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 big snow storm of February 9th was still another reminder to me of just how much the weather influences our events.
The need to cancel the 2016 Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Run was just the latest of several bad memories that I have of past race cancellations. Thunder and lightning last June forced the postponement of the Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run until a month later,and in August of 2011, we had no choice but to cancel the Runner’s Edge-TOBAY Triathlon because Hurricane Irene put our transition area at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park under a couple of feet of water. Many years earlier, a freak fast-moving snowstorm caused the Suffolk Police to shut down the Kings Park 15K, which we were able to reschedule for June.
Obviously we can’t fight Mother Nature, and everyone’s safety needs always to be our first concern, but it always hurts when something like this happens. We are in the business of doing things for Long Island runners, and cancelling or postponing a running event is the last thing we want to happen.
As we move into late March and April, the prospects of major snowstorms disappear, and we can hope for perfect running conditions for the Jonas Chiropractic Sports Injury Care Aspire 10K Run on April 1st. This is the 40th year that we will be staging the Aspire 10K. The Aspire 10K has a new and enthusiastic title sponsor, and a very important new charitable beneficiary, FORCE, that benefits individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and other cancers. The event is a USATF-LI Team event and the USATF -LI 10K championship, featuring a truly classic course. Race Director Karen Schackner is looking for a bigger than usual turnout of folks for this one to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Long Island’s oldest continuously held 10 Kilometer race. And who knows – perhaps someone will challenge Pat Petersen’s thirty year old course record of 30:27!
The Aspire 10K is, of course “bookended” by two challenging 15 Kilometer races – Kings Park on March 11th and the Port Jeff Brewing Company on May 21st. This will be our 20th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15K, another GLIRC milestone. Add to the mix the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs on May 13th and we can look forward to a great Spring season of running....assuming, of course,that Mother Nature cooperates!
One final note: The GLIRC Clubhouse is a dropoff location for the “Soles4Souls” campaign this month. Instead of throwing out your old but gently used shoes or letting them collect dust in your closet, please drop them off so that they can be distributed to folks who really need them.
See you on the roads and trails.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club