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
An apology – or least an explanation – is in order.
In past years, we have been able to publish our annual Event Calendar in the January issue of Long Island Footnotes. We had the kind of stability and certainty that
made it possible to do so. For better or worse, this year we do not have that kind of stability and certainty.
As you know, we have been having a lot of success with
Brewery Runs in recent years. In addition to the longstanding Sayville Running
Club 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery, in 2016 we added a very well received
15K at the Port Jeff Brewing Company, and are seriously working on a third Brewery
event in 2017. We will be moving the Port Jeff Brewing Company Run to May 21st,
in part because of September and October uncertainties.
We are very enthusiastic about being a major player in staging the third annual
Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon in 2017, but unfortunately we are still
waiting for Suffolk County to decide on what date it will be held. We are also coping
with the fact that both the Hamptons Marathon/Half Marathons, and the Great
South Bay Runs have moved to Saturday, September 23rd, raising the question
as to whether the “normal” Sunday, September 24th date for the Ocean to Sound
Relay makes sense. No decision has been made as yet, but there is at least a strong
possibility that we may wind up with Sunday, September 10th as the date for Ocean
Most of our traditional January-August race dates are firm enough, and I am
thrilled to announce that we just signed a contract with the ELIJA Foundation to
manage the second annual 5 Mile Run for ELIJA on June 11th. That being said, the
September-October time frame is still more than a little bit uncertain. Hey, it’s good
to be busy...and we will let you know more as soon as we have sorted it all out!
Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed by the need to cancel this year’s
Carter, De Luca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run, especially when the
cancellation decision was made only 25 minutes before the scheduled start of the
Run. The Nassau Police detail had the final say, and it was ultimately their decision
to call it off, but their decision was absolutely correct...the weather conditions made
it far too dangerous to proceed.
Sadly, a difference of a couple of hours in either direction might have made all
the difference, but the turnover from snow to rain at about 8:45 AM produced “the
perfect storm” that made it too dangerous to go ahead.
One final note – I hope to see everyone at the annual GLIRC Dinner Dance on
Saturday evening, January 28th. It’s an amazing bargain for one of the “swankiest”
events you will have ever been to, and I welcome everyone to help us honor Suffolk
County Executive Steve Bellone and our own Myron Bellovin.
See you on the roads and trails.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club