Lace ‘Em Up! Long Island Spring Road Races 2016 Guide

Thousands descended on Eisenhower Park for Long Island Marathon Weekend April 30-May 1. Whether you missed out, are already itching to reach another finish line or just seriously need motivation to get off the couch after a winter of Netflix binge-watching, there are plenty of opportunities to lace up your sneakers and chase that PR. Put down the remote and get ready to crush your goals in one of these Long Island spring road races 2016.

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Greenbelt Trail 50K and 25K Runs
When: May 7, 7:30am
Where: 101 Dupont Street, Plainview
Miles: 31.1  or 15.5
Price: $60
Not for the faint of heart. A challenging but fair course on the northern portion of the scenic Long Island Greenbelt Trail. Proceeds go to Hope for the Warriors. Go.

Families Walk & Run for Hope
When: May 7, 7am
Where: Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson
Miles: 5
Price: $25
Join the fight against breast cancer in this run/walk to benefit Fortunato Breast Health Center at Mather Hospital. Dress your biggest cheerleader, your dog, up in pink to enter the “Pink Your Pooch” costume contest. Go.

Run for the Health of It Mother’s Day 5K Race/Walk
When: May 7, 9am
Where: Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, 505 East Main Street, Northport
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30
A USATF sanctioned race with a course that includes some of the challenging rolling hills of the historic Cow Harbor course. Go

3rd Annual 5K Run for Lupus
When: May 7, 8am
Where: Central Islip High School, 85 Wheeler Road, Central Islip
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
Run or walk and help make the difference in the life of someone with lupus. All proceeds from this event help us provide support programs to those living with lupus in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Go

Miles for Mothers 5K
When: May 7
Where: Laurelton Boulevard and Long Beach Boardwalk, Long Beach
Miles: 3.1
Price: $35 for individuals, $30 per person for team/family
Cheer on your mom or run with her along a flat, fast course. Proceeds benefit Mom-entum, a nonprofit, grassroots mom-to-mom support program. Go

Bridgehampton Half Marathon
When: May 7, 9am
Where: Bebee Windmill, Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue, Bridgehampton
Miles: 13.1
If you’re out East for Mother’s Day, cheer on participants as they run through scenic Sagaponack and Bridgehampton, past potato fields, stunning estates, horse farms and white sand beaches. The event is filled to capacity this year, but check it out if only for the views and some inspiration to put the race on your 2017 bucket list. Go.

The Bench 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run
When: May 7, 9:30am
Where: The Bench Bar and Grill, 1095 New York 25A, Mount Sinai
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30
The 5K certified course includes hills and flats and scenic views of historic Stony Brook Village and Harbor. Afterwards, re-fuel with complimentary beer and food from The Bench. Go

Elizabeth T. McNamee 17th Annual Memorial 5K Run
When: May 8, 9:30am
Where: West Islip High School, 1 Lions Path, West Islip
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
A run to support the Elizabeth T. McNamee Memorial Fund, which raises money to support awareness and education about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and support for those affected by it. Go.

Jack’s Run for Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run
When: May 14, 9am
Where: North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington
Miles: 3.1
Price: $21 through May 12 at 6pm, $26 day of
The 10th Annual Jack’s Run for Autism Awareness will benefit Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism and its programs serving children, adults and families touched by autism across Long Island. Go.

The Macho Trail Run
When: May 14, 9:30am
Where: Stillwell Woods, Woodbury
Miles: 5
Price: $40 for individual adults and $120 for teams of adults through May 11 (price will increase after)
Forego the concrete and push yourself for five miles through the trails of Stillwell Woods Preserve. Go.

Brooke Jackman Foundation 5K
When: May 14, 9:30am
Where: Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 150 West Main Street, Oyster Bay
Miles: 3.1
Price: $20 through May 10, $25 day of
Enjoy a solid workout on the scenic roads of Oyster Bay. Go.

11th Annual Comsewogue Warrior 5K /Fun Run
When: May 15, 9am
Where: Comsewogue High School, 565 Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson
Miles: 3.1
Price: $18 for individuals and $35 for families (must reside at same address) through May 14, $20 for individuals and $40 for families day of
Burn some calories and support the Comsewogue HS Athletic/Music Scholarship Fund. Go.

Feel the Breeze 5K and Fun Run
When: May 15, 9am
Where: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
Run Eisenhower’s tried and true 5K course in the 2nd Annual Feel the Breeze 5K and Fun Run. Go

Bellport HS Student Council Charity Champions 5K Race & 1 Mile Run
When: May 15, 9am
Where: Bellport High School, 205 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
Miles: 1 (children 10 and under only) and 3.1
Price: $25 for 5k, $10 for fun run
A race through beautiful Brookhaven Hamlet to benefit HELP Suffolk, a temporary housing facility serving the community. Go.

Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans 5 Towns 5K Run/Walk
When: May 15, 10am
Where: North Woodmere Park, 750 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25 through May 11, $30 day of
Flat and fast in the park and local streets. Go.

7th Annual Healing Heart 5K Run/Walk
When: May 15, 10:15am
Where: Pugliese Vineyards, 34515 Main Road, Cutchogue
Miles: 3.1
Price: $35 in advance, $40 day of
People of all ages come out for this exciting, off-road event at Pugliese Vineyards that seeks to create a culture of health and physical activity. A health expo follows the race. Go.

Run for Ryan Family 5K Walk & Run
When: May 21, 9am
Where: Brady Park, Massapequa Park
Miles: 3.1
Price: $35
Funds raised from this race on a certified 5K course at Brady Park will benefit the Massapequa Kiwanis Club’s Drug Awareness and Mental Health Program. Go

When: May 21, 9am
Where: St. Edward the Confessor Church, 205 Jackson Avenue, Syosset
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30 through May 19
A race in memory of Sr. Jackie Walsh, RSM, a beloved member of the community who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run in 2012. Go

Miles for Michael 5K Run/Walk
When: May 21, 9am
Where: Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25 through May 17, $30 after
Rise and grind for a run/walk to support the arts, dance and music programs of the South Huntington School District. Go

Race for the INN
When: May 21, 9am
Where: Maria Regina Church, 3945 Jerusalem Avenue, Seaford
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30
Hit this USATF certified course with water stops and splits and help raise funds to benefit The Interfaith Nutrition Network, which helps feed and shelter the homeless. Go

The Hance Family Foundation’s Annual Beautiful Me 5K Run/Walk
When: May 21, 9am
Where: Centennial Gardens, 251 Floral Parkway, Floral Park
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
An uplifting race that seeks to ensure healthy, happy and safe children through innovative self-esteem educational programming and the support of children in need. By the way, the course will be rocking with a live band. Go

3rd Annual Glow Run 5K Center Moriches PTA
When: May 21, 8:30am
Where: Center Moriches High School, 311 Frowein Road Center, Moriches
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30 (Registration ends May 19 at 5pm)
Get ready to smoke your own expectations on this new flat course designed with your PR in mind. Afterwards, grab some grub at the on-site food truck before heading home with some sweet new Glow gear. Go.

Mike’s Hike 4K Run/2K Walk & Fitness Festival
When: May 22, 8:30am
Where: Smithtown High School, 100 Central Road, Smithtown
Miles: 2.5
Price: $20 through May 20, $30 day of
Get ready for summer with a 4K run or 2K walk in loving memory of Mike Denaro. Bring the little ones. There will be face painting and refreshments. Go

Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer Memorial Run/Walk
When: May 28, 8am
Where: Pulaski Road School, 623 9th Avenue, East Northport
Miles: 4
Price: $35
Pin on a bib with the name of four service members and round a course with 31 turns. Competitive run starts at 8am, and participants must run 12-minute miles or less. A walk open to the general public begins at 9:30am. Go

The Barbara Bartell Memorial Runday 5K and 10K
When: May 28, 8:30am
Where: Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling, 950 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville
Miles: 3.1 or 6.2
Price: $20 until May 25, $25 day of
Don’t just get in a solid sweat session. Support the Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, which provides treatment, rehabilitation and more to individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Enter the raffle for a chance to head home with $500. We smell victory already. Go

Long Beach City Manager’s 5K & 10 Mile Race to Remember
When: May 29, 8am
Where: West Park Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard, Long Beach
Miles: 3.1 or 10
Price: $25
Push the pace for 3.1 or 10 miles as the Long Beach Recreation Department honors the memory of race founder Ralph Kaplan. The 10-mile course includes more than two miles on the Long Beach boardwalk you’ve frequented since you were a kid. Go.

