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
This is the age of the computer, and registration and race management generally are much more sophisticated processes than they were when I first got involved in the Long Island racing scene in the 1970’s...and that’s a good thing.
That being said, please allow me to express a little bit of nostalgia for the “good old days,” ( which perhaps weren’t as “good” as they were just “old.”) I’m thinking back to the
first running of what would become the Aspire Run, in the Spring of 1978. As we were gathering at the starting line less than 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the race, a young man came up to us and said, “Here’s my $5, I hope I’m not too late to enter.” (Yeah, $5 was what we charged for an entry fee 40 years ago!) We took his
$5, hastily wrote down his name, address and age, and allowed him to join the field at the start. This same young man, whose name has been lost to my memory, turned out to be the first finisher overall!
I can also recall the beginning of the Ocean to Sound Relay in the mid-80s. A bunch of us from what was then the Plainview-Old Bethpage Road Runners Club entered a couple of teams in the Manhattan to Mahopac Relay the year before. Our collective thoughts afterwards were that we could do it better and that we should do it on Long Island. Alan End put all the pieces together and we attracted 36 teams of eight runners each in August of 1986 to run a course that was more-or-less 51 miles from Wantagh Park to Reinhardt’s Restaurant in Bayville. God knows how we did it, but all 36 teams made their way to the finish line! Setting the tone for future years, the event was followed by what my memory recalls as being a very wild party that included a couple of Long Island’s fastest runners dancing on the tables at Reinhardt’s.
One thing that was not a “good” thing back in the old days was an incident at the Valley Stream 4 Mile Run one summer morning in the early 1980’s. I was a runner in that race. The start itself was uneventful, but less than a half mile into the race, the runners literally ran into a wall in a scene reminiscent of the parade scene at the end of Animal House. Apparently the lead vehicle was a police car driven by an officer who was not familiar with the course, and there was nobody else in the car with him. Somehow, and this was David Katz of Finish Line Road Race Technicians at his best, everyone was herded back to the start, the lead vehicle was supplemented with someone who knew the course, and the race was restarted with only a minimum overall delay. The net result for the future was that race directors are very conscious of the need to have lead bikes and/or lead cars equipped with someone who knows the course.
I guess I am meandering about the old running scene a lot more than I started out intending, but I think that my major point is that race directors have become much more professional and race management is much more a science than it was back in the day. That’s absolutely a great thing, and I like to think that our Club, and myself personally, have moved with the times, and that our race management skills are second to none. The key of course is to make sure that running and racing always remain fun for everyone.
See you on the roads and trails...and hopefully not getting lost!
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club