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
First and foremost, I want to give some well, actually very well, deserved thanks to the folks who made the 2016 Catholic Health Services Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K to Support Our Veterans an amazing success this year. GLIRC’s great triumvirate of Linda Ottaviano, Sue Fitzpatrick and Cheryl Clifford have been working 60 hours a week and more since September to make sure that every possible need and every contingency was taken care of....and they succeeded! I can’t praise them enough. Thank you ladies!
That’s not to say that our supporting staffers were slacking. Folks like Mindy Davidson, Nick Palazzo, Myron Bellovin, Curt & Irene Robinson, Rick Secor, Charlotte Cheshire, Elizabeth Blanchard and others were there to pitch in whenever and wherever they were needed. The hundreds of volunteers who staffed the Expo, and handled every conceivable chore on the day of the event, melded together into a unified team that was as effective as could be. Thank you one and all!
OK, the Suffolk Marathon is done with for 2016, and its time to look ahead to major events that we have coming up in the next couple of months. The Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run will usher in the Holiday Season once again on December 17th. On January 14th we will once again visit our good friends in the Village of Patchogue as we stage the 2017 edition of the Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery. I was apprehensive when we opened registration, but the folks at Run Signup were equal to the task, and there were no surprises and no hiccups. We successfully registered 600 folks (in less than 2 minutes) on Wednesday and 900 more (in about 18 minutes) on Saturday. You still have a chance to get into the Run; ten additional entries will be given out as door prizes at each of the two remaining Thursday evening Training Runs at the Sayville Running Company on December 8th and January 5th.
And then there’s Saturday evening, January 28th and a chance for everyone to relax and unwind at our annual Dinner-Dance. This is the biggest bargain going. For $54 a person you get a great Cocktail Party (in a much bigger room than last year’s!) with a selection of food that you won’t believe, a sit down dinner with your choice of main courses with all the trimmings, two Viennese tables, an Open Bar all night with unlimited top shelf liquors, a selection of wines, and a beer selection that includes Blue Point Toasted Lager. You can dine, drink and dance away the evening...and help us honor President’s Award winners Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and our own Myron Bellovin. Please join us; you will not be disappointed!
One final note to close this Message. Staging as many events as we do, the need to attract business sponsors for these events is always front and center on my list, but I need everyone’s help to make the right things happen. We are especially needful of a sponsor for the Ocean to Sound Relay which, in the absence of a primary sponsor, was conducted at a financial loss to the Club this year. If you work for a business firm, you can help out by talking to the firm’s Marketing people or putting us in touch with them. If you have a friend or relative that’s in a decision making capacity with a business firm, please approach them or put us in touch with them. We are always in need of sponsors, but the need right now is the greatest with respect to the Ocean to Sound Relay. Please help out!
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club