5K Sunset Run/Walk for the Park
When: June 3, 7pm
Where: Nissequogue River State Park, 799 Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park
Miles: 3.1
Price: $21 by mail through May 28, $24 online through June 1, $30 day of
Have a healthier happy hour by running this scenic course that starts and finishes inside River State Park. Speed demons may go home with a thicker wallet. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers and the 21 and over crowd can toast to their times with free beer after the race. Go

YMCA Run in Memory of Judi
When: June 4, 8:30am
Where: Great South Bay YMCA, 200 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
A race to support Livestrong at the YMCA and help local families impacted by breast cancer. Go

Miles for Matt Foundation Celebrate Life III 5K Run/Walk
When: June 4, 8:40am
Where: Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Road, Seaford
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25 through May 19, $30 after
Start June on the right foot and get ready for the quickly approaching bathing suit season with a 3.1-mile run around Cedar Creek Park. Go

New Hyde Park-Mineola 8K Race
When: June 5, 8:30am
Where: Denton Avenue School, 1050 Denton Avenue, New Hyde Park
Miles: 4.97
Price: $25 through June 4, $30 day of
USAT&F certified 8K (4.97 miles) course through suburban streets of New Hyde Park. This is a USAT&F-Long Island Individual and Team Championship Race is part of the Grand Prix Championship Series. Go

2nd Annual Breathe For Britt 5K Run/Walk
When: June 5, 8:30am
Where: The Gazebo, 127 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25 in advance, $30 day of
All proceeds go to the Breathe for Britt Foundation Ltd., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization helping those living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic life threatening illness. Go.

Belmont Stakes 5K
When: June 5, 7:15pm
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont
Miles: 3.1
Price: $22 for GLIRC members and $25 for the general public in advance, $30 for all day of
A scenic 3.1-mile journey that finishes on the same line that the horses will cross during the Belmont Stakes. Award-winning jockey Richie Migliore will serve as Grand Marshal and participants can enter to win passes to the 2016 Belmont Stakes. Go

David Lerner Associates LI Police Appreciation Run
When: June 9, 7pm
Where: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
Miles: 3.1
Price: $22 for GLIRC members and $25 for the general public in advance, $30 for all day of
Blow off some steam after work with a run to benefit the the Police Crisis Fund, which aids law enforcement officers and their families in emergencies. Go.

12th Annual Keith Nintzel Memorial 5K
When: June 11, 9am
Where: Common Ground, Candee Avenue, Sayville
Miles: 3.1
Price: $25
A race in attempt to fund a future scholarship and crate a lasting tribute in memory of Keith Nintzel, a Sayville High grad who was involved in a fatal car accident in 2004. Go

Tyree Curry 5K Memorial Run/Walk for Nephcure
When: June 11, 9am
Where: Village Hall, 99 Nichols Court, Hempstead
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30
A 5K walk/run to cure kidney disease. Go

just cAUse We Run Journey for Autism 5 Mile Run for ELIJA
When: June 12, 8:30am
Where: 98 Flower Hill Road, Halesite
Miles: 5
Price: $22 for GLIRC members and $25 for the general public in advance, $30 for all day of
Live entertainment by The Katie Mitchell Band, race announcing by “The Voice of Long Island Running” Terry Bisogno and a course covering scenic rolling roads with water views. Go

Ellen Gordon CPAs (4)a: Cause 5K Run/Walk to End Hunger
When: June 18, 9am
Where: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
Miles: 3.1
Price: $30
A fast, flat 5K course in Eisenhower Park to benefit Island Harvest Food Bank. Go

Shwachman Diamond Dash
When: June 18, 9am
Where: Sunrise Elementary School, 320 Sunrise Drive, Smithtown
Miles: 3.1
Price: $20 (must register by June 16)
A fun event for competitive runners and casual runners/walkers with music, food and face painting. It is part of the Grand Prix Series and Sayville Summer Series. Go

Northport Nautical Mile
When: June 18, 9:30am
Where: Brosnan School Building, Laurel Avenue, Northport
Miles: 1.15
Price: $20
A fun and fast downhill 1.15-mile run that celebrates Northport’s nautical nature, village charm and community spirit. Find some healthy post-race snacks at a farmers market and see annual Blessing of the Fleet in the harbor following the race. Go

Shelter Island 10K
When: June 18, 5:30pm
Where: Shelter Island
Miles: 6.2 or 3.1
Price: $40 for 10K, $30 for 5K through June 16, $50 for 10K and $40 for 5K after
Touted as the most scenic course by Runner’s World Magazine, the USA Track and Field Certified Course is challenging with rolling hills, water views and competitive runners. Go

Chief Ray Downey “Forever Running” Memorial 5K Run/Walk
When: June 19, 9:30am
Where: Knights of Columbus, 759 Long Island Avenue, Deer Park
Miles: 3.1
Price: $22
A super-popular annual race honoring FDNY Chief Ray Downey who died on Sept. 11. Go

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