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
We kick off the month of June with three of our most important events – the Belmont Stakes Run for Prostate Cancer on June 4th, the David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation on June 8th, and the 5 Mile Run for ELIJA on June 11th.
The Belmont Stakes Run on the evening of June 4th presents runners with one of the most unusual courses on Long Island – a 3.107 mile tour through the grounds of the racetrack with the last 200 yards on the track itself, with leading up to the same finish line that Secretariat, Affirmed, and American Pharoah have crossed. Belmont is an exciting place to be, and the event is a big fundraiser in the fight against prostate cancer that is, most significantly, held on National Cancer Survivor’s Day. It’s a win-win for everyone!
The David Lerner Police Appreciation Run on the evening of June 8th is the Long Island running community’s way of saying a well deserved “thank you” to the dedicated men and women of our local law enforcement organizations. Our Club is always ready to write a check in any situation where law enforcement officers and their families are in need, and it is this event that enables us to do so.
The 5 Mile Run for ELIJA offers one of the nicest and most scenic 5 mile courses anywhere. Yes there is a hill or two or three on the course, but these only add to the experience. The outstanding post-race activities include live entertainment, the quite popular ice cream truck, and plenty of door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the ELIJA Farm, a sustainable non-profit farm in South Huntington that uses environmentally responsible practices to raise high quality, organically grown produce. The Farm provides dynamic learning opportunies for the autistic and other “special” individuals that are at the heart of the ELIJA Foundation.
I know that you have lots of races to choose from in June, but these three deserve your special attention.
From the beginning of the Club back in 1978, we have always tried to be responsible citizens of the greater Long Island community. Being part of races to benefit important causes such as those that are the beneficiaries of these three races has been an important part of what the Club has done for nearly forty years. Please help us continue this tradition by being part of those three races in June.
Another couple of big parts of our efforts to be responsible citizens of Long Island are our Scholarship Program and our High School Grant Program. This year’s $2000 GLIRC Scholarship will be presented to Emma Mangels of Bay Shore High School at our June 20th Meeting. Emma is an amazing young woman who has already made her mark on the Long Island running community. The 2017 applications for our $5000 grant to a deserving High School track & field/cross country program are still being considered by Tracey Epstein and her committee. We have received several excellent applications and look forward to making an award before the end of the School Year.
See you on the roads and trails...and at our “big three” early June races!
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club