Registration is now open for the Greater Long Island Running Club’s 33rd annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay, and teams of eight runners each are cordially invited to join in as part of one of Long Island’s oldest running traditions.
The relay will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23, and, as usual, start at Jones Beach State Park at 8 a.m., with an optional 7 a.m for those teams that expect some difficulty in finishing the 50-mile course in less than eight hours.
Each runner will cover a leg of between five and seven miles. Computerized timing and scoring for every leg will once again be provided by JMS Racing Services, using the MyLaps Pro Chip elite timing system.
Starting at Jones Beach, the teams will wind their way north and east through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa and Old Bethpage before crossing into Huntington, reaching Long Island Sound in Lloyd Harbor, and returning to Nassau County via Cold Spring Harbor and Syosset, and heading north again to a dramatic finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
The entry fee is $440 per team ($55 per runner), through Sept. 11 and $480 per team after Sept. 11.
The entry fee includes a commemorative shirt for every runner, entry into the post-race party, with lots of great food—hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, salads, pasta and the Great South Bay Brewery beer truck (or some nice choices of wines if you prefer).
Participants will be running for a great cause, with a donation going to the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each of the following categories: Men’s, Women’s and Coed Open, Masters and Senior Masters (age 50 plus), Corporate, Law Enforcement/Firefighters, Physically Challenged and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A special set of awards (a $50 Gift Certificate to The Runner’s Edge for each member of the winning team) will be presented to the team that best captures “The Spirit of the Relay.”
But awards are secondary. Camaraderie, team spirit and the excitement of running with and against so many of your running buddies are what it is all about!
Register your team online at www.glirc.org. For more information, or for hard copy entry forms, call Mike or Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club at 516-349-7646.