May 7, 2019 Staff Report
Almost 1,000 people have signed up to participate in the fourth annual LIC Post Waterfront 5K, a number that has outpaced previous years.
The family-friendly run/walk – scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. – has seen a jump in early registration in part due to a 20 percent price discount offered to those who register on or before May 10.
Race day organizers are happy to see that runners and walkers are taking advantage of the early pricing.
“We wanted to encourage more people to sign up in advance to offset what is usually a surge in last-minute registration in the days leading up to the event,” said Christian Murray, publisher of the LIC Post.
“There are several benefits to registering early–other than just price,” said Ann Sansaricq, a race day organizer and member of Woodside-Sunnyside Runners. “Participants will be guaranteed a race-day T-shirt of their size and personalized bibs.”
Registration for individuals ages 10 and up is currently set at $25 for the 5K , which will increase to $30 starting May 11.
Parents or guardians who wish to register their children in the Center Boulevard Dash – an increasingly popular component of the day – can still register kids ages 9 and under for $15 even after the Friday deadline.
The LIC Post Waterfront 5K is a charitable event, with all of its proceeds going to the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC), a nonprofit group that was formed 21 years ago as Friends of Gantry State Park. The group’s stated mission is 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 sponsorship and registration will be used by the Conservancy to support events and programming in the parks and for upkeep and maintenance of both Hunters Point South Park and Gantry Plaza State Park.
“Each year the event exceeds our expectations,” said Robert Basch, President of the HPPC and an event organizer. “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, the city and state parks departments and the 108th Precinct.”
The event will start next to Hunters Point South Park by the intersection of Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue. It will then go through the neighborhood’s commercial district on Vernon Boulevard all the way to the entrance of Queensbridge Park (see map below for route), then loop back to the starting line by passing through Gantry Plaza State Park.
There will be medals presented to the fastest three men and women. There will also be medals awarded to children.
The day will include a post-race party with live music, food and drinks available at LIC Landing.
Several companies have already come forward to sponsor the event including:
Premier Sponsor: Major World
Silver: Gotham, Modern Spaces, Silvercup Studios, NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, M&T Bank, Manducatis Rustica, Workout Factory, Yoga Room, LIC Veterinary Center, Foodcellar Market, LIC Dental Associates, New City Church
Bronze: Zog Sports, SHI, Woodbines, Jackson’s Eatery, NYS Assembly Member Catherine Nolan
Additional Support By: Sunnyside Community Services, NYC Parks Department, NYS Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, 108th Police Precinct
Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be requested by e-mailing [email protected]
To register for the 5K before the 20% price increase, please click here.