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Letter to Editor: Running Club Thanks Residents For Race Support

10-Mile Run to the Brewery a success thanks to residents' understanding.

A photo from the 2013 race.
A photo from the 2013 race.

To our friends and neighbors in Patchogue, Blue Point and Bayport:

Thanks you once again for your patience and understanding last Saturday morning, as 1,100 runners passed through your communities during the 4th annual Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery.  This event has become one of the most important running events on Long Island, and preliminary indications are that we will have raised $20,000 for charity through this year’s Run.  We are most proud of the fact that this year for the first time we will be making a donation of $5000 to Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services to aid in the outstanding work they are doing for the local community.

We apologize to those of you who were inconvenienced by the event.  We do try to minimize this inconvenience, and to let vehicles pass through whenever there was a gap between the runners. That being said, I am well aware that there were many folks whose automobiles were held up for several minutes or more, and I thank them for their patience. 

I am sure that you can appreciate that an event like this will always cause some inconvenience.  However, we very much welcome your constructive suggestions as to how we and our friends in the Suffolk County Police Department can do a better job of minimizing that inconvenience in January of 2015.  Please feel free to call me at (516) 349-7646 or email me at www.glirc.org and I would be happy to talk things over with you.

Best regards,

Mike Polansky, President
Greater Long Island Running Club

Kiersten Bartolotta January 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM
This race was well run and the organizers really tried to keep the impact as low as possible for the residents. It was a great race for a good cause and I hope it continues each year. ~Kiersten Bartolotta of Walk To Run Fitness

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