Join The Cross-Country Fun At New York Blood Center’s Rob’s Run

Men’s start (Photos courtesy of GLIRC)

Runners from the New York Metropolitan area and beyond are cordially invited to be part of the 26th annual New York Blood Center’s Rob’s Run, a five-kilometer cross-country race which will be held on Sunday morning, Nov. 25, at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.

Rob’s Run will once again be staged under the direction of veteran race administrators Sue Fitzpatrick and Jim Murray, who are hard at work putting together the pieces of this individual and team competition that continues to be Long Island’s premier cross country event, and a perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Stillwell Woods.

There will once again be separate men’s and women’s starts. The women will start promptly at 9 a.m. and the men will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. Team scoring will not be affected by the separate starts. The times of individual team members will be combined and the results computed once all participants have finished.

Registration and pickup will be at the Center for Developmental Disabilities, 72 South Woods Rd. in Woodbury, next door to the field at Stillwell Woods, from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

As in the past, Rob’s Run is dedicated to the memory of Rob Lauterborn, an extraordinary human being, talented runner and good friend, who was taken from us at far too young an age.

Pictured here as they announce plans for the 26th annual Rob’s Run are (from left) GLIRC Run Co-Director Sue Fitzpatrick, CDD Children’s Day Programs Executive Director Jay Silverstein, Harvey Schaffler of New York Blood Center, CDD Executive Director Tom Trakoval, CDD Director of Development Debbie Patey, Steve Schwarz of Run sponsor S&S Repair Center of Syosset, Alan Sobel of Run sponsor South Shore Outdoor, and GLIRC Run Co-Director Jim Murray

Rob’s Run will once again be the final event in the USA Track & Field Long Island Association Cross Country Series.

If you are a veteran of Rob’s Run, or if you are otherwise familiar with the scenic beauty of the Stillwell Woods trails, you know what a great morning this is going to be. If you have never had the nerve to try cross-country running before, this is an easy way of introducing yourself to the wonders of the woods and of getting an exciting new perspective on autumn running. Try it—you will definitely like it!

Entry fees are $26 for those who preregister and $30 for those who wait until the day of the run to sign up. There is a 50 percent discount for high school-age and younger runners who preregister. Teams of four can preregister for $104 pre-race and $130 on Nov. 25.

Rob’s Run will once again feature a $200 stipend to the first place Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Masters and Women’s masters teams. (NOTE: Only USATF-LI member teams are eligible for team cash awards, and all team members must be registered on the same USATF-LI team).

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers OA, and the top three male and female finishers in each of 17 five-year age groups ranging from 10 and under to 85 and older. Team awards will be presented to the top three High School and Middle School Male and Female teams, and to Male, Female, and Coed Open, Masters and Senior Masters teams.

Special thanks go to New York Blood Services and its Executive Director for Donor Marketing Harvey Schaffler for NYBC’s continuing support as our primary sponsor, to S&S Repair Center of Syosset for their sixth year of support, and to All Round Foods and its generous CEO Glen Wolther for the great post-run baked goods.

A final note of thanks to Tom Trakoval, Jay Silverstein, Debbie Patey and the other good people at the Center for Developmental Disabilities for once again making their facility available to GLIRC on Nov. 25.

Online registration for Rob’s Run is open at For printed entry forms or more information, call the GLIRC office at 516-349-7646. To volunteer, contact Mindy Davidson at 516-359-9409 or

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