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
Scheduling events is a very tricky business, and something that has become even trickier in recent years. The number of Long Island races grows every year, and we make every effort to schedule our events to avoid any conflicts. We also try to advise those race directors that ask us as to the pitfalls of dates they are considering for their races.
The bottom line, of course, is that there may be more races on Long Island these days than the Long Island running community can support. Yeah, I know that such a statement is pretty much heresy, but it sadly seems to have been brought out by the facts in recent years. The first two weekends in June featured twenty races in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and there was no way that all of them could succeed. Old established races that twenty years ago would have attracted 500 or more runners were in the 300’s. One early June race attracted only 87 runners, another only 65, and the longstanding Bayville 5K attracted a mere 44 finishers. Obviously races like those three will have had a hard time breaking even. The Long Island Marathon weekend of races in May has suffered a steady decline in the number of runners over the past seven or eight years.
Some races will continue to survive and thrive. Our two Brewery Runs – one in Patchogue and one in Port Jefferson -- have been major successes in every way. Runners obviously like the party atmosphere (and free beer!) that follows these races. We realistically expect the same kind of enthusiastic turnout for our new Mardi Gras Run at the Great South Bay Brewing Company next February. Our Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run has filled a much important niche for 34 years, as Long Island’s annual celebration of women’s running and fitness. (A Grand Door prize of a pair of diamond earrings valued at $2500 certainly doesn’t hurt!)
A national class race like the Great Cow Harbor 10K will obviously not be affected by the overabundance of races, and most other race directors are smart enough to realize that scheduling on the same day as Cow Harbor would not be a terribly good move. The Marcum Workplace Challenge is in a class by itself, and continues to grow and grow because of its unique niche.
Again, it sounds like heresy, but the common garden variety fast, flat 5K race has fallen on hard times on Long Island. There is far too much supply for what is inherently a limited demand.
Our answer to this problem is very simple. We will continue to make sure that our events are the best that they can be. We will continue to try to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive market by tailoring our events to satisfy those demands. It’s not all beer and diamond earrings, but those are indicative of what we will try to do to make our events as appealing and attractive to local runners as possible.
Our Club is by and for runners. We try to anticipate what runners want (hey, all our top officers and staff are runners too!), and we will try as hard as we can to give them what they want. That being said, if you are reading this, YOUR input is something that we want and value. Please give us your thoughts as to what we can do to make our events better for YOU, and/or as to what kind of new and different events we can try in an effort to expand our share of the market. YOU are what it is all about.
See you on the roads and trails...and at the races.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club