LI Winter Runs Back in the Day

 Mike (R) and fellow GLIRC members at the 1983 New Year's Eve Midnight Run in Central Park.(L to R: Jimmy McDougall, Bob Sanelli, Nancy Ackley, Mike Polansky)

Mike (R) and fellow GLIRC members at the 1983 New Year's Eve Midnight Run in Central Park.(L to R: Jimmy McDougall, Bob Sanelli, Nancy Ackley, Mike Polansky)

“Back in the day” the racing season on Long Island ended with the Ho Ho Ho 5K Run in mid-December and, with the exception of the Joe Latino Relays at Sunken Meadow on a date in February that often ran afoul of Winter weather, didn’t come alive again until the Little Cow Harbor 4 Miler and Kings Park 15K in March.

Things have definitely changed! 

The new Maggie’s Mile at Sunken Meadow on New Year’s Day adds a new dimension to what were always lots of untimed New Year’s Day fun runs. The January 13th  Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery has become one of the biggest races on the Long Island calendar, and may become even bigger in 2019 when the new, bigger Brewery location is available. The January 28th Icebreaker Marathon and Half Marathon offers runners an opportunity to get a long run in, and perhaps qualify for Boston, for the low, low price of only $25. The new Mardi Gras Run to the Great South Bay Brewery on February 11th promises to be another great run, followed by what is becoming the traditional “all you can eat, all the beer you can (safely!!!) drink” with a live band post-race party! Then it's time to get more serious with the Caumsett 50K/25 K plus the usual Little Cow Harbor and Kings Park races in early March.

The Long Island running and racing scene is alive and well all Winter Long. Be a part of it!