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
July is becoming a very bad month in terms of the mortality of members of the Long Island running community.
Last July we endured the passing of Bill Benson, a true giant of the Long Island running community. This July, two other long time members of our community passed away – Northport Physical Therapy’s Greg Fives at the ridiculously untimely age of 46, and Donna Hahl, whose decades of activity in the Long Island running community were tragically cut short by a freak traffic accident. Both Greg and Donna will be sorely missed.
It’s not an easy segue, but these latest reminders of everyone’s mortality somehow led my thoughts to the fact that this Fall we will be holding our biennial election of Club officers and at large members of the Club’s Executive Board. The cold hard fact is that the youngest members of the current Executive Board are 41 and 44 years old, and that we have many Board members in their 60’s, 70’s and older. It almost goes without saying that the accumulated wisdom and hard earned experience of the years is a great thing, but we very much need to combine that wisdom and experience with the enthusiasm and drive of youth.
So this is a good opportunity for me to encourage the younger members of our Long Island running community to step up and begin to take leadership roles in our Club. I can think of nothing healthier for the future of GLIRC than for several enthusiastic 20 and 30 and 40 somethings to join the more experienced members of our Executive Board and to give the Board – and by extension the Club – an infusion of renewed energy.
We very much need some of our younger members to get more involved. We appreciate the fact that so many of our younger members “give back” to the running community as volunteers at many of our events. But there’s so much more that you can do, and taking one of those next steps as a Race Director, Assistant Race Director or Coordinator of Volunteers and, yes, running for a seat on the Club’s Executive Board, would be doing something very positive for the Club and for the running community as a whole.
Yes, I know that when you are 35 years old, you have lots of business commitments and a young family to concern yourselves with. But if you share the love of running that I have enjoyed for a lifetime, I hope that you will consider using some of your spare time to serve the Club in a bigger way.
The details of running for a seat on the Executive Board will appear in the September issue of Long Island Footnotes, but in the meantime, please feel free to talk to me or Linda or Sue about what’s involved on being on the Board, and as to what you might want to undertake in a leadership role in any one or more of our Club events and other activities.
See you on the roads and trails...and at the races.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club