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 has been a very “interesting” summer for our Club andits events.
We needed to move the July 8th Runner’s Edge Women’s Run from the Farmingdale High School track to the Woodward Parkway Elementary School because of construction at the track. We needed to move the July 16th Heart & Sole 5K to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration because of planned construction at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.
And then, 16 days before the scheduled running of the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint, we were advised that due to a motion picture being filmed at the Preserve, we would have to make major changes to the course that we had anticipated using.
So there we were, my friend and colleague Linda Ottaviano and I, tramping through the trails of the Preserve, through intermittent rain and lots of water and mud underfoot, plotting out a new course for the Sprint. We came up with our plan and then called Course Measurement guru Gary Westerfield to have him put the details into the plan. We then met Gary at the Preserve, plotted out exactly where the runners would be going, and worked with him as he measured the course. As soon as he sent us the map of the new course, we sent it out to the world. Finally, the day before the race, five of us – Linda, me, Nick Palazzo, Rick Secor and my dog Kirby – went through the laborious process of marking the course. Our Coordinator of Volunteers, Mike Fernandez, had to work with what definitely was a moving target in figuring out where to place the volunteers on a course that was a work in process.
Oh yes, also in that time frame, we decided to add a 1/4 mile fun walk to the event, mostly to accommodate the folks from our new charitable beneficiary ACDS, and that had to be plotted out as well.
It was a busy 16 days, but we got the job done in time for a record breaking number of runners and walkers to finish what is becoming an increasingly important event. It took teamwork, and it took the extra effort devoted by my friend Linda to make it happen. I certainly overwork this saying, but there really are no problems , only opportunities, and we had the opportunity to come up with a course and an event at Sands Point that everyone seemed to enjoy!
There’s no real segue here, but in order for us to keep being adaptable, to keep meeting the challenge of providing quality events for the Long Island running community, we need people to get more involved. We have a great core group of people both on and off the Club’s Executive Board, but now more than every we are ready to welcome involvement by new people at every level. Just give me a call at (516) 349-7646 and let’s talk!
See you on the roads and trails...and at the races.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club