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
Those of you who follow our weekly Wednesday emails to Club members will notice that we are constantly lookingfor people to get more involved with the Club, whether as volunteers or in volunteer managerial positions. From time to time we also ask for people who might be interested in paid positions with the Club and at its events. As we continue to expand the Club’s reach and its activities, you will be seeing such pleas for help more and more often.
Our Club is a cooperative not-for-profit venture. We exist to serve the Long Island running community and to do the kind of good things like funding new running shoes and spikes for the Central Islip High School track and cross country teams that we try to do as often as possible. The catch, of course, is that we need the support of the members of our Long Island running community to help make everything possible.
To put it nicely but bluntly, our Executive Board and other people in GLIRC leadership roles are “graying.” We need new blood to ensure the health and continued growth of the Club. We need young people in their 30’s and 40’s to step forward and join in with the more experienced older folks. We need people to serve as Assistant Race Directors and Coordinators of Volunteers, with a view towards having them assume the role of Race Directors as soon as they are ready. We need new people to join our Executive Board and to provide the kind of fresh perspective on what we are doing (or not doing!) that is essential to future success.
Serving on our Executive Board requires a commitment but, that being said, it is not a very onerous job. We meet on the second Tuesdayevening of every month to monitor the Club’s activities, to monitor its finances and, most important of all, to navigate the overall direction of the Club and to determine how it can best approach its responsibilities to the Club’s membership and the Long Island running community generally. Youneed to exercise your brain and your common sense inthe context of your love for our sport. The details about nominating yourself for the Board are set forth elsewhere in this issue, and I would love to speak to anyone who might possibly be interested. Just call me at (516) 349-7646.
Being on the Executive Board might not work for everyone, but I extend the same invitation to anyone who might enjoy the responsibility (and fun!) of being a Coordinator of Volunteers, an Assistant Race Director or becoming more active with the Club in any other capacity. Hey, just give me a call or come up to me whenever you see me and let’s chat. I like to think that I am readily approachable and I absolutely love to talk about our Club and about running generally!
See you on the roads and trails...and at all the great events GLIRC is staging this Fall.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club