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
It’s all about the team, but....
Every team needs a leader, a dedicated, forceful and capable individual without whom the team just doesn’t function. In the case of the Marcum Workplace Challenge, that individual is Mindy Davidson. It’s all about the team, but...Mindy is the center of all action involved in the Marcum Workplace Challenge. Key staff and key members of her team are each thoroughly knowledgeable about their pieces of the puzzle, but only Mindy has a complete and thorough grasp of the entire puzzle. Mindy at the same time sees both the entire forest and each and every individual tree.
It’s all about the team, but...
Without the kind of motivation that Mindy provides, the members of her Marcum Workplace Challenge team would not be the effective and cohesive bunch that they have become. MWC team members come and go, but Mindy is supremely adaptive to change and is the ultimate constant force in keeping the event going from year to year.
Mindy does lots more for the Club than “just” the Marcum Workplace Challenge. She and Linda Ottaviano are the Co-Coordinators for the Runner’s Edge - TOBAY Triathlon, she directs the September UJA-Federation Summer’s Not Done Aqua Run, she is the Director of Sponsorship for the Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Run to support Our Veterans, and she is the Coordinator of Volunteers for many GLIRC events. However, the Marcum Workplace Challenge is her signature event, the event that truly defines her leadership abilities and her service to the Club and to the Long Island running community generally.
I am well aware that Mindy’s immediate reaction to what I am writing here will be embarrassment. Her biggest weakness is her inability to accept praise comfortably. I don’t mean to make her uncomfortable, and I simply would not be doing my job if I didn’t make public the praise that she so richly deserves. Well done, Mindy.
As I write this, we are working especially hard on our newest event – the inaugural 15 Kilometer Run to the Port Jeff Brewery. Ric DiVeglio is taking the lead on this, and all indications are that it is going to be a very special event. I am very familiar with the course you will be traversing on October 9th, and it certainly is going to be quite the challenge! The post-race party, thanks to Port Jeff Brewery proprietor Mike Philbrick and several other local Port Jefferson businesses, is going to be one that will rival the post race party at the Blue Point Brewery in January. Volunteers are, of course, most welcome; just contact Heather Ackerly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on the roads and trails.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club