Feb. 27, 2019 Staff Report
The fourth annual LIC Post Waterfront 5K run/walk is set to take place in Long Island City in June.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m., and is designed for both runners and walkers. Children’s dashes, an immensely popular component of this event, will take place on Center Blvd. immediately after the 5K.
“We are proud to bring the event back for the fourth successive year,” said Christian Murray, publisher of the LIC Post, who is organizing the 5K with the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Woodside-Sunnyside Runners. “The event continues to be a great family occasion, where runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participate.”
To register for the 5K or the children’s Center Blvd Dash, click here.
All of the proceeds made from this event will go to the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC), a nonprofit group that was formed 21 years ago (originally as Friends of Gantry State Park) with a mission to enrich the quality of life in Hunters Point by preserving and enhancing its parks, green spaces and waterfront in partnership with the community.
Funds raised from the run will be used to support events and programming at the waterfront parks and for upkeep and maintenance of both Hunters Point South Park and Gantry Plaza State Park.
Rob Basch, President of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, said some of the money raised will be used for a diverse range of programming including Summer Kids 2019 (in partnership with Gantry Parents Association), live music, art and fitness classes. They will also apply funds to both Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point South Park to be used for upkeep and maintenance.
“Each year the event exceeds our expectations,” Basch said. “The run has become a Long Island City tradition that we are proud to be part of, and we are grateful to receive annual support from the business community, residents, elected officials and the 108th Precinct.”
The event will start next to Hunters Point South Park. It will then go through the commercial district on Vernon Boulevard and all the way over to Queensbridge Park (see map below for route) and then loop back to the starting line by passing through Gantry State Park.
Ann Sansaricq, a leader with the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners, said her group is proud to be part of the tradition as well.
“Long Island City is one of the best places in the world to run and this event proves that beyond a doubt,” Sansaricq said. “Look at the park, look at the views, you can’t beat it,” she said.
Sansaricq said that the event sold out prior to race day last year and is encouraging people to register now.
Medals will be presented to the fastest three men and women. There will also be ribbons awarded to children who take part in the Center Blvd Dash.
The day will include a post-race party with a DJ, food and drinks available at LIC Landing.
The event will cost $25 for adults and $15 for children for those who register before May 11. Prices will increase after that date.
Registrants will receive a limited edition race T-shirt and free swag-bag items. Name-customized bibs for children and adults will also be available to those who register online while supplies last.
For sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail [email protected] with “LIC Post 5K Sponsorship” in the subject line.