The Gold Standard

You will read a lot about this year’s Caumsett 50K and 25K Runs in this issue of Long Island Footnotes, but there is one aspect of the day that I especially wanted to bring to everyone’s  attention.

The 50K was once again the USATF National 50K Championship and, of course, we had Lin Gentling of the USATF National office there as the official USATF observer.  She spent the day  with us, and her report back to the National office concluded as follows:  “A very special thanks and appreciation to Carl Grossbard and Sue Fitzpatrick of the Greater Long Island Running Club and to all the outstanding volunteers for putting on an amazing and incredibly well orchestrated event.  I am so grateful to all of you and for what you have contributed to the running community.  Definitely the gold standard!!”  Lin was effusive in her praise of the event all day long, and at one point she asked me if we might consider bidding on behalf of the United States for a World Championship!

It is always nice to be recognized for hard work and a job well done.  Caumsett Race

Director Carl Grossbard and Caumsett Coordinator of Volunteers Sue Fitzpatrick can be justifiably proud of their efforts, as can everyone else who contributed to the success of the

event.  With his usual quiet competence, Myron Bellovin had the post-race refreshments operation run as smoothly as possible.  Adriana Staiano and her logistics crew accomplished near miracles in a smoothly run job of setup and teardown of the course and the tent city that was the focal point of the event.  Richie Inammorato was anywhere and everywhere he was needed.

In summary, Caumsett was one of our finest hours, as GLIRC did Long Island proud on the National USATF stage!

Caumsett is one of three annual events that demonstrate that ultrarunning is alive and well on Long Island.  The Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50K and 25K Runs showcase the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail that is one of Long Island’s hidden treasures, and early signs indicate that this May 11th event may be our biggest Greenbelt Run ever.  The Fred von der Heydt Memorial 6 Hour, 60th Birthday Run on October 20th is another example of the kind of innovation and just plain fun that have been GLIRC trademarks for decades.

Our newest event, to be held on Sunday, August 11 is one that I am especially proud of.  With  the success of the 2nd annual Mardi Gras Run to the Great South Bay Brewery in February, it became clear that there was a demand for another themed Great South Bay Brewery Run in the summer, so mark your calendars now for what has been named Aloha Run to the Great South Bay Brewery...and start thinking about your costumes for the Run and especially for the amazing party that will follow the Run!

See you on the roads....and on the Greenbelt Trail on May 11th!