean Avenue and N Street, Seaside Park, 08752.  Follow the signs that say “NAMIWalks NJ”.

When is the event?

Saturday, September 28th, 2019. Registration Opens at 9:30 am and the Walk begins at 11:00 am!

Where should I park?

See the Walk Route Map. Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Walkers, please park in the parking lot 2, the entrance of which is on the east end of Lafayette St. Our volunteers will guide you. Parking Signs will point you in the right direction.  If you park in lot 2, you must move your car by 2 pm or you will be ticketed ($50.00 ticket).
Please do not park in the metered parking slots unless you pay the fee of the Muni meter.  There is free parking on the side-streets on O Street and south. In our walk map yellow highlights indicates the area for free parking. If you are coming in a van or bus, you can be dropped off at the intersection of North Ocean Avenue and N Street.  Parking is available for the van or bus on J Street, next to the Tri-borough building.

When should I arrive?

Sponsors & Exhibitors, please arrive by 9:00 am to set up. Team captains and individual Walkers should plan to arrive between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Arrive early so you have enough time to park, register, meet up with your team members and have fun! Also, our Opening Ceremony will begin at 10 am so join us for that.

Will there be food?

Bottled Water/energy drink will be available throughout the day. We will offer light refreshments, such as bagels, assorted fruit, crumb cake, cheese & cracker packs and chips.  Lunch is not served by NAMIWalks New Jersey, but we invite you to either:

  1. visit restaurants on the Boardwalk.  Sawmill Café has a lot of seating.  Other places on the Boardwalk North of the Walk, in Seaside Heights, are mainly food stands.
  2. bring a picnic lunch if you choose. There are some benches on the Boardwalk North of the Walk area.
  3.  visit restaurants in Seaside Park a few blocks or more from the Boardwalk.  Most of these will require you to move your car.

Where are the restrooms?

Restroom facilities are behind the stage between parking lot 2 & 3 inside the building and you must enter through the Ocean side. Signs will be posted for the restrooms. 

How do I check-in or register?

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER AND SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER; WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION TO SAVE TIME ON WALK DAY – www.namiwalks.org/newjersey
Alternatively, the Walker form may be filled out and turned in by your team captain or mailed to the office ahead of the Walk.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:30 AM at the OUTDOOR Registration Tent – this area is for TEAM CAPTAINS and Walkers only.  NOT for teams, team members and walkers on the teams.

TEAM CAPTAINS are responsible for turning in ALL donations from their walkers using the Team Captain Envelope. If all fundraising was done online, the registration table will have information from September 23.  You will receive t-shirts for each team member that has raised $100 as of that date;

Individual Walkers, not on teams, should turn in all donations in the Individual Walker Envelope; anyone who has raised $100 will receive a t-shirt at this time. Anyone raising $100 on the day of the walk, t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed. First come, first-serve basis.

If you want to exchange a t-shirt size, please see us at the registration tent after 12:30 pm. Please do not wear the t-shirt you want to exchange.

Where can I mail my donations before and after the Walk?

NAMI NJ
1562 Route 130
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Attn:  Walk Manager

How do I locate my team on Walk Day?

NAMIWalks staff or volunteers cannot help you find your team.  Talk to your Team Captain and designate a meeting spot – in front of Sawmill Café or Borough hall are popular choices.  We encourage you to wear your own Team T-shirt and submit one to be entered in a walk t-shirt contest. Bring your own signs and banners. We encourage you to use your cell phones to communicate. 

Are there any other restrictions?

No balloons are permitted.  All walkers must be on the Boardwalk.  Walking on the streets or in the dunes is not permitted. There are substantial fines for walking in the dunes.  Please respect the local rules and help keep the Boardwalk area clean and beautiful.

How long is the Walk?

The Walk is a 5k (3 miles).  You do not need to finish the Walk.  You can opt to not walk at all!

 Are strollers, wheelchairs or dogs allowed at NAMIWalks NJ?

Yes! The Walk is open to all ages and abilities! Pets are not allowed on Boardwalk. Only service dogs are permitted! Your dog must be leashed at all times; it is your responsibility to clean up after your pup.  Please bring your own waste bags to clean up after your dog.

What is there to do?

Visit Exhibitors

Listen to the music of Almost Average and a few live performances!

Sign the “Why I Walk” Banner at the NAMI NJ booth

Buy your “ NAMI NJ T-shirts at the NAMI NJ booth table”

Visit Face painters and children’s activity table!

Visit MARCO, the mental health robot

Get your Team Photo taken or pose with the Super Hero cut out and Instagram frame at the NAMI NJ Booth!

Ready to Walk? 

Kim Bradle, ryt from Jaya Yoga LLC., in Red Bank is leading our warm-ups. The stage is located in front of the building in the parking lot 3. Head to the info table for more guidance or see any of our “Ask Me” greeters. 

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Directions and Parking Information for NAMIWalks New Jersey: Changing Minds One Step at a Time

September 28, 2019 – Registration and Check-in begins at 9:30 am, Walk begins at 11 am

Boardwalk at N. Ocean Ave, Seaside Park (GPS address: N. Ocean and Lafayette St., Seaside Park, NJ)

From the South

Take Garden State Pkwy North

Take exit 82 for New Jersey 37 E toward Seaside Heights.

Merge onto NJ-37 E/Little League World Champions Blvd E, drive approx. 6.6 mi

After crossing two bridges, follow signs for Seaside Park and merge onto NJ-35 South, heading south.

Take the first left onto Lafayette Ave. and drive to N. Ocean Ave. and the entrance to Parking Lot #2, if spaces are still available. NAMI NJ has this lot reserved until 2 pm.  After 2 pm you will need to move your car or pay for parking.  

If Lot #2 is full, additional free (non-metered only) parking is available on each intersecting east-west street - from O Street south and in median of NJ-35.  Do not park in a spot with a number without paying at a pay station!  Parking rates in effect 24/7 and cars will be ticketed ($50).

The Walk will be started from Lot #3 (South of the Bath House at N Street).


From the North

Take I-195 East, Route 287 South, or the New Jersey Turnpike South to get to the Garden State Parkway South

Take exit 82 for New Jersey 37 E toward Seaside Heights.

 Merge onto NJ-37 E/Little League World Champions Blvd E, drive approx. 6.6 mi

 After crossing two bridges, follow signs for Seaside Park and merge onto NJ-35 South, heading south.

Take the first left onto Lafayette Ave. and drive to Ocean Ave. and the entrance to Parking Lot#2, if spaces are still available.  NAMI NJ has this lot reserved until 2 pm.  After 2 pm you will need to move your car or pay for parking.   

If Lot #2 is full, additional free (non-metered only) parking is available on each intersecting east-west street - from O Street south and in median of NJ-35.

The Walk will be started from Lot #3 (South of the Bath House at N Street).

 

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If you have any questions or need materials, please contact
Susan Eisenhauer/Beena Bhatcar at 732-940-0991 or [email protected]

 

 

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