What kind of runner are you? The Suffolk Marathon has something for everyone – the 26.2 mile race for the traditionalist (with divisions for every age and a couple weight ranges); a 13.1 mile half-marathon; a 5K race for the average runner, even a relay where you and three of your friends can cut the marathon down to size (there are four legs – 7. 6.1, 5.4, and 7.7 miles respectively – that add up to the full 26.2 mile race.)
Whether you’re a first-timer or not, Suffolk is a great time – a fast, flat out-and-back course that features long straightaways that give you the perfect opportunity to shatter your personal best. The marathon course begins in Patchogue Village and runs along Suffolk Country’s pretty South Shore, passing through towns like Bayport and Sayville, loops through Heckscher State Park, then returns to Patchogue Village where you can recover with the FreedomFest Taste of Long Island – a party where live music plays as you sample food, craft beers, and award-winning wines. Race participants get free tastings with their entry fees.
If you need something to motivate you beyond a stopwatch, the Suffolk Marathon is dedicated to all members of the military & their families who have served, continue to serve or who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States Navy, Army, Marine Corp, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard. All proceeds go to benefit Long Island veteran’s services.
Costs and times for each event differ, and there are discounts for active-duty military and veterans. Races start at Main Street and River Ave. Every participant gets a medal and a tee shirt, and the Marathon race is a Boston Qualifier. FreedomFest Taste of Long Island begins at 9 AM. Marathon registration closes on October 25. For all the details, visit www.suffolkmarathon.com