LOWER TOWNSHIP – Lower Township Council approved a resolution Monday authorizing the return of one of the most popular sporting events in South Jersey.

The fifth annual Escape the Cape Triathlon will be held Sunday, June 4 in Lower Township.

Last year, the event brought in 1,750 participants and sold out in all three events: an Olympic Triathlon consisting of a 1-mile swim, 23-mile bike course and 5-mile run; a Sprint event with a .35-mile swim, 12-mile bike course and 5-kilometer run; and a fee-free Kids’ Fun Run.

The swim in both triathlon events begins with a 12-foot jump off a Cape May-Lewes Ferry into the Delaware Bay. In the past, racers have jumped off the ferry one at a time, with electronic bracelets recording their departure from the Twin Capes’ lowest deck and starting each racer’s time – and making the staggered start required to stage the ferry jump a non-issue as far as timing.

The course winds through Lower Township and West Cape May, with the finish line at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal boardwalk.

The event, which began in 2013, is run by DelMo Sports, a Wildwood Crest-based race promoter. Owner Stephen DelMonte told Township Council when he first proposed the idea that he chose the Lower Township site “because it is magnificent and no one knows about it.”

“I have ridden the ferry hundreds of times, but never looked at it through this lens,” he said. “It was built for this event.”

The race promoter has estimated that the Escape the Cape weekend draws some 30,000 people to the county on race weekend.

In past years, the race has sold out in as little as 10 weeks. For more information, see www.DelMoSports.com or http://delmosports.com/events/escape-the-cape-new-jerseys-best-triathlon.