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!