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 pretty sad period of time for many of us.
The loss of Odd Sangesland, coming on top of the recent losses of Sam Zinn, Bill Benson and, still less than a year ago, Fred von der Heydt, has had its cumulative effect on many of us who have been with the Club for two decades and more. I had last seen Odd at the Marcum Workplace Challenge on July 26th. Although I knew that he was fighting Leukemia, he looked pretty good and was enthusiastic about staffing his usual post at the 1 Mile mark on the MWC course.
Adding immensely to the melancholia was the news that Judy Jacobs had passed away. Judy was not a member of the Club and was certainly not a runner. Nevertheless, in her role as a member of the Nassau County Legislature since 1996, she had been a great friend to running, physical fitness and good health habits generally, and to the Greater Long Island Running Club in particular. She has been a fixture at many of our events, the Aspire Run was a special favorite of hers, and she was the guest of honor at the 2016 Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run. More to the point from a personal standpoint, Judy had been a good and great friend to Susan and me for more than forty years. Her loss is a great tragedy for everyone in our part of the world.
On a much more positive note, I am pleased to announce that our good friends Steve and Holly Jonas have signed on as the new title sponsor of what will be redesignated as the Jonas Chiropractic Sports Injury Care Aspire 10 Kilometer Run. The Jonas team, which now includes Dr. Jon DeGorter, has supported our events for many years, and it is indeed a pleasure to welcome them to their new role in connection with what will be our biggest and best Aspire event on April 1, 2017.
We are also quite pleased to welcome Glen Lostrito and his Steel Equities firm as a Presenting sponsor of the 2016 Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run. Steel Equities will be joining with the Carter, DeLuca firm and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW to make the December 17th Run our biggest and best ever. This is a real family event that nobody will want to miss. For the past two years, my daughter Irene has been running this one with me while my grandson Danny has reached the finish line way, way in front of us.
In the meantime, there is still time to sign up for the October 9th 15 Kilometer Run to the Port Jeff Brewing Company. As a special incentive to all my “Hillbilly” friends, I can promise you that this 15K course will be at least as tough as the Selden Hills 10 K course....only 3.1 miles longer! I can also promise you a post-Run party that will rival that of the 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery in January. Hope to see everyone there!
For those of you who are looking for shorter distances in October, please join us at the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run on Saturday morning, October 15th. We’ve got a brand new course this year that I am sure you will appreciate, and it’s a USATF-LI Grand Prix event and once again will serve as the USATF-LI 5K Championship. Come down for the 5K, bring the family and stick around for the 33rd annual Oyster Festival, the East Coast’s largest waterfront Festival.
See you on the roads and trails.
Mike Polansky, President, Greater Long Island Running Club