New Long Island Marathon Race Director To Speak At March 19 GLIRC Meeting

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Corey Roberts

The Greater Long Island Running Club is pleased to announce that Corey Roberts, the new Race Director of the NEFCU Long Island Marathon Festival of Events, will be the featured speaker at the club’s open general meeting on Tuesday evening, March 19. The Meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting at 8 p.m.

The general public is cordially invited to attend the meeting and admission is free of charge.

Aussie transplant Corey Roberts has been an athlete since he was a child. After an injury hurt his future as a competitive swimmer, he raced his first triathlon at age 11 on a BMX bike “and never looked back,” He did his first Half-Ironman Triathlon at 15, his first Ironman at 18 and has completed a slew of Half Ironman’s across the USA, as well as the famous Escape from Alcatraz and two Lake Placid Ironman Triathlons.

Corey gave up an 18-year career as a chef when an opportunity came up to work in event management. After starting out with EventPower, in May 2014 Corey and his wife Stacy launched RaceAwesome, Inc., which in less than five years has become one of Long Island’s most important running and multisport race management organizations.

The mission of Corey’s Race Awesome organization is, in Corey’s words, “using the positive energy we have inside us to offer our participants the best experience possible from start to finish. It is our mission to help inspire our athletes, staff, and volunteers to feel happy as they get to the event, participate in it and complete it. Staying positive and happy throughout the racing experience, no matter what is happening, will ultimately lead to Racing Awesome.”

Since its founding in 2014, Race Awesome has grown to the point where in 2017 over 6600 athletes passed under the Race Awesome finisher arch. In 2017, Corey and Stacy and their team were hired to rebrand and revamp what became the new Northwell Health Great South Bay Run and incorporated a new Post-Race Festival—“The Great South Bay Sea Fest”… With their expertise and attention to detail, the race saw growth for the first time in six years.

Last year, the Race Awesome Team was hired by Nassau County to revitalize the Long Island Marathon and Half Marathon. With Corey as the New Race Director of what has been rebranded as the NEFCU Long Island Marathon Festival of Events, Corey, Stacy and Race Awesome are hard at work getting ready for what they envision as a new and improved version of Long Island’s oldest continuously held road races on the weekend of May 4-5, 2019.

At the March 19 GLIRC Meeting, Corey will be talking about his RaceAwesome experiences as well as giving his insights into the May 4-5, 2019, NEFCU Long Island Marathon Festival of Events, and will be fielding questions from the audience.

For more information, call Mike or Sue at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at 516-349-7646.

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