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Annual RunSmart Program Begins January 26

Training Programs Available To Runners

The annual RunSmart training program, designed to help residents prepare for marathon, half-marathon or 10k races, is set to begin on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the first of 14 training sessions for runners of all ability levels. The series will be held one day every weekend through April 27. 

Nassau County is once again teaming up the Greater Long Island Running Club and Jonas Chiropractic to help residents get ready for the 2013 Long Island Marathon, scheduled for May 5.

Each session will be based at a different county park under the direction of Head Coach Debbie Blair of the Greater Long Island Running Club, Bob Cook of The Runner’s Edge and a staff of coaches and trainers. The cost for the entire RunSmart Program is $30. 

“Our partnership with RunSmart provides interested residents with an effective training program for a nominal fee. I encourage anyone, regardless of ability, to take advantage of this opportunity,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. 

In addition, the Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to Marathon Weekend will start with a 5k race at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Feb. 9. Races will follow on: Sunday, March 10 at Nickerson Beach (4 miles); Saturday, March 23 at Cedar Creek Park (5 miles); and Saturday, April 27 at Eisenhower Park (4 miles). 

The entry fee for the entire four-race series is $60 if participants register before Feb. 1 ($55 if registered for the Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k), and $65 if participants register after Feb. 1. Runners may enter individual races in the series (on-site day-of-race entry only) for $20 for each of the first three races and $25 for the Race Week Kick-Off Run and Party at Eisenhower Park.

For more information, or for entry forms for either program, contact the Greater Long Island Running Club at (516) 349-7646 or visit and click the “RunSmart Training Program” link.