Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from across Long Island are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 21st annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. The run will take place on Saturday, March 10, starting at 9 a.m. at New Beginnings of Kings Park at 180 Lawrence Rd. in Kings Park.
The event is a perfect tough training run for those who are setting their sights on a spring marathon or half marathon. It features 9.3 miles of some of the most beautiful vistas—and most challenging hills—on Long Island’s North Shore. Kings Park is not the usual fast, flat course—but for those who want to test themselves, this is the place to do it.
Race management is in the capable hands of the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Steven Toto serving as the race director once again.
A portion of the proceeds from the run will be made to WHIP Pediatric Cancer and its efforts to find a cure for pediatric cancers, with an additional stipend reserved for Kings Park High School scholarship programs.
The run will serve as the 15 Kilometer Championship event for the Long Island Association of USA Track & Field.
Every entrant in the run will receive one of the distinctive high quality hooded sweatshirts specially designed for the Kings Park Run. There will also be $250 cash prizes for the first place male and female runners, $100 for the first place male and female masters runners, $50 for the first male and female senior masters (age 50 plus) and $100 for the first place male and female wheelchair finishers.
A cash bonus of $250 will be paid if the race winner breaks Nick Filippazzo’s course record of 47:15 or if the women’s winner breaks Jodie Robertson’s women’s course record of 53:25.
Special plaques will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of 14 five-year age groups, up through age 80 and older, and the top three male and female finishers in each of two “clydesdale” weight divisions, and the top three male and female wheelchair racers.
The entry fee for the 2018 15K run has been set at $30 ($25 for members of the Greater Long Island Running Club) if you sign up in advance, and $35 for those who wait until the day of the run to register—50 percent discount to all runners age 16 and under who preregister.
You can register online at www.glirc.org. For hard copy entry forms or more information, call the Greater Long Island Running Club office at 516-349-7646.
—Submitted by the Greater
Long Island Running Club