Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and RXR Chairman Scott Rechler have announced the addition of a one mile race to this year's RXR/TIAA-CREF Long Island Marathon "Festival of Races" taking place May 2-3, 200. The Long Island Marathon, recognized as one of Long Island's most prestigious sporting events, is celebrating its 37th anniversary.
The One Mile Race will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 8 a.m., in the "Hub" area around the Nassau Coliseum, beginning on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard. Also starting at that time and place will be the 5K Race. In addition, the "Kids Fun Run" will be held at Mitchel Athletic Complex the same day, at 2 p.m. On Sunday, May 3, the Long Island Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K races take place. The weekend celebration also includes a pasta party for runners on May 1, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, while a "Runners' Expo" will be held at Mitchel Athletic Complex from April 30 to May 2.
The Long Island Marathon and Half-Marathon will begin in the Hub, passing Museum Row, the Nassau Coliseum, RXR's Omni Building, Nassau Community College and Mitchel Athletic Complex. The route will continue through the Village of Westbury to Jericho Turnpike, then go to Brush Hollow Road and Carman Avenue (Wantagh Parkway for full marathoners) before finishing in Eisenhower Park. Entertainment will be provided along the race route, and a post-race program and refreshments will be offered.
The 10K race will also begin in the Hub on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and will circumnavigate Eisenhower Park along Merrick Avenue, Old Country Road, Salisbury Park Drive and Carman Avenue. Awards will be given in all races by age category.
In addition to lead sponsor, RXR/TIAA-CREF, the Marathon is sponsored by Newsday, News 12 Long Island, United Healthcare, McDonalds, Walk 97.5 Radio, Kozy Shack, Michelob Ultra and A & S Bagels.
Late registration for the full and half-marathon and 10K is available from April 30 to May 2 and for the One Mile and 5K from April 30 to May 1 at the Marathon Expo at Mitchel Athletic Complex. For more information and applications, visit "www.thelimarathon.com" or call 516-572-0248. There is no charge or pre-registration for the Kids Fun Run.
For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks or call 516-572-0200.