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Registration Open For 27th Annual Bethpage Ocean To Sound Relay

Bethpage Federal Credit Union returns as title sponsor

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay. The date is Sunday, Sept. 23, and it’s not too early to start putting a team together for Long Island’s biggest running extravaganza, now celebrating its 27th year.

The relay brings the entire Long Island running community together for an annual September tradition, with 150 teams of eight runners each, traversing a 50-mile course that starts at Jones Beach State Park at 8 a.m., heads north and east through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Farmingdale and Old Bethpage before crossing into Huntington, hitting the Long Island Sound at Lloyd Harbor, returning to Nassau County via Cold Spring Harbor and Syosset, and then heading north again to a dramatic finish on the grounds of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Each runner on the team covers a leg of between five and seven miles.

The relay is being sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union (BFCU). Race management is provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), once again under the supervision of director Alan End. Technical assistance, timing and scoring will be provided by John Snitko of JMS Racing Services.

The charitable beneficiary of the relay will once again be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which will be fielding lots of teams to participate in this year’s event. Entrants will have the opportunity to use the Ocean to Sound Relay as a vehicle for raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or for another charity of their choice.

Awards in this year’s relay will be presented to the top three male, female and coed open and masters teams, senior teams, super senior masters teams, law enforcement teams, corporate teams, and physically challenged teams. There will also be a special award for the team that best captures the “Spirit of the Relay.”

But awards aren’t the real attraction for most teams, who will be competing for the fun of it, to enjoy a great day on the beautiful roads of Long Island, and to be there for “the best post-race party in the Northeast” at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.

The entry fee is $360 per team ($45 per runner) through Sept. 3, which covers entry into the race, a special commemorative shirt for each runner, and entry to the post-race party. The entry fee goes up to $400 per team after Sept. 18, so get those entries in soon.

Every local runner is most cordially invited to join GLIRC for what is perhaps the best single day of running on Long Island. The Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay is a great venue for team spirit, a terrific sense of camaraderie, and a unique opportunity for runners to get a real sense of the scenic beauty and diversity of Long Island.

For entry forms or more information, please contact Linda or Mike at GLIRC at 349-7646. Runners can also register online at www.glirc.org.