Who We Are
The Greater Long Island Running Club is Long Island's largest and most active running club, with a membership that spans all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and beyond. We have a lot to offer every runner; monthly meetings with interesting programs, special clinics, regular group road runs and track workouts for runners of every age and level of ability, and discounts to local running stores. Long Island Footnotes, our monthly magazine, includes a complete calendar of local races and other events of interest to local runners. Our Office/Clubhouse provides full service to the Long Island running community. Our SRC Run to the Brewery, Caumsett, ASPIRE, David Lerner Police Appreciation Run, USATF 50K Championship and 25K Greenbelt Trail Run, Runner's Edge Long Island Women's Run, New York Blood Center Rob's Run (cross country), Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Challenge, Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay, Runner's Edge TOBAY Triathlon and Junior Triathlon, Six Hour Run, Carter, DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run, TOBAY Supervisor’s Run 5K, fun runs, trail runs, holiday dinner-dance, "road trips", etc., etc., all make for a full calendar of activities for local runners. In addition, we have been hired to manage the Marcum Workplace Challenge, Belmont Stakes 5K, ELIJA Foundation 5 Mile Run, Run Nassau Summer Series, Heart & Sole 5K, UJA Aquarun, Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, the Blue Ribbon Prostate Cancer 5K and the Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run.
But most of all, GLIRC offers the ready availability of friendly people to run with and compare notes with. We support each other and help each other to more rewarding running experiences. No matter what your age or ability, whether you are a mile a day beginner or a veteran marathoner, there's a place for YOU in the Greater Long Island Running Club!
A MESSAGE FROM MIKE
The mission of our Club is to promote running, sports and fitness generally on Long Island.
An important part of that mission is to support youth running programs throughout our Long Island communities, and for the past several years we have increased our focus on those communities that are less financially able to support high school athletic programs than communities that have more available resources. In
2016, we donated $5000 to the Brentwood School District athletic programs, the seed money that enabled the Brentwood District to restart the Brentwood High School cross country program afer a period of several years when the District simply couldn’t afford the program. Brentwood is a amazing School District, with a bunch of amazing young people who are really into sports and have responded in a big way to the renewed cross country program.
This November 21st, the Central Islip School District will be busing about a hundred youngsters, members of the Central Islip High School cross country and track programs, to the Sayville Running Company, where GLIRC will be donating another $5000 to make sure that the Central Islip kids have adequate running footwear to be the best that they can be in their sport. We did the same thing for the Central Islip kids about seven or eight years ago with amazingly positive results, and it really is a pleasure for the Club to do this again.
Let’s get back to Brentwood for a minute. Every December, the District, Brentwood High School, and its Athletic Department stage a 5 Kilometer Run that start and finishes at the High School – the Gary Mintz Memorial 5 Kilometer Run. I’ve been a presence at that Run every December for more than 20 years now, either as a runner or as a race photographer, and there is one thing that has always made a big impression on me – the incredibly large number of Brentwood High School kids who are part of the field of 5 or 6 hundred runners that participate every year. Many of the youngsters are among the top finishers, many of them are more likely to be found at the middle or the back of the field ...but they are all there, supporting their School, supporting their athletic program, and helping to support scholarships for Brentwood Seniors who might otherwise have not been able to move on to college.
Brentwood is a fantastic community. It probably is one of the poorest Districts in Suffolk County, but it makes up for it with the enthusiasm and determination of the faculty, the students and the parents, and it will be my pleasure to support them once again this year by running in the Gary Mintz Memorial 5 Kilometer Run on December 3rd. I very much hope you will join me.
Enjoy the Run, enjoy the complimentary pancake and sausage breakfast that follows the Run, and give yourself the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped some deserving young people be the best that they can be!
See you on the roads and trails...and at Brentwood High School on December 3rd.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club