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10K Training Programs Getting Started  

Two major programs to prepare runners for the 2013 Long Island Marathon/Half Marathon/10 Kilometer Runs are getting started within the next few weeks, and anyone thinking about doing one of these events on the big day, May 5, 2013, can sign up.

The 3rd annual RunSmart Training Program kicks off at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be the first of a series of training sessions for runners of all levels of ability that will be held on one day every weekend for 14 weeks through April 27.

Each session will be based at a Nassau County Park under the direction of head coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers who are all set to make your racing experience a perfect one. The RunSmart Program cost is $30.

The 2nd Annual Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to May 5 will start with a 5K race at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, followed by a 4-mile run at Nickerson Beach at Lido Beach on Sunday, March 10, a 5-mile race at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Saturday, March 23, and concluding with a 4-mile scurry at Eisenhower Park to jump start Marathon Week on Saturday, April 27.  The entry fee for the entire four race series is $60 if you register before Feb. 1 ($55 if registered for the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K), and $65 if you register after Feb. 1. You may enter individual races in the series (on-site day-of-race entry only) for $20 for each of the first three races and $25 for the finale Race Week Kick-Off Run and Party at Eisenhower Park.  Snazzy commemorative shirts will be provided to every full series entrant.

Nassau County along with its Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums, with event management chores being handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club will conduct both programs.

“These Programs are a great way for local runners to gear their training toward May 5th at a nominal cost, and we hope that everyone will take advantage of them,” noted Blair.

For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.