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Runsmart Kickoff Attracts Over 200 Participants

More than 200 potential mara­thoners, half marathoners and 10K runners were on hand in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Thursday evening, Dec. 1 for the Kickoff Meeting of the RunSmart Training Program. The program is designed to get runners ready for the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races in May, and is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Parks Department and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Joe Belesi were on hand with GLIRC President Mike Polansky to welcome the participants to the meeting, and then the evening was turned over to RunSmart Head Coach Debbie Blair.  Blair, along with coaches Bob Cook of the Runner’s Edge and Joe Picini, then gave the audience an overview of the RunSmart Training Program and the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races, and went over the training schedule that starts at Eisenhower Park on Saturday morning, Jan. 21.

“We are thrilled with the incredible response we have gotten for the Program,” enthused RunSmart Head Coach Debbie Blair,” and we thank Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey and our Nassau County Legislators for making it possible.”

There is still time to sign up for RunSmart even if you missed the Kickoff Meeting. Just call Linda or Mike at the Greater Long Island Running Club at 349-7646 for information....or motivation!