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Inaugural Discover Hicksville Run

On Saturday, Aug. 17, a very special event will take place on the roads of Hicksville, and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Long Island Running Club are asking for the cooperation of local residents to help make the event successful and safe.

The inaugural Discover Hicksville 5 Mile Run will start at 5 p.m. at Cantiague Park, and the participants will traverse a loop through northwest Hicksville before returning to Cantiague Park for a post-run barbecue.

The first runners will reach the northwest Hicksville neighborhood streets by about 5:05 p.m. and the last participant will cross the finish line back at the park no later than 6:30 p.m., although most of the streets along the route will be clear long before then. About 400 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes are expected to participate.

Local residents are urged to avoid driving along the course while the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes are passing through.

Local residents are encouraged to cheer the participants along their way. There will be lots of folks doing a 5-mile run for the first time, and they will need all the help and encouragement they can get. This is a great opportunity to show athletes from all over Long Island what a friendly community Hicksville is.

It’s not too late to sign up to be a part of the run. Call Sue at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at 516-349-7646 or sign up online at www.glirc.org/. Local residents with any questions about the run can call the same number for information.