Local Runners Invited To Belmont Stakes


Once again this year, the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC)is joining forces with Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce to stage the fourth annual Belmont Stakes 5K Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. The run will be held on Sunday, May 31, at Belmont Park at 7:15 a.m., a prelude to the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes six days later.

Participants will traverse a USA Track & Field certified 5-kilometer course entirely within the grounds of Belmont Park, leading up to an exiting finish at the race track finish line that witnessed the Belmont Stakes triumphs of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

Everyone who enters will receive a commemorative T-shirt shirt  and “Win, place and show” awards will be presented to the top male and female overall and masters finishers.

Johnny Velazquez, the winner of eight Breeder’s Cup races, will serve as the Grand Marshall of the event.

Following the 5K run, all registered runners and walkers are invited to a post-race spread of goodies in the Belmont Grandstand, including refreshments courtesy of All Round Foods, Panera’s, Woodbury Country Deli, King Umberto Restaurant, Sapienza Bake Shop, D’Anna’s Pizza, A&S Bagels, Jani, Talk of the Town Deli, Stop 20 Diner, La Baguette Bakery and Dunkin Donuts.

The net proceeds of this year’s run will benefit IMF’s fight against prostate cancer.

Register online or download entry forms at www.glirc.org. For more information, call GLIRC at 516-349-7646. To volunteer, contact Mindy at 516-359-9409 or mindyruns@aol.com.

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