SOUTH SHORE—The inaugural Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, Sept. 13 has finally arrived. Suffolk County has been working to disseminate the many important details to those living in some sections of our reader areas where the race will be taking place.
On the day of the race, approximately 35,000 residents on the South Shore will be affected by road closures in the hamlets of East Islip, Great River, Oakdale, West Sayville, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue since the course begins and ends at Heckscher State Park in East Islip beginning at 8 a.m.
The runners will leave the park and head east on Montauk Highway and continue to South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue, where they will make a right and then a left at Terry Street, followed by another left at Rider Avenue and left again at Montauk Highway. Half Marathon runners will follow the same route, but will loop through the Bayard Cutting Arboretum and then proceed to Oakdale, where there will be a turnaround at the Bourne Mansion (St. John’s University campus). Everyone finishes at Field 6 in Heckscher State Park.
Runners having difficulty keeping up with the general pace will be encouraged to just run the half marathon, and there will also be a bus available to those who want to abandon the attempt.
Suffolk County Police will be directing the traffic across the course between gaps of runners. There will be periods of less congestion, which would be a good time to cross Montauk Highway on foot. The reopening of the highway entirely will be at 2 p.m.
Brendon Barrett, one of the runners, is also co-owner of the Sayville Running Company in Sayville. He said he expects a huge spectator party in front of his shop, and there will be signs made up for anyone who is looking to cheer the runners on. He said there would also be two bleachers set up: one in front of his store and another near the intersection of Main Street and Candee Avenue. The first runners are expected to arrive at that location around 8:40 a.m.
There will be two water stops set up in the hamlet: one in front of St. Lawrence the Martyr Church and another near the Main Street and Broadway intersection. And there will be music as well. Barrett said one band would be stationed near the Islip Grange and another would be on the steps of Chase Bank downtown.
The 32-year-old said that running has been an important part of his life since he was in middle school, and he was thrilled to be running his fourth marathon so close to home. “This is going to be the hometown advantage—running on [familiar] streets. I couldn’t be happier,” Barrett said.
There’s a lot more information about the race up ahead, which will be posted on the county’s website, www.suffolkmarathon.com or their Facebook page. Check for up-to-date information on our Facebook page as well. n
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