Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon registration opens up

The Suffolk County Marathon will serve as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. (Credit: Courtesy County Executive Steve Bellone's Office)

The Suffolk County Marathon will serve as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. (Credit: Courtesy County Executive Steve Bellone’s Office)

Ready. Set. Register!

It might not have the same ring as ‘go!’ but the gates are now open to sign up for the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon, slated to kick off in nine months at East Islip’s Heckscher State Park.

Scheduled for Sept. 13, this leaves you plenty of time to train for the race, which also has a half-marathon option.

The marathon will serve as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, meaning runners who meet certain age and time requirements would be eligible for the esteemed race if they hit their marks.

Race organizers are expecting to draw about 4,000 runners to the race, proceeds from which will benefit veterans groups on Long Island.

County Executive Steve Bellone’s office described the route as follows: “a scenic course that will begin at Heckscher State Park and wind through the vibrant downtowns of Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue.”

The cost to enter the marathon, if you register before May 12, is $69 for civilians and $54 for veterans. Half marathon entries will run $59 and $44. Final registration deadline is Sept. 1.

Visit SuffolkMarathon.com to enter.