Runners Invited To ‘Run Smart’ Training Program

The Run Smart coaches are ready to welcome the 2019 program participants.

Local runners of every age and level of ability are cordially invited to join the Run Smart Program, a special training program conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC).

Run Smart is a 14-week program conducted on weekend mornings at 8:30 a.m. at various Nassau County Parks, with the first session to be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Eisenhower Park. The goal is to get improve individual performance and reduce the risk of injuries as runners get ready for the spring racing season.

The program includes group training runs, instruction by qualified coaches in proper stretching, warmup drills, planning for increases in mileage, and discussions covering nutrition, injury prevention and proper running gear.

“This is not a program for complete beginners, but for folks who have started a basic running regimen and want to improve their performance and maximize the benefits that they get from their running,” commented Run Smart Program Director Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club. “It has been a very successful program that attracts several hundred runners but never loses sight of the needs of individual participants.”

The Program is funded this year by a grant from Dr. Greg Gulbransen of Oyster Bay Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Thanks to his much appreciated support, the fee for the entire 14 week Run Smart Program is only $40. To register, visit For more information, call the Running Club office at 516-349-7646 or contact Program Director Debbie Blair at

—Submitted by GLIRC

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