Now that summer has
officially ended, (Don’t worry! It
will be back next year!), we are preparing for our Fall Sunday Morning Eight
Race Series, which kicks off, with our November 2nd “I’m Not Doing NYC 4
Miler” at 9 am in Eisenhower Park. See
the Race Schedule section on our website for the race listings.
We are also preparing for our annual Holiday Social
scheduled for Saturday January 17th, 2015.
The Board is confirming the location, but it will be in either East
Meadow or Bellmore. Last year
all had a good time! We had great
food, great music, great price, and great people.
Keep an eye on our website for
information on the party when all is firmed up, or email Mike Ogazon at
firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name added
to his email blast list to keep up-to-date on club happenings.
On August 6th we held our 5K race
dedicated to Eunice and Colin Harris’ memory.
It was great to see the Harris boys Andrew and Glenn, and their
families being a big part of that special night.
The LIRRC donated proceeds from that
race to both the Columbia Eleanor & Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center and the
Hospice Inn of Huntington in Eunice and Colin’s name.
We are very pleased to announce that with race proceeds and
donations, we raised a total of $1722, with $862 given to each of these
Thanks to our treasurer and newsletter editor Jim
Ferguson for tallying the proceeds and sending the checks to them.
Speaking of Jim, we would like to
wish him Godspeed in recovering from his upcoming surgery in October.
Fall brings on many weekends with many races.
The weather looks good so enjoy this ideal running weather.
CHANGES FOR 2015
After careful consideration, the Board of Directors
of the Long Island Running Club has reduced the number of races in the 2015
race season to eleven. They will
include eight races in the famed Wednesday Night Series, and three races
that have been member favorites – The Santa Run, John Corrigan 4x2 Relay,
and the Easter Bunny 5K. In addition,
we will have our New Year’s Day Hangover Run held on Thursday January 1st,
2015, which is FREE!
There is no problem-recruiting runners in the summer;
some of the Wednesday Night runs in 2014 had almost 200 participants.
Most of our Sunday morning races,
however, are poorly attended.
One reason is that so many other races out there are offering more.
It is obvious to us that our low fees
are not enough.
Also, volunteers continued to be scarce and
recruitment is difficult. For some
reason, the younger generation just doesn't seem to take an interest in
managing or organizing functions or taking on the responsibilities needed to
run a club on the level of LIRRC. The
same people who run the club contribute to The Roadrunner, LIRRC’s online
newsletter. The availability of a
library with magazines, novels, and DVD’s about running garnered no interest
at all. With all that said, there is
something going on in all our lives and priorities must be set.
Our race team is a committed and experienced crew -
but it is a commitment that comes at a cost.
Race team members have missed vacations and family functions, and
they are not able to run in popular races themselves.
In addition, the preparation and work is the same whether there are
30 runners or 200 showing up.
Some members of the race team arrive 3-4 hours before
race time setting up and preparing.
We stay until everything is put away.
We are not complaining.
We really enjoy what we do!
However, some of us have been doing this for over 25 years.
In addition, unbelievably, we are getting older!
It would be great to see younger runners stepping up to “learn the
business,” but there seem to be fewer wanting to give the time it takes.
The races take a lot of work.
We need to face reality, and we have decided on quality over
Be assured that we remain committed and with each
race in 2015, you can expect a quality event to be presented, complete with
raffle prizes, MyLaps Timing, water stops, age group awards, and our 50/50.
In addition, our ever-popular Kids Run will precede every Wednesday
Night Run, with all finishers getting ribbons at the completion.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas and always have.
Your participation in the upcoming year would be particularly
helpful, so contact us!
See you in the park!