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Oyster Bay Runners Invited To Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs

Testing yourself for running the 26-mile marathon on these 25 and 50 kilometer runs

For those who want to test themselves beyond the marathon distance of 26 miles, 385 yards that marks the ultimate accomplishment for most runners, the  Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer Run is the place to do it.  The Run will be held on Saturday, May 12, starting and finishing at the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) headquarters on Dupont Street in Plainview, which is about a half mile from the Sunnyside Boulevard trailhead of the Greenbelt Trail.

But not everyone wants to do an ultra, and for the past six years the Club has expanded the scope of the run to include the new Long Island Greenbelt Trail 25 kilometer run as well.

The 25K will take you up from the GLIRC clubhouse on the northern portion of the scenic Greenbelt Trail to the Cold Spring Harbor Trail terminus and back.  The 50K will be a double out-and-back over the same course. The 50K will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 25K will start at 8:30 a.m. Whichever distance you choose, there will be plenty of well-stocked aid stations to keep you going.

The 50K is the 2012 USATF - Long Island 50K Trail Championship Race.

Running an ultra is not for everyone, but a 50K is certainly well within the reach of everyone who has successfully completed a marathon. The 25 K is something that anyone who has successfully completed a half marathon is capable of doing. The fact that it is on the trails will make it an extra-interesting experience.   Remember — you never know what you are capable of until you try that extra distance.

For more information or entry frorms, call the Running Club office at (516) 349-7646.  To register online, go to glirc.org.

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